Satellite Information Services and Towcester Racecourse today announce a ground-breaking agreement which will see greyhound racing from the UK’s newest dog track broadcast around the world.

Towcester’s greyhound track is expected to open in Spring 2013 – the first since Sittingbourne was unveiled in the 1990s. The £1.25m track will be situated on the inside of the racecourse, directly opposite the main grandstand, thereby enabling customers to view the entertainment from the plush surroundings of Towcester’s hospitality and corporate suites, renowned for their first class service.

Towcester is expecting to hold a minimum of three greyhound meetings per week. SIS has a long-standing relationship with Towcester to cover horse racing and has now agreed to a five -year exclusive deal to film, deliver and broadcast greyhound racing on multiple platforms.

IT’S Dog Day Afternoon at Swindon on Good Friday next week when Swindon host the BAGS/SIS Easter Bunny grand finals meeting - all nine of them - and before you run away with the idea that Gaming International have converted the track into a drive-in movie park fear not, the dogs will have pride of pace in betting shops nationwide with no horseracing taking place on the Holy day.

Better of course to go along to the meeting if you can, admission won’t cost you a bean and you will be treated to some exciting racing with those finals run over the sprint, standard and stayers’ distances, something to suit all tastes then.

The meeting is the climax to a seemingly unending series of qualifying races but the big day has come, almost, and each of those nine finals will carry a winner’s prize of £750, making the total purse for the meeting around the £12,000 mark for a competition which, by the end of it all, will have seen £100,000 going to some satisfied owners and trainers.

Students of form, either at the track or in the betting shops, will have the assistance of price guides for all races with the bookmakers expected to price up each and every race, possibly in advance of finals day.

Better to concentrate don’t you think on the live stuff, proper racing as it is affectionately known, rather than the Walt Disney-type productions that are Millersfield, Thunder Alley and Portman Park etc, etc, etc . . . zzzzzzzzz!

THE BAGS/SIS 500 is proving tremendously popular with owners and trainers at the less glamorous end of the sport and the financial input is to be welcomed, especially as it goes straight to the sport at a level where it is greatly needed right now. 

In addition, bookmakers Ladbrokes have stepped up to the mark with additional open racing at Monmore helping to fill the void created by a marked decrease in opens available. These initiatives by bookmakers are to be greatly welcomed and the BAGS/SIS 500 in particular is, we are told, in part a response to the current commercial climate.

We would urge BAGS and SIS and the wider bookmaker community to continue to explore ways and means to ensure that their contribution to the sport is effectively channelled to the areas where it is intended to assist.