THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing starting with the all-important question….. where will the 2020 Greyhound Derby be staged?
➡️ The GBGB have this week announced plans to start the process to determine not just where next years greyhound Derby will be held, but also what is hoped will be a more permanent home for the Derby. The process will follow a similar format to last year’s application, namely an initial expression of interest followed by a more detailed business plan together with securing of sponsorship. The decision as to who will host the Derby will lie with a ‘stakeholder panel’ and the good news is that we should know the outcome by the end of September! There has been no official word from Nottingham yet as to whether or not they would be keen to host the competition again. Central Park are keen and have a sponsorship plan in place, as well as potentially Sheffield. We await more details with great interest! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ The Star Sports Derby winner Priceless Blake was due to line-up in the Select Stakes at Nottingham in a couple of weeks but has had to be withdrawn after coming off sore from the Dundalk International last Friday. Trainer Paul Hennessy reported him to be ‘sore, stiff and tired’ and so the plan will be for the Derby champ to have a break before embarking on his Irish Derby campaign. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ This week I paid a visit to Ricky Holloway’s kennels to meet his two RPGTV Champion Hurdle finalists, Turnhouse Jet and the defending champion Lenson Wilson. All Ricky’s dogs are so happy and bouncing! You can hear his thoughts on his dogs chances by listening to the interview I did with him. Star Sports have also put up a special offer for Lenson Wilson to win by two and a half lengths or more at 11/4. Ricky himself fancied a bit of that!
➡️ The Ted Lloyd Classic final at Sunderland threw up a few shocks last week including the elimination of the ante-post favourite Roxholme Nidge who went out behind the defending champion Allowdale Bruno. Nidge was forced to check at the first bend and also found third bend bother. Bruno recorded his seventh win from his last nine starts over course and distance and has drawn trap six in the final where Angela Harrison will send out half the field. She won both the other two semi-finals with Droopys Trapper beating Droopys Nadal and the heavily backed Velvet Juliet justifying the market when comfortably obliging in the opening semi-final by five lengths. Jaguar Jack and Strides Farran complete the line-up for the decider worth £8,000 next Wednesday. It’s Velvet Juliet that’s currently favourite, 13/8 with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ Next Tuesday it’s the 3 Steps To Victory Final at Sheffield over the 6-bend 660m trip. Bull Run Button is another runner doing it for the girls! She was the fastest semi-final winner in the conclusion of the 4-bend part of the competition and is now the favourite to take the £10,000 finale. She’s drawn trap 1 in the race which will be just her second outing over the extended distance. Her first was a comfortable victory in the Monmore Summer Stayers Classic heats (she was subsequently withdrawn from that event.) Button is a 9/4 chance with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ The Sussex Cup heats took place at Hove on Thursday night in what is shaping up to be a red hot contest. Seaglass Phantom is a dog that has had trainer Patrick Janssens scratching his head at times! A dog clearly full of ability but one that Patrick calls ‘a chicken’ at the bends! There is no doubting his speed and ability and he does seem to be a little more comfortable at Hove. He won heat 5 on Thursday night beating King Turbo and clocking 29.89, the fastest time of the night. Other winners were Slaheny Star for local handler Derek Knight (30.13), Sidaz Jet for another local trainer Matt Dartnall (30.01 and the fastest sectional, 4.22), Waste House Eco clocked 30.35, Arthur Noodle continues to do Poole proud, the little bitch with a huge heart clocking 29.97 and Clash won for June Harvey (30.17). HOT! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ King Sheeran, so impressive in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, making the semi-finals, despite being on the comeback from a broken hock, has taken his form to Swindon in the Produce Stakes. He showed tremendous early in his second round heat to beat litter brother and favourite King Lennon – a one-two for training duo Liz and Rab McNair. Sheeran clocked the fastest time of the round (28.66) and maintained his unbeaten record in the competition which has a winners prize-pot of £15,000. The semi-finals are on Monday at Swindon where the McNairs will send out half of the 12 remaining dogs. Has there ever been a final where one trainer had all six runners? Can you imagine!? LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ In other news from the McNair kennel, I spoke to Rab this week about Queen Beyonce. She came out of her Star Sport Derby semi-final race lame but Rab says she is ‘being her cheeky self and responding well to treatment’ which is great news. I for one can’t wait to see her back on the track. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ On Sunday it’s the final of the Henlow Puppy Derby with £5,000 going to the winning dog. Bockos Doomie was the fastest semi-final winner, overcoming a modest start to win in a best-of-event 27.32 beating Perrys Choice by five lengths. Dean Childs sent out a 2/7 favourite in the shape of Droopys Cannon who duly obliged in the opening semi beating kennel mate Droopys Code by six lengths. Phil Simmonds also landed a one-two sending out Dower Product to beat Headford Danny. Doomie is the Star favourite at 5/4, Droopys Cannon is available at 7/4. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS