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Great Aycliffe Whippet Derby success

THE tenth anniversary of the English Whippet Derby and the sixth year at the top class venue in the north east, Newton Aycliffe saw more than 200 competitors taking part.

The event was kindly sponsored by Alpha Feeds, Great Aycliffe Town Council, Wendy Freeman, and Whippet News.

A new venture for North Nottinghamshire-based Alpha Feeds, the English Whippet Derby is one of the most prestigious events in the whippet racing calendar.

The Derby brings racers young and old from all corners of the UK to take part, where the finest dogs in the country compete against each other for the top accolade.

More than 200 whippets competed over 160yds, with phenomenal speeds of up to 30/35 mph.
Organiser Chris Cornish said: "All in all it was a brilliant family weekend, the whippets and owners alike thoroughly enjoyed themselves over the three days activities.

"A huge thank you to all the whippet racers who supported the event and of course to the much valued sponsors for without whom the weekend could not take place."

Winners this year included:

Ray & Mary Cahill’s Kai Sera & Russell Malbon’s The Magster winners of the Puppy Derby.
Chris Horsnall’s Orontes & Meg’s Penny winners of the Yearling Derby.

Kathryn & Paul Sparks’ North 2 South & Chris Horsnall’s Monkey winners of the Veteran Derby.
Billy Hughes who travelled all the way from Romford in Essex with his whippet Bagheera took the 40lb & supreme overall scratch winner.

Local racers Colin & Jackie Thubron with Gold Run won the 2nd Chance Derby with litter-sister Our Amy taking Main Derby supreme for their delighted owners.

Chris Cornish (Derby Organiser), her partner Paul Jennings & good friend Wendy Freeman (Derby sponsor) in a close fought battle to take the much sought after prize from last years winner Peggy Sue, Weardale Spot in 3rd, with Mayb Magic in fourth and Cassan from Newcastle in fifth spot.