Greyhound News: Taylor moves to top of Betfair TV Trophy betting...
"A bumper crowd were at Kinsley, joined by thousands who tuned in on Sky Sports to see the three Betfair TV Trophy qualifiers live, and the layers of the short-shots held sway."
... while outside of the big action, everyone's talking about the return of the Walthamstow
Taylors Riviera is a warm order for Tuesday's Betfair TV Trophy at [1.9] after coming through what turned out a poor night for favourite backers at Kinsley in the heats.
A bumper crowd at the west Yorkshire track were joined by thousands who tuned in on Sky Sports to see the three qualifiers live, and the layers of the short-shots held sway.
The well-fancied trio of Killishin Masai, Droopys Alma and Irish hotpot Ferdia Bound all miss out on a place in the £6,000 final, but those who took the big prices on heat winners Oran Joker and Midway Skipper were in clover.
And what a great story unfolding with Midway Skipper as she bids to 'do' a Scurlogue Champ and win back-to-back TV Trophys, one of the most prestigious competitions in the GBGB Calendar.
Walthamstow is the buzzword in the world of greyhound racing just now.
The east London track, which closed in August 2008, is at the centre of a tug-of-war between his owners, the housing developer London & Quadrant, and several potential buyers who want to return the dogs to the famous stadium.
Parliamentary pressure is also been brought to the table, with new MP Ian Lavery (a huge greyhound fan and one of those credited with saving Brough Park when it was threatened with closure) among those giving the Stow an airing in the corridors of power.
It seems the story is set to run and run, and the recent news that Henlow chairman Bob Morton is among those who could launch a bid for the land is more exciting news for the sport. Morton, winner of three Derbys, has been featured in the Sunday Times Rich List.
"Bob is a very successful businessman, and one very shrewd cookie," said one source. "But don't run away with the idea that he will purchase the Stow with loose change. He will make it his business to find the value of the land and the potential of the business itself before progressing this. But it's all very positive."
Morton, and a number of other backers looking to run a dog track alongside any affordable housing development, will also been keenly awaiting various questions posed not just of Mayor Of London, Boris Johnson, but also the Government via an Early Day Motion on how well the campaign to bring back the Stow is going.
Greyhound fans, especially those who follow the action on Sky Sports, are eagerly awaiting publication of the rest of the year dates.
The issue has been finding suitable Sky slots to cater for tracks' demands.
One source said: "It's meant a bit of a move around with some events not staged usually where they are in the Calendar. Once again the GRA, who handle the deal, is under pressure to hand the organising of the Sky schedule over to the sport's rulers, the GBGB."
There are one or two sponsorship issues to be sorted out as well. Betfair have shown an active interest in backing other Sky races should they become available.
Big-Race fans are spoilt for choice just now.
The Pall Mall, one of the oldest four-bend competitions in the calendar, kicks off at Oxford on Thursday; the same night the Olympic semis take place at Hove, while Monmore's Summer Festival starts for real at Monday's Bags meeting.
And then, of course, it's the Betfair TV Trophy final at Kinsley on Tuesday, which is Sky's next port of call.
The action keeps on coming!
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