Results of the Shawfield Greyhound Stadium Greyhound of the Year 2018;
All of the greyhounds nominated were worthy contenders and a credit to their owners and trainers.
In third place, we had Toolmaker Sonic. A dog who gives his all every week, and racked up the most runs this year with 46 runs.
In second place, Notonyournellie. Racked up a total of 42 races this year, a great achievement for a bitch.
And this years worthy winner, with a year total of 34 graded races, Gartcloss Hunter. He’s shown his talent time and time again.
“Gartcloss Hunter, pet name Harry, has been an ultra consistent runner for Gartcloss kennels, running every Saturday night for 8 months, improving steadily into the A1 dog he is just now. His style of running with his strong finishing power made me believe he could be even better over a longer trip than the gruelling 480m at shawfield, so I entered Harry in the 670m open on the night of the final of the Droppys Nidge At Stud Trophy, and sure enough Harry ran an excellent race winning in a time of 41.36,the fastest time going back to 2011. All in all Gartcloss Hunter is very good dog on the track and at home in the kennel.” Owner and Trainer, Pat Kennedy.
Congratulations to Harry and Pat, along with all the other greyhounds, trainers and owners.
Shawfield are hoping to stage their RPGTV Scottish Derby around a month later than last year with GBGB shortly to announce the remaining open race schedule for the first half of 2019 writes Floyd Amphlett.
The problems have arisen for a combination of factors, but centred around the Star Sports/SIS/LPS English Derby. Nottingham were not awarded the fixture until the middle of December and are still to find the optimum slot for a five week event.
Not only do they have to work with their neighbours, the Nottingham racecourse, but they would also be keen to move the final back to the traditional ‘Saturday in late June’. The 2018 decider at Towcester concluded on June 2 to avoid the World Cup.
Last year’s RPGTV Scottish Derby Final took place on April 14, though it has proven a moveable feast in recent years with dates as early as April 2 through to May 21.
Shawfield racing manager Daniel Rankin said: “Everything evolves around the English Derby but our provisional dates – which I stress are still to be confirmed – are an April 27 first round, with semis on May 4, and final on May 11.
“Obviously the sooner we know the better because trainers will want to know when to have their dogs ready and whether to plan to get a couple of races into them before the start of the competition.”
We understand that the event will have a £20,000 first prize though some of the supporting prize money will be reduced and while the supporting 500m competition is due to take place, there will be no puppy competition.
CONFIRMED DERBY TRIALS AT SHAWFIELD GREYHOUND STADIUM THIS COMING WEEKEND.
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Shawfield racing manager Daniel Rankin was pleased with the quality of entry for the RPGTV Scottish Derby.
He said: “We had 45 entries including eight from Ireland. It looks like a good event and there are more wides and middles than I was expecting. When they were trialling, they all seemed to be railers”.