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Slick Sakina was too hot for her rivals in the Oaks final at Perry Barr
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Dave Clark's weekend round-up: Sakina too Slick for rivals

Belgian handler Patrick Janssens held a strong hand in the Oaks final at Perry Barr last week sending out half the field and it was his well-backed Slick Sakina who proved the pick of the bunch.

The 11/8 favourite, who wasn't even favourite on the morning of the race, was the subject of good support all day and backers never had a moments worry as she zipped into an early lead before destroying her rivals.

Coming home four-and-a-half lengths clear of her nearest rival, Hove raider Bonjour Bullet, the speedy daughter of Droopys Sydney scorched the Birmingham sand in 27.85sec - setting a new track record for the 480m trip.

This lightly raced two-year-old has always been held in high regard by her Derby-winning handler, seasonal rest and injury have held her back so far, but now flying she's one to keep onside for the rest of the year.

Shado puts rivals in the shade

Slick Sakina's new track record lasted just 20 minutes, as kennelmate and superstar Coolavanny Shado confirmed his status as one of the fastest greyhounds in the country with a fine exhibition of front running.

Bursting clear with a sensational display of early speed, Janssens' star cruised ahead before coming home eight-lengths clear and stopping the clock in 27.77sec.

Injury scuppered plans for this year's Derby and forced connections to withdraw him from the Maiden Derby when antepost favourite, he also tasted defeat in the final of the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth when sent off 1/4 favourite - so it has been a far from straightforward start to his career in the UK.

Now 20/1 antepost favourite for next year's Derby, this is an extremely exciting greyhound who will be making plenty of noise over the next couple of years.

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Track to line success for Frompillartopost

Training team of Liz and Rab McNair continue to enjoy a brilliant 2022 and landed yet another big prize last week with arguably the most exciting prospect in the country.

Despite a bump or two at the start, their star pulverised rivals in the £10,000 RPGTV Cowley Puppy Collar Final at Oxford on Friday night, capping off a flawless and unbeaten run through the competition.

His breathtaking back-straight speed and staying power over the sharp 450m trip at Oxford proved the difference, but it is certain that he will be even better over further.

The 515m trip at Hove or the 500m distance at Towcester have already been earmarked as potential immediate next stops for him, but there is no doubt that he is a player in next year's Greyhound Derby.

Mullins ends Kent Derby hoodoo

Romford handler Dave Mullins trained the beaten odds-on favourite in the Kent Derby Final at Central Park in both 2020 (Tenpin) and 2021 (Brookside Richie) but finally got his hands on the £20,000 title with the exceptional Arkady.

Lining up in a fiercely competitive 480m contest, he justified market support and the 15/5 favourite was quickly in command and dominated rivals from the off.

Aided by a favourable draw, the middle seed had four railers on his inside and the track opened up nicely for him into the first turn.

Once in command, rivals were racing for the silver medal and he sauntered to a four-and-a-half lengths success from the staying on Clairkeith Remy.

Another four-bend star to throw his hat into the ring for next year's Derby, Mullins hound was cut into 33/1 for next year's blue riband event.

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