NO frilly bits and pieces in tonight’s Sky coverage of the Betfair Trainers’ Championship meeting at Perry Barr but wall to wall coverage of the big event with interviews throughout with the six competing handlers and snapshots of some of the runners at home at their kennels.

“I hope the competition is exciting as it has been for the past two years when we had to wait for the very last heat to determine the winner,” said producer Dave Lawrence, “I’m fingers crossed it goes right to the wire again!

“Charlie (Mr Lister OBE) has a very strong team and looks the one to beat but I’m hoping our dog gives him a run for his money in the third leg.” Lawrence owns Guinness Kev in partnership with brother Clive, Hobbsy, Darrell and a “couple of Wimbledon owners” and the lads fancy their chances from the outside box.

They have backed him and one live wire snapped up the 12-1 early doors this morning, none of that was left by the time the rest of the gang rang their bookies! “The price went immediately after one of us got the 12-1, I’ll just have to get up earlier in future,” threatened Lawrence.

Also in the show will be recordings of last week’s Puppy Derby won by Pat Rosney’s Newinn Rocket at Monmore and Saturday’s SIS Gold Cup final at Shelbourne where Milldean Panther, winner of his first 12 races, has now been beaten in his two most recent!



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