Blonde Snapper wins a dramatic Derby final
Blonde Snapper: Winner of the williamhill.com Greyhound DerbyPICTURE: STEVE NASH
BLONDE SNAPPER (8-1) was a dramatic winner of the £125,000 williamhill.com Derby at Wimbledon on Saturday night.
There was a tremendous gamble on Matt Dartnall's Farloe Ironman who was backed down from 9-2 into 6-4 favourite.
Taylors Sky broke best but clashed with Judicial Ruling on the second bend - an incident that left Blonde Snapper in front with Farloe Ironman making progress up the inside.
But the 'Ironman' had no more to give from the final bend and Mark Wallis's dog kept on bravely to score by1 3/4L in 28.65sec.
Race by Race Results of the 11 races prior to the Derby:
6.55: William Hill Sprint (Div B)
12-1 outsider Boyneside Banty, trained by Jim Hayton at Doncaster, runs on well to catch 8-1 chance Dooey Royal by a head in 16.39sec.
7.15: William Hill Ladies
Charlie Lister's Oaks heroine Silverview Perky landed the odds of 8-11 to beat Ballantine Molly by a shade over three lengths in a flying 28.28sec.
7.35: William Hill Stayers (Div B)
Vinnies Contessa, a 10-1 chance trained by Karen Hackney, leads at the fifth bend to beat Black Lamora by more than two lengths in 42.07sec.
7.50: William Hill Standard
Colin Callow's Longwood Fantasy (7-2) takes the honours in beating Bit View Micko by 3/4L with 8-13 favourite Young Sid a head further back in third.
8.05: William Hill Puppy
Stuart Mason's Alien Planet (6-1) got first run on the more fancied pairing of Farloe Warhawk and Jordans Chris and held the later gamely to score by 1 1/4L in a superb 28.16sec.
8.25: William Hill Stayers (Div A)
A dramatic race saw Aero Majestic go lame while leading. This left Mill Pegasus in front but he dramatically went wrong as well and it left Chris Allsopp's 16-1 outsider Boherna Bridge to pick up the pieces in 42.34sec.
8.45: William Hill Sprint (Div A)
Another surprise result when Dave Allen's Fernhill Jess (6-1) was able to clear Jimmy Lollie at the first corner and strike for home - beating Ballymac Denis by one length in16.06sec.
9.05: Williamhill.com Champion Hurdle Final
Lisa Stephenson's Olivers Twist (5-4F) broke well and dominated this £1,500 decider from start to finish. Baran Bally Hi gave chase but was beaten 2 1/2L by the 29.37sec winner.
9.25: Williamhill.com Derby Plate Final
Taylors Cruise (9-2), who broke fast but lost his position, produced a storming late run to catch the odds-on Freds Champ on the line in a time of 28.72sec.
9.45: Williamhill.com Derby Invitation Stakes
Paul Young's Bubbly Phoenix (7-4F) was back to his best when breaking fast and blowing away the opposition - beating Caribbean Rich by 7 1/2L in 28.22sec.
10.05: Williamhill.com Dorando Marathon
The quirky Ayamzagirl (10-1) was a game winner. Leading on the approach to the seventh bend, Mark Wallis's bitch held late challenges from Bubbly Capel, MaudabawnJenny and Buglys Billie to record 56.03sec.