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

➡️ Sparta Master will most likely go off favourite for the Coronation Cup final on Friday night at Romford after the reigning track record holder was again fastest-of-the-round in the semi-finals in Friday. Sharon Thomson only trains this one dog at the moment and he is giving her the ride of his life since he took to Romford in no uncertain terms. On Friday, he beat Maysthistlecrack by seven and a half lengths in 34.74sec after a fast start.

➡️ Congratulation to Ernie Gaskin who is double-handed in the final after winning the opening two semi-finals with littermates Roman Empire (34.78sec) and Essex Vase champion, Droopys Aoife (35.00sec).

➡️ Sparta Master is currently 11/8 favourite with Star Sports, Droopys Aoife is 13/8 and Roman Empire is 4/1. Other qualifiers were Antigua Rum (8/1), Our Lucky Fool (16/1) and Maythistlecrack is 33/1.

➡️ The Star Sports Derby is now just three months away and trainers attentions are turning to letting their dogs have a look round Nottingham. Jimmy Fenwick has the ante post favourite in Ice On Fire but has also just put his Northern Puppy Derby runner-up Look Like Power round the Colwick Park circuit. He clocked 29.93sec in his trial on +50 going. The March 2018 youngster is currently 100/1 for the Star Sports Derby.

➡️ Another bitch to have caught the eye is Smallmead who clocked 27.97sec when trialling round Monmore. Trained by John Mullins, the May 2018 daughter of Ballymac Razldazl and Definite Opinion is a possibility for the Star Sports derby.

➡️ On Tuesday evening, there was a local council planning committee meeting regarding the redevelopment of Swindon dog track and I am pleased to say the outcome was very positive. Work has already been completed on the running surface but permission was being sought to demolish the main stand and build a new one. This has now been granted and Clarke Osbourne, chairman of the owners, Gaming International, said work would begin as soon as possible.

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