Just two days now to the final of the big event and trainers from both Pelaw and Doncaster are looking forward to the racing. Dave Batey from the Pelaw camp commented, "We're really looking forward to Sunday's final at Doncaster. It will be tough but we hope we can do our track proud."
Doncaster trainer Alan Stevens was also anticipating a great day's racing. "More events like this are needed for owners and trainers at non-BAGS tracks. I would love to see Doncaster win the final but not knowing the strength of the Pelaw dogs the result could go either way."
Doncaster go into the home leg of the final 11 points behind Pelaw who made the most of home soil advantage in the first leg. Pelaw will be taking plenty of travelling support to the final and a carnival atmosphere is anticipated with a close result looking likeliest.
Sky producer Dave Lawrence with his
multiple open race winner and 2004
Derby quarter-finalist, Mustang Hero
LIVE greyhound racing on Sky has been with us now for almost 17 years and come September 20 this Sky will celebrate the anniversary of their 400th live broadcast, which was originally intended to be the East Anglian Derby final from Yarmouth but, due to the race sponsor not renewing this year, there will almost certainly be a re-think on the venue and event for the celebratory meeting.
Sky dogs is, and always was, driven by brothers Dave and Clive Lawrence, greyhound fanatics themselves, and just as well! Dave is the producer and Clive floor manager and, between them, they have served up many excellent shows, shows that have played no small part in putting greyhound racing out there to the masses and playing a part in keeping the sport above water in these difficult times for everyone.
ON behalf of our chairman and all committee members, I would like to thank Dave Smith for his tremendous effort in organising the Grass Roots Championship. The competition got under way at Pelaw Grange on Monday in front of a large audience, not only from County Durham but from Doncaster and Glasgow also, and the management were delighted with the day’s events. Dave's unstinting efforts and initiative are inspirational, well done Sir.
JAGER BOMB, trained by David Cooper for Mr Hendry, ran away
for an away win for Donny in the penultimate heat
PELAW GRANGE took full advantage of their opening home leg of the GOBATA/Primus Telecommunications Grass Roots Championship when they routed visiting Doncaster and Shawfield yesterday.
But while Pelaw appear to have quite a cushion to take to Doncaster, racing manager David Gray feels the points could be overturned there. “As most expected, our dogs ran well here today but a few of the visiting dogs didn’t handle it very well.
The Chester-le-Street track in county Durham won three of the six races, Doncaster two while Ballymac Zigic was Shawfield’s sole winner. So Pelaw go into next Sunday’s second and final leg on 51 points, 11 clear of Doncaster with Shawfield on 34.
IT may have been a 36-hour round trip from her Rathangan kennels near the Curragh to Wimbledon and back but Dolores Ruth was “delighted” with the performances of her four runners who trialled at Plough Lane before racing on Saturday in preparation for the William Hill Derby.
And no surprise that she was particularly delighted with the run by Razldazl Jayfkay, who was one spot inside the track record shared by Miss Ruth’s Toomaline Jack and Seamus Cahill’s Droopys Oscar set in May and June respectively last year.
Jayfkay made all in beating kennel and travelling companion Razldazl Lord by six lengths and his 28.24sec. was considerably faster than the times posted in trial stakes on the night by Boher Paddy (28.45sec.), Jacks Back (28.88sec.), Jordansoilutions (28.84sec.), Romeo Spartan (28.87sec.) and Droopys Bradley (29.00sec).
LAST week’s trials dispute between the Wimbledon racing office and the father and son training team of PJ Fahy and Conor Fahy appeared forgotten on Saturday when three of the five Tyrur dogs which were intended to run in the Plough Lane trials (see story elsewhere on here) won three of the seven heats of the 36,000 euros Hegarty Bookmakers 600 at Shelbourne.
Two of the trio posted all the way victories in Dublin, Tyrur O’Gorman (32.62sec.) and Tyrur Carey (32.73sec.) while Tyrur Domingo got up on the line to take his qualifier in (32.75sec.). And all the signs were there on Saturday right from the start that the Fahys were in for a good night when Tyrur Cooney and Tyrur Brian won the first two races on the card, 525 yards graded events, giving the kennel a nap hand of winners.
The form of the Hegarty winners suggests that the Tyrurs would have been no forlorn hopes in the Derby at Plough Lane but PJ has ‘advised’ Wimbledon that he will not be bringing the dogs over after the misunderstanding last week.
WHEREVER she goes, the Mark Wallis-trained Ayamzagirl will always attract attention, for reasons it is not necessary to go into here.
Sky viewers saw her turn in an excellent performance on Blue Riband final night last week at Hall Green, recovering from an early set back to come through her field as clean as a whistle to win an eight-bender.
But she left that form way behind in her heat of the Television Trophy at Sittingbourne on Saturday when she was eliminated in the qualifier won by Knockies Hannah, who clocked 57.15sec. over the ultra-testing 893 metres but by far the fastest of the three qualifying winners.
THE Tyrur trials row at Wimbledon this week was something this game could well have done without as the showcase race of the year approaches.
In case you’ve been on another planet, the father and son team of PJ Fahy and Conor Fahy came over from Ireland through the night on Tuesday with five of the dogs bearing probably the most famous greyhound prefix in Ireland accompanying them.
That they got to Wimbledon in plenty of time for the trials (7am Wednesday morning) is not in question; that there was confusion between the Fahys and Wimbledon most certainly is, even though the Racing Post version of events was splashed across the greyhound front page leaving readers somewhat confused.
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Turning for home at Pelaw, were you on the ONE dog?
PELAW GRANGE racing manager David Gray is champing at the bit in anticipation of Easter Monday’s launch of the GOBATA/Primus Telecommunications Intertrack competition when the track will host Doncaster and Shawfield.
The Chester-le-Street stadium already boasts an intertrack success over the Glasgow track and this came in a home and away ‘friendly’ last year. “We got thumped at Shawfield and they came back here with what looked like an insurmountable lead,” said Gray.
“A coachload of us went up to Shawfield and it was with some trepidation that we welcomed them back here, I thought we had no chance of turning them over but turn them over we did and, in a grandstand finish, we won the match by a solitary point in the final leg.