Mixed night at the dogs for Spalding trainer

Peterborough Greyhound Stadium
Peterborough Greyhound Stadium

Despite starting the night filled with hope, it was a disappointing Derby day for Spalding-based greyhound trainer David Pruhs who failed to make it through to next week’s Peterborough William Hill and Underground Racing Puppy Derby final.

However, Pruhs will be competing in the Underground Racing Sprint Trophy final thanks to a superb performance by Pennys Honey.

Pennys Honey flew from the trap one in heat three of the Sprint Trophy and finished just behind tiring winner Mac Foiche.

There was no such luck for Pruhs in the first Puppy Derby semi-final when highly-regarded hound Killian Infanta struggled to keep up with the pace while fellow Peterborough trainer Richard Devenish’s hope Ballymac Santose failed to recover from a tough first bend.

There were no such problems for Newcastle-based dog Droopys Country who held off the hard charging Savana Lord to take the win, both dogs became the

first to book their place in the grand final next Wednesday.

It was then the turn of Wisbech trainer Roger York to taste derby disappointment when his sole entry Liosgarbh Nealy couldn’t keep pace with hot favourite Newinn Shadow while Holdem Rio finished second.

In the last semi-final it was round two of Pruhs against Devenish and it was the Turves-based trainer that came out on top.

Ballymac Mccole flew from trap one to charge up the inside of the field on the first bend and was never passed while Kooga Klammer failed to land a blow for Pruhs, ending his hopes of winning the £8,500 prize.

However, it was a better day for all the Peterborough trainers in the heats of the Underground Sprint Trophy where Devenish, Sarah Spillane, Simon Cull and York will join Pruhs in next week’s final.

The Peterborough Puppy Derby final and Underground Sprint Trophy Final will both be held at the Fengate Stadium next Wednesday.

Results – William Hill and Underground Puppy Derby

Top two finishers (qualified for the final)

Heat One (20.42) Droopys Country, Savana Lord. Winning Time: 26.41

Heat Two (20.58) Newinn Shadow, Holdem Rio. Winning Time: 26.20

Heat Three (21.15) Ballymac Mccole, Dranoel. Winning Time: 26.43

Underground Sprint Trophy

Top two finishers (qualified for the final)

Heat one (19.54) Cloncunny Ardera, Rahyvira River. Winning Time: 15:08

Heat two (20.10) Kildare Hi, Ballymac Cremin. Winning Time: 15.30

Heat three (20.26) Mac Foiche, Pennys Honey. Winning Time: 15.30