Trainer Diane Henry continued the great start to her career when Ten Large Down won the Northern Puppy Derby at Sunderland on Thursday night. The 5/4 2nd favourite won in some style, beating even money favourite Westmead Carl by over two lengths in a time of 26.84sec.
4/1 chance Killieford Fire ran a solid race to finish third showing decent early pace but couldn’t live with the two at the head of the market.
Victory for Ten Large Down gave Diane Henry her third title in recent weeks after Ten Large Down also won the Westmead Puppy Derby at Henlow and Honey Trampas took the Coors Puppy Silver Collar at Sheffield.
After the race, Henry said;
“This is all I’ve ever dreamed of since I was a kid, having dogs in my kennel to compete with and show people my training ability.
“Ten Large Down has proven he can do the business tonight, he’s absolutely a Derby dog for next year. The owners want to go for the [William Hill] All England Cup at Newcastle and we’ll talk about that, but I might like to give him a bit of a rest.”
Part owner John Lynk said;
“He just keeps exceeding expectations. I think he belongs with Diane, we got questioned a bit when we sent him to her and not a professional trainer but she’s the future.”