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Coral Champion Stakes - Romford 575m - £10,000



MURRYS ACT emerged as a Greyhound of the Year contender as Kevin Boon plundered another big-race win at Romford on Friday as the Derby fourth swooped late to collar the gallant Bubbly Torpedo for Coral Champion Stakes glory at the Essex venue on Wednesday.


On a night of numerous finals, the £10,000 showpiece event proved the real icing on the cake - especially for King’s Lynn-based Boon who has enjoyed a terrific year with victory for the two-year-old adding to major successes in the Juvenile for the same dog and Sussex Cup for Shaneboy Freddie.


However, there was a sting in the tail for the owner-trainer who injured his eye in the celebrations and was at the hospital yesterday morning - and needs to return on Saturday. “I’ve got a patch on it, and am back there at the weekend - it’s the wife’s birthday then too. I’m in tears, literally, and she’s laughing! 


“But it’s been a good year - and I have to pay great credit to the missus Oonah, and to Katherine (Tighe) who does such a great job with the greyhounds at the kennels. She does the dogs proud and certainly should be considered for any Kennelhand of the Year recognition.


“It’s been another busy year too. We’ve travelled plenty - and take both Shaneboy Freddie and Shaneboy Bowie to Sheffield for the [Betfred] Steel City Cup final on Tuesday - and Murrys has also done some miles on the road. But he’s been a real star - and we’re over the moon.”


After winning the Juvenile at Central Park in March, the March 2015 son of Tullymurry Act and Brave Meave travelled to Scotland to contest the Scottish Derby before returning on final night to win a supporting 500m in a joint- fastest time of the year before embarking on a brilliant English Derby campaign.


Fourth in the final behind Astute Missile, he then travelled to Ireland for the Dundalk International before returning to contest the Select Stakes at Nottingham. A Romford campaign followed, but now trainer Boon can look forward to less miles being clocked up with a visit to his local track.


Murrys Act was today entered for the Sunbets Yarmouth Derby, the 462m event kicking off at the seaside venue on Wednesday. After that a return to Newcastle is being considered by the owner-trainer, although a crack at the Perry Barr St Leger is also being toyed with.


“There’s plenty to think about. The Kent Derby at Central Park back where he won the Juvenile is also a possible, as is the Eclipse. There are certainly plenty of opportunities and it’s a nice problem to have. But Perry Barr, a track I’ve never been to, is definitely a possible. I’ll trial him there at some point.


“He’s such a versatile dog. He raced to a 13.56sec split in the heats of the Champion at Romford, then produced the run of his life just to qualify in last week’s semis from off the back. That was amazing, but he tweaked a hamstring, and I thank Ron Mills for all his work in readying him for the final.”


Boon also paid tribute to Bernie Montague from Kilkenny who supplied him Murrys Act at 12 weeks old. “Bernie just lost her mother and this victory is good timing in that respect. We wish her and the family all the best,” he added before thanking Romford for their hospitality.


“They’re really are up there with the best. They look after owners and trainers so well, especially on those open-race nights, and the major final nights also with connections each receiving a table. I cannot praise them highly enough, and we look forward to returning soon.”