Expect a tight final to be contested by a group of y0ung dogs with exciting futures.

That’s the message from the Hove racing office’s Kevin Masters following the heats of the Seasons Scaffolding Puppy Trophy on Thursday night.

Quickest on the night was Heather Dimmock’s Make No Apologie who got home by a short head from Sharp Darcy, one of four British breds who made it through to the final.

The youngest finalist is Mark Wallis’ exciting youngster Antigua Breeze. Bred by John Marriott in Yorkshire, the near 38 kilo youngster made it three wins from four races with a flawless 28.85 performance beating Queen Dolly.

The other qualifier went to Phil Simmonds’ UK debutant Wintavern Curly who clocked 28.91 when beating King Louis by a length.

Masters said: “There are several pups in the final who I think have big careers in front of them. I was particularly impressed by Make No Apologie who overcame some early trouble to win well.

“The final looks very open, with Antigua Breeze, who was also very impressive, looking well drawn on six, and Sharp Darcy as the only railer in one.”