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East Anglian derby delight for Affane Party

PUBLISHED: 13:17 21 September 2018 | UPDATED: 13:17 21 September 2018

Affane Party gets a well-deserved hug from owner Dougie Butler after winning the 72nd East Anglian greyhound derby at Yarmouth Picture: Rob Colman

Affane Party gets a well-deserved hug from owner Dougie Butler after winning the 72nd East Anglian greyhound derby at Yarmouth Picture: Rob Colman

© Rob Colman 2018. No Syndication.

Affane Party made a swift exit from the lids in trap three to scoop the title of 72nd East Anglian greyhound derby trophy and prize money of £15,000.

The 9/4-backed hound set the pace and dominated the field, leading them all the way home.

Seaglass Phantom was runner-up, but nothing ever looked to be troubling Affane Party’s performance.

Trainer John Lambe said: ‘I knew he had been running so well in this event that tonight I had every bit of confidence he would set an attacking pace from the outset.

“This is my first East Anglian derby event entered and now first win. In fact, I have only had a handful of category one entries to date, but what an event to start me off.”

Owner Dougie Butler said: “That was fantastic – when he breaks like that there’s not a dog who can live with him. My thanks to John and also to Eamon Uniacke from Cappoquin, who bred the dog. He’s a star!”

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