THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing….
➡️ Make No Apologie only turns two next week but is already giving his trainer Heather Dimmock and her partner Mick Pacey a fantastic ride. He landed his second competition in a month when he made all in Sheffield’s Ryan Holmes Puppy Cup Final on Tuesday. The dog has already won the Romford Puppy Cup and never looked in danger in landing this competition after he broke well from trap 5 and won by five lengths in 28.92sec. Owners, The Jabber Crew, were particularly delighted because that win took their syndicate tally to 100 in just two and a half years that they’ve been formed. Congratulations to all, he looks a lovely young dog and one for the Star Sports Derby next year, currently priced 66/1. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ The Dimmock kennel is one in form right now and her superb night continued in the heats of the BGBF British Bred Derby when Down To The Felt won heat three. He finished second last year and is now a well backed 6/1 chance with Star Sports, to win this year’s renewal. The fastest heat of the night though, went to King Dylan who completed a hatrick for Liz and Rab McNair, with success as well for King Lennon (heat two) and King Sheeran (heat five). They have an incredibly strong hand going into the semi-finals; Dylan is 9/2 ante post favourite with Star Sports, Lennon is 6/1 and Sheeran, 5/1. King Cash (8/1) also qualified as did King Turbo, but he has subsequently had to be withdrawn and has been retired by connections after he pulled a main tendon away from his front leg. What a fast dog he been, winning more races than he got beat, 36 out of 68, including four Cat One finals. He won Gold Cups at Towcester and Monmore, the Kent Derby and the Olympic. Happy retirement Turbo! You deserve it. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ On Saturday night, Monmore will play host to the Trafalgar Cup Final with Antigua Breeze currently hot favourite with Star Sports at 5/6. It was, however, Droopys Addition that clocked the fastest time. Ernie Gaskin’s youngster is just a May 2018 pup but he won his heat is convincing fashion scoring by three lengths in 28.11sec. You would think there will be plenty more to come and he is certainly in great hands. He’s makes more appeal as a bet at 5/2. That said, Antigua Breeze is on a six-timer at the track and is clearly in good heart. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ I was at Romford Friday night for the heats of the Essex Vase. Trainer Sharon Thompson’s Sparta Master, easily produced the performance of the night when breaking the 575m track record in heat 5. He pinged out of trap 4 and never saw another dog clocking 34.59sec. That time took three spots off the record previously set by Quantum Leap in August. Sparta Master is now 9/2, second in the betting, to win the Essex Vase with Star Sports. Heading the betting is still Roxholme Jim who made light work of his heat, pacing up to the opening bend and then stretching away. He came back to the field towards the end of the race but will be improving over the trip and still won comfortably by over three lengths. He remains the Star Sports ante post favourite at 4/1. The semi-finals are on Friday night.
The Track Record To Go Again Either In The Semi’s Or Final @ 2/1
A “King” dog to win the vase @ 4/1
➡️ Work has begun at Hove to get the new, 500m trip up and running by early December. The current 490m traps, which are fully automatic, are being moved to the 500m start and that trip will play host to the Winter Derby early next year. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ Shelbourne Park is set for a cracking night on Saturday night when it hosts the Michael Fortune Night of Stars, and I am pleased to tell you that there will be a huge raiding party from the UK. Antigua Fire will head over to Irish shores as he bids to repeat his win on the same night last year in the 850 yard race. Mark Wallis is heading over with just that one runner in a bid to win his first ever race at Shelbourne Park. Other UK runners include Ernie Gaskin’s Lambeth Way against Peter Harden’s Salacres Punch, Patrick Janssen’s Bocko’s Doomie and Heather Dimmocks Stardom. Good luck team England! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS