Owners pay tribute to a true champion... 

JUST what owning a greyhound is all about was captured in a wonderful epitaph published in the Racing Post on Wednesday written by Mike and Clare Davis, the owners of that wonderful hurdler, Kildare Lark, who has sadly died. 

If ever there was a fitting tribute to an old friend then this was it, with the Davis’s reflecting on the day they first acquired the dog, his tremendous career and right through to just the other day when they lost their champion after he was struck down by cancer.

They proudly posted Kildare Lark’s list of achievements, 31 wins from 57 races and a Grand National victory thrown in for good measure and the 23 wins from 32 races he rattled off for them in their ownership. The Lark was also voted the top dog on Sky during 2008 and twice won the GBGB hurdler of the year award. 
 
 
...including the bookmakers after Victoria Falls’ 25-1 National victory! 

TUESDAY’S Sky show from the Grand National meeting at Wimbledon had a real buzz about it, provided by some thrilling finishes plus more newsy and interesting pieces than usual and, if there were ratings for Mr Murdoch’s  greyhound racing shows, then this week’s would be close to the top of the pile.

More on the big race shock later but you have to hand it to Ricky Holloway and his supporters of the Save Our Stow (SOS) campaign who, when the opportunity arises, don’t miss a single trick in getting their message out there!

Every parader at Wimbledon wore a white coat bearing the SOS logo while every runner wore a red jacket on parade with the same message, including the website address where folk can lodge their objections to the housing  development plans of the owners of the Walthamstow site, London & Quadrant.
 
 
National saved by a whisker but is the thrill wearing off? 

THERE has been some debate recently over the decline in popularity of hurdles racing with, for instance, today’s piece in the Racing Post by Richard Birch in an interview with Wimbledon trainer, Jason Foster, highlighting the point. 

“The outlook is bleak,” says Foster, “and my biggest worry is that nobody seems to be doing anything about it.” He alludes to the fact that if it were not for a last-minute sponsor coming forward for this year’s Grand National “there might not have been one...”

That hurdle racing is nowhere near as popular as it was in the seventies and eighties is undeniable yet, at the same time, there is no denying that it makes for a fine spectacle, especially for racegoers new to the sport.