|SMUDGE WINS INAUGURAL
TERRIER DERBY in 2003
The Omni Terrier Derby, run on the actual Derby course as part
of the annual Epsom Trainers Open Day, was a great success with
over 40 barking lunatic terriers competing for the coveted prize.
Having powered his way through heats, quarter and semi-finals,
Smudge simply blitzed the field.
By the time of the final, bookmaker Des Gleason, faced with
hefty liabilities from the growing band of Smudge supporters,
cried enough and packed up his “joint” in disgust.
Between mutterings of “it’s supposed
to be for charity” he had the temerity to
suggest that the event was fixed. I ask you, how could
anybody possibly fix a terrier race?
2004: CANINE RED RUM
2003 winner, Smudge, again blasted his way through the heats,
semi-final and final to land the prize for the second year running
and stake his claim as the canine Red Rum.
Smudge leaps to victory
2005: FIERCE CREATURES
Articles over the preceding weeks in local newspapers
together with plugs on Channel 4 Racing, helped draw
a bumper turnout, both human and canine.
Victory went to Puzzle, a 10 year old Jack Russell,
who beat the likes of Pebble, Spotty, and Cracker to
claim the trophy.
2006: OLD ADVERSARIES
The 2006 running again attracted a record entry with dozens
of barking mad terriers vying for the prize.
Hot favourite Smudge was surprisingly beaten into third place
in the final by old adversary Spotty, who fought off the late
challenge of Masie to grab the spoils.
All four finalists were smartly out of the traps but
none faster than Spotty who held off the late challenge
of relative novice Milou to win the prize for the second
year with Smudge back in third and Pebble a gallant
Many observers felt that the very speedy Milou may well
have won had he not been more interested in mounting
Helen, Spotty & Pat
A further highlight was provided by the delightful Helen
Chamberlain, presenter of cult Sky TV show Soccer
AM, who graciously agreed to present the coveted trophy
to Spotty and runner up prizes.
The 6th Omni Terrier Derby had over 50 barking mad terriers
battling through heats, quarter and semi finals to the
grand final won by Poppy from Sage and Patch. Poppy and
Patch are both working Jack Russells owned by Peter Hyde,
who received the trophy from SoccerAM’s Helen Chamberlain.
As one might expect, with so many entrants, it was a recipe
for chaos with the historic racecourse awash with barking
mad terriers and their owners.
Despite a few hiccups, after countless heats, quarter finals
and semi-finals the grand final was won by Sage (runner up
last year) from Minty with Milou third and 2008 winner Poppy
in fourth place.
Competition was fierce with over 60 barking
mad terriers running in 16 heats, quarter and semi finals.
The grand final was won by Ollie, owned by the understandably
proud and delighted Kevin and Emma Llewellyn, with Sage a
gallant second with the other finalists, Poppy and Dice, in
is the Flavourite!
Previous winners Smudge and Sage were back again this
year to renew rivalry, with Sage, owned by William Haynes,
battling his way through the heats, quarter and semi-finals
to take the final in thrilling fashion from Frosties
Lad and Milou.
2012: WIDGET WINS
After 16 heats plus quarter and semi finals the final
was won by Widget, a Paterdale / Border Terrier cross,
owned by Janice Dent.
In second place was Bullet, owned by Kevin and Emma,
the only Rat Terrier in this country having been brought
over from Kansas USA earlier this year.
In the 10 years of the races this is the first time
that the final has been won by a breed other than a
Jack Russell, firmly establishing the Omni Terrier Derby
as an equal opportunities event!
This eleventh running of the Omni Terrier Derby is being
hailed as the best yet by participants, spectators and
Over 50 terriers and quite a few other breeds (the Terrier
Derby is an equal opportunities event) competed in 12
heats followed by 4 quarter finals, semi finals and the
final which was won by Magnus, a Plummer Terrier owned
by Kieran Daniels, from Hector in second.
Despite the number of barking mad pooches taking part,
the day went extremely smoothly and a great time was
had by all.
2014: LEO THE MASTER
There was a record turn out in 2014 with over 70 dogs
chasing a lure towed by a state of the art masterpiece
using a car starter motor.
2015: LYRA LEGS IT
The grand final was won by Lyra, a Parson Jack
Russell Terrier, owned by Michelle Blackwell from Toddy,
owned by Michelle's daughter Ryan, a gallant 2nd.
2016: LYRA WINS AGAIN
There was a record turnout for the 14th Omni
Terrier Derby, run at Epsom racecourse, with over 70
barking mad dogs competing for the coveted prize. The
trophy was won, for the second year, by Lyra, owned
by Michelle Blackwell, with Tigger, owned by Emma Llewellyn
a gallant second.
2017: BULLET HITS THE TARGET
The 15th Omni Terrier Derby was won by Bullet, owned
by Emma and Kevin Llewellyn, with last year's winner
Lyra, owned by Michelle Blackwell, a gallant second.
In 3rd place was Aitch, also owned by Emma & Kevin.