There aren’t too many greyhounds who double their purchase price in prize money but Mays Dreamcatcher (Godsend-Mays Maska, Apr 15) is well on the way to doing so.
James Turner’s bitch caught the Pete Witchell trained pair India Beauty and Sunshine Penny on the run for home to take the £3,000 Kent Cesarewitch over the track’s 874m. Odds on favourite Maireads Ivy was not beaten far but is due to be checked over by a physio today.
In terms of prize money, it was the biggest win to date for James Turner who already picked up the £2,000 Dorando Marathon with the bitch who he bought off internet.
A journeyman kennelman who cut his teeth with different trainers at Romford before becoming head man to Dave Pruhs, Turner introduced Maysdreamcatcher into A2 company at Perry Barr and hasn’t looked back.
He said: “I spotted her on Greyhound-data for £2,600. She is a sister to (the 2017 Kent Cesarewitch winner) Slippy Maska and with that stamina, I watched her race at Drumbo and wondered whether she might be one who had slipped through the net. She runs in a three-way partnership between myself, John Ellis and Patrick Rugg.
“It is hard to place marathon runners; the four previous races that I entered her for failed to fill. I hope that the marathon supporting the Puppy Derby at Newcastle goes ahead. I also understand that there is a small competition planned for Towcester. The long term plan is the TV Trophy, though I have always fancied having a crack at the marathon competition at Shelbourne in December.”