Good Judgement

For a kennel that primarily earns its living with graded runners, Richard Rees sees Saturday’s PGR Judgement Night meeting as an integral fixture in the open race Calendar.

On Wednesday, Hove hosted a lunch for Judgement Night connections. Four of the kennels were represented with apologies from County Durham based Tom Heilbron and Kevin Hutton who was actually at Newcastle that morning.

Richard said: “It was a shame that due to the circumstances some of the kennels couldn’t be represented, though I did think GBGB would have been there. Hove did a great job of it.

“But for a kennel like ours, and our staff, who have worked their socks off to get here, and for the sport as a whole, I think Judgement Night is a great thing. I really do.

“We are under no illusions, we haven’t got a kennel ful of superstars. We’ve done well to get here.”

Here are Richard’s views of his team’s chances:

We will feature the thoughts of other Judgement Night trainers tomorrow.


Punters looking for an edge for tomorrow’s PGR Judgement Night meeting at Hove may appreciate knowing where the trainers are putting their (donated) money. It looks as though the staying race could be pretty competitive!

Racing Manager Rob Abrey said: “As all six trainers are at the track it seems rude not to get them to pick one out, they felt could win. We gave them a mythical £100 to choose one greyhound from the six Judgement Night races.

“Any correct winning selections will then be paid out by Coral at SP and given to the three affiliated re-homing centres to Hove. We’re very confident they can do it! But if they don’t (more than likely!) we will donate £500 ourselves.”

Below are the selections:-

Liz McNair – King Capaldi (Race 3 – PGR Judgement Night Stayers)

Richard Rees – Cochise (Race 5 – PGR Judgement Night Standard)

Mark Wallis – Ballymac John (Race 5 – PGR Judgement Night Standard)

John Mullins – Aayamza Dancer (Race 9 – PGR Judgement Night Stayers)

Tom Heilbron – Innfield Charm (Race 9 – PGR Judgement Night Stayers)

Kevin Hutton – Garfiney Blaze (Race 9 – PGR Judgement Night Stayers)

Towcester crackdown

Towcester’s increased vigilance into kenneling times has seen them issue a further email warning to trainers prior to Sunday’s open race meeting. It reads:

In accordance with GBGB Rule 112: ‘The Trainer of a Greyhound who fails to have such Greyhound in the Racing Kennel by the time appointed shall be reported to the Local Stewards, who may at their discretion disqualify the Greyhound from running at that Meeting and who shall in any case report the circumstances to the GBGB.’

Trial dogs 13:00 – 13:15 All Races 13:15 – 14:00  Trials start at 14:10


Five for April

THERE are five nominations for the Time Greyhound Nutrition-backed Greyhound of the Month award for April.

They are Grand Prix winner Farneys Willie (Richard Wales), Laurels champion Kilwest Ranger (Tony Harmes), Brighton Belle heroine Queen Joni (Liz McNair), Hove Puppy Cup victor Untold Dollar (Carol Weatherall) and Gymcrack winner Wicky Ned (Jimmy Fenwick).

March’s Time Greyhound of the Month was jointly won by Carol Weatherall’s Untold Dollar and Paul Young’s Bubbly Inferno.

Alright Gordy (Out Of Range ASB-Beaming Brae, Oct 21) set a new track record for Swindon’s 896m course on Thursday night. Dave Lewis’ Cesarewitch third got home in a dramatic three way photo from Glenwood Thelma and Ower Smasher (hd, sh) in 56.28. The previous best was A Mystical Love’s 56.43.


Tonight: Romford

Saturday: Hove ♦  Oxford

Sunday: CrayfordSheffield  ♦  Towcester