Greyhound Racing in the UK looks set to continue on an upward curve during the year ahead. 2013 was an excellent year for the sport, with Racing Post Greyhound TV providing superb live coverage from a number of tracks around the country. In addition to RPGTV, the Sky Sports cameras are dispatched to all the major finals and offer a high class team of presenters and pundits. Both these TV companies are going to be showing dog racing throughout 2014 and there has never been better coverage of the sport for armchair punters and fans alike.
Some of the highlights from last year included the famous victory of the Charlie Lister trained Sidaz Jack in the English Greyhound Derby. His winning time of 28.37 was one of the very best we have seen round the Wimbledon track and Lister’s kennel star looks set to try and defend his title in the summer. Sidaz Jack’s victory gave Charlie Lister his seventh Greyhound Derby which is more than any other trainer. Towards the end of the year, the Mark Wallis trained Reel Trickyone captured a valuable prize when he was victorious in the Coral Essex Vase Final at Romford. The 11/4 joint favourite held off his kennel mate Adageo Bob to give the trainer a memorable 1-2 in the race.
The first big meeting covered by the Sky cameras will be the Coronation Cup meeting on the 14th January. Romford Stadium is the venue for this 575m competition and with £5,000 on offer to the winner, it’s sure to be a fiercely competitive event. Hall Green provides the entertainment for dog racing fans come the end of the month, with the Prestige taking place on January 29th. The Prestige is an event best suited for stamina laden greyhounds, with a trip of 645m needing to be negotiated.
Stayed tuned to UK Greyhound Racing in 2014 for dog racing tips and news, including full coverage of all the live Sky Sports meetings and a number of RPGTV events.