Grass Roots back in business

Star Grass Roots, left,  may step up in distance
Star Grass Roots, left, may step up in distance
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After a tough couple of weeks, Star Grass Roots is back into the swing of racing again.

Taking to the start line in a grade A6 500m race, she ran her usual wide line and started well but after suffering a slight bump in the race, which put her off her stride, finished third.

Elaine Parker, Star Grass Roots’ trainer, said: “Star Grass Roots was unlucky this week. She ran a really nice race but had a bump and ended up slightly down the field.

“But considering her recent setback it was a good performance and I was pleased she bounced back so quickly after being off it.

“However, it does look like we need to move her up in distance from the 500m to 660m. Like her sister, after the race finishes she is running on strong and therefore we think she will perform better in a six bend race rather than the current 500m distance she is doing now.

“To do this she will need a couple of trials at the new distance so we will see if we can fit those in and then she can look to move up to race competitively at 660m.”

Meanwhile, Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has celebrated the third annual Yorkshire Greyhound Day by supporting a special campaign.

The region’s leading greyhound track has been encouraging people to re-home retired track stars as part of a 12-day Adopt a New Best Friend campaign culminating with the regional awareness day which was on Thursday, 14 August.

Yorkshire Greyhound Day was first celebrated in 2012 to mark 80 years since the sport of greyhound racing was introduced to the region by Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and to raise awareness of the loving dogs.

For more information about the Trust, to help give a dog a home or volunteer at the farm email info@sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk.