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Hove racegoers will have an exciting bonus for tonight’s Sussex Cup first round with the grand re-opening of the fully refurbished restaurant with its new Owners Lounge writes Floyd Amphlett of the Greyhound Star.
Although the stadium management remain tight lipped on the cost of the nine month project, which partially re-opened for Regency Final night, it is clearly a long way into six figures.
It enables the track to deliver on a pledge to boost the benefits of being a greyhound owner at the the four Ladbrokes Coral tracks as well as enhance the racing experience for regular racegoers.
Hove Stadium Manager Brian Murpphy said: “We listened to what the owners had to say and are very proud of the new Lounge. As the name suggests, it is an exclusive area for our greyhound owners with its own sofas, tables and separate bar.
“The restaurant itself has potential for 600 covers but we are keeping it to 320 and is completely refurbished with new furniture and decor.
“The additional space upstairs – the Skyline Enclosure – is for patrons who want to pay extra for a premium view away from the general admission crowd but without dining. It also has its own bar and tote facilities.”
RACING POST JUVENILE winner Seaglass Phantom blasted to a fastest of the night 29.89sec victory at Hove as the Coral Sussex Cup kicked off with six heats on Thursday over the 515m trip.
Patrick Janssens’ kennel has been in tremendous form and his dog was soon clear, going up in 4.24sec to hold King Turbo by over two lengths.
Fastest sectional was the 4.22sec from Matt Dartnall’s Sidaz Jet, who took heat two in all the way fashion, clocking 30.01sec as he held the always handy Sporting Dave by nearly two lengths, with favourite Trade Fudge qualifying in third.
Patrick Godfrey’s Arthur Noodle proved second overall quickest as he won heat four in 29.97sec, making all.
Other heat winners were Derek Knight’s Slaheny Star (30.13sec), who got up on the line to beat odds-on Droopys Gold a short head in a bunched finish to the opener. Droopys Nirvana scrambled through in third here as Maxine Locke’s Slaneyside Sylvy missed out by a short-head. Stuart Maplesden’s Waste House Eco also won in 30.35sec in a messy heat three, while June Harvey’s Clash (30.17sec), was an 8-1 surprise in the last eliminator.
Sussex Cup Semi finals (next Thursday July 25)
Semi Final 1
1 Nans Major 2 Arthur Noodle 3 Sporting Dave 4 King Turbo 5 Greenmount Jet (w) 6 Droopys Nirvana (w)
Semi Final 2
1 Slaheny Star 2 Droopys Denny 3 Droopys Gold 4 Seaglass Phantom 5 Antigua Rum (m) 6 Trade Fudge (w)
Gold justifies confidence with sparkling Sussex Cup semi run
DROOPYS GOLD stepped up on his first round run, as predicted by Jonathan Kay’s Open Check headline tip and preview, to clock the fastest time in Hove’s semi-finals for the Coral Sussex Cup on Thursday night.
Seamus Cahill’s dog was soon clear in the second semi to beat Slaheny Star by nearly four lengths in a sparkling 29.66sec (also fastest sectional with 4.23sec)
Cahill holds a strong hand as he has half the field in next Thursday’s showcase. His defending champion Sporting Dave beat another kennelmate Droopys Nirvana by a neck in 30.15sec.
First bend bunching was a factor here with the popular King Turbo failing to get a clear run.
Local handlers supply all six finalists given Stuart Maplesden’s Waste House Eco pulled off a 12-1 surprise in the third semi, picking up Matt Dartnall’s odds-on Sidaz Jet close home to score by threequarters in 30.17sec
Earlier Patrick Janssens’ star Bockos Doomie (nine lengths romp in 28.43sec) was fastest in the heats of the Sussex Festival Puppies over 490m
His Desperado Dan was also quickest in the other all-aged 490m event later in the evening with 29.02sec.
Hove took additional precautions given the unusual weather, including veterinary checks and delaying the start of racing until a suitable drop in temperature had occurred.
Draw for Thursday's £10,000 Coral Sussex Cup final (with sponsor’s betting): 1 Droopys Gold 6-4, 2 Slaheny Star 8-1, 3 Sidaz Jet 3-1, 4 Sporting Dave 5-2, 5 Droopys Nirvana (w) 14-1, 6 Waste House Eco (w) 14-1.
490m pups final: 1 Bockos Doomie 2 Britannia Will 3 Ballybough Harry 4 General James (m) 5 Brynoffa Tim (m) 6 Troy Seattle (m)
Festival 490 final 1 Droopys Ed 2 Desperado Dan 3 Deep Pockets 4 Brave Venture 5 Diesel Freya (w) 6 Ower Boy Bullet (w)
Sussex Cup stays with Cahill as Gold leads Dave for a kennel 1-2
DROOPYS GOLD made this evenings Coral Sussex Cup his with a decisive fast start in the £10,000 final, then running a beautiful first bend to make all in 29.65sec for Hove’s 515m trip.
Trained by Seamus Cahill, he was chased home a length and a half behind by his gallant kennelmate and last year’s winner Sporting Dave, with Waste House Eco running on well to take third.
It was Cahill’s third triumph in the event, his Loughtenn Blanco also scoring six years earlier.
The winner is now expected to go for the Coral Champion Stakes over 575m at Romford, which starts on Friday August 23 with six heats.
Earlier Bockos Doomie (1-5F) made it five wins in a row when taking the Sussex Festival Puppies final over 490m.
Breaking only moderately, Patrick Janssens’ Henlow Puppy Derby champion hugged the rails as fast up Brynoffa Tim cut off the entire field at the first and attempted to slip clear.
However Bockos Doomie is in stunning form and breezed past the leader at the third, pulling away for an over four lengths win in 28.46sec. It was a quick double as the kennel’s Laughil Drake had made all in the sprint beforehand in 16.52sec
Stuart Maplesden’s Waste House Bell caught favourite Baytown Ag in the 515m bitches race, getting up by a length in 30.29sec
Well-backed Distant Village looked the part for Matt Dartnall in a 490m maiden, kicking clear at the second to beat the running on Greenmount Jet by three lengths in 28.50sec. It was only the second start for the September 17 puppy; he is one to follow.
The Sussex Festival 490 final saw a 12-1 surprise for Cahill’s Deep Pockets. It turned into a bunched race with favourite Desperado Dan unluckily finding lots of trouble before plugging on for second.
Central Park Champion Hurdle form was turned around in the 515m jumps race as Droopys Trawler got his revenge back at Hove by jumping low and fearlessly to take early charge. Turnhouse Jet, unbeaten for Rick Holloway in his last four, this time had to give best, beaten five lengths by the 30.41sec winner.
Team Janssens made it a treble when Goldies Hotspur (4-6F) impressively recovered from early bunching to win the 695m stayers (42.18sec), surging ahead on the run-in, with Arthurs Impact starting, then staying well, to take second as Affleck Lady showed the best middle to lead from bends three to six.
There was a Dartnall double in the other division of the maiden as Nowhere Fast (28.88sec) made all, with a first bend collision badly hampering the three wide runners.
Mottos Moon (30.14sec) got up close home for Jamie Kinsley in another 515m open, picking up leader Clash by a neck. The 490m finale went to Heather Dimmock’s Black Eyed Hula.