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Trap training has been the focus for our greyhound puppy this week after she finished fifth in her second race.

Chalked up by the bookmakers as their favourite for the race on Friday night at Owlerton Stadium, Star Grass Roots was slow away from the starting traps and was beaten by five and a half lengths.

She’s expected to be back in action at Owlerton Stadium tonight in race 9 in the A7 grade.

Grades run from A8 – A1 with A1 being the fastest greyhounds.

Dave Perry, Owlerton Stadium’s general manager, said: “After starting out in A6 in her first race, I’m sure that, if she can learn to trap a bit better, Star Grass Roots will enjoy success in A7.

“Because the bookmakers had chalked her up as the favourite for the race on Friday night, it was disappointing to see her trap slowly.

“But she will be out either Friday or Saturday this week and we’ll be hoping for a solid showing after plenty of trap training this week.”

Star Grass Roots’ race will be followed by a regal event at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Her Majesty the Queen has given her blessing for Owlerton to hold the Queen Mother Memorial Cup - in her late mother’s name - on Mothering Sunday, March 30.

The stadium wrote to Buckingham Palace to ask permission to hold the event, which has attracted sell-out crowds for the last ten years.

The Palace promptly responded and a letter from Buckingham Palace said: “I hope that once again this event will prove to be an enjoyable and successful occasion for everyone involved.”

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “The event has now become one of the most prestigious open races in the racing calendar and greyhounds from all over the country will be competing.

“We are also extremely proud to be the only place in the city that holds an event in a Royal’s name and has this affiliation to the monarchy.

“It will certainly be another great meet; it is a sell-out every year and is a great day out for all the family on Mother’s Day.”

Tickets are limited, for more information contact call 0114 234 3074 or email enquiries@owlertonstadium.co.uk