Monmore respond to Saturday night requests

Monmore are to revert back to Saturday evenings for their Category One events but start off with some new category three events starting this coming weekend. This follows a number of complaints following the scheduling of the Winter Derby and PGR Puppy Derby as lunchtime fixtures.

Track spokesman Joe Edwards said: “The elite open competitions are returning to Saturday nights with several warm-up events coming before both the Ladbrokes Gold Cup and Summer Stayers Classic.

“The two Category One events so far this year at the Wolverhampton track saw both the Ladbrokes Winter Derby and Premier Greyhound Racing Puppy Derby take place during Saturday lunchtimes in February and March respectively.
But now Saturday nights will be spiced up ahead of the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers, which run concurrently with the finals on August 24th.

“The first of four lots of Category Three competitions over the next few months are being advertised for next Saturday, May 11 in the aim of attracting the country’s best greyhounds for healthy crowds to enjoy with the lighter nights coming in.

“Two further Category Three dates are also planned for June, and then another in July, before the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers – both worth £10,000 to the winner – begin on August 10.”

Monmore racing manager Tony Williamson: “We’re looking forward to the return of Open racing on Saturday nights here at Monmore in the form of several Category Three competitions.

“Fingers crossed, we’ll attract the best greyhounds in preparation for our two remaining Category One competitions, the Gold Cup and Summer Stayers Classic. It should all make for some exciting Saturday nights for racegoers to enjoy at the track over the next few months.”

+ Newcastle report ‘more than a full entry’ (39) for Thursday’s BGBF British Bred Maiden Derby heats. The draw will be made at GBGB offices on Tuesday.

+ Reminder that Sheffield’s Time Greyhound Nutrition Three Steps to Victory closes at noon on Wednesday.

The lopsided Leger

All four heat winners of the Laadbrokes Kent St.Leger have been drawn in the same semi final next Sunday.

There were doubles for Mark Wallis and Ricky Holloway in the first round with Coonough Crow holding a narrow advantage on the clock.

H1 Coonough Crow       H2 Ballymac Taylor      H3 Razldazl Amanda      H4 Dazl Rolex

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