THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier

THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing – including the Eclipse final and star of the moment Ice On Fire. Plus the St Leger latest from Perry Barr.


➡️ The Eclipse final never disappoints and the 2019 renewal is no different. Frankly, any race featuring Jimmy Fenwick’s Ice On Fire (pictured) is going to draw the crowds. For me, he is the most exciting greyhound in the country at the moment. He will take his place in the £6,000 to the winner final, ideally housed in trap 3. He won the second semi-final with ease on Monday night after clocking a scorching 4.86sec sectional ad winning time of 29.31sec – the fastest of the semi-finals. In behind him was Seamus Cahill’s Forest Alan who managed to close late on. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Ice On Fire has been named as winner of the RPGTV/GWA Greyhound of the Month for October after landing a popular victory in the Alconex All England Cup Final at Newcastle last month. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Local trainer Lynn Cook won the opening semi with Plaza Lep who typically went from the front winning in a hand timed 29.69sec. King Sheeran finished well to take second. And Steve Anderson’s Bramble Reggie was a game winner of the third semi-final. He missed the break by his standards allowing Roxholme Glory to lead but Bramble got inside that rival at the first bend eventually leading home King Dylan by half a length. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ If Ice On Fire does win, it will be his third Category One title of the year and surely, if he isn’t already, it would make him a big contender for the Greyhound Of The Year title. Here at Star Sports we are top industry price for Ice On Fire to win the Eclipse final at 8/15. We also have a special of 28/1 for him to win the Eclipse and the Star Sports Derby. Should he win Monday night, that could look very very big. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ On Saturday night, it’s the biggest stayers final of the year at Perry Barr, the St Leger, worth a huge £15,000 to the winner. At a rain soaked track last Saturday, Irish raider Redzer Ardfert set the standard. Brendan Maunsell’s runner appeared to handle the track much better than in the first round, wining his semi by over four lengths in 43.61sec. Brave Ark kept on for second for Matt Dartnall. In the opening semi final, it was Antigua Fire that came through the field for Mark Wallis to beat Paul Sallis’s Summer Savvy and Patrick Janssens’ Skilful Sandie opened her UK account beating another Wallis finalist, Avastorm by over five lengths. Antigua Fire is 5/4 favourite to win the final with Star Sports, Redzer Ardfert is an 11/8 bet. Antigua Fire has been in a few finals now and I always struggle to tip him once he gets into the best company, like this Leger final, because he has to do it the hard way. But on this occasion, I think he is a worthy favourite to come through a classy field. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ My thoughts this week were very much with Harry Williams and his wife Rita who sadly lost their little champ Allowdale Bruno. The 2018 Sunderland Classic winner had to be put down after breaking a hock at that track on Friday in a trial. The dog was taken to the vet and expected to have an operation but x-rays showed the hock was too badly damaged to be fixed. Our thoughts are with connections. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ In the Fengate Collar, local trainer David Pruhs stole the show with the fastest heat winner in Glencroft Tiger who blasted clear to score in 26.17sec. He also has Kooga Class through, that dog finished second behind Martyn Wiley’s News Knight. The Romford handler is also double handed in the final with Long Lincoln qualifying too. There is a final contender for Jason Bloomfield with Seattle Sam and Signature Calum was runner-up for Michelle Brown. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Well done to trainer Anneliese Thompson who ran the New York marathon at the weekend, raising over £7,000 for Macmillan Cancer in memory of kennel hand Pete Vernon who sadly passed away earlier this year. An amazing achievement. Well done Anna! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS