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BGBF Puppy Cup - Sheffield 500m - £4,000

ROMEO RUBEN came through strongly to land the British Greyhound Breeders Forum (BGBF) Puppy Cup Final at Sheffield on Saturday for trainer John Mullins and the youngster’s owner and breeder Dave Firmager. 

One of two Mullins-trained finalists in the £4,000 decider for British-bred runners, Romeo Ruben took advantage of scrimmaging inside to catch leader Goldies Allen down the far side and draw away to win by two and a half lengths from the staying-on King Idol (Liz McNair) in 28.95sec. 

“I thought he ran really well,” said winning trainer Mullins of the June 2017 son of Rumble Impact and Fabulous Pin. “To come from behind in that final was a good effort and we’re now thinking about Nottingham. Perhaps a puppy race there for starters. 

“Saving Sonic (fourth) will also go to Nottingham now,” added Mullins. “He didn't get the luck in the final, but will come forward again and Nottingham will suit. He definitely goes for the Derby - and thanks to Paul Hooper, one of the Saving Grace Syndicate, who I asked to collect the trophy on behalf of Dave (Firmager). 

“Ruben’s not been with me for long, but I’ve known Dave (Firmager) for many years and we get on well. He’s breeding more litters now, which is great for British breeding, and hopefully we can continue getting the winners for him. Dave’s a great owner to have - he just lets me get on with it! 

“Ruben ran Sheffield well - and I have to congratulate the track for staging these puppy races early. It helps the pups and really is something other tracks should take on board. As trainers, we’d certainly appreciate it if puppy races were run early like Sheffield do.” 

BGBF Puppy Cup

BGBF Chair John Marriott presents to trainer John Mullins and connections

Matt Stagg, Sheffield’s deputy racing manager overseeing the latest in a series of major races at the Owlerton Stadium, congratulated connections of the Romeo Ruben after their success in the Category Two feature. 

“It was another excellent final,” he said. “A little trouble at the start made the race very interesting with favourite King Idol missing his break. Goldies Allen took an early lead and went two lengths clear, but the strong-finishing Romeo Ruben was always close enough. 

“He ran a great back-straight in behind and managed to get ahead at the three-quarter point. King Idol recovered well and ran on well, but Romeo Ruben was too strong and clocked a very impressive time. 

“I think these were all pups to keep an eye on and will no doubt be in Cat One finals in the near future,” added Stagg. “Thanks to BGBF for their sponsorship. It’s been another great Puppy Cup and we now look forward to Tuesday’s heats of the BresMed Northern Sprint.” 

John Marriott, chairman of the BGBF, said: “Well done to John (Mullins) and Dave (Firmager). It’s good to see Dave back breeding greyhounds again, and also great for John to win - he’s always been a big supporter of our events. 

“Romeo Ruben looks a really progressive sort. He's pretty lightly-raced and the victory was his first win in the UK - good timing! He looks sure to continue to improve with more racing experience and go on to contest for major honours in the coming months. 

“He’s a good winner of a competitive final, with the rest of the field also sure to go on to better things - and the BGBF committee would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who supported the race. 

“Thanks also to the management at Owlerton Stadium for hosting this annual renewal.”