Taylor sprinter back with a stunner....

WHILE the Premier League hotshots were strutting their stuff at Yarmouth on Saturday, in trials before racing Frank Taylor’s potentially outstanding sprinter, You Mind Me, slipped in under the radar with a record-breaking effort in a three-dog spin.

On a track running .10sec. fast he led all the way to win by six lengths in 16.26sec., which put him seven spots inside the record held by David Pruhs’ ill-fated Rotar Wing. “I was delighted with the run, especially as it was only back in November that he picked up a groin injury at Nottingham,” said Taylor.

“He’s only had seven races in his life and, believe it or not, is still greener than grass, but he can really shift and the plan now is to go back to Yarmouth on January 28 for the GOBATA Championship.”

That trial has fired a warning shot across the bows of other Championship contenders, not that they needed reminding of how quick You Mind Me is as he broke the two-bend clock at Sittingbourne in October, sailing home by more than seven lengths from Ministry Mayhem!

“Since the injury he’s only been in the boxes twice and Mickey [Douglass, assistant] and I were delighted. “He’s won four of his seven races for us and finished second in two others and we would like to think the best is still to come.”

*Trainers are reminded that trials are at a premium at Yarmouth so the advice is to book early with the racing office on 01493 378168.

 
 
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.

 
 
. . . 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.