THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier

THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing…..


➡️ I was at Sheffield on Tuesday night in the torrential rain for the final of the BGBF British Bred Derby final. Liz and Rab McNair had half the field with their ‘Three Kings’, Sheeran, Dylan and Lennon. Before the race, head of the KSS syndicate, Brendan Keogh told me he thought it would be Sheeran that would win from a trap five draw that some thought wasn’t ideal. It didn’t seem to phase him at all! Russelena Bowow led early but Sheeran powered to the bend and round the first turn, then put in a dominant performance. He won by four and a half lengths in 29.11sec, adding to the Swindon Produce final he won in the summer. It’s an amazing feat given that Liz recalls sitting in the vet’s office at Nottingham last year thinking that Sheeran would make a nice pet after he broke his hock. King Sheeran is now an 8/1 chance to win the Olympic and still 100/1 for the Star Sports Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ There were a couple of other eye-catching performances at Sheffield. Roxholme Jim and Make No Apologie were lining up in a two dog race according to the bookmakers, the later just favoured. But Jim ran a stormer after being led by his rival to half way, in the end pulling away to win by more than three lengths in 29.18sec, the fastest time in the Bob Holmes Memorial heats. Roxholme Jim is 100/1 for the far Sports Derby. I was also very impressed by Phil Simmonds Waikiki Lad who was just three spots slower when winning his heat. The third heat went to Barrie Draper’s Newinn Missile in 29.47sec. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Bockos Doomie was a good winner of an Eclipse Trial Stakes over 515m at Hove last Thursday, despite not getting the best of starts from trap four and early crowding. He led by the second bend and went onto score impressively by over six lengths in 29.99sec. Doomie is the Star Sports ante post favourite at 3/1. We also have a tempting special for you here at Star Sports…the three ‘King’ dogs that made the British Bred Derby final will head to Hove and you can back ‘a King dog to win’ at 100/30 in our ante post betting. The competition starts on Saturday. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Owners of Droopy’s Reel were left bitterly disappointed on Monday night when the ante post favourite for the National Sprint at Nottingham had to be withdrawn after the A1 was closed and the Angela Harrison star was left stuck in traffic. She was as short as evens to win the three round event. Salacres Punch is the new ante post favourite with Star Sports at 5/2, after he clocked a ‘fastest of the night’ 17.48sec. In heat four, Geelo Brezza beat Lambeth Way. Brezza is now second in the betting at 5/1 and Lambeth Way has been boosted to 13/2. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ What a night it was for Kim Billingham at Swindon. Last week, we heavily featured Ballymac Cloud and Ballymac Saga and the pair managed to land a 1-2 for Kim in the opening semi-final of the Oaks on Saturday. After bunching at the third turn, Ballymac Saga led to beat Cloud, her early paced kennel mate, by nearly four lengths. Despite those efforts, Star Sports are offering Ballymac Saga to win the final at 16/1 and Ballymac Cloud at 25/1. There could be some value there… Favourite for the race is Chris Akers Sonic Spur who won her semi-final by seven lengths in the fastest time of the round and the in-form McNairs Queen Franklin held off Bull Run Byte by three quarters of a length. At Star Sports we have the favourite Sonic Spur at 5/4, Bull Run Byte at 2/1 and Queen Franklin at 5/2. We are also offering a special match bet between the two fancied runners – Sonic Spur at 4/5 and Bull Run Byte an even money chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ The Essex Vase final saw another ‘no show’ in the shape of likely favourite for the final, Sparta Master. Traffic issues meant the dog, who broke the track record in the heats, was unable to take his place in the final. The £10,000 first prize went to Ernie Gaskin’s Droopys Aoife who won by a length in 35.08sec, much to the delight of Gaskin, who had been extremely confident before the race given the bitch’s draw in red. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Next Thursday is a big day with regards to the future of Belle Vue stadium as a redevelopment proposal will finally be heard by Manchester City Council’s planning committee. There is more hopeful news coming from Oxford stadium and greyhound owner and businessman Nik Budimir, who hopes to redevelop the site as a multi-purpose, 24/7 sporting venue with residential units. Nik said that a recent meeting couldn’t have gone any better and hopes to be able to report more positive news in February. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ #DogsAtPollingStation was trending higher on twitter than the election itself today! Obviously I wouldn’t want Lola to miss out on the action so here she is (pictured above)… the local MP’s all fussing over her to sway my vote was quite amusing. Let’s just say it didn’t go to the lady who said ‘isn’t HE lovely’…. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS