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 build-up to this weekend’s action ….


➡️ It was a good Bank Holiday Monday ‘at the office’ for trainer Harry Williams. In the afternoon, at Pelaw Grange, Allowdale Bruno was sent off odds-on favourite for the Stadium Bookmakers Rose Bowl final. Tea For Two made a race of it, but the 2018 Sunderland Classic winner (and 2019 runner-up) prevailed in 25.83sec to claim the £1000 prize. Harry then had to rush off to Doncaster where his home-bred Pond Natalya completed an unbeaten journey through the BGBF British Bred Oaks at Doncaster (presentation pictured). The £4,000 prize pot didn’t come easily for the bitch, who was bred out of Harry’s Blue Artisan and Pond Tanzanite, as she had to ride a number of bumps along the way, eventually picking up long-time leader, Liz and Rab McNair’s, Queen Cher on the run for home and justifying the market confidence in her. Natalya, along with Pond Adonis and Ricardo will now be entered for the BGBF Northern Plate at Newcastle next month although Harry claims that Rab McNair has threatened to send two van loads of dogs up! Great, healthy, British-Bred rivalry. Love it! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Monday night also saw a roaring success for another north-east trainer when Jimmy Fenwick won his first ever category one final with Ice On Fire landing the £6,000 Nottingham Bookmakers Puppy Classic. The dog made a trademark flying start from trap 3 clocking a very fast 4.87sec sectional and was soon clear, holding the late charge of Headford Ranger by a length in 29.39sec (+40). Fenwick has owned category one winners before but to train one alongside his wife Melanie he said, ‘you don’t know how much it means to us.’ Ice On Fire’s almost faultlessly consistent early is so impressive and such a weapon, he is an extremely exciting dog for the coming months and all being well next years Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ We are down to the last 48 in the Irish Greyhound Derby over at Shelbourne Park and this week’s massive market move came for the bitch Killmacdonagh after she beat last years runner-up and Star Sports Derby final favourite, Magical Bale in the second round at the weekend. Kieran Lynch’s superstar who already has the Dundalk International, as well as the Cork and Shelbourne Oaks on her CV, landed her 18th victory in 29.45sec and is now 8/1 joint ante post favourite for the Irish Derby. Magical Bale himself is now 12/1 with Star Sports after overcoming his tricky trap 4 draw and securing his favourable trap 1 in the third round. Wolfe is still 8/1 with Star Sports. He was beaten in the second round by Toolmaker Me Dad in 29.60sec, the later remains unbeaten so far in the Irish Derby. It was a good night for Liam Dowling as Ballymac Cooper impressed in winning his heat in a time of 29.49sec. He is now 12/1 in the ante post market with Liams Ballymac Anton also 12/1. Anton won his heat comfortably in 29.57sec, knocking 20 spots off his time from the previous week. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ I was at Romford last Friday night for the Champion Stakes heats which was a treat – on and off the track. In the first heat, Kevin Hutton’s Ballymac Diego showed a fantastic burst of pace to win by 10 lengths in a night’s fastest 34.93sec. Other winers were Newinn Cracker for Ernie Gaskin, Mark Wallis’s Antigua Vows and Saleen Ash both won their heats, Patrick Janssen’s Desperado Dan and Seamus Cahill sent out Sporting Dave to win. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ There has for a long time been an air of excitement alongside the frustration at the Essex track with regards to the new stand which many have been patiently waiting for. Launch night is next Friday, September 6th and will feature the Champion Stakes final and TV Trophy heats, as well as £750 invitation races and a couple of £1,000 finals. It was exciting to see it coming together with just two weeks to go. A few little bits to look forward to include a brand new main entrance, trap coloured seating, a huge bar, swanky restaurant and outdoor seating area. Builders were still working hard late on Friday night to make sure it is all finished in time and I for one can’t wait to see the end result. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Yarmouth received 63 entires for the 48-runner, £15,000 to the winner Yarmouth Derby. Racing manager Marcus Westgate believes it looks like being a top notch competition with the likes of Brinkleys Poet, Seaglass Phantom (2018 runner-up) and Seaglass Tiger all taking their places alongside a very strong hand for Hayley Keightley who sends Roxholme Nidge, Glory and Jim.The first round heats are on Monday. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Stardom set a new track record at Crayford last Saturday clocking 44.52sec over the 714m, beating the old track record (which was set by Double Take and had stood since 2004) by 5 spots. The Heather Dimmock trained bitch was 2/7F when winning the Deanridge Trophy by a whopping 21 lengths! What a run! She did of course, win the Golden Jacket over the course and distance back in February. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ It was this week confirmed that Daniel Rankin, the long-standing Shawfield Racing Manager, is relocating to Hove to be their new Racing Manager. He will take up the position on September 16th. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Finally, congratulations are in order to Mark Wallis Assistant trainer and son, Daniel who has announced he is having a baby with his girlfriend Megan Barnard! Lovely news indeed… And Champion Trainer Mark Wallis is to be a Grandad!! Congrats to all the family xxx LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS