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Betfred Steel City Cup - Sheffield 500m - £10,000


TYNWALD BAZ plundered the big-race title his talents so richly deserve when landing a thrilling £10,000 Betfred Steel City Cup at Sheffield on Tuesday for Laurence Tuffin and the family of the late Nottingham promoter and passionate greyhound man Terry Corden.


Runner-up twelve months previously in the 500m event behind Pinpoint Den, as well as finishing second in the Nottingham Eclipse and Harry Holmes Memorial over Tuesday’s C&D in 2017, the August 2014 son of Droopys Jet and Bish Bash Bosh had to produce arguably a career-best performance to win.


“He was certainly under pressure right from the off, and I thought it was a case of deja vu,” said trainer Tuffin after the red-jacketed runner was led from the boxes by both fast-starting Yahoo Benny and local champion Dropzone, “but he showed great heart and resilience to get to them.”


Putting the pressure on his rivals down the back straight, he made his move between them approaching the third bend, nosed ahead around the crown of the turn and then held the rallying Dropzone by half a length in 28.79sec (-10). The locals had been denied, but the cheers from the terraces showed again what a popular perfomer Tynwald Baz is.


“He’s a popular dog, and one of the older generation of dogs who have run so well this year - him, Droopys Buick, Hiya Butt, Shaneboy Freddie to name just four. No dog has a right to win a major event, but he’s gone so close before so it’s special to win a major one - especially here at Sheffield, which he absolutely loves.”


Tuffin had huge praise for the Owlerton venue and thanked managing director John Gilburn and general manager Dave Perry for their and their team’s hospitality.


He said: “They and their staff were absolutely brilliant and looked after the owners and trainers of the finalists so well. We had runners earlier in the evening, so were darting in and out of the restaurant and the staff, our waitress especially, was just so helpful in timing the courses right! It’s much appreciated.”


Rachel Corden, Terry’s daughter and Nottingham director, as well as being on the GBGB Board, collected the trophy on behalf of her late father, and was naturally delighted. “Dad would have loved this and we have to give huge credit to Laurence and to Baz, who’s gone close before, so it’s great to win a big one - and well done Sheffield. The track looked fantastic tonight,” she said.


A crack at the All England Cup at Newcastle, the Nottingham Eclipse and the Harry Holmes Memorial back at Sheffield - the same big-race route as last year - is likely to follow now for Tynwald Baz. “Providing he continues to run well, that’s the plan. But I must thank George Drake and Tom Peppercorn for all their work with Baz. 


“We had problems before the Derby which meant we missed Towcester, then I thought he ran flat in the semis at Sheffield, but the guys checked him out and gave us the confidence heading into the final. That was more like it tonight, and he's just so consistent and a joy to have. We might not have another like him, so we are enjoying it.”


Tuffin reported Pointless Pearl “none the worse” for a tumble in the George Carrigill Memorial Final, a dual distance supporting final which saw local star Droopys Live strike gold in the four-runner affair in 38.62sec, the fastest time of the year as she won for Elaine Parker. The event was staged in honour of the late BAGS director and Yorkshire bookmaker who died earlier this year and, appropriately for his family at the presentation, was a former owner with winning trainer Parker.


Mark Pearson of sponsors Betfred said of another successful Steel City Cup Final night: “What a fantastic evening, and such a great win for Laurence and Terry’s family. It was especially great to see Rachel here tonight collecting the trophy. We have great sponsorships with Sheffield and Nottingham - and tonight the tracks are very much twinned!


“Fred [Done, Betfred's owner] is celebrating 50 years as a bookmaker this year, and it’s nights like this that warm the heart. Fred knew Terry and had a lot of time for him - Terry was a great greyhound man, and Fred has always had the dogs in his heart too. Well done to Sky for their fantastic coverage again, and we look forward to our next major greyhound sponsorship, the Betfred Eclipse at Nottingham in November.”