JANE HOUFTON, team captain of BETDAQ Premier League champions Dunham Devils, heaped praise on team member Kelly Findlay after last night’s clear-cut win in which the Devils finished the competition more than ten points clear of runner-up Matt Dartnall and his Team Desperate.
Mrs Findlay sent out no fewer than three of the five last round winners, and they didn’t need the aid of a photo-finish to determine the outcome, the fabulous three romped to a 14-length aggregate winning margin!
“Kelly is a top trainer, her dogs are running very well and it was great to have her in the team,” said Mrs Houfton. “All our team members have loved every minute of the Premier League, it really is a great concept and we’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Highlight of the Findlay treble was the debut run here of Coolavanny Pedro, a litter-brother of Henlow Puppy Derby winner, Coolavanny Bert. Like his sibling, he showed a splendid turn of early speed to stretch clear for a near six lengths victory, what a talented litter this is!
“He’s taken time to settle and tonight’s race was only the second of his life,” said Mrs Findlay. “He’s still very green but as we’ve seen here he can shift a bit, he is a very exciting prospect, just like his brother.”
Her other winners were the evergreen Local Dee Jay, who bolted up in the last leg, and Ministry Millie, who initiated another litter double completed by Team Desperate’s Ballymac Pet in the very next race, a sweet victory was that after Dartnall’s bitch was robbed of success in a Premier League ‘no race’ at Yarmouth!
Team North East finished third in the race for the title while Mark Wallis’s Imperial Rock Its, who went into last night at the top of the table, finished down the field in fourth. Fifth and sixth respectively and relegated were Charles Fanous’s Mad Hatters squad and Seamus Cahill’s Irish Rovers.
The GOBATA Championship was won by Ricky Holloway and Dean Childs’ The Only Way Is SOS (Save Our Stow) team who narrowly pipped The Golden Oldies. The reward for filling the top two places is promotion back up into the Premier League.
*Finishing orders: Premier League: 1 Dunham Devils, 2 Team Desperate, 3 Team North East, 4 Imperial Rock Its, 5 The Mad Hatters, 6 Irish Rovers. GOBATA Championship: 1 SOS, 2 Golden Oldies, 3 Team Canissage, 4 Pit Yackers, 5 Greyhoundscene Dream Team, 6 F&Ds Slick Rocknrollers.