A five man panel are expected to confirm Nottingham as the new home of the English Greyhound Derby during a conference call on Thursday writes Floyd Amphlett.

Owners John Turner and Steve Fluin, GBGB owners director John Coleman, trainer Carl Perry and Peter Cadman (rules and regulations), are expected to pore over the short list of one.

The Star understands that of the three parties who originally showed interest, Towcester fell by the wayside when would-be purchaser and event sponsor Ben Keith, failed to acquire the racecourse. A field of two became one when Central Park let it be known that they did not have a sponsor.

Nottingham promoter Rachel Corden is believed to have secured a backer for the event which otherwise faced the prospect of not being held for the first time since 1944. The competition will almost certainly be staged as a tribute and memorial to Rachel’s late father, Terry.