Jonathan Hobbs returns with the most recent from the world of greyhound racing, together with information of the RPGTV Entain Observe Championship on Saturday.
Factors imply prizes
Hove will stir reminiscences of the Luggage Observe Championship and Supertrack when it hosts the primary RPGTV Entain Observe Championship tomorrow.
That includes the 4 Entain tracks within the group – Crayford, Hove, Monmore and Romford – runners from every venue assist make up 12 top-quality races the place factors will probably be gained from first (7pts) right down to sixth (1pt) and high prize-money paid throughout the board. The successful observe total will obtain numerous bonuses and initiatives.
It’s clear from the interviews on RPGTV that the respective racing managers – Danny Rayment (Crayford), Daniel Rankin (Hove), Monmore (Tony Williamson) and Romford (Mark Arkell) – have completely loved placing collectively groups for this gala card and the rivalry is evident to see.
Hove will probably be seeking to maximise residence benefit and have the likes of Seamus Cahill’s pair of Pet Derby champion Shocking and Derby finalist Smurfs Machine working for them, though Romford go to traps favorite with David Mullins’ GBGB Sprinter of the Yr Shrewd Name amongst their main fancies.
Crayford will probably be seeking to the likes of Ballymac Micko (Jim Reynolds) and Blue Tick George (Jim Daly) to shine, whereas Monmore’s widespread Daddys Prince (Stuart Buckland) and high sprinter Mr Roo (Lee Discipline) will probably be cheered on by these supporting the Wolverhampton venue.
All 4 of the Entain tracks will stage these gala conferences – and perhaps, simply perhaps might result in a extra broader inter-track competitors sooner or later. A fragmented sport when it comes to media rights has seen a cut up when it comes to Arc and SIS tracks – though that is clearly a moveable feast judged on current developments.
Both approach, speak of a nationwide inter-track competitors being staged is untimely till some type of amalgamation – or thawing of relations!
Till then greyhound followers get to get pleasure from a unbelievable collection of conferences being put collectively by the Entain tracks – and all of the motion will probably be on SportyStuff TV/RPGTV.
‘Heartbreaking’ choice taken
Carl Perry and June McCombe each cited prize-money as a consider saying they’re to relinquish their coaching licences this week.
Sheffield coach Perry additionally blamed the loss and downgrading of open-race competitions for his choice to name it quits after seven years of coaching greyhounds with the Geelo prefix, owned by his nice pal and enterprise accomplice Nic Brereton.
Brereton himself described the choice as “heartbreaking” however pointed to the lack of the enjoyable and vibrancy generated by the most important Sky nights as a purpose for taking a step again.
Nevertheless, each Perry and Brereton is not going to be fully misplaced to the game with a pledge to proceed a British breeding operation and to personal open-race canines within the UK and Eire – with big-race sponsorships nonetheless very a lot of their plans.
Well-liked coach June McCombe is retiring from the game. Now 75, former Belle Vue handler McCombe may have her final runners at Doncaster in July.
Sunderland is to improve its lighting and means the Wearside observe will swop upcoming Tuesday conferences with its sister observe within the north-east Newcastle all through Might.
Arc’s greyhound operations director Rachel Corden mentioned: “As vital works are required to the floodlights at Sunderland we have now taken the choice to put money into new LED floodlights.
“While this work is absolutely scoped and scheduled in we will probably be transferring Sunderland’s Tuesday night fixture to the afternoon and Newcastle’s afternoon fixture to the night.”
Becoming a member of the podcast revolution
A brand new podcast, produced by the Greyhound Board of Nice Britain, has been launched for followers of the game.
Referred to as ‘Out Of The Traps’, it’s hosted by RPGTV’s Dave Clark and the GBGB’s Paul Illingworth and can characteristic completely different members of GBGB workers in addition to particular friends from the greyhound group together with homeowners, trainers, Greyhound Ambassadors and followers.
Produced by the GBGB’s IT Supervisor, Tom Huntley, the podcast goals “to convey GBGB licence holders and followers of the game the most recent information from each the GBGB and the broader world of UK licensed greyhound racing.”
Commenting on its launch, Mark Moisley, GBGB business director, mentioned: “We’re delighted to have the primary episode of the podcast out. We hope it’s one thing that our licence-holders will get pleasure from listening to on their method to or from the observe and will assist hold them updated with our work at GBGB.
“In addition to updating them on initiatives underway and key calendar notices, I additionally hope that it’s going to assist individuals get to know everybody ‘behind the scenes’ at GBGB and discover out extra about their background and fervour for our nice sport.
“In addition to the brand new podcast, which is meant to be an entertaining and informative pay attention, we’re additionally engaged on a brand new digital e-newsletter to be despatched to all licence-holders. We hope that each of those present a brand new avenue for us to maintain stakeholders up to date and knowledgeable.”
The primary episode of ‘Out Of The Traps’ is obtainable ia all the principle podcasting apps – together with Spotify, Google Podcast and Apple Podcasts – with additional particulars out there through www.gbgb.org.uk.
Stage set for Grand Nationwide semis
Central Park levels the semi-finals of the RPGTV Grand Nationwide on Sunday, with four-time winner Ricky Holloway nonetheless very a lot the coach to beat.
His Roxholme Biscuit is the defending champion and, together with Nomansland Flyer and Toolmaker Daddy, landed a treble for the native handler in final week’s heats. He additionally trains Springbok runner-up Meenagh Maverick, who appears to be like properly drawn within the first semi-final.
Nevertheless, in what appears to be like a cracking renewal of the jumpers’ Basic, David Mullins’ Springbok champion Droopys Rex and finalist 4 Fifty Max, a great warmth winner for Jim Reynolds, are additionally very a lot in competition.
Ice, Ice child!
Unbelievable to see the 2019 Greyhound of the Yr, Ice On Fireplace again on observe.
Introduced out of retirement by coach Jimmy Fenwick and proprietor Dave Spraggon, the a number of Class One winner has seemed in glowing kind in current trial spins at Newcastle.
In the meantime, the north-east venue is the brand new residence of the Northern Flat, the previous Belle Vue competitors, which is again on the calendar underneath the Area Racing Firm sponsorship umbrella. Heats of the Class One competitors happen on Tuesday.
Tuesday additionally sees heats of one other Class One occasion with the KAB Maiden Derby at Towcester.
On the proof of qualifying trials, this competitors additionally appears to be like set to be a cracker and an apparent stepping stone to the Derby given its staged over the identical C&D because the Star Sports activities & TRC Occasions & Leisure English Greyhound Derby.
Tuesday’s card additionally sees one other batch of Derby trial stakes, with a brand new set of traps put in on the Northamptonshire venue this week hoping to alleviate the no-race issues of final week.