Greyhound News: Laurels talk from both sides of the Irish Sea plus added Derby chatter
"Ten Large Down is 6.2 favourite for the Northern Puppy Derby at Sunderland after a comfortable heat victory on Saturday. Diane Henry's dog set the standard in the qualifiers and takes his chance in Saturday's semi-finals, with recent Romford Puppy Cup second Westmead Carl looking his biggest threat after also winning well in the heats."
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Target Brett is favourite at [3.0] for the UK's most valuable race this week, the £10,000-to-the-winner Laurels at Belle Vue on Tuesday.
The race and supporting card features as part of a two-and-a-half-hour programme live on Sky Sports 2.
Ironically, also on-going is the Irish Laurels at Cork and last year's Belle Vue champion Boherna Best is fancied to strike gold and land a famous double ahead of Saturday's semi-finals.
Sent across by Barrie Draper to Owen McKenna's kennel, the three-year-old ran second in his third round heat at the weekend.
Star of the night at Cork was former American track star Kiowa Myth, who posted the fastest time of the quarter-finals in 28.23sec.
College Causeway will be back next year, as was predicted here just after his Irish Derby triumph.
Pat Buckley's dog has now embarked on stud duties and winter rest, but has been committed to a track career in 2010 by owners Mike and Vince McKenna with the Scottish Derby has a possible first major target. Connections have not ruled out a defence of his Shelbourne title next August.
Kinda Ready is also in Ireland, principally for rest.
Mark Wallis' Wimbledon Derby champion was knocked out in the early rounds of his Irish Derby campaign and, with their sights also set on defending his title at Plough Lane, connections will bring him back to Wallis early in 2010.
Fear Zafonic, the dog Kinda Ready picked up at Wimbledon, will likely take in the All England Cup or Eclipse as he tries to close out a possible Greyhound of the Year award.
A big-race winner aplenty this year, connections took delight in his recent Betfair Derby triumph and felt it provided some compensation for injury problems they believe cost him in the Derby.
Indeed, this has sparked almost a 'war of words' between Mark Wallis and Charlie Lister over what happened in the Derby final itself. It heightens the anticipation should the two dogs ever meet again.
Coventry has a new general manager. Russell Moore recently took over the Brandon venue and has already made a number of changes, including switching their weekly open-race cards from Sunday to Fridays
Baggsy, the horse named after the late Derby-winning trainer Gary Baggs, runs at Kempton on Thursday.
The two-year-old is trained by Julia Fielden and runs on behalf of cancer charities, with shares held by a number of the Walthamstow trainer's friends and colleagues.
He ran an encouraging race at the Sunbury track on debut earlier this month.
The race to succeed last year's champion Bubbly Totti is on as the entry stage for the St Leger at Wimbledon closed yesterday (Monday).
The stayers' Classic looks wide open this year, with the winners of the last two TV Trophys among the runners set for Saturday's heats.
Flying Winner and Midway Skipper line up as part of 48 entries.
The Produce Stakes final at Nottingham next Monday looks a tight affair judged on the semi-finals at Colwick Park on Monday which saw Romeo Active and Westmead Logan win, the pair within one spot of each other.
It means Nick Savva, with any amount of Produce Stakes wins at the event's previous homes of Wembley and Hall Green, has two runners (Westmead Bolt also qualified) in the decider.
Romeo Active's trainer Dave Firmager won the Swindon Produce Stakes with Romeo Expert earlier this year.
Ten Large Down is [6.2] favourite for the Northern Puppy Derby at Sunderland after a comfortable heat victory on Saturday. Diane Henry's dog set the standard in the qualifiers and takes his chance in Saturday's semi-finals, with recent Romford Puppy Cup second Westmead Carl looking his biggest threat after also winning well in the heats.
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