JAYNE CLARKE, PR director at Bettor.com, says she is hopeful that live streaming of their Scottish Derby second round from Shawfield tonight will go ahead as planned after Saturday’s first round streaming was aborted when gremlins got into the system.

A final test at 2pm today will determine whether the ‘show’ goes ahead and for those of you who also wish to see the first round recordings you should go to www.bettorscottishderby.com and/or youtube.com/bettorsports.

 
 
WERE there an award for best veteran in the annual GBGB honours list then surely the remarkable Yahoo Jamie would come out top of the pile, or very close to it.

Trained by Charlie Lister OBE, the October 2007 old-timer landed his 24th win from a so far 63-race career, all of them opens, when bolting up at Nottingham on Monday.

At his age, Jamie is not surprisingly slowing down a tad but his considerable experience continues to stand him in good stead when taking on everything they throw at him, witness last night’s success when he bombed out, went further clear with every stride and eventually won by more than seven lengths.

He is a dog Charlie thinks the world of in more ways than one, would you believe Jamie goes to Wimbledon on Saturday for a Derby trial stakes! “He’s a lovely dog to handle, no trouble whatsoever and very clean in his kennel,” he said.

The dog has been blessed throughout his career by a virtual injury-free campaign. “He’s had the odd one or two niggles but never anything serious and certainly nothing to worry about,” added Lister. “He’s been round the block a few times but is still a very good dog when he gets a run.

“He should have won the Yarmouth Derby last year but had a bad draw in the final, was bumped at the first bend and that was it, his chance was gone. But generally speaking he holds his form very well and is a pleasure to train.”

Pity they don’t do canine OBEs!

 
 
Razldazl dogs look cherry ripe for the Derby... 

A WARNING shot, make that shots, across the British bows put the fear of you know who into owners and trainers this side of the pond when Dolores Ruth’s raiding party from Rathangan virtually cleared up in the Derby trial stakes at Wimbledon last night.

She took three Razldazls to Plough Lane and while first on track Bugatti led everywhere bar the line only to be chinned a short-head, Rioga and Jayfkay atoned in no uncertain style in the races immediately after with the pair both scoring runaway wins.

Razldazl Rioga led all the way in beating Rio Torino in 28.66sec. three lengths but the outstanding performance of the year at Wimbledon so far was served up by Jayfkay in winning by almost five lengths from Shelbourne Geoff, another always led job!

It wasn’t so much the distance that had the Wimbledon racegoers gobsmacked but Jayfkay’s winning time of 28.20sec! This is only three spots outside the record set by Taylors Sky in last year’s Derby final and an outstanding effort by any stretch of the imagination.

There will be those out there who’ll be saying that Miss Ruth has peaked the dog too soon, poppycock! She has been meticulous with his preparation and would no doubt point the critics to their calendars reminding them that the Derby starts in less than four weeks, on 27 April to be precise!

Can Jayfkay go any faster, we are pretty sure that Miss Ruth thinks he can!

 
 
He incurs wrath of the stewards for having a dig at the other Legend...

CHARLIE LISTER OBE had a sweet and sour night in Glasgow on Saturday and no, we are not suggesting he treated his Newark kennel staff entourage to a Chinese meal before the Bettor.com Scottish Derby heats got under way but the mixed luck he had in those heats.

He had three entries in the competition, last year’s winner Taylors Cruise, whose 28.93sec. victory was bettered only by Lister’s Boher Paddy in an earlier heat (28.67sec. and fastest of the round), all very sweet!

But another Boher, this time Legend, spoilt the Lister party in the race immediately after Paddy’s heat. And this is where the sour comes in! He was guilty of deliberate interference and the stewards had no option other than to wave the red card after the dog had impeded Fifis Legend near the line.

 
 
SEAMUS CAHILL says he has no big race plans for Jimmy Lollie, his former sprinter and greyhound of the year who looked as good as ever when bolting up at Hove on Thursday.

It was his second race back after finishing last and lame behind Lil Risky at Henlow in October having been a very creditable second to Drumcove Lad on his comeback five months later at Perry Barr last week.

He put more than three lengths of daylight between himself and runner-up Zenas Jack on Thursday and declined the car park route at the second bend which has been a trait in recent races away from Hove.

“He’s been swinging off elsewhere but knows Hove so well and more or less drives a straight line out of the second turn there,” said Cahill, who is away in Ireland for his daughter’s wedding and likely to stay there a while as the hooley continues!

The encouraging news is that the Lollie came off as sound as a pound the but the trainer has no designs on any big race entries for him. “No plans at all in that direction,” Cahill continued, “he will stick to one-off events on Sky nights and the occasional sprints elsewhere.

Jimmy Lollie has now won an astonishing 72 races, the majority of those in the cut and thrust business of two-bend sprinting - a legend in his own lifetime if ever there was.

 
 
NOTTINGHAM came close to emulating that famous triple dead-heat in the marathon at Romford last year when on Monday a dead-heat for first and second was followed home by a short-head third and had the stewards looking for their magnifying glasses to ascertain the outcome of the William Hill Stayers Trophy.

In the end the stewards decided that nowt could separate the Charlie Lister OBE trained Tyrur Pudsy and Terry Munslow’s locally-trained Conkon for first and it was Maudabawn Jenny who came within a whisker a forcing another triple dead-heat!

It was a remarkable night at Nottingham as in the very next race there was another dead-heat for first, this time between Takemetherelater and Romeo Alliance in a once-round open while less than a length behind in third was Hather George.

Getting back to triple dead-heats, GOBATA’s Chris Page graded a triple at Walthamstow in the early 2000s but this and the Romford race apart we can only recall one other three-timer and this was at White City some time around 1974BC. Can’t remember the three winners sadly.

As for the Nottingham stewards, they must have gone to Specsavers!

 
 
Not a single runner in the book this morning but the usual pick-up has begun... 

ONE of the many frustrating aspects of working in a racing office is those trainers who wait until the eleventh hour to enter greyhounds for open races and a topical case in point is the Bettor.com Scottish Derby at Shawfield, which closes to entries tomorrow and gets under way on Saturday.

This morning, with little more than 24 hours to the closing deadline, the Glasgow track’s racing office had not a single entry in the book but by mid-morning a trickle turned into, well if not quite a flood, the typical last-minute rush with 13 runners in the book leaving the Shawfield hotline more difficult to get through to than the White House!

“The phones are going mad as I speak,” said racing manager Daniel Rankin “and I expect it to stay like this all day! Why trainers leave it so late I don’t know but all of us here are accustomed to it, I suppose you could call it an occupational hazard.”

 
 
Chipped wrist bone lays low the potential staying star...

WITH twelve wins from twice as many races - all of them opens - you could hardly say that Droopys Greg has been the unluckiest dog in the world, however the Gary Newbon-owned and Nick Savva-trained hound has suffered the second setback of his career, a chipped bone in a wrist picked up in a trial at Perry Barr this week.

Greg was on the comeback trail after being sidelined with a cracked hock sustained at Henlow last year - also in a trial - and trainer/breeder Savva says the dog will need a further three months off. “He’s damaged the left wrist, which at least has a better chance of healing more quickly, it’s usually the right wrist that gets damaged and they can take a while,” said Savva.

The trainer says there were no plans to run Greg in the Derby but that he and Newbon would concentrate on stayer races when he regains full fitness. To date the dog has had just one true stayer outing and that was in what proved to be his most recent race over the St Leger trip of 687 metres at Wimbledon in September.

 
 
New home for the Grand National...

THE GRA have played musical chairs with their big races again, but with a different spin this time. Stadium closures over the years have seen our biggest track-owning combine shuffle around major races such as the Cesarewitch and Scurry Gold Cup to the point that it became difficult to keep up with what event was where!

They kept those competitions within the group but the GRA have given the boot to the Grand National at Wimbledon, an event which nearly died a death this year until Primus Telecom stepped in with a sponsorship deal.

In future the National will no longer be staged at a GRA track but at Sittingbourne, who will run the competition alongside the Kent Derby with the two finals scheduled for August 21. Sky have provisionally booked live coverage of what will be a bumper meeting.

 
 
BAD news for racegoers but good news for owners and trainers of lesser lights is that Milldean Panther will NOT run in the Comerford Cakes National Puppy Stakes due to start in Dublin next Thursday after all.

Panther was the first entry in the book for the 20,000 euros to the winner Comerford but there have scarcely been any other pups put forward and, at close of business on Wednesday evening, his was the only name in the book.

Yesterday the entries were coming in dribs and drabs but the non-appearance of the Panther will likely see the trickle turn into a flood!