Delight at the mass of entries....

THE BETDAQ Premier League Greyhounds has all the makings of an outstanding competition with team entries coming in from all over the country and representing the leading kennels in the land.

Just think of any top trainer and they are in there, including the top ten in the Greyhound Trainers’ Championship, that’s how seriously everyone is taking the competition.

Smaller kennels are represented too and they will be aiming to put a shot across the bows of the big guns, hoping to become the giant killers in a competition that has captured the imagination of the entire sport.

 
 
. . . so will it fit You Mind Me?

JIMMY LOLLIE will race no more and has gone into honourable retirement so all eyes now will be on the lookout for the next two-bend specialist to step into his shoes.

It is a pretty big ask, and while we will all miss the 2010 Greyhound of the Year, trainers of lesser sprinters won’t be shedding too many tears over the fact that they won’t have to take on the Cahill dog any more.

A sight for sore eyes wasn’t he but what of the young pretenders out there waiting to take over the sprinters’ mantle? There are a few greyhounds around who could be considered heirs to the throne and one who springs to mind is the Frank Taylor-trained, You Mind me.

 
 
O’Flynn flying machine claims his first track record...

HE is unbeaten in six races at Thurles, now unbeaten in three races at Shelbourne, and in all nine races the remarkable Milldean Panther has hardly seen another rival - let alone been beaten!

It is easy in this game to get carried away with precocious youngsters so we would like to think that we keep our feet firmly on the ground when attempting to assess their achievements, but this pup is the most exciting we have seen in many a year.

And should you need convincing, the Panther’s all-the-way performance at Shelbourne on Saturday was sensational, another runaway romp and in a new track record time of 28.00! Impressive, you bet it was, because the previous figures (28.08sec.), set in April 2004, were held by Seamus Graham’s brilliant, albeit luckless, Premier Fantasy.

 
 
English runners dominate in Dublin... 

SHEFFIELD is hardly famed for its hurdling strength in depth but local trainer Lisa Stephenson did her bit to put the Yorkshire track on the jumping map when sending out Olivers Twist to win last night’s Irish Grand National final over 525 yards and four flights at Harolds Cross.

And there was nothing flukey about the victory, Olivers Twist broke quickly, jumped fluently and led all the way in beating the Dolores Ruth-trained favourite, Barran Bally Hi who, forgive the pun, was twisted slightly at the first bend.
 
 
Send on the Oscar to Lister’s champion!

IF there were ever any doubts over who will be voted Greyhound Of The Year they were surely dispelled by Taylors Sky in last night’s Primus Telecom Derby final at Henlow.

Looking as good, and perhaps even better than ever, Charlie Lister’s dog was landing his third Category One success of 2011 following his William Hill Derby victory at Wimbledon and the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Monmore.

 We fancy there will be no need for a recount when the votes are in for the award and we would go further than that by saying that he will probably be a unanimous winner, as so he should.

 
 
Wonder pup back at Shelbourne....

JUST as well you’re not over in Ireland this weekend, not that you wouldn’t want to be that is, but you’d be tearing your hair out deciding on just what track to visit!

Spoilt for choice isn’t in it, but if we were pinned down for a decision, that choice would be Shelbourne Park where none other than wonder pup Milldean Panther will be bidding to extend his unbeaten record to nine in a 12-runner competition over 525 yards. 

 
 
Lister runner sees red for third time in the event.... 

“SOMEBODY up there likes me,” so said Charlie Lister when his English Derby winner, Taylors Sky, drew trap one for the third consecutive time in the Primus Telecom Derby at Henlow.

Greyhound of the Year elect Taylors Sky has been faultless in his two qualifying rounds at the Bedfordshire track, equalling the 460 clock in the opening round and then making it his property outright in the semi-finals with a splendid 27.08sec. run.

 
 
GOBATA welcomes Gain Feeds as an associate sponsor of the BETDAQ Premier League Greyhounds. The first contribution for the leading dog food company will be to sponsor a £500 one-off event for British-bred greyhounds at our first Premier League meeting at Doncaster on November 16. 

They will continue to support BETDAQ Premier League Greyhounds throughout the inaugural series and we would ask owners and trainers to support them too.
 
 
TEAM entries for the BETDAQ Premier League Greyhounds are gathering momentum and there have been some formidable sides entered today with even more ‘top dogs’ anticipated tomorrow.

Charlie Lister tells us he will finalise things within the next 24 hours and will be a one-trainer team whereas Harry Williams has combined with fellow leading trainers in the north.

And what a side Williams has put together, it’s the Barcelona FC of greyhound racing with the powerhouse kennels of Kelly Macari, Jimmy Wright and Michael Walsh joining him in their bid for premiership glory!

The Geordie side will be known as Team North East while no points for guessing who makes up ‘The Only Way Is SOS’ line-up, the inevitable Ricky Holloway of course, who will partner Dean Childs.

*Owners and trainers are reminded that team entries close next Monday.


 
 
Power to their elbow but few takers anticipated.....

WHAT chance Frankel and wonder pup Milldean Panther going another seventeen races between them unbeaten?

With Frankel on a winning streak of nine For Sir Henry and Milldean Panther one behind him on a straight eight and neither seemingly beatable at this stage of their careers, some might be tempted by bookmaker Paddy Power’s offer of 100-1 against the pair taking their joint unbeaten run to 34!

However, with Tom Queally aboard Frankel and doing the steering - minus the last furlong over-use  of the whip of course - we rather fancy that Frankel has the better chance of invincibility while the Panther, outstanding hound that he is, has the hazards of track racing to contend with.

That said, he has demonstrated fine track craft for one so inexperienced and on more than one occasion racegoers have needed binoculars to spot the opposition! But in a sensible world our view is that the Dublin bookmaker won’t get many takers, tempting for some dreamers though it may be.