Monk: One to Watch in ‘Top-Class’ Puppy Derby

Mark Haynes

Monk the one to watch in ‘top-class’ puppy derby

Kevin Hutton, the Towcester-Based Trainer gives his verdict on who to keep an eye on and what we should expect from the occasion.

As the excitement reaches fever pitch ahead of tomorrow’s #ECCPuppyDerby first round, the final preparations are getting underway, none more so than for Kevin Hutton.

With his kennel boasting a total of seven entries for the competition we caught up with the Towcester-based trainer to find out who to keep an eye on and what we should expect from the occasion.

“We have got a team of seven going into the competition” he said. “We have one totally unraced pup entered but most have had a few races under their belt either in the UK or Ireland but we have some nice little dogs in there for it.”

Leading the way for the Hutton Kennel is the eye-catching December 15 pup Jovial Monk, a three-time winner from six attempts around the Towcester track.

“I like Jovial Monk. He has had all his racing around Towcester so he knows the track and runs it well. He has broke the magical 28 second barrier over 480m and he will definitely stay the 500m trip as well so I think he is the best one of our team at the moment.

“I think it is one of those tracks where the more you see it the better. I think having that race experience around the venue will help – he runs it really well and I think it will stand him in good stead. He has probably drawn the hardest first round heat of everything but I think he is good enough to cope with it.”

Much like the Star Sports Derby, Towcester has taken charge of the occasion from Wimbledon, and with the new hosts not ones to shy away from putting on a show, Hutton believes this could be the most entertaining puppy competition to date.

“I think it will be a top class competition. Towcester put on a fantastic show, do everything right and make an occasion of it. The big occasions there are special, so I think it will be the best Puppy Derby in a long time in this sport.”

With a whopping £20,000 up for grabs, what would winning such a prize mean to Hutton and his team?

“That would be absolutely brilliant. Money wise it is the premier puppy competition of the entire year- they don’t come any bigger than that now, so it would be a huge achievement for whoever wins it.”

Be sure to stay tuned to Towcester Greyhounds on both Facebook and Twitter to follow the journey of Jovial Monk and his fellow competitors throughout the competition.

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