Chelms Switch made all in the final of the RPGTV Derby Plate to provide his owners with jubilation on English Greyhound Derby final night at Towcester.
The June 2019 dog bought privately from the Droopys establishment, when formerly called Droopys Dorado, defied his big odds of 14/1 on the night when smashing out of the lids and leading the field around the first bend.
Previously racing over the 575m trip at Romford, it was always going to be quite difficult for the field to catch him out front and thus proved the case as he held on to win the prestigious plate by just a short head in 29.69.
A dog that always showed promise, he started off his career at Cork in the well-regarded ON1 stake winning the first 2 rounds of that before finding only what was described as a freak of nature in Dromana Bucko only too good for him in the final.
There was plenty of talk about his trial at Perry Barr too when he first came over where he stopped the clock in 28.27 despite no doubt leaving a number of lengths on the track.
James Corden of Greyhound Trader said ‘It is great to see Switch live up to his ability on such a fantastic occasion as Derby final night. A dog that initially showed great promise, he has often been on the peripherals of success but this time round he certainly was not. The Plate is a very respected competition with some of the UK’s and Ireland’s best dogs competing in it and it is great for his connections to win back some of the money that have put into the sport.’
James Watson (part-owner) said ‘Thanks Greyhound Trader for sourcing the dog for us – what a brilliant night it was at Towcester Racecourse. This will live long in the memory.’