THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing – including a sensational Eclipse final win for Ice On Fire and the big races underway this weekend including the Essex Vase.

➡️ Galloping Moon led home a 1-2 for Kevin Hutton last Thursday in the Brighton Belle final at Hove. She is now going to head to the Oaks as Kevin bids to defend the title he won last year with Ravenswood Flo. The runner-up in that final was Magical Vera who went on to win the Angel Of The North. Both she and Galloping Moon pleased in trials at Swindon this week. Vera was quickest, posting 28.23sec over the 476m trip while Moon clocked 28.57sec. Moon will be entered in a trial stakes race whilst Vera is reported to be ‘in the best shape she has even been in’ and will now head straight to the first round. Sadly, Ravenswood Flo will not be able to defend her title as she was reported to have sprained a hock a couple of weeks ago. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Matt Darnall also looks to have a very nice bitch for the classic in the shape of Nice Mystery, who was just one spot off the time set by Magical Vera. Dartnall’s Comeonyoubees also went well in a trial (28.44sec) as did Kim Billingham’s Ballymac Saga (28.49sec). The £15,000 to the winner competition starts Saturday November 30th, with the final on December 14th. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ The Essex Vase starts at Romford on Friday night with Hayley Keightley’s Roxholme Jim heading the ante post betting at 6/1. He’s the only entry for the kennel after Roxholme Glory was ruled out due to injury. Glory was marginally quicker than Jim when both won their six-bend debuts at the Essex track last week, but he has since been checked over and has a stress fracture, so will be off the track for a while. Jim has a tough opener though in heat six against course and distance Coronation Cup winner, Shotgun Bullet. Derek Knights charge is running out of his skin at the track he loves and I am amazed to see him as big as 20/1 with Star Sports. Spare a thought for Kevin Hutton here though, as four of his five entries all line up in heat one. I’ll be at Romford on Friday night so if you’re going, see you there! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Congratulation to David Mullins who became the sixth trainer of the year to rack up 100 open race wins and in doing so has broken his own previous best of 96 open wins in a year. Appropriately, it was the kennel sprinting star, Troy Bella who got the 100th win in a thriller at Nottingham on Monday night. He is now going to be aim at the Night Of Stars at Shelbourne Park before a tilt at the National sprint at Nottingham at the end of the year. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Finally, I was literally blown away by Ice On Fire’s winning performance in the Eclipse final on Monday night. Just a few strides from the boxes, the race was over in devastating style. I’m so excited by this dog. He’s the best I’ve seen in a long time. His trainer Jimmy Fenwick is literally living the dream right now. Congratulations to all connections. I hope they’re enjoying every minute. Well done to those of you who took the special offering this blog last week, Ice On Fire to win the Eclipse and Derby at 28/1. What a lovely bet, especially given he is now 12/1 favourite for the Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS