Racing: A Moral victory for top dog

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OBLIVIOUS to the irony of his name, an 8,000-strong full-house at Wimbledon celebrated long and hard on Saturday night as Moral Standards, the 9-4 favourite, won the Greyhound Derby by one and a quarter lengths, writes Greg Wood.

Throughout the competition, Tony Meek's dog had confounded the wisdom that Wimbledon is a track for early-paced dogs, and once again he came from off the lead with an irresistible late surge.

The youngest dog in one of the best finals for years, and the first to go undefeated through all rounds of a Wimbledon Derby, Moral Standards' style of running reminds many observers of Scurlogue Champ. 'This dog never ceases to amaze me,' Meek said. 'I believe he's the best dog in the world.'