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SunBets East 71st Anglian Derby - Yarmouth 462m - £15,000



CHARLIE LISTER OBE continued his love affair with Yarmouth on Thursday night when 8-1 chance Newinn Shadow landed him an incredible twelfth East Anglian Derby Final, striking at odds of 8-1 in the 71st running of the famous competition to lift the £15,000 prize in front of a packed house at the seaside venue.


The 462m competition might have had a new sponsor in SunBets, but it was very much a familiar tale as former champion trainer Lister, who first won a Yarmouth Derby with Swift Band in 1981, added his name to the roll of honour of an event which was first staged back in the 1940s during the track’s independent days.


Newinn Shadow, owned by Marc White and Simon Taylor, had reached the final of the William Hill Classic at Sunderland earlier this year, but a major title had thus far eluded him. However, as Lister’s assistant Ian Sutherland said, the December 2014 son of Kinloch Brae and Newinn Expert had been running well.


“His trapping had probably been letting him down, but it was getting better here and we had a really good week with him,” he said. “He might have been 8-1 but he’s a classy dog. Look at his time - it’s phenomenal, and I’m just pleased for all of us. Charlie’s always loved Yarmouth, and Yarmouth loves him!”


Breaking well from trap five, Newinn Shadow hit the winning line first time in front narrowly from Hiya Butt, but the dual Derby finalist railed into the lead before they straightened up off the second bend when a surge from the Lister-trained runner saw him assume control down the back and go on for glory.


Murrys Act, recent winner of the 575m Champion Stakes at Romford, was held up when making his own charge down the back, but finished gallantly for local trainer Kevin Boon to cross the line in second place three and three-quarter lengths behind Newinn Shadow, with the Hayley Keightley-trained Hiya Butt in third.


Winning part-owners White and Taylor were naturally delighted given a number of close calls for the two-year-old who had run in the highest class ever since giving the track record a shake in prep trials for the Peterborough Puppy Derby last year before a narrow defeat at the paws of Holdem Rio in the final at the Fengate track.


“He’s always been there of thereabouts in final but his trapping had let him down. It was the same in the Sunderland final, but Charlie [Lister] and Yarmouth go well! He’s the main man here and, once he’s come away, it was pretty much game over. We had a few quid on, which is always nice!”


Fellow part-owner Taylor added: “He was favourite to win at Peterborough and Sunderland, so he’s always been capable. It’s just great to win a Category One, and maybe having trap five as opposed to six helped his trapping here. I suppose we weren’t expecting it, so the pressure was off, but it’s great nevertheless.”


Newinn Shadow’s winning time of 27.23sec was the fastest in the competition and the fastest of the year at Yarmouth. His time was just six spots - or three-quarters of a length - shy of the track record held by Fear Zafonic. He was also trained by Charlie Lister and won the Yarmouth Derby - twice - in 2009 and 2010.


Two other finals were staged on the night with track-record holder Broadstand Kiwi, trained by Paul Young, improving his UK record to six wins from nine starts when coming again to deny Scolari Sound and Trapstyle Jet in the £1,000 Greene King IPA Sprint Grand Final in 16.19sec, less than a length off his own best for the 277m.


The Derby Purse Grand Final was also staged and Woodholdthedoor (Stewart Pedder) and local champion Do It For Twiggy produced a titanic tussle with the former edging out Erica Samuels’ 2015 East Anglian Derby winner by a head in 40.38sec for the 695m trip.


Marcus Westgate, Yarmouth racing manager, said this year’s festival at the east coast venue had been among the best, with victory for Charlie Lister in the main event always popular. “Charlie is a great supporter of the Yarmouth Derby and him and his team, led by Ian [Sutherland] always produce their greyhounds well.


“Well done also to Kevin Boon, a local trainer of course, who went close with Murrys Act - He’s been brilliant throughout. We had a new sponsor this year, and the feedback from the Franklin family has been really positive. There’s a good feeling about things just now, and hopefully we can push things forward again.”