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On Bank Holiday Sunday August 25th. Epsom Racecourse, the spiritual home of the “Sport of Kings” and home of The Derby for nearly 250 years, once again played host to the Omni Terrier Derby, run along side the actual Derby course.

Over 50 barking mad terriers competed in what has become an un-missable feature of the Epsom Trainers Open Day and the highlight of the Terrier Racing calendar. The somewhat anarchic and unpredictable nature of terriers makes for an hilarious spectacle, described by one distinguished racing journalist as “the greatest spectator sport”.

For those unfamiliar with this eccentric and somewhat chaotic sport, the terriers are loaded into traps and are released to chase a furry lure into a gap in straw bales at the finish of a 50 metre course with the winner being the first through the bales.
A super new electric lure towing machine supplied by John Miles has now replaced the rather decrepit and unreliable "Heath Robinson" upside down converted bicycle that had been used for the last ten years.

As well as the terrier races there was a best turned out dog competition with the prizes of unique his and hers hats created by milliner Jessica Connelly.
The fascinator (ladies) was won by Hebee - a Welsh Terrier owned and bred by Lana Gadser and the boys top hat was won by Shamus - a Norfolk Terrier.
The competition was judged by Anna Webb from the BBC Radio London programme Barking Blonds who have become great fans and supporters of the Omni Terrier Derby.

We would like to thank the whole crew comprising Alec Tabet, Dave Green, Lorraine and Steve Smith, Carol and George Anderson, Gary West, Mark Andrews and Terry Rechtern, not forgetting webmaster Alan Kiddle plus Oliver Leedham and Ronnie Temple for some great photos.

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Epsom Racecourse, spiritual home of the “Sport of Kings”, became the host to the Sport of Lunatics when a turnout of over 50 barking mad terriers competed in the Omni Terrier Derby.

This 11th running of the Omni Terrier Derby is being hailed as the best yet by participants, spectators and organisers alike.
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.

2013 winner Magnus with owner Kieran Daniels

Further lustre was added to the event with the attendance of Anna Webb who presents the BBC Radio London (94.9) programme "Barking At The Moon" with JoAnne Good every Thursday night from 10pm till 12am.

The show is an absolute must for all dog lovers and we thank Jo and Anna for their fantastic support. Check out JoAnne Good .

“If you have never seen it before, terrier racing is one of the great spectator sports.”
Peter Thomas – Racing Post July 21st 2008.

For more information on the Omni Terrier Derby and other terrier races email [email protected]

Set at the historic Epsom Racecourse, following the Epsom Trainers Open Day, the Omni Terrier Derby provides support for Epsom Racing Staff Welfare to improve welfare and conditions for the racing staff in Epsom.

Together with a raffle, barbecue, a "name the monkey" draw organised by Farm Fencing, and additional sponsorship from McGee's, SCG Flooring, RDC Property Services and Floorsite, the 11th Omni Terrier Derby raised nearly £1000 for Epsom Racing Staff Welfare and canine charities.
The Terrier Derby will be back next year but its traditional venue of Epsom Racecourse is in doubt as the Epsom Downs Conservators found it necessary to charge us about £180 for the privilege of using land that was bequeathed to the public by Stanley Wootton nearly 100 years ago.

Stanley would turn in his grave and it is a shame as this money could have gone to the charities, so shame on you EDC.

We would also like to thank our Terrier Derby supporters, Farm Fencing, McGee Demolition, RDC Property Services, SCG Flooring and Windmill Farm Kennels & Cattery along with the legion of friends who helped on the day.