..Dates confirmed for St Leger, British Breeders Stakes & Northern Puppy Derby..
Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) are pleased to confirm that the GBGB have approved dates for three Category 1 events, The St Leger at Perry Barr, the BGBF British Breeders Stakes at Nottingham and The Northern Puppy Derby at Newcastle.
St Leger Perry Barr 16, 23 & 30 Sept
BGBF British Breeders Stakes Nottingham 8, 15 & 22 March
Northern Puppy Derby Newcastle 17, 24 & 31 March
Dates for other major greyhound competitions staged at ARC stadia will be released in due course, once scheduling has been agreed by the Open Race Planning Committee.
Greyhound Operations Director at ARC, Rachel Corden, said, “It’s great to have early agreement on the dates for our Classic event, The St Leger, at Perry Barr.
“We are also delighted that approval has been granted for the Northern Puppy Derby at Newcastle in March and also for the BGBF British Breeders Competition at Nottingham to move forward to March.
“As keen supporters of British Breeding we were happy to assist Liz Mort in working towards a more even spread of BGBF British Bred events across the year. It gives everyone a great British Bred Category 1 competition to look forward to within a matter of weeks. The competition will also be supported by a Category 3 British Bred sprint competition”.
Liz Mort, Chair of the BGBF said ‘I am delighted that we have been able to bring our prestigious Breeders’ Stakes forward to March. Last year the Covid chaos meant so much was backed up in the last half of the year, which was not good for anybody, and this year we are aiming to run a much more even spread of competitions. Kicking off our calendar with the Breeders’ Stakes in just a few weeks will be exciting to everyone involved. On behalf of the BGBF I would like to thank ARC, and the team at Nottingham, for their continued support of British breeding, and we also look forward to our later events with ARC at Newcastle”.