The Lord's Greyhounds News: Lots more Lollie

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"Thoughts of retirement have been shelved temporarily by connections after another impressive Jimmy Lollie success."

The Lord fills us in on all the latest from down the dogs, including some good news for Jimmy Lollie fans...

Jimmy Lollie, the Greyhound of the Year and a winner of 71 open races, could next head to Henlow after returning to winning ways at Hove on Thursday.

Thoughts of retirement have been shelved temporarily by connections after another impressive success, which followed back-to-back Sky reverses. Henlow is the next port of call for the Sky cameras with the Primus Telecom Derby final taking centre-stage.

Talking of which, Taylors Sky could be less than 30 seconds away from landing a shoo-in Greyhound of the Year title, after Charlie Lister's Derby champion won his semi-final of the Henlow Derby. And for good measure, the Steve and Becki Taylor-owned runner broke the track record.

Drumcove Lad added his name to a famous roll of honour when plundering the GRA Scurry Cup at Belle Vue on Thursday. The race, greyhound racing's oldest sprint Classic, was saved again with the help of GRA chief racing manager Bob Rowe, and the victory boosted trainer Chris Allsopp's bid to reel-in Mark Wallis at the head of the Trainer of the Year standings.

Iain Duncan Smith, the Pensions Secretary and Chingford MP, has been made aware of the fact that Walthamstow Stadium owners London & Quadrant have withdrawn their plans to redevelop the site.

L&Q are understood to be in the process of revising their plans for the famous site, but any new submission will require another round of public consultations and, therefore, another round of potentially damaging publicity for the housing developer.

Meanwhile, in the background, sits businessman Bob Morton ready to takeover the land for a mixed use housing and greyhound track. He has a multi-million pound bid for the land sitting on L&Q's desk.

The story is set to run into 2012, crucially, Olympic year just a few miles away. But the prospect of some form of court action has also been raised if the powers-that-be can prove L&Q has been landbanking, and that has no viable plans for the land.

"The site really could be 'called in'," said one Save Our Stow insider. "It's a real possibility, especially with the original plans from L&Q potentially running at a loss. It doesn't look good for a company part-funded by the tax-payer.

"The Government and City Hall may act soon, especially with the Olympics down the road. Do they really want people seeing a barren area, especially one where we have plans to create a modern leisure facility, plus housing?

"The MPs have the power to force L&Q to sell, or certainly encourage them to strike a deal with another party. Their plans are flawed, that's why they were withdrawn, and ours stand up. Plus, our plans will boost the local community and businesses, theirs don't."

Finally, after the Scurry, comes the Betfair Laurels which closes to entries at Belle Vue this week ahead of Thursday's first round. The final, with full Betfair-sponsored supporting card, takes place on Tuesday, November 8.

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