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RPGTV Scottish Derby - Shawfield 480m - £20,000

 

THE OTHER REG has the second leg of greyhound racing’s triple crown - the Star Sports English Derby at Towcester - firmly in his sights as he produced a career-best performance to win the £20,000 RPGTV Scottish Derby Final on a heady night at Shawfield in Glasgow.

 

Trained by Pat Rosney for Mark and Mick Jones, The Other Reg unleashed a terrific burst of pace to catch fast-starting Dropzone by the bend and was never headed thereafter and, if anything, was drawing further clear as the winning line approached to win in 28.87sec (-20) for the 480m trip.

 

A one-and-three-quarter length success from Dropzone for the July 2015 son of Razldazl Jayfkay and The Other Peach made it a second Scottish Derby success for trainer Rosney after Swift Hoffman’s victory in 2015 and was achieved in the fastest time of the competition - albeit with better conditions helping.

 

“He certainly saved the best for last,” said Rosney. “To be fair they all had it tough this year. The weather was not particularly kind for much of the competition, but it was fine thankfully for final night and he’s produced the goods - in a fast time too.

 

“We’ve always thought the world of him, and I’m delighted for the dog. But I’m more delighted for his owners, Mark and Mick [Jones], who have been loyal supporters to myself and Julie (McCombe, assistant trainer partner), and to the game of greyhound racing.

 

“Look, we’ve got to go to Towcester now - where else?! As a young dog he made the third round last year and ran the track well enough. He’s since won the Laurels at Newcastle and made the Northern Flat final, where he was outside Dropzone which didn’t help.

 

“Being inside Dropzone tonight helped plenty, but he still had to show the pace up. Shawfield seems to play to his strengths and that’s a second competition win here - he won the puppy event supporting the Scottish Derby last year. He’s a great competition dog!

 

“He stands his ground, and at this level you need to do that. He needed to break and do what he’s done here before and at Newcastle last year. I’ve spoken about a flat spot he hits down the back, but that’s only when you’ve got dogs such Dorotas Vic and Droopys Expert coming at you!

 

“But if he gets to the third bend in front, he goes again - the hard bit is getting to the third bend in front! It was close going into the turn, but he’s brave and determined and I’m a very proud man now. It’s fantastic to win the Scottish Derby again - it’s a great event.

 

The supporting RPGTV 500 final, worth £2,000 to the winner, went to a locally-trained runner as the Neil Black-trained Killieford Banjo broke well and fast from the inside box and made all to lead home Gazilly Shay by two lengths in 29.99sec for the 500m distance.