Lahdedah calls the tune as Syd ends unbeaten run of Memphis

Lahdedah calls the tune as Syd ends unbeaten run of Memphis
Boylesports Bob, De Lahdedah, Whyaye Man, Churchfield Syd, King Memphis and Ballymac Gizmo

DE LAHDEDAH produced a dominant display to set the semi-final standard in the Star Sports/TRC English Greyhound Derby with a brilliant victory in the 500m opener at Towcester.

Liam Dowling's dog was out-trapped by reigning champion Gaytime Nemo but got inside that rival at the first turn and quickly put the race to bed.

Both Whyaye Man and Boylesports Bob then went past the 2023 winner to book their places in the decider but there was no catching De Lahdedah who scored by two and a half lengths and half a length in 28.79sec.

Stopwatch guru Ray Bourne clocked De Lahdedah through the halfway mark in 13.87sec.

SF1 - 1st T1 De Lahdedah (28.79sec), trainer Liam Dowling (Ire)

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Dowling secured a second finalist when his Ballymac Gizmo claimed third in the other semi-final which produced an epic finish between Churchfield Syd and hitherto unbeaten King Memphis.

Irish Derby champion The Other Kobe broke well but so did Churchfield Syd and Richard Rees' dog showed the best early to lead into the opening turn.

King Memphis was on the premises too but was crowded a little wide at the first bend then just had to check his stride at the second which may ultimately have been the difference between victory and narrow defeat.

Up front, Churchfield Syd was a length and a half or so to the good but King Memphis was in full flight by the third turn and a terrific tussle up the run-in ensued with the leader straining every sinew to hold the favourite by a short-head in 28.98sec.

Ballymac Gizmo, who did not enjoy the smoothest of passages but followed King Memphis through, was a length and a half back in third.

Churchfield Syd's halfway clocking was 13.79sec.

SF2 - 1st T6 Churchfield Syd (28.98sec), trainer Richard Rees

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Head-on footage courtesy of Ayozat

The field for next Saturday's £175,000 final is equally split between the UK and Ireland with three apiece while there are four railers and two wides.

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Trainer Liam Dowling spoke to Star Sports' Emily Wallis after qualifying two for the Derby final

The trap draw will be made at the traditional Derby luncheon at Towcester on Monday.

Ahead of the draw, co-sponsors Star Sports are 11/8 King Memphis and 13/8 De Lahdedah.