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Bullet star turn in Derby Trial stakes


BRUISERS BULLET (pictured above winning the Coral Olympic at Hove) was the star turn of Saturday’s Star Sports English Derby Trial Stakes at Towcester on Saturday as last year’s Derby Invitation winner produced the perfect aperitif to the Trainers’ Championship races with a scintillating all-the-way victory in division one.


Last year’s Olympic winner bolted from the boxes and made all to clock 28.97sec, which was the fastest time of the night and for the 500m trip and underlined the huge class the May 2015 son of Droopys Cain and Clover Bride brings to the table.


Owned by The Bruiser Boyz Syndicate, winning trainer Mark Wallis was delighted to see his runner back to winning ways after a troubled run in the semi-finals of the Scottish Derby and explained his thinking about not including the near three-year-old in his Trainers’ Championship team.


“We felt it was best for the dog himself. Those Trainers’ Championship races can be tough, and we thought a Trial Stakes was best for him. It’s the Derby of course now and hopefully he gets the luck they all need. He ran a great Derby campaign last year as a young dog.


“The time tonight shows what he’s capable of now,” said the champion trainer after Bruisers Bullet streaked clear of his rivals to win by eight lengths from the staying-on Murrys Act, last year’s Derby fourth running another fine race on a night kennelmate Shaneboy Freddie also starred.


The evergreen Kevin Boon-trained runner scored a Trial Stakes victory in what was his 99th race in the UK as he led home strong-finishing Calico Ranger by two and a quarter lengths in 29.42sec. “What better race to now have his 100th race in?” said a proud trainer afterwards.


Saturday’s other Trial Stakes were won by Matt Dartnall’s unbeaten Monmore Puppy Derby winner Rising Brandy (29.31sec), Pat Curtin’s Danzey Exception (29.57sec), Mark Wallis’s Ninja Fortune (29.83sec) and Richard Yeates’s Farloe Hutch (29.85sec).


Martin Chapman of Derby sponsors Star Sports was trading on the night at Towcester and admitted to being impressed, in particular, with Rising Brandy, commenting: “He starts and stays, and you couldn’t ask for much more for a first race at Towcester.


“Inexperience might catch him out though I suppose, but he has the talent, although I also thought from the same race that Oi Oi Upenalty caught the eye. She looks the type to keep on qualifying, a good chasing sort for me, and might well be my choice for top bitch.


“I thought Tyrur Harold was desperately unlucky in running behind Danzey Exception - and probably one us bookmakers got away with on the night! Calico Ranger looks tough to win with, but again might keep on qualifying which, of course, is the name of the game.


“Shaneboy Freddie keeps doing it for the veterans and, if Bruisers Bullet traps like that every time, we may as well not bother running the Derby! He probably won’t, of course, but it was some run and silenced those critics who’d written him off.”


 *The Star Sports English Greyhound Derby closes to entries at noon on Tuesday.



Greyhound Derby dates:


First round: May 3,4,5


Second round: May 11,12


Third round: Saturday, May 19


Quarter-finals: Tuesday, May 22


Semi-finals: Saturday, May 26


Final: Saturday, June 2