BRESBET RETURNS AS EAST ANGLIAN GREYHOUND DERBY SPONSOR
BRESBET is to once again sponsor the East Anglian Greyhound Derby at Yarmouth Stadium.
This year will see the 76th running of one of greyhound racing’s most famous competitions and Sheffield-based BresBet is backing the event, which offers a first prize of £15,000 for the Grand Final over 462m on Wednesday, September 14.
Last year’s BresBet East Anglian Greyhound Derby winner was Antigua Storm, owned by Nic and Amanda Jeal. He was trained by 12-time champion greyhound trainer Mark Wallis.
Forming part of the Festival of Racing on the east coast – incorporating both horses at Great Yarmouth Racecourse and greyhounds at Yarmouth Stadium – BresBet managing director David Perry is looking forward to another classy and competitive BresBet East Anglian Greyhound Derby.
He said: “Yarmouth in September for the Festival of Racing is very much the place to be if you love your horses and dogs – and we’re delighted to be there once again.
“As a company, we were hugely impressed by the Franklin family’s commitment to this great race last year. The East Anglian Greyhound Derby is very much a date for the diary for not just greyhound racing enthusiasts but for those in and around the area on holiday during a popular time of year.”
Track director Simon Franklin is looking forward to hosting the coastal venue’s main event of the year, as well as all the usual supporting competitions.
He said: “It was fantastic to welcome a new sponsor for the East Anglian Greyhound Derby in BresBet last year and we had another superb competition with an exciting final and high-class winner.
“As most in the sport know, this competition has a huge history. It was started by my grandfather Len Franklin in 1947, has a great tradition in the greyhound racing calendar, and also works well alongside the horse racing festival we have here in Yarmouth in September.”
East Anglian Greyhound Derby Archive - 74th to 55th
74th East Anglian Derby
A delighted husband and wife training team Patrick and Cheryl Janssens after their charge Kilara Lion took the £10,000 winner’s prize for this year’s 74th running of the East Anglian Greyhound Derby. The 6-1 shot put in a strong finish, to beat pace setter, Angela Harrison trained, Droopys Carat on the run in. Starting as favourite with the Stadium Bookmakers Harrison’s second finalist, Levante Beach, missed his break then never got into contention. Local qualifier Lastfortheroad, trained by Paul Burr, ran well, leading early, but on the night just lacked the finishing speed, narrowly beaten into fifth place, on the line.
Yarmouth Stadium Director Simon Franklin gratefully acknowledged the sponsorship of Racing Post Greyhound TV saying,
“Congratulations to Patrick & Cheryl who always support The East Anglian Derby, on finally getting their names on the `Winners Role of Honour`, a great run from Kilara Lion. Special thanks to Racing Post Greyhound tv for their support without which this years running wouldn’t have happened, breaking an event run started by my Grandad Len back in 1947.
It was a great nights racing, thanks to all the Trainers who entered the opens, some travelling long distances to The Greyhound Board of Great Britain’s most easterly Stadium. It was a Covid19 Capacity crowd, everyone was respectful of the rules and enjoyed the evening, apologies to the many people who couldn’t get a booking, we look forward to being able to welcome you all back next year.
With full Covid19 safety measures in place, we race again Saturday night, the Restaurant is already full but we do have some room in general admission, which also has to be pre-booked on 01493-720343 between 10am and 4pm. It just seems that people are looking for things to do and what’s better than a great night’s greyhound racing.”
The Janssens next major event for Kilara Lion is The English Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Normally this event precedes the East Anglian Greyhound Derby but due to the disruption of the current pandemic is being run in October.
73rd East Anglian Derby
Nidge completes an unbeaten run in Derby
‘He’s been a real popular winner here with the locals’, expressed Hayley Keightley trainer of Roxholme Nidge who become the 73rd East Anglian greyhound derby champion.
Roxhome Nidge 4/11F with on course bookmakers ‘SCH Racing’ and showed signs of a favourite as he set off from the lids. Never looking troubled Nidge headed the way round the seaside track ticking a time of 27.89 beating second placed Dower Product by 2 ½ lengths.
‘He had a real challenge here tonight and he gets vulnerable coming to the home line, but he dug deep and called the shots. I’ve been very patient with him at home and he responds to me well. Yarmouth is a very demanding race for both dogs and trainers.’ Hayley who trains in Newark, Nottingham continued.
‘Our next plan is to take him to the Northern Flat at Belle Vue, as that should suit him well after this event, but he will have a rest now and will have a Jacuzzi session first thing tomorrow morning with a lot of tlc thrown in as that’s a great recovery aid.’
Photos and copy: Rob Colman
72nd East Anglian Derby
Affane Party become 72nd East Anglian derby hero
Written and photographs by Rob Colman
Affane Party made a swift exit from the lids in trap 3 to scoop the title of 72nd RPGTV East Anglian greyhound derby trophy and prize money of £15,000. The 9/4 backed hound set the pace and dominated the field leading them all the way home. Seaglass Phantom was runner up but nothing never looked to be troubling Affane Party’s performance.
Trainer John Lambe said: ‘I knew he had been running so well in this event that tonight I had every bit of confidence he would set an attacking pace from the outset. This is my first East Anglian derby event entered and now first win, infact I have only had a handful of category one entries to date, but what an event to start me off.’
71st East Anglian Derby
NEWINN SHADOW MAKES DERBY HISTORY
Newinn Shadow gave a sure footed run in last nights The Sun Bets 71st East Anglian Greyhound Derby Final at Yarmouth Stadium and made history giving his trainer Charles Lister OBE an unparalleled twelfth win in the event.
Pinging the lids from trap five Newinn Shadow, took an early lead and stayed steady at the first turn before showing his power down the back run and had nothing left to do but head the field home by 3¾ lengths ticking a time of 27.23 seconds, his fastest ever run round the 462 metre course. As Newinn Shadow only scrambled through his heats, with two third place and one second, in the run up to this final, on course bookmakers ‘SCH’ sent him off at 8/1.
Head kennel lad at the Lister camp Ian Sutherland expressed: ‘He been running really well in his trials here and I thought he had put in some good performances in the heats, but I knew once he shook the trap 2 dog off at the first bend tonight it would be all over, as he does stay the trip well. He was drawn in the traps wrong at Sunderland in his last big outing, but this big win has made up for that.’
Yarmouth Stadium’s Stephen Franklin said: ‘To watch Newinn Shadow perform here tonight was breathtaking. Charles Lister has been coming to this track when Charlie himself was a head kennel lad to greyhound trainer Joe Booth way back in 1965. Charlie’s first winner in this event was in 1981 as a trainer himself and you can tell he has a unique relationship with this event.
The East Anglian Derby was once again broadcast live nationally and is one of the top five major events on the calendar in the sport.
Clondoty Alex 70th Yarmouth Derby
Clondoty Alex was the clear winner of the 70th East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth Stadium, the Mark Wallis trained hound pinged the lids clear and his early turn of foot secured him enough to feel comfortable in the home run. Bubbly Turbo sailed home second and Clondoty Alex would of been thinking sweet revenge as it was these two that battled it out in a semi final heat. Clondoty Alex has been second in all heats of this event, but certainly gave chase when it mattered, gracing a time of 27.79 and crossed the line 4 ¼ lengths clear, with track side bookmakers closing him at 9/2.
Assistant trainer Sid Hewitt mentioned:
He has good early pace, which is so vital in any race, and though there is doubt he doesn’t get the trip at Yarmouth as well as some of the other runners, the scrum at the first turn helped him, trap one was coming for him, but he had done enough by then. Lady Luck hadn’t shined for him in the early stages of this event, but that’s racing, but he has performed when it matters. There is at this stage no plans for him on his next racing outing, we will play it by ear and see what suits him. This is Mark Wallis’s second winner in this event, he trained ‘Fear No One’ to glory in 2005.
Winning The 67th East Anglian Greyhound Derby Congratulations Team
The 67th East Anglian Greyhound Derby and Magners Sprint Final.
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The 66th East Anglian Greyhound Derby
Trap 5 – Bubbly Phoenix
Winning Time: 27:36 Secs
Photos by Steve Nash
With trainer Charlie Lister OBE winning the first Sky TV race of the evening, the Ladbrokes Puppy Trophy, followed by the Sprint, the race crowd began to wonder if he was on for his twelfth East Anglian Derby title later in the evening. Peterborough’s David Pruhs took the next race the Ladbrokes Ladies, Yarmouth trainer Mark Wallis took the next two results, the Ladbrokes Marathon and the Standard. Trainer of last years East Anglian Derby winner Chris Allsopp took the Ladbrokes Stayers then Charlie Lister came back to win the Invitation Race with his non qualifying Semi Finalist, Boher Paddy, all was now set for the £15,000 decider.
The 66th East Anglian Greyhound Derby Final
After the Sky TV preliminaries, the six finalists entered the starting traps and a huge roar erupted as the hare approached. Millwards Matt, from the six box, broke first and led the field, odds on favourite, Bubbly Phoenix, took up the lead down the back straight. Taylors Sky mounted a strong challenge round the last bend, on the run to the line, looking likely to give his trainer a twelth title, but like a true champion Bubbly Phoenix found enough pace to hold Taylors Sky by three quarters of a length, winning the Ladbrokes 66th East Anglian Derby Final.
65th East Anglia Greyhound Derby
Won By: Ballymac Ace
Winning £12,000 plus Silver Challenge Trophy and Presentation Jacket
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64th East Anglia Greyhound Derby
Won By: FEAR ZAFONICA
Winning £12,000 plus Silver Challenge Trophy and Presentation Jacket
63rd East Anglia Greyhound Derby
Won By: FEAR ZAFONICA
Winning £20,000 plus Silver Challenge Trophy and Presentation Jacket
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The delighted winners and connections celebrating Fear Zafonic’s win. Owners Nigel Roe, Sean Roe, Kieron Hickey, Gary Hickey, Trainer Charlie Lister, Gary Mullin of Betfair, Owners Paul Shaw and Ian Roe, Clare Hodgson of Betfair, on the outsides left and right Betfair girls Naomi Cabrelli and Kirsty Nichol.