There were shocks aplenty in the first eight heats of the second round of the Star Sports English Greyhound Derby at Towcester on Friday.

None came bigger than the elimination of ECC Puppy Derby winner Magical Bale in heat 5.

Other notables failing to make the cut included Lenson Blinder and Murrys Act.

It proved a great night for champion trainer (x many) Mark Wallis who sent out an impressive treble, including the feature race winner of the night as the kennel’s no.1 string Bruisers Bullet finally proved one too good for the exceptional Rising Brandy in heat four.

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BORNA GIN (t4) gets  up to beat Distant Rain (t3) in Friday’s opening 2nd Round heat. Karlow Scolar (t1) takes third spot as 2017 finalist Murrys Act (t6) bows out.Photo: © Steve Nash

WHOOPS JACK (t6) paces up alongside quickly away (and almost hidden) Salacres Vincent into the first bend before powering away down the far side.Photo: © Steve Nash

BLACK FARREN wins heat 3Photo: © Steve Nash

BRUISERS BULLET (t2 ) leads Rising Brandy (t4) into the first bend in heat 4.Photo: © Steve Nash

View from the infield as Bubbly Turbo hangs on by a short head from Calico Brandy (t1) with Droopys Bonucci (t6) a neck back in third. Magical Bale eliminated.Photo: © Steve Nash

BOYLESPORTS DUKE wi ns heat 6.Photo: © Steve Nash

Bubbly Bluebird (t2) leads up Bull Run Button (t4) and winner Bombers Bullet (t3) in heat 7.Photo: © Steve Nash

Fastest sectional of Friday’s 2nd Round Derby heats was 5.20 from SPORTING DAVE (t5), going on to beat Droopys Dresden (t3) and Newinn Shadow (t6).Photo: © Steve Nash