SIMON NOTT: Towcester Greyhounds
THE LOWTHER STAKES AT TOWCESTER: This was Star’s first visit to Towcester since the Greyhound Derby meeting. Tonight’s feature was the Lowther Stakes worth £10,000 to the winner plus a strong supporting card of 12 races. Talk in between the bookmakers was at a recent meeting a punter turned up with £50,000 to have on one dog. There was a buzz that with Star Sports in the ring tonight there may be some chunky bets offered up.
Six races in and there were certainly no signs of any big punters. There was a great atmosphere in the busy betting ring. The whole track had a friendly vibe with birthday greetings and congratulations filling the air over the public address system. I was enjoying revisiting my youth working as floorman for Lofty using tic-tac and telling him the ‘jolly was on the thumb’ and the 2 dog was ‘Top of the head in a place’. I got far fewer bollockings than I used to and never let him ‘roast’ when talking to people in the crowd once!
By the feature Lowther Stakes at 10pm it seemed pretty certain that the £50k man wasn’t going to make an appearance. Just as well as Lofty had just got the firm in front so it would have been a shame to knock it all out. Droopys Polly was the 5/4 favourite as the four books opened betting.
The betting on the feature race was steady and they were off. All you could hear, apart from the odd cheer, when 9/1 shot Geelo Sapphire beat the jolly into second to cop the £10,000 was the sound of elastic bands snapping around the bookies’ winnings.
Winning connections and sponsor celebrated, the punters not so much! It was an excellent night at Towcester Greyhounds. Star Sports will be back betting here in November for the Puppy Derby & TV Trophy Finals nights both on Sky TV.
And as summer draws to a close – a footnote from the race card!
Simon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting Ring