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Our greyhound puppy, Star Grass Roots, impressed on her return to the A6 grade.

Stepping up from the slower A7 race, she finished third in her latest outing at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium.

Star Grass Roots, who was beaten by 1 ½ lengths, is now setting her sights on a first A6 win.

Dave Perry, general manager of Owlerton Stadium, said: “After an up and down couple of months, Star Grass Roots is now really starting to find her form.

“She has spent time developing at A7. Her trainer, Elaine Parker, has been working really hard, particularly on trap training, and we are hopeful this is now starting to pay dividends.

“With two A7 wins under her belt, we’re hopeful that her first success in the grade of A6 isn’t too far away.”

Star Grass Roots will next be in action this weekend. Find out how she gets on in next week’s paper.

Meanwhile, a special charity event at Owlerton will see the stadium transformed into a Rio Carnival to celebrate the Brazil World Cup.

The 11th annual Ladies Day spectacular, on Tuesday July 15, will bring together men and women for an evening of glitz and glamour, entertainment and dining in aid of Sheffield charity, St Luke’s Hospice.

Special offers include a Carnival Cocktail package, which provides admission, a race card, one cocktail or glass of house wine, two £1 bets and a Brazilian basket meal for just £10.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “With the whole country now gearing up to go World Cup crazy we wanted to bring the carnival spirit of Brazil to South Yorkshire.

“St Luke’s is a wonderful charity which needs to raise almost £5 million every year to maintain their services, so we hope this fantastic, fun event will form a vital part of annual fundraising efforts.”

To book tickets call 0114 234 3074 or visit www.owlertonstadium.co.uk.