The opening round of the BGBF British Bred Derby took place at Sheffield on Tuesday night and the KSS Syndicate were once again to the fore. The other three heats went to Yorkshire breds.

Racing Manager Andrew Mascarenhas talks us through each heat:






Semi final draw

There will soon be a familiar name back on the Sheffield racecard – Elaine Parker.

Racing Manager Andrew Mascarenhas said: “We are delighted to have Elaine back with us after all these years. She will have a separate range to Sean who will continue to train at Doncaster, but will be bringing around 40 dogs which will hopefully bring some more competition to the higher grades.”

Along with late husband Mick, Elaine enjoyed many decades worth of success at Owlerton with the likes of Fosse Way, Plasterscene Gem, Lavally Pete, Let Us Know, Simply Vintage, Tucks Mein, Stay Loose, Rhincrew Santini, Pay Freeze, Candlelight King, Candlelight Fire, Russanda Tux, Droopys Live, Wright Signal, and Mahers Boy to name but a few.

Gymcrack winner STAY LOOSE with L-R: owner Stephen Laybourn, trainer Elaine Parker, her son and assistant trainer Sean, and kennelhand Becky Outhwaite. Kinsley 22nd April 2015. Photo: Steve Nash

A nice story about overcoming adversity for Pam and Colin Dolby last Sunday at Towcester.

A week previously, they had seen their home bred Dumbledore (Ballymac Anton-Mays Fiddlefaddle, Aug 21) thwarted when Lady Pepper was KO’d, ran back towards the field and the stewards were forced to void the race.

Hare is stopped in the home straight in the interests of safety with Dumbledore (t6) yards away from winning 712m maiden open. Photo: © Steve Nash

But neither hound or handler were put off their stride and just seven days later. . .

DUMBLEDORE, who last week was in front when the hare was stopped approaching the winning line for safety reasons, finally wins the Maiden Stayers by seeing off Some Chance (t1) – extending a good sequence following three Henlow 550 victories for Pam and Colin Dolby. Photo: © Steve Nash

An impressive 43.41 win for the 712m as he extended his winning sequence to four.

Thankfully, The Nasher was on hand to record the event!