IT’S so good to see David Pruhs back on the open race road again and picking up where he left off after that sickening injury to probably the best dog he has ever had, Rotar Wing, at Sunderland last month.
Rotar Wing broke his back at the Tyne & Wear track and Pruhs, a member of GOBATA’s Racing Committee, was inconsolable for a long time afterwards and, truth be told, probably still is.
For, given any other year and no Jimmy Lollie, Rotar Wing would have won the sprint dog of the Year oscar hands down in 2010 for, in the two years he was with Pruhs, he won scores of opens, most of them in the cut and thrust business of two-bend sprinting.
...and that remarkable Lollie dog still teaching those young ‘uns a thing or three!
DESPITE missing three inches from his tail - kennel accident apparently - the Colin Callow-trained Longwood Days steered a perfect line throughout in the £10,000 Sussex Cup final (515 metres) at Hove.
That lightning could strike twice was uppermost in Callow’s mind after the dog went to traps for the decider having his won his semi-final as an unconsidered outsider at 14-1. He was never headed.
And it was the same story in the final where a slick start saw Longwood Days make all to beat Pennys Viking and Westmead Maldini by two lengths and a whisker.
Chairman Kelly warns abstainers of potential consequences...
IN his first chairman’s statement since his appointment to the British Greyhound Racing Fund, Tom Kelly has urged those bookmakers who decline to contribute to the Fund to think again.
In the recently published annual report of the BGRF, Kelly draws attention to the fall of fund income from off-course bookmakers to £7.8m. this year from a record £13.8m. in 2008-9.
“This can no way be described as good news,” states the chairman. “At one point the Board was concerned that greyhound betting turnover would fall to such an extent that we might have been heading for considerably less than the £7.8m. finally achieved.”
All roads lead to Hove for a star-studded meeting...
SUSSEX CUP final night at Hove is the track’s big bash of the year and Tuesday’s gathering of canine talent down at the seaside promises to draw the biggest attendance of 2011 so far.
The big race is one of four finals on the card and, like sister track Romford, promoters Coral have splashed the cash on this big open race occasion.
The supporting finals, a two-bend dash, plus run-offs for puppies and bitches both over the Sussex 515 metres, all carry a £2,500 first prize while the one-off 930 metres Coral Telebet Marathon - and you would need to stay from here to West Ham to get the trip - is worth £1,000 to the successful hound.
Dedicated greyhound show returns next month...
GOOD news for Irish greyhound fans, especially the armchair variety, is that the Irish Greyhound Board have confirmed that ‘Greyhound View’ is set to make a comeback on Irish TV on August 10.
Although IGB chairman Phil Meaney has been cautious with his words over the return of the programme his board will adopt a suck it and see attitude going forward.
The intention is to stage a trial period of 12 weekly shows beginning on August 10 which will go out live on Setanta Sports and TG4, an Irish language sports-orientated TV station. Repeats will be broadcast on Saturday mornings.
Dunham Greyhound Centre sponsoring British-bred Derbys there...
SUNDERLAND’S William Hill Festival of Racing has come and gone for another year - and what a festival it was! - and the greyhound feel-good factor in the north-east will continue to roll with Newcastle’s up-coming features for British-bred dogs.
Dave and Jane Houfton of the Dunham Greyhound Centre near Nottingham are generously sponsoring an all-aged Derby and also a Puppy Derby, both over 480 metres for 18 runners, and entries for each event close on the morning of July 28.
The competitions will run in tandem, with heats on July 30 and the finals a week later (both Saturdays so not on BAGS!) and the winners will earn £1,000 with all other finalists picking up £100 apiece.
Wonderful night for Wallis at Sunderland but tragedy for Pruhs...
GREYHOUND racing has a knack of bringing folk down to earth with a mighty thud and no more was this in evidence than at Sunderland’s festival meeting on Sky on Thursday.
Previewing the big William Hill-sponsored meeting on here yesterday, we headlined the piece ‘Sunderland’s festival finale a night to savour.’ How wrong we were.
The two extremities of the sport were highlighted by the wonderful victories of the Mark Wallis-trained twosome Blonde Fletch and Blonde Snapper in the big races.
Guilfoyle’s veteran runs down Makeshift in closing strides...
IT takes a very special greyhound to win back-to-back Cesarewitch finals in Ireland and an even more special animal to beat a field of the cream of the four-bend dogs from Britain and Ireland in the Boylesports Dundalk International two years running.
Not possible some would say but Definate Opinion put that opinion well and truly to the lie when completing the Dundalk showpiece double on Tuesday for Tipperary trainer Pat Guilfoyle.
That Definate Opinion enters his fifth year in a few days’ time stamps him as a quite remarkable dog and greyhound folk are now champing at the bit at the prospect of the County Tipp greyhound taking on the comparative young ‘pups’ in the Ladbrokes Irish Derby at Shelbourne next month.
Opens all the way, including a Classic!
GREYHOUND racing has not had much to shout about in recent years but all the signs are that 2011 is marking a small resurgence of the sport and nowhere is this more apparent than in the north-east.
This Thursday will mark the finale of the William Hill UK Festival of Racing at Sunderland from where the 12-race, all open card will be screened live by Sky Sports.
No fewer than four finals will be decided, for four and six-benders, sprinters and puppies, while the supporting opens are enough on their own to virtually guarantee a way above average attendance at the Tyne & Wear track.