Jonathan Hobbs on the greyhound racing information together with the 2020 Greyhound of the 12 months Awards


Regardless of a difficult and troublesome yr, which included a spring lockdown break, greyhound racing nonetheless managed to finish a overwhelming majority of its main occasions and competitions and a few incredible performances lit up the monitor – whether or not in entrance of crowds when permitted or behind closed doorways in these Covid occasions.

And resulting from that truth, a digital awards ceremony takes place in London on Sunday, February 14, when the winners might be introduced.

These winners are powerful to name.

Some classes have a clear-cut winner doubtlessly, others look an both/or, and some have an actual unfold of probabilities – they usually embrace the race to succeed the sensible Ice On Fireplace as Greyhound of the 12 months. It actually does look an open yr.

Sadly such a aggressive set of awards would have made for a incredible celebration in non-Covid occasions, however credit score to the GBGB and the awards sponsors who might have simply glossed over this yr. Nice efforts are being made to make sure the expertise for connections is a optimistic one.

Opinions will little doubt be divided which is at all times a part of the build-up, so to refresh the reminiscence an inventory of main winners final yr are detailed under.

2020 GBGB Roll of Honour

  • Coronation Cup (Romford, 575m) Antigua Rum
  • Winter Derby (Hove, 500m) Volcanic Reef
  • Golden Jacket (Crayford, 714m) Skilful Sandie
  • Peter Bussey Memorial (Crayford, 540m) Goldies Symnsy
  • Juvenile (Sheffield, 500m) Ice On Fireplace
  • Pet Trophy (Sunderland 450m) Calzaghe Mint
  • Springbok (Central Park, 480mH) Burgess Doc
  • Golden Dash (Romford, 400m) Goldies Hoddle
  • Midland Pet Derby (Monmore, 480m) Newinn Jacko
  • Metal Metropolis Cup (Sheffield, 500m) Headford Ranger
  • Silver Salver (Central Park, 265m) Shrewd Name
  • All England Cup (Newcastle, 480m) Bower Luke
  • Sussex Cup (Hove, 515m) Bockos Doomie
  • Regency (Hove, 695m) Zascandil
  • Champion Hurdle (Central Park, 480mH) Swift Loki
  • Gold Cup (Monmore, 480m) Gonzo
  • Summer time Stayers (Monmore, 630m) Kingsbrook Glyn
  • East Anglian Derby (Yarmouth, 462m) Kilara Lion
  • Champion Stakes (Romford, 575m) Desperado Dan
  • Pet Cup (Romford, 400m) Tenpin
  • Produce Stakes (Swindon, 476m) Queen Jessiej
  • Man and Dolls (Romford, 400m) Melodys Secret
  • Cesarewitch (Romford, 925m) Aayamza Royale
  • Three Steps to Victory (Sheffield, 660m) Roxholme Kristof
  • Maiden Derby (Henlow, 460m) Roxholme Olaf
  • Kent St Leger (Crayford, 714m) Droopys Chook
  • Gold Collar (Crayford, 540m) Desperado Dan
  • Younger Weapons (Sheffield, 480m) Blackstone Milo
  • Younger Weapons (Central Park, 480m) Tenpin
  • The Derby (Nottingham, 500m) Deerjet Sydney
  • Derby Plate (Nottingham, 500m) Doolin Duke
  • Pet Trophy (Nottingham, 500m) Ballydoyle Razor
  • Stayers Trophy (Nottingham, 680m) Blue Tick George
  • Dorando Marathon (Nottingham, 905m) Affirmed
  • Grand Nationwide (Central Park, 480mH) Roxholme Biscuit
  • British Breeders Stakes (Nottingham 500m) Queen Dolly
  • St Leger (Perry Barr, 710m) Smallmead
  • Birmingham Cup (Perry Barr, 480m) Droopys Carat
  • Kent Derby (Central Park, 480m) Kilara Lion
  • Essex Vase (Romford, 575m) Kilmessan Puma
  • The English Oaks (Swindon, 476m) Ballymac Pattern
  • British Bred Derby (Sheffield, 500m) Elderberry Sky
  • English Pet Derby (Towcester, 500m) Shocking
  • Greyhound Olympic (Hove, 515m) Newinn Jacko
  • TV Trophy (Romford, 945m) Aayamza Royale
  • Brighton Belle (Hove, 515m) Droopys Aoife
  • Nationwide Dash (Nottingham, 305m) Loggies Lito
  • Pet Trophy (Sunderland 450m) Calzaghe Mint
  • British Bred Maidens (Romford, 400m) Go Pat Go
  • British Bred Oaks (Doncaster, 483m) Fearsome Encore
  • British Bred Dash (Towcester, 260m) King Drake
  • British Bred Northern Maiden Customary (Newcastle, 480m) Acomb Jenny
  • British Bred Scurry (Harlow, 415m) Queen Lilly
  • Kent Nationwide Hurdle (Crayford, 540m) Roxholme Biscuit
  • BGBF St Leger (Central Park, 642m) Zaha

Greyhound Derby dates confirmed

It is third time fortunate for the 2021 Greyhound Derby with Saturday, July 10, the brand new date for the ultimate of the world’s best greyhound race.

Issues {that a} sizeable crowd may nonetheless not be capable of attend dominated out a Might slot, with a summer season Derby most well-liked by hosts Towcester. An unique July 17 clashed with the British Grand Prix at close by Silverstone, so the Derby has been introduced ahead every week.

The conflict was flagged up on social media and, whereas the monitor pointed to its intention to keep away from a conflict with main race dates in Eire, a closer-to-home scenario pressured a wise change given the issues trainers may have encountered attending to the monitor.

One supply mentioned: “The British Grand Prix dominates the world for 2 days throughout July 17/18. There are at all times main street closures and, whereas some motor racing followers may have loved an evening on the canines on the Saturday night time, would the canines have gotten there?

“Towcester have substantial kennelling onsite for a few of their hooked up trainers, so I’d think about they’ll stage a gathering on July 17 to attempt to entice the Silverstone crowd every week later, however all focus will now be on making the Derby as profitable as doable.”

Ben Keith and his Star Sports activities firm are as soon as once more joint-sponsors of the £175,000-to-the-winner Traditional with a serious brewery understood to have been lined as much as share the load. “It will most likely be introduced nearer to the occasion,” added the supply.

Blue Riband again at Towcester

Speaking of Towcester, nice to see the Blue Riband again as a part of the GBGB Calendar – so effectively completed promoter Kevin Boothby.

The Blue Riband was a staple of Wembley’s greyhound calendar again within the day earlier than transferring to Corridor Inexperienced after which to Henlow, below Boothby’s auspices – and now returns after a three-year absence.

The Towcester Blue Riband begins on Saturday, January 23, with the three-round GBGB Class One occasion concluding with a £7,500-to-the-winner ultimate on Saturday, February 6.

Earlier than then, Romford phases the primary GBGB Class One of many yr with the Coral Essex Vase.

The semi-finals happen on Friday with the £10,000 ultimate every week later. Romford favourites Desperado Dan (Patrick Janssens), Sparta Grasp (Sharon Thompson) and Smallmead (John Mullins) are nonetheless within the combine, together with Antigua Rum (Mark Wallis), who gained the Coronation Cup this time final yr.

Oaks finalist Newinn Liz and Droopys Aoife give Ernie Gaskin a powerful hand heading into the last-18 stage.

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