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Peter Bussey Memorial Trophy - Crayford 540m - £2,000


SALEEN ASH added to one of the most remarkable records in greyhound racing when he landed a seventh consecutive victory for champion trainer Mark Wallis in the Peter Bussey Memorial Final at Crayford on Tuesday - a race which acts as chief support to the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket.


Pacing up to lead, the Mike Davis-owned August 15 whelp was never headed as he won by

one and a half lengths from Droopys Who to emulate the feat of six other Wallis-trained racers to have plundered the prize named after the popular late Crayford home-finder.


Peter’s widow Christine presented the trophy to connections of Wallis’s Aero Joker in 2012, then to the owners of Bridge Bandit (2013), Aayamzamodel (2014), Jimmy Nailed On (2015), Swift Whirlwind (2016) and last year’s winner Ribble Aon.


‘It’s great to win it again,” said Wallis. “It’s become something of a standard joke, but it truly has become an event we look out for - and plan for. Saleen Ash is an improving sort and has the perfect style for these sharp six-bend trips.


“He’s also ready won a small competition at Romford, now the Peter Bussey, and will head for Romford again on Friday for the heats of the Essex Vase. I’m just delighted for Mike Davis, his owner, who’s such a great supporter of the game.


“We enjoy coming to Crayford - it’s a great track for the right type of greyhound. We’ve won Golden Jackets here, and Rubys Rascal ran well in the final after a slow start. He’s a star, but it was also nice to see Cincinnati in a big final, too. He’s had his problems but is running well again.


“I also think Ninja Penny (Peter Bussey Memorial fifth) can be a good bitch for us this year. She’s a nice young stayer and a stiffer test might bring the best out in her. All told, it’s been a good night for us with wins also on the night for Garryglass Champ, Kiltrea Mike and Parkers Dynamite.”


Kakantu made it 133 races - and out - in the Chief Ramsbottom Hurdle as Barry O’Sullivan’s popular timber-topper headed off into retirement in the perfect way as he won the annual one-off -putting hot favourite Razldazl Raidio in his place in the process.


“It’s the perfect way to go. He’s been a great dog for us,” said trainer O’Sullivan as the ex-Kevin Boon-trained racer on the flat edged out the GBGB Hurdler of the Year after a terrific head to head for much of the 540m distance at the Kent venue.


The victory prompted a special tribute from Crayford racing manager Danny Rayment, who said: “It was great to see Kakantu bow out with a typically gutsy display in the Chief Ramsbottom. To beat his old adversary Razldazl Raidio, last year’s winner, was a really great effort.”


The late legendary bookmaker Tony Morris was remembered on the night with Razldazl Raidio’s trainer Ricky Holloway landing the Tony Morris Memorial over 540m courtesy of Alfies Diamond. Tony’s great friend John Coleman and his wife Hazel was among the presentation party.