Paul misses out on £250k top dog prize
Derry's big derby hope is blitzed at final hurdle
It all went sadly wrong for Farloe Blitz and Derry owner Paul Ellis in the William Hill Greyhound Derby at Wimbledon.
For a fleeting moment, the £250,000 winner's prize was within Paul's grasp when Farloe made the right start and beat eventual winner Rio Quattro into the first bend and down the back-straight.
However, the black dog did not, as expected, pull away and Rio whom Farloe had beaten twice in previous rounds, was too close for comfort.
Quattro produced a spectacular burst of pace to go past Farloe and lead at the third bend and at that point, the outcome was clear - Farloe was not going to win.
Forced to check up slightly along with Jim Hynes's Crumlin-bred Making Paper, Tynwald Bish came around the outside to challenge but all in vain as Rio romped to victory. The son of Ace Hi Rumble and Droopys Geneva held off the game Tynwald Bish to win by a length and a quarter in 28.24.
Eden The Kid, who failed to get involved early, arrived late to take third, a short head behind Tynwald Bish with Farloe having to settle for fourth, a further length back, in what can only be described as a below par performance from him.
There was an Irish connection with Rio as he's owned and trained by Kerry-born 70-year-old Danny Riordan who has been living in Romford for 40 years. This is his first success, having seen his Rio Riccardo (2000) and Droopys Corleone (2002 and 2003) reach the semi-finals.
Quoted at 80/1 prior to the start of the Derby, Rio was the third winner from trap one in the last five years.
What next for Farloe? Probably the Boylesports Irish Derby which starts at Shelbourne Park in Dublin on August 19 with the final, worth €125,000 to the winner, on Saturday, September 19.
Eighteen trial stakes will be held at tracks including Drumbo Park and the Brandywell.
Meanwhile at Drumbo, Nuthill Anna took advantage of a fortunate move to take the Tamoshanter@Stud (Bitches) over 525 yards on Saturday night.
The black lady came in as reserve when Sober Princess failed to turn up and grabbed her chance with a top show from start to finish. Leading up to the first bend, she went away from Hillmount Queen and Darfin Lady down the far side.
Steven McEvoy's Craigavon-based bitch was not for catching and stayed on better than the previous week when fading out into fourth behind Kilmaine Mania. The latter went off 6/4 favourite in the final but was crowded at the first and again going into the third turn.
Anna's winning margin was five and a half lengths in 29.37 with Darfin second and Lola Bud a short head behind Darfin in third.
The best display on the night came from Brian Macklin's Barnish Ed. The black and white pup has plenty of potential but had to settle for minor honours in his last two appearances over four bends.
But the son of Scolari Me Daddy made no mistake on this occasion. He was led early by Neon Cosmo but once entering the back-straight, he found another gear, soaring past Neon and romping home by four and a half lengths in a superb 28.80 secs.