The greyhound racing 12 months bought underway this month and, whereas the finals of the Christmas Oaks and Shelbourne Open 600 have been technically a part of final 12 months’s calendar, they supplied the right begin to 2021 with each competitions gained in great vogue.
Issues bought again to a extra sedate tempo final weekend with little or no to essentially sink the enamel into but it surely gained’t be lengthy earlier than the tempo begins to select up once more. The Gold Cup is the standard curtain raiser to the 12 months’s top-grade racing and it is because of begin this weekend.
It’s price remembering that final 12 months’s decider supplied probably the greatest line-ups for a serious decider previously decade. The competition was gained by Ballymac Anton, however there have been numerous superstars behind him together with Skywalker Logan, Grangeview Ten, Run Blissful and Ballymac Inspeed.
In fact, Ballymac Anton set the tone for what was to be an unbelievable 12 months on the observe. A lot of people who took headlines previously twelve months have sadly been retired together with the likes of the aforementioned Ballymac Anton, Pestana, Newinn Taylor, Lenson Bocko, Grangeview Ten, Run Blissful, Skywalker Logan and so many extra.
Fortunately, there are some exceptionally gifted younger greyhounds round able to fill their sneakers and we will stay up for some great racing within the coming months. With the vaccine rolling out, hopes are excessive that punters will get again on observe within the close to future and it may possibly’t come quickly sufficient.
As with all sport, greyhound racing is healthier when there are spectators offering the soundtrack. Whereas final 12 months’s racing was of the best high quality, it will have been significantly extra satisfying had crowds been coming by means of the stiles.
Over the previous fortnight, it was confirmed that the English Derby has a brand new residence, or extra precisely is returning to an previous residence, with the information that Towcester is to host the 2021 renewal. The venue opened to a lot fanfare in late 2014 and was given the rights to host the English Derby in 2017.
It did so for 2 years earlier than its closure in 2018 after going into administration. The venue reopened in Could of final 12 months and it got here as no shock to any concerned within the sport that it gained the rights to host the Derby.
There is no such thing as a doubt the venue has the most effective amenities on provide to host a contest of the stature of the English Derby though the observe itself typically divides opinion. The Irish have in fact gained the final two renewals of the English Derby at Nottingham, whereas they’d much less luck at Towcester in 2017 and 2018.
By the way, the dates for the English Derby have been launched and since modified. As of Friday morning, the competitors will now begin on the identical weekend it was initially resulting from come to a conclusion. It is going to start on the weekend of June 11th and 12th and end on Saturday, July 17th. Let’s hope there might be one other Irish winner topped on the night time.