Newcastle boss Ian Walton is concerned at the lack of outside trialists for the forthcoming Alconex Northern Puppy Derby.
The first round of the 36 runner event for 2018 pups gets underway next Thursday, and to date there has been little interest from Southern trainers in the £8,000 Category One event.
He said: “I understand that the Trafalgar Cup has had a very high quality of entry and some of those in the final on Saturday might not have had the chance to get here. So maybe some of the entries will go into the first round without a trial. I have no idea.”
Walton’s concern extends to how the slow Puppy Derby take-up may also affect the other events due to take place with the Laurels still to be advertised in the GBGB Calendar.
He said: “I realise that we were late finalising the Laurels situation but we had a difficult situation to resolve and it certainly isn’t ideal that it still hasn’t been advertised. There must also be a chance that the plan to run Ice On Fire in the Laurels might put some people off. Hopefully not. He is an exceptional greyhound but certainly not unbeatable depending on trap draws.
“As promised, there will also be a full supporting card on final night (December 19) including a veterans race worth £350 to the winner and a 706 metre one-off worth £500.”
1 WATCH OUT SALLY Daniel Alcorn 2 LISSATOUK MAX James Fenwick 3 DROOPYS CATAPULT Francis Hill (Pelaw) 4 SNAZZY REACTION (M) Stephen Atkinson 5 ZENO (M) Gary Ferguson (Shawf) 6 POND RICARDO (W) Harry Williams (Pelaw)
Race 4 19.09 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 1 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 ANNAGHDOWN VINNY Kevin Boon (Yrmth) 2 BUSINESS CHARM James Fenwick 3 TASTY TREAT Julie Bateson (Unatt) 4 KILLIE PHANTOM Robert Thomson (Shawf) 5 LIOSGARBH PRINCE (M) Andrew Wood (Shawf) 6 DROOPYS CREATOR (M) Angela Harrison
Race 5 19.26 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 2 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 PARADISE MCGYVER Andrew Wood (Shawf) 2 KILQUARRY KAY Brian Fairbairn (Shawf) 3 BLUE TICK GEORGE Jim Daly (Cryfd) 4 FIGHT THE POWER Carol Weatherall (Hnlow) 5 DROOPYS INTENT (M) Francis Hill (Pelaw) 6 TWINS AZZARO (M) Harry Williams (Pelaw) Blue Tick George : NAME CHANGED 18.Jy from Droopys Purpose
Race 6 19.42 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 3 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 OPTIMISM Debbie Calvert 2 WRAYSBURY ROSE Paul Rutherford 3 LOOK LIKE POWER James Fenwick 4 OLD BUCK (M) Steven Anderson 5 JAGUAR NIDGE (M) Graham Rankin (BVue) 6 DROOPYS BOOST (W) Angela Harrison
Race 7 19.57 480m Flat (OR) www.newcastledogs.com Standard Trophy 1st £200 + Trophy, Others £45 Total £425
1 BALLYMARTIN HERO Gary Carmichael 2 LEMON NOAH (M) James Fenwick 3 JUNCTION JOHN (M) Gary Carmichael 4 IVAR (M) Gary Ferguson (Shawf) 5 DROOPYS PILOT (W) Angela Harrison 6 PENNYLANE FIONN (W) Gary Ferguson (Shawf)
Race 8 20.13 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 4 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 GLENVALE BRIN Ernest Skeech (Unatt) 2 ALASKA PEARL Glen Rafferty (Unatt) 3 IN THE GAP Gary Carmichael 4 CANNY WILMA (M) Paul Rutherford 5 JAGUAR BLAKE (M) Graham Rankin (BVue) 6 ABITOF MISCHIEF (W) Stuart Ray
Race 9 20.29 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 5 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 FAIRWAYS FLYER Ken Metcalfe (Pelaw) 2 SONIC SOLWAY Glen Rafferty (Unatt) 3 NADURRA CUSHLA John McLachlan (Shawf) 4 LEVANTE BEACH (M) Angela Harrison 5 MORPETH LAD (M) Steven Anderson 6 TOWSTAR QUEENIE (W) James Fenwick
Race 10 20.44 480m Flat (OR) The Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Heat 6 First Three Qualify For Semi Final on Thursday 12th December 1st £200, Others £45 Total £425
1 BALLINGRY LOYAL Angela Harrison 2 EASY BREXIT Gwyneth Rees (Sheff) 3 SWIFT GUARD Stephen Atkinson 4 SLIDE AWAY (M) Carol Weatherall (Hnlow) 5 A BIT OF CHAOS (M) Stuart Ray 6 WATERMILL FANE (W) Daniel Alcorn Ballingry Loyal : NAME CHANGED 14.Oc from Droopys Heroine
Race 11 20.59 480m Flat (A3) Adopt A Greyhound From The Northumberland RGT Stakes 1st £133, Others £35 Total £308 (BGRF CONTRIBUTION £30)
1 BRAMBLE TUDOR Steven Anderson 2 KELLSBORO MOLL Angela Harrison 3 KYLEVAN LOLLY Gary Carmichael 4 BRAMBLE RINA Steven Anderson 5 SPRINGER Stephen Atkinson 6 HEATHLAWNSWALLOW (W) James Fenwick
Race 12 21.14 480m Flat (A1) Share Your Photos Using @newcastledogs Stakes 1st £143, Others £35 Total £318 (BGRF CONTRIBUTION £30)
1 FREEDOM LORD Gary Carmichael 2 POPPER ROBSON Carl Jackson 3 BRAMBLE ANNECE Steven Anderson 4 COONEEN JACK James Fenwick 5 LEMON RONALD James Fenwick 6 GAZILLY SHAY (W) Gary Carmichael
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It might be a long cold journey on a December Thursday night, but Newcastle’s Alconex Northern Puppy Derby first round will see runners travelling from such distant outposts as Crayford, Henlow, and Yarmouth.
Newcastle GM Ian Walton said: “In the first instance, we were pleased that it filled, given the time of year. We had 39 runners entered and there are some decent youngsters among them.
“I can also confirm that the Laurels is to be sponsored by O’Toole’s Gym (Byker) which is a business owned by one of our greatest supporters, Neil Conlon and family. I have sometimes heard it said – given the outstanding quality of their dogs – that the Conlons are looking to win their own money.
“Yet we all know that Ice On Fire will dominate interest in the Laurels, from a rival kennel. I think that says something about sportsmanship.”
Trials are being made available for potential Laurels runners or other likely entries for the high class supporting card on Thursday December 19.