Full report of the heat from the Coral Coronation Cup at Romford Dogs available on this link bit.ly/2SEta7U and heat winners photos posted below. BARRICANE CARINA, BUBBLY JOE, CLASH, CHUBBYS CAVIAR, SHOTGUN BULLET, SALEEN ASH (T6).
‘POD’ – WORTHY RECIPIENT OF THE ‘SERVICES TO THE INDUSTRY’ AWARD....
GREYHOUND STAR — JANUARY 12, 2019
Racing Manager PETER O’DOWD (right) making a trap draw with bookie Roger Kent Barton in front of the old Romford main grandstand Photo: Steve Nash
Peter O’Dowd was planning to spend Sunday January 27 grading a card. Instead, he will be at the Park Plaza accepting the Greyhound Writers’ Association Services to Greyhound Racing Award writes Floyd Amphlett.
“I am absolutely honoured, it was totally unexpected” said the big Lancastrian whose reputation for integrity, ability and humility has spanned more than 30 years on both sides of the greyhound racing divide.
The recently retired Romford racing manager first developed an interest in greyhound racing when acting as a relief betting shop manager for Corals in the early 1980s.
He said: “I developed an interest in greyhounds and used to help create the tissue for a bookmaker at Belle Vue. I applied for the job as racing manager at Prest0n and when it closed for housing, I moved onto Westhoughton and then Bolton.
“The NGRC at the time were always keen to get Bolton on board as it was the country’s biggest flapping track at the time. We started out as a permit and then became ‘full NGRC’.”
‘POD’ as he was known to the journalists was offered the job as Romford racing manager in July 1996 and semi retired in December.
He said: “Mark (Arkell) is now in charge and I am helping out two days each week, mainly training staff. That is due to continue until July when the new grandstand is due to open, and I’ll speak to Ian Smyth about going forward from there.
“I genuinely didn’t expect this award. I knew Mark wanted to go to the awards and volunteered to grade a card that day. I suppose I’ll have to buy the missus a new dress now!”
Peter O’Dowd’s award will be widely applauded across all sections of the industry. His contribution to racing office stewardship goes way beyond an ability to grade six dogs of similar ability to safely race around a track.
Peter’s reputation is built on his knowledge and professionalism but most notably his management style. In a job where his predecessors often felt it necessary to appear aloof or superior to the folk training the runners, Peter has always commanded, rather than demanded, respect from his trainers. He is approachable and open minded, but nobody’s fool.
Quite simply, Peter O’Dowd sets the standard by which all other racing managers are judged.
Race 1 18.27 225m Flat (OR) EXTRA VALUE EVERY DAY WITH CONNECT SPRINT 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 KILCREE DIAMOND Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 2 UNION JACK Jean Liles 3 TIP TOP ENABLE David Mullins 4 SLEEPY GENIE (W) David Puddy (Harlw) 5 ADAMANT FAITH (W) Tommy Batchelor (Harlw) 6 NOT SO LENTO (W) David Mullins
Race 2 18.44 400m Flat (OR) ROMFORD FRIDAY NIGHT 500 MAIDENS - HEAT 1 1st 3 In Each Heat To The Final On Friday 25th January 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 DUNAGHY DANCER David Mullins 2 BABS YOU GO Philip Simmonds 3 MADABOUT DAVID Philip Simmonds 4 BALLYMAC DRESS (M) William Black (Poole) 5 CHILLI CHOCOLATE (M) Paul Young 6 HEADFORD DAVE (W) Katie O'Flaherty (Cryfd)
Race 3 19.03 400m Flat (OR) ROMFORD FRIDAY NIGHT 500 MAIDENS - HEAT 2 For Greyhounds That Have Not Won An Open Race At The Time Of Closing 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 PRESENT HARMONY David Mullins 2 CHARLIES BOY Yvonne Gaskin 3 CHUBBYS SEAN (M) Jean Liles 4 GLYNALAN LAD (M) Paul Young 5 DROOPYS CREST (W) Jean Liles 6 SWIFT SABBATH (W) Paul Burr (Yrmth)
Race 4 19.17 575m Flat (OR) CORAL APP NOW AVAILABLE ON GOOGLE PLAY MAIDEN STAYERS For Greyhounds Yet To Win An Open Race Over Six Bends At Time Of Closing 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 BUBBLY ROGER Paul Young 2 BALDOIN Katie O'Flaherty (Cryfd) 3 RAZLDAZL VALERIE Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 4 CHOPCHOP BECKEY (M) Yvonne Gaskin 5 PHILFEN DIVA (W) Dick Philpot (Harlw) 6 SLANEYSIDE ROCK (W) Maxine Locke
Race 5 19.33 400m Flat (OR) GET BEST PRICE GUARANTEE ON GREYHOUNDS STANDARD 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 YOUNG ALONDRA Paul Young 2 SWIFT DARTMOOR Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 3 RIO BAMBINO (M) Daniel Riordan (Hnlow) 4 TOO SWIFT JET (M) David Mullins 5 ADAGEO JOMA (W) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 6 MOTHER HEN (W) David Puddy (Harlw)
Race 6 19.49 750m Flat (OR) CORAL BET & GET CLUB MAIDEN MARATHON For Greyhounds Yet To Win An Open Race Over Eight Bends At Time Of Closing 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 DROOPYS MISCHIEF Paul Young 2 BRILLIANT DESIGN Berni Warren (Hnlow) 3 TROY MARINE (M) David Mullins 4 RACEWAY FLY (M) Philip Simmonds 5 NO CAN BOOGIE (M) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 6 DROOPYS BAZ (W) Jean Liles
Race 7 20.06 575m Flat (OR) WIN ONLINE, COLLECT CASH IN SHOP WITH CONNECT STAYERS 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 COURTS AD LEE Philip Simmonds 2 MANIC TURBO Tommy Batchelor (Harlw) 3 MISS BOLEY Philip Simmonds 4 SWITHINS BIRD John Mullins (Yrmth) 5 ITSUR MATE (W) Paul Young 6 SALEEN ASH (W) Mark Wallis (Hnlow)
Race 8 20.21 575m Flat (OR) ROMFORD FRIDAY NIGHT 500 MAIDEN STAYERS FINAL 1st £500 + Trophy, 2nd £100, Others £50 Total £800
1 DUNQUIN ELLA (M) June Harvey (Hove) 2 SWIFT BYRON (M) Anthony Tuffin (Hnlow) 3 RAHYVIRA FLASH (M) Paul Crowson (P'bro) 4 KILMESSAN PUMA (M) Paul Young 5 TULLYMURRY VOICE (W) Paul Burr (Yrmth) 6 NIGHT BOMBER (W) Peter Mingay (Harlw)
Race 9 20.38 400m Flat (OR) ROMFORD FRIDAY NIGHT 500 STANDARD FINAL 1st £500 + Trophy, 2nd £100, Others £50 Total £800
1 MAGICAL HOUDINI Patrick Janssens (CPark) 2 FRAINEY FOREVER (M) Belinda Green (Cryfd) 3 FIZZYPOP EXIT (M) June Harvey (Hove) 4 GRAYS CUP WINNER (M) Philip Simmonds 5 CHOPCHOP HOPE (W) Yvonne Gaskin 6 TROY BELLA (W) David Mullins
Race 10 20.53 575m Flat (OR) THE CORAL CORONATION CUP FINAL 1st £5000 + Trophy, 2nd £500, Others £250 Total £6500
1 ROMEO MANDATE John Mullins (Yrmth) 2 DESPERADO DAN Patrick Janssens (CPark) 3 PINK OSTERIA Paul Young 4 EMERS MIST (M) Anthony Tuffin (Hnlow) 5 CHUBBYS CAVIAR (M) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 6 BRIGADIER BULLET (W) Mark Wallis (Hnlow)
Race 11 21.08 400m Flat (OR) BET WITH CORAL IN-SHOP, ONLINE & ON MOBILE STANDARD 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 SWABYS PRINCE David Mullins 2 BUBBLY JOE Paul Young 3 WINDMILL ROVER (M) David Mullins 4 WALK ON THOMAS (M) Philip Simmonds 5 RUNNING SENOR (M) Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 6 RIO RIALTO (W) Daniel Riordan (Hnlow) Walk On Thomas : NAME CHANGED 09.Nv from Ah Go On
Race 12 21.26 750m Flat (OR) LIKE CORAL ON FACEBOOK MARATHON 1st £250 + Trophy, Others £50 Total £500
1 MILLROAD SUSIE Philip Simmonds 2 AAYAMZA BREEZE Mark Wallis (Hnlow) 3 VULTURE VISION William Black (Poole) 4 SWIFT TARQUIN John Mullins (Yrmth) 5 GOLDIES HOTSPUR (M) Patrick Janssens (CPark) 6 YOUNG CASTLE (M) Paul Young