THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier

THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing and the action is coming thick and fast at the moment!!


➡️ Liz and Rab McNair will send out four runners in the 73rd British Bred Produce Stakes Final on Saturday. Their runners look like they will make up the first four in the betting and so the trophy could well be as good as in the van home with them! Have a listen to my interview here with Rab McNair for his thoughts on the £15,000 final. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Robert Holt’s Trickys Drumbo has been called up to the RPGTV Select Stakes after the withdrawal of Droopys Expert (bad blood count). Holt’s Sheffield based pup is unbeaten in three starts here in the UK, including a win on Derby Final night in the RPGTV Puppy Trophy where he had fellow Select Stakes contender Ice On Fire behind him. Heather Dimmocks British-bred Down To The Felt also got the call-up after Roxholme Nidge was withdrawn from the race last Friday. In trials on Monday night, Angela Harrisons 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up and 2019 quarter-finalist Droopys Verve was fastest, clocking 29.57sec. He looks set to go off favourite from trap 1. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ The Sussex Cup final will see six local dogs go head to head after the Hove trainers prevailed in the semi-finals, a unique occurrence in that competition. It was Droopys Gold who was quickest on the clock, 29.66sec (-20), beating Slaheny Star, not bad for a dog who is heading towards his 4th birthday. The Cahills have 3 in the final with defending champion Sporting Dave holding off Droopys Nirvana in a previous heat and then Stuart Maplesden’s Waste House Eco pulled off a surprised 12/1 win when picking up Matt Dartnall’s Sidaz Jet. The final, worth £10,000 to the winner, is next Thursday night. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ This week I took a trip to the kennels of Crayford trainer Allison Kelly-Pilgrim for an RPGTV kennel visit and one dog really caught my eye. Deanridge Baloo is the next litter on from Star Sports Derby runner-up Ballymac Tas, out of Ballymac Razl. Formerly named Ballymac Percy, the dog was bought by owner Ray Dean from Liam Dowling (right before Tas finished 2nd in the Derby Final) for an undisclosed fee. He’s only 14 months old at the moment and he is a big blue boy, so don’t expect to see him racing anytime soon. But when he does, take note. He has a presence about him for one so young that impressed me! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ It was great to see common sense prevailing at most tracks this week as a lot of racing was abandoned due to the extremely hot weather. Where racing did take place, the dogs welfare was of paramount importance and it’s great to see that a lot of tracks now have swimming pools for cooling off, as at Sunderland on Tuesday. Trainer Yvonne Bell tweeted the photo above of Outdoor Shadow cooling off after his A4 win at the track. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ News this week that Star Sports Derby finalist Magical Bale has ‘gone home’ to Ireland and the kennels of Patrick Guilfoyle where he was born, ready for a tilt at the Irish Derby. Donna Witchells, assistant to Kevin Hutton, said Bale is in ‘great order’ with just a few niggles to work through. Donna also reported that there has been international interest in using Dorotas Wildcat for breeding as they’ve been contacted by parties in Australia and the US. Wildcat is none the wiser though. He has been going home with Kevin and Donna and is trying to learn the ropes after he fell off their bed! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

Round-up of the week

➡️ Last Saturday night, Skip Mayo won the £7,500 Guys and Dolls at Crayford for trainer Gemma Davidson, springing a surprise from her favourite pitch in the stripes, she edged ahead of Seaglass Shadow at the second bend going on to score in 23.11sec (+20). LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Bookos Doomie sent out a reminder to all as to what a promising young talent he is when he won the Henlow Puppy Derby final on Sunday afternoon. Still just a September 2017, the Patrick Janssens trained pup beat Droopy’s Canon by almost 6 lengths in a time of 27.24sec. Patrick commented afterwards that this is ‘a truly special pup’. That category one win also leaves the Janssens team in a strong position in the Trainers Championship standings, 172 points clear of his former employer, Mark Wallis who has won the title on 10 occasions and hasn’t lost it since 2012. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ I very much hope you all listened to my interview in this blog last week with Ricky Holloway. He said that he thought Turnhouse Jet was too big a price at 6/1 for the RPGTV Champion Hurdle final – and so it transpired! Jet showed his usual early to dominate from the outset, giving Holloway his 4th Champion Hurdle title. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Bull Run Button won the 3-Steps To Victory Final at Sheffield on Saturday night for Barry Draper. The bitch, who looked extremely nervous on parade around the RPGTV cameras, didn’t let that worry her. She flew out of trap 1, making all and landing the £10,000 prize pot, emulating her Dad, Ballymac Eske who won the same competition five years ago. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ In the Ted Lloyd Classic Final at Sunderland on Wednesday night, Velvet Juliet ran a really game race to get up to beat defending champion Allowdale Bruno. She was crowded at the third bend and her race looked over but she came again to win by almost two lengths in 26.70sec for Angela Harrison. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS