Scott Mitchell cant walk on at World Senior Darts Championships with a bull
Farmer Scott Mitchell wants to copy 'Limestone Cowboy' Bob Anderson's famous walk-on – by making a grand entrance at the Circus Tavern with his prized Hereford bull.
Anderson lived up to his nickname by riding into the Purfleet arena on a horse in 1994.
Now Mitchell, the 2015 Lakeside world champion who faces Peter Manley in the first round at the over-50s JenningsBet World Seniors Darts Championship on Thursday, dreams of following Anderson's trotters with his pedigree cattle Stella.
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Elf 'n' safety are likely to thwart his plan, and Mitchell admitted: “If it went wrong, it would be an awful mess.”
But he added: “I would love to emulate Bob’s walk-on when he did it on a horse. How he did that was pretty amazing. That would be great if I was allowed to do that on one of my Hereford cattle.
“It would be a dream if I could get one quiet enough. It would be a bull in a China shop. My cattle prefer open spaces rather than a nightclub.
“We’ve got an older cow, her pedigree name is Stella and she would be the one to do it but she’s very headstrong, very large and pretty.”
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Mitchell bought a new tractor for the family farm in rural Dorset when he won his BDO crown eight years ago, and if he scoops the £30,000 winner's cheque at the World Seniors he said: “To save me having to walk everywhere, maybe I'd get a quad bike this time – that’s like a Zimmer frame for ageing farmers!”
Defending champion Robert Thornton and No.2 seed Phil 'The Power' Taylor enter the competition on Friday night.
Also in the 32-player field are multiple women's world champions Trina Gulliver and Lisa Ashton plus Martin Adams, Glen Durrant, John Part and Keith Deller.
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