KING ELVIS emerged as a possible key player for the GBGB Awards in early 2018 as the Liz McNair-trained home-bred landed his fourth major title of the year in Wednesday’s Servoca British Bred Derby final at Towcester on Wednesday.
Already winner of the Produce Stakes (Swindon), Trafalgar Cup (Monmore) and Henlow Derby in 2017, the October 15 son of Tullymurry Act and Skate On made all in the £7,500 decider to add to his successes and give the McNairs a first and third in the decider.
Lowgate Belatrix, trained and bred by last year’s winning handler Jim Hayton, finished well to split King Elvis and his kennelmate King Turbo with less than a length covering the first four home in the final, with Barry Derby’s Alfies Prince also close up.
“That’s brilliant, and I’m delighted for the boss (Brendan Keogh). It’s what he deserves given all he puts into the dogs,” said Rab McNair. “Elvis has always been on our mind! He’s been a great dog from the start and has got so much speed.
“There’s no question 500m at Towcester tests him at this time of the year on slow going, but he’s held them off well, and him and Turbo bumping has probably cost the other dog second – but he’s run another good race.”
Bob Morton, whose involvement with the sponsors led to Servoca Nursing & Care backing the competition, said: “It’s been a superb event, and well done to all those breeders who made the final. There’s special satisfaction in achieving that.
“It’s important we support British breeding with these types of competitions, and the British-Bred Derby has a real home here at Towcester – a track I’m impressed with the more I come here.”