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Family rivalry sees brother beat sister in whippet memorial race
A BROTHER and sister battled it out to win the Anoso Memorial Open whippet race in Shildon.
Paul and Katherine Spark, of Cambridge, won the race organised by Shildon-Aycliffe Whippet Racing Club with their male dog North B4 South.
He won through his weight group and then the dog final to reach the overall final on Sunday (September 22).
North B4 South then beat his sister Escada, owned by John Gill and Angela Donaghue, of West Auckland to lift the Anoso Memorial Open Race Trophy.
Alison Armstrong, secretary of the club, said: “We had 42 dogs at the racing but both the whippets in the final of the memorial open were bred from the same bitch by John Gill.
“We had people from Cambridge, Scotland, Nottingham, Derby and Manchester at the racing. It was a very good day.”
Several other races were also run by the club on the day with dogs placed into races in weight and sex categories.
The club was formerly known as Aycliffe Whippet Club and it meets weekly to race at its track opposite to the Shildon Sunnydale Leisure Centre, on Middridge Road.
Anyone wishing to join the club should attend a race day between 1pm and 2.30pm each Saturday from September 28.
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