Greyhound Derby winner, Sidaz Jack, was given a taste of Yarmouth on Wednesday evening ahead of the East Anglian Derby.
Charlie Lister’s dog clocked a time of 27.91 over the 462m trip on the east coast. His sectional up to the first bend was 5.30 secs but connections will expect those clocks to improve as the competition progresses.
The team behind Sidaz Jack turned down an entry recently in the Select Stakes at Nottingham, as the 500m trip there was too far for their star.
Lister was able to get an improvement with his dog with each heat at Wimbledon. His best run of the competition came in the final where he got the better of both Ballymac Vic and Droopys Jet. After coming out of trap one, he led at the second bend in the £150,000 contest and prevailed at odds of 6/1 to give his trainer his seventh success in the race.
The June 2011 runner only just qualified in the opening round when he finished third in the heat won by Jolly Bullseye. That was his first run in the UK after running as a puppy in Ireland at Galway. He did improve for his next outing at Plough Lane by winning his second round heat. After going off as the 11/10 favourite in the greyhound betting, he led from start to finish.
Sidaz Jack was then drawn in a tough third round encounter which included Airlee Impact, Carkei Max and Fermoy Henry but he was able to qualify once again from third spot in the race.
His victory in the quarter-final , where he clocked a 28.32, put him down as a strong contender to win the first prize in the competition but a third place run in the semis ensured there were three dogs ahead of him in the betting for the race on June 29.