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 including Friday’s bumper 16 race card at Romford with the track celebrating their grand re-opening ….

➡️ Tonight it is the final of the Champion Stakes at Romford. The bumper supporting card also includes the heats of the TV Trophy and is it of course, the long awaited grand opening of Romford’s new stand! I will be at the Essex track tonight and can’t wait to see it all finished. Make sure you check it out too on RPGTV – we go on air at 6pm. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Last Friday, all three semi-final favourites went out of the Champion Stakes in a night of shocks. Aayamza Express was the quickest winner clocking 35.30sec for trainer Mark Wallis and she heads into the final as the 7/4 favourite. She has won four out of eight of her career races to date. She is and has always been a classy bitch, but trap 1 in the final may not be ideal for her. She has so far broken best from the middle. It remains to be seen if she can boss from the inside draw. Newinn Cracker (pictured) goes from trap 2 in the final and is, I believe, in with a real chance. She massively impressed me when winning her first round heat and is the only unbeaten finalist. Ernie Gaskin does his dogs so well and as she is the only one he actually has in training right now, she is getting all his attention! Make sure you have a listen to my interview with him. I think Cracker could be a great bet at 4/1… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ The TV Trophy heats also take place at Nottingham this evening (I did say it was a bumper card!) Savanna winner is the ante post favourite at 2/1 for trainer Diane Henry and Owner Kevin Boothby. However, it might be worth taking a chance at a bigger price on Bumblebee Bullet. Mark Wallis flagged her up as one to follow in this very blog a few weeks ago. He knows a good dog with potential when he sees one and she is currently 11/1! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ On Saturday night the third round of the Irish Derby provided a bit of everything… English trainer Graham Holland managed an incredible treble with Lenson Bocko first up in heat 1 scoring by five and a half lengths in 29.27sec. He is now joint favourite 11/2 to win the Irish Derby. Slippy Cian was on the score sheet in heat two, as well as Murts Boher in heat five, the dog winning his first ever race at Shelbourne Park. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Killmacdonagh continued to impress the Shelbourne Park crowds with a third round win, securing her place as the last bitch standing which means William Hennessy will receive a bonus cheque for £3,000. There is simply no stopping her at the moment and that was the case in heat 6, as she flew up the straight to pick up Ballymac Cooper in the final strides to win by a head in 29.61sec. That’s now eight wins on the bounce for Kieran Lynch’s bitch. I believe that’s what you call a ‘bitch in form’. She is 6/1 to win the Irish Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Last year’s Irish Derby runner-up, Magical Bale’s bid to go one better continues after he breezed into the quarter-finals in 29.46sec for trainer Patrick Guilfoyle. He flashed from trap 1 to dominate from the start and the Westwell Syndicate owned star has been rewarded with his favoured trap 1 box again in the third of the quarter-finals. Joint favourite at 11/2 with that quarter-final ahead of him, I still make him a bet and am happy to have put my charity money on him. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Unfortunately, the action on the track was slightly marred by terrible trouble in heat 5 where Laughil Josh almost caused a serious incident when turning back up the track following a fall at the turn. Thankfully, no greyhounds was hurt, but the incident also put paid to the chances of the unlucky Wolfe and also Court of Justice, who were both bought down. Laughil Josh’s kennel mate Grangeview Ten won the heat. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ For the most part, the East Anglian Derby at Yarmouth went to plan with the top three in the ante post betting obliging; Roxholme Nidge, Seaglass Phantom and Roxholme Glory. Perhaps the most impressive of them was Roxholme Nidge who was at his brilliant best in heat three, showing his trademark early pace and winning by over five lengths in 28.00sec. Nidge has been off the track since the semi-finals in Sunderland in early July and was reported to have cramped a little by his assistant trainer Mark Keightley. I am sure he will come on for the run and he is now 9/2 ante post. Of the bigger priced runners, Perry’s Choice was a winner as well as Wildfire Jimmy. The later was a 25/1 surprise winner on Derby final night at Nottingham for trainer Paul Young and won heat six in Yarmouth on merit. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ As expected, two tracks have put themselves forward to host the 2020 greyhound derby; Central Park and Nottingham. The GBGB’s Mark Bird said ‘They will now have until the end of the month (27th) to provide detailed bids, including possible sponsorship deals, before a final decision is made by an industry panel in early October.’ LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS