Forest Alan came with a strong late run to land the final of the Ladbrokes Kent Derby over 480 metres at Central Park on Sunday.

Bockos Doomie went to traps the 6-4 market leader and dived left on the run-up from three, squeezing up the dogs on his inside including market rival Fayes Jet.

Patrick Janssens’ Bockos Doomie made the turn in front and went a couple of lengths clear but for favourite backers it was the ‘wrong’ dog Forest Alan, trained by Seamus Cahill, who turned behind him and was a couple of lengths adrift at the second turn.

Bockos Doomie was still a length and a half in front on the third turn but the distress signals were starting to show and Forest Alan came flying around the outside to hit the front close home and score by half a length in 29.00sec.

Theresa Cahill, wife of trainer Seamus said: “I fancied our fella to pick Bockos Doomie up from the third turn as he is very strong.

“He’s owned by the Magnificent Seven, a great bunch of owners we have and I think they’ve all had a few pounds on him at big prices.”

One of them Dave Lawrence said afterwards: “The dog got injured in the Derby and this was his first competition since then.

“He’s improved with each race back and it is great to win another Category One competition, it’s is what the sport is all about.  I would like to think he is capable of going on to win something else.

Seamus Cahill his trainer, who was landing his third Kent Derby, added: “The dog looks an Eclipse dog to me but there has been talk of him going for the Gold Collar at Crayford.”


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