AFTER a slow pick up Galway now look certain to stage their Betfair 600 Trial Stakes this Friday, having at one stage being “badly stuck” for runners said racing manager Ollie Hester.

“I was looking for all six runners earlier in the week but now I’m confident the race will fill,” said Hester, who freely admits that his track is constantly in competition with state of the art Limerick a few miles down the road from Galway.

“Limerick is a higher end track and understandably attracts the top dogs but I’m both pleased and relieved that our race will go ahead,” added the RM

The winner will qualify for entry into the Betfair 600 proper at Shelbourne next month and it is a race steeped in tradition, greyhound historians amongst you will recall the event under its previous title, the Guinness 600 and Ladbrokes 600.

Other trial stakes for the event have been/are at Cork, Tralee and Limerick while the winner of the Cesarewitch at Mullingar will also qualify automatically.

 
 
PERRY BARR are anticipating their biggest crowd for some time when they host the Betfair Trainers’ Championship meeting on Wednesday.

With more than £30,000 in prizemoney to play for, five of the top six trainers from last year competing (Dean Childs replaces Kelly Findlay), and with a canine line-up of the highest class the place will be buzzing.

“The restaurant is as good as sold out already,” said racing manager Martin Seal, “a good number of the runners on Wednesday have been round here in trials and it promises to be a brilliant night’s racing.”

The meeting is live on Sky Sports 4 with the first of the eight Championship races due off at 7.40pm and the last at 9.45. First blood in the opener may go to Charlie Lister OBE’s Mottos Blue, a fast winner at Galway in December but beaten on his only British run so far at Sheffield last month.

Joining Lister and Childs in the fray are Seamus Cahill, Nick Savva, Chris Allsopp and Mark Wallis, all of whom have brought out their heavy artillery and thus making it nigh on impossible to predict the outright winning kennel!

 
 
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.
 
 
We are pleased to announce that BETDAQ have agreed to become the official sponsors of the inaugural running of the Premier League. This is the first sponsorship of greyhound racing for the betting exchange  

BETDAQ Marketing Director, Shane McLaughlin commented: “We have been impressed by the exciting and innovative racing format of the Premier League and we look forward to helping the new league successfully grow and develop”.

The competition will kick off with the first qualifying heats taking place at Doncaster on Yorkshire Leger night 16th November. All the qualifiers and the 4 rounds of the Premier League itself will be televised live with Grand Finals night taking place in Feb 2012 also at Doncaster.

 
 
TOMORROW’S bettor.com Northern Ireland Derby final at Drumbo Park looks guaranteed to attract the fledgling track’s biggest ever crowd and if you can’t get there to watch the event live then Sky Sport’s coverage of the meeting is the next best thing. 

It will be the third major greyhound competition bettor.com have sponsored this year, following on from the Scottish Derby at Shawfield and the Peterborough Puppy Derby. 

In prizemoney alone, the company have invested more than £116,000 in little more than three months and the good news is that they will be coming back for more next year.

“We have been thrilled with our greyhound sponsorship and will definitely be doing the same at Shawfield and Peterborough in 2012,” said bettor.com’s PR and marketing director, Jayne Clarke.

“And chances are we will revisit Drumbo Park too as, from what I can gather, the Northern Ireland Derby has gone down a treat there with football-like crowd support and the enthusiasm that goes with it. “
 
 
THE blog from William Hill PR guru David Hood, published on the Racing Post website last week, was hardly going to take sides with the local racegoers at Plough Lane, those racegoers who have been re-grouped lock, stock and barrel on the old back straight side of the stadium and into the Mick The Miller bar.

The closure of the main grandstand restaurant, and all that went with it, has been for many of them like losing their right arm with the prosthetic replacement nothing like as good as the one they have lived with for decades.