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Bruiser Challenges All-Comers

7th June 2004

Cardiff Blues mascot Bruiser proved himself to be the fastest mascot in the town last week as he streaked home in the Chepstow Racecourse Welsh Mascot Derby on Bank Holiday Monday. The Blues mascot was an 80-1 outsider before the race but proved the bookmakers wrong by defying the odds and bringing the winners’ trophy back to Cardiff Arms Park.

Bruiser beat off the challenge of Spytty the Dog (Newport County F.C.), Rodney the Dragon (Gwent Dragons), Jolly Green Giant (Yeovil Town F.C.) Jack the Slip (Jack Brown Bookmakers), Rockin’ Robin (Swindon Town F.C.), Tommy the Tiger (Newport RFC) Sedge the Field Mouse (Sedgefield Racecourse) and Ozzy the Osprey (Neath-Swansea Ospreys) to secure victory.

With Bruiser providing a major upset at Chepstow the bookmakers wised up to the deceptive speed of the Blues mascot and slashed his odds to 6-1 ahead of the inaugural Sport Relief Mascot Race at the Epsom Derby last Saturday.

An expectant crowd gathered at Epsom to watch the race and they were not disappointed. The race was over the final furlong of the racetrack, roughly 225 yards, and lived up to the hype that it had been given.

Bruiser got off to a bad start as he stumbled out of the blocks but regained his poise and made inroads through the field. Lying in third with only 20 yards to go Bruiser forced his way past Sid the Shark of Sussex Cricket team but didn’t have enough energy to fly past London Wasps mascot Sting!

It was a valiant attempt at from the Blues mascot but his winning performance at Chepstow Racecourse only 5 days had clearly taken its toll. As well as ‘wowing’ the crowds at Epsom with his determined spirit, Bruiser had the privilege of competing in front of Royalty as the Queen was looking on at the Mascot showpiece and hopefully cheering him on!

Keep an eye out on this page for more news on Bruiser as he seeks to cement his position as one of the fastest mascot in the land!