Greyhounds go in a flash at Sheffield auction

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Hundreds of people travelled to Sheffield’s Owlerton Stadium for one of the nation’s biggest greyhound auctions.

Fifty-seven greyhounds appeared on the block at the stadium in Hillsborough on Sunday after taking a few laps around the track to show off their fastest times and techniques.

One of the Irish bred Greyhounds that was up for auction at Owlerton Stadium

One of the Irish bred Greyhounds that was up for auction at Owlerton Stadium

“There’s nothing quite like an auction, I love the adrenaline and the atmosphere,” said Sheffield trainer Elaine Parker, who owns around 60 greyhound dogs.

“I’ve come ready to buy today. I’ve seen a few that I liked on the track and am looking forward to getting the bidding under way.”

Nearly 300 buyers turned out for the auction.

John Gilburn, managing director at the stadium, said: “The atmosphere at these things is always great - it’s a good way to spend a morning.

“It’s also a great way to get your hands on a dog for a reasonable price.”

Traditionally greyhounds can go for anything up to £100,000, although John says most go for a far more modest sum.

He added: “The majority of these today will sell for between five and seven thousand guineas.”