Peterborough trainer Richard Devenish has decided to scale back his training operation, and with partner Dilys Steels, will concentrate on breeding and rearing.
He said: “The second batch of graded prize money cutbacks have hit the kennel hard. We have always relied on owners and they just don’t want to know anymore. Peter Band was one of our biggest owners and he said he has had enough.
“When we started out at Peterborough in 1983, Rex Perkins was paying us £10 per runner. It is now £20 plus the fiver BGRF money and that is with betting shop and RPGTV contracts.
“We used to have a minimum of 30 racing dogs. We are now down to 15 and having spoken to some of the owners, I can see that number dropping dramatically.
“I will keep my licence for those dogs we still have, but hopefully have a handful of our own open racers in the future. I am not the only one who is fed up. I was talking to . . . .(one of Peterborough’s biggest kennel owners) last week and he is also planning to pack it in.
“It has become impossible to make a living as a trainer, and to be quite honest, I think the spirit of greyhound racing has gone.”
Richard and Dilys’ ‘Glatton’ pups have built a reputation for rearing top class greyhounds, track and coursing, for over 40 years and on the plus side for British breeding, they are now prepared to rear pups for other people.
They currently have two young litters for sale. They are both by Confident Rankin (sire of Clares Rocket, Clonbrien Prince and Ballyanne Sim – to name but three) out of litter sisters Tea For Tess and Thameside Bound (Head Bound-Milliesupreme).
The pair ran second and third in the BGBF Oaks with Tess also winning the BGBF Puppy Oaks at Romford.
The dog pups are very competitively priced at £1,200 and the bitches are £1,000.
Anyone interested can contact Richard or Dilys on 01733 840534
Race 1 18.47 620m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Stayers Trophy - HEAT 1 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 SWIFT BULLET Paul Burr (Yrmth) 2 SLIPPY COLM Michelle Brown (Hnlow) 3 SENSUAL David Pruhs 4 SWIFT TARQUIN John Mullins (Yrmth) 5 BARAN FURY (W) Jamie Kingsley (Hove) 6 KILLALA PEARL (W) Ian Bartley (Hnlow)
Race 2 19.05 620m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Stayers Trophy - HEAT 2 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 RIDGEDALE MAX Philip Simmonds (Rom) 2 GORTNASKEHA AERO Lauren Sawyer (Unatt) 3 IRONROAD SHADOW David Pruhs 4 TWIT TWOO (M) Richard Devenish 5 MILLHOUSE TOMMY (W) Vicki Lea (Hnlow) 6 BARAN SPITFIRE (W) Jamie Kingsley (Hove)
Race 3 19.19 620m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Stayers Trophy - HEAT 3 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 RAISE THE STAKES Glenn Foot (Pelaw) 2 CONGRESS SHARON Roger York 3 QUIVERS JOY Tammy Kendle (Unatt) 4 DISTANT CAIT (M) Georgina Creckendon 5 RAHYVIRA FLASH (W) Paul Crowson 6 ROSELEA LAD (W) Paul Rea
Race 5 19.52 435m Flat (OR) Alan Speechley 2019 Fengate Collar - HEAT 1 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 GARRYVOE NOAH David Allen (Unatt) 2 SKYWALKER STRIKE David Pruhs 3 GLENCROFT TIGER David Pruhs 4 LONG LINCOLN (M) Martyn Wiley (Rom) 5 INDIAN TRUMP (M) Roger York 6 FOREGO (W) Sarah Spillane
Race 6 20.08 435m Flat (OR) Alan Speechley 2019 Fengate Collar - HEAT 2 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 KOOGA KLASS David Pruhs 2 NEWS KNIGHT Martyn Wiley (Rom) 3 POINTLESS PRAISE Paul Rea 4 ART OF SPEED (M) Barry O'Sullivan (CPark) 5 ROB ROY (M) Paul Burr (Yrmth) 6 NOT SO LENTO (W) David Mullins (Rom)
Race 7 20.23 435m Flat (OR) Alan Speechley 2019 Fengate Collar - HEAT 3 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 HIGH ST BILLY Vicki Lea (Hnlow) 2 FERNHILL REX Lee Field (Monm) 3 SEATTLE SAM Jason Bloomfield (Hnlow) 4 CRACKER JOKE (M) Georgina Creckendon 5 SIGNATURE DANCER (M) Michelle Brown (Hnlow) 6 SIGNATURE CALLUM (W) Michelle Brown (Hnlow)
Race 9 20.51 250m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Sprint Trophy - HEAT 1 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 RYECOURT MAJOR Kim Gooding 2 BUSTER TYSON Enid Gowler 3 ROEDHELM COSMIC (M) Paul Steward 4 AUTOMATIC STAY (M) Paul Rea 5 WALL GARDEN (W) David Mullins (Rom) 6 ARCHONEI (W) Georgina Creckendon
Race 10 21.06 250m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Sprint Trophy - HEAT 2 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 HEADFORD DOMINO Sharon Saberton 2 DIZZY REBEL Georgina Creckendon 3 MARCOS KATIE (M) Vicki Lea (Hnlow) 4 ANTIGUA RAY (M) Kim Gooding 5 TWO FOR TEA (M) Glenn Foot (Pelaw) 6 SIGNATURE JACK (W) Michelle Brown (Hnlow)
Race 11 21.22 250m Flat (OR) S&D Bookmakers 2019 Sprint Trophy - HEAT 3 First two greyhounds qualify for Final on Saturday 16th November 1st £200, Others £50 Total £450
1 LEMON JETSON David Pruhs 2 SERENITY CATCHME Sarah Spillane 3 ROLLING STONE (M) Robert Jones 4 BALLYROBIN PATIE (M) Grant Carney (Hnlow) 5 BESLOW MAXIMUS (M) James Turner (Cryfd) 6 COLSKI IRIS (W) Paul Burr (Yrmth)
BLISSFUL PIPPY(A) Ian Bartley (Hnlow) DOWER TYSON(B) (M) Philip Simmonds (Rom) DROOPYS ALOHA(C) Ian Bartley (Hnlow) JUSTER TED(D) (W) Barry O'Sullivan (CPark) MARATHON LAD(E) (M) Anne Kirby (Harlw) ROMANTIC JIMMY(F) Lee Field (Monm) All Non-Travelling reserves
Peterborough RM James Chalkley is already planning for next year’s Alan Speechley Fengate Collar before the 2019 version even gets underway writes Floyd Amphlett.
The 18 runner event received just short of 50 entries when only 18 were required.
He said: “Naturally there will be some disappointed connections for those who did not get in, but on a positive note there is perhaps potential to hold a bigger version of the event next year.
“The sponsors have been fantastic as always and maybe it is something they will want to consider. It also bodes well for other opens and competitions that we have big plans for in 2020.”
Needless to say there is no shortage of quality on show for Wednesday’s first round including defending champion Fernhill Rex and the Wisbech born ‘Signature’ runners Dancer and Callum.
Chalkey has his own views stating, “Rob Roy caught the eye when clocking 25.98 (N) in an intro trial last Wednesday and the East Anglian Challenge winner could be the one to beat here in the Collar. Local veteran Cracker Joke has been in fine form for Georgina Creckendon.”
Those of slightly older vintage will suspect a double bluff with the name ‘Pruhs’ appearing three times in the advanced runners list.
The man from Spalding first won the event in 1996 with Spring Gamble. Then again in 2000 with Catunda Lord, and again in 2004 with Ballydaniel Bozz.
Overdue another one surely?
Supporting the big race are the heats of the 620 metre Stayers Trophy and the 250 metres Sprint Trophy – both sponsored by S&D Bookmakers.
For the stayers event Chalkley says: “Peterborough’s track Record holder Sensual is included in the line-up. The bitch is perhaps not the force of old but will enjoy the home advantage and step back up in trip. Brighton Belle finalist Baran Spitfire has drawn in a heat against Richard Devenish’s Twit Twoo who is currently fastest of the year over C&D – 38.02 calc.”
For the sprint, the RM suggests: “I imagine Lemon Jetson, locally trained by David Pruhs will be one of the shorter anti-poste favourites for the sprint event. It has a very handy strike rate of 12 wins from 27 open races, but interestingly has failed to score in any of it’s graded races at Peterborough.”
He adds: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the Sponsors, Alan Speechley and S&D Bookmakers for their generous support with this event. For anyone joining us on Saturday 16th November the sponsoring on-course bookmakers will also have a pitch upstairs in the grandstand as well as the main betting ring outside which I’m sure will prove popular with punters once again.
“We have advertised a wide range of supporting opens for final night which will make it a great card! In additional we are pulling together an 805m A.J.Speechley Electrical Marathon Invitational with enhanced prize money which is £500 + trophy to the winner, £100 for 2nd and £50 others.”
Entries for finals night close at noon on Thursday and can be made to the racing office on 01733 296930.
DAVID PRUHS has two through to Saturday’s final of the Alan Speechley Fengate Collar over 435m, headed by fastest winner Glencroft Tiger (4-1), who blasted clear to a 26.17sec win in the opening heat at Peterborough. He was chased home by Martyn Wiley’s Long Lincoln.
Wiley is also double-handed in the decider having sent out a 10-1 turn-up in heat two where News Knight railed neatly and kicked clear of trouble on the opening bend.
Pruhs’ Kooga Klass came with a late run to grab second, threequarters of a length behind the 26.34sec winner. Art Of Speed was unlucky to miss out by a short-head in third after getting a rough ride.
Seattle Sam (6-1) won heat three for Jason Bloomfield, taking to the track well while runner-up Signature Callum challenged throughout but kept extremely wide. Michelle Brown’s dog only went down by a neck and as the sole wide through, should go better when it matters.
Draw for Saturday’s £2,000 final: 1 Seattle Sam 2 Glencroft Tiger 3 Kooga Klass 4 News Knight 5 Long Lincoln (m) 6 Signature Callum (w)
Richard Devenish’s Twit Twoo was quickest in the 620m heats for the S&D Bookmakers Stayers Trophy, clocking 38.20sec
Draw for Saturday’s £500 620m final: 1 Raise The Stakes 2 Swift Bullet 3 Swift Tarquin 4 Ridgedale Max 5 Congress Sharon 6 Twit Twoo (m)
Wall Garden was fastest in the sprint heats for Dave Mullins, making all in 14.93sec.
£500 final (also Saturday) 1 Headford Domino 2 Lemon Jetson 3 Antigua Ray (m) 4 Roedhelm Cosmic (m) 5 Rolling Stone (m) 6 Wall Garden (w)
At Peterborough last night, Jason Bloomfield’s 2-1 favourite Seattle Sam justified the market confidence to land the £2,000 final of the Alan Speechley Fengate Collar over 435m, writes Jonathan Kay of the Racing Post..
Clear from the first bend, he held the late charge of Kooga Klass by half a length in 26.28sec.
Both supporting finals also saw thrilling finishes with David Pruhs’s Lemon Jetson (15.32sec) holding off Headford Domino by a short-head in the sprint, while Glenn Foot’s Raise The Stakes (38.39sec) got up close home to deny Twit Twoo in the stayers - both competitions sponsored by S&D Bookmakers.