Star Grass Roots, our very own greyhound puppy, is gearing up for her second race after a promising start last week.
Recording a time of 30.69 seconds, she finished fourth in her first outing under her new Star Grass Roots name at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium but is expected to improve in the coming months after getting some more racing under her belt.
She goes again tonight in Trap 5 in the first race at Owlerton at 6.38pm.
Dave Perry, Owlerton Stadium’s general manager, said: Star Grass Roots is a young greyhound that runs fairly wide and will probably be at her best when she runs out of trap six.
“We expect her to continue racing over 500 metres for the time being. We are looking forward to her next race which will be an evening run so she will have more of a crowd cheering her on! We are hoping for a steady improvement.”
Meanwhile, Owlerton has an exciting week ahead as it hosts the Ladbrokes Greyhound Trainers Association (GTA) annual Trainers’ Championship on Tuesday, March 25.
The event sees the country’s top six greyhound trainers do battle over eight races at Owlerton Stadium, which was selected to host the event by the GTA.
Owlerton’s own Barrie Draper, from Rotherham, has made the top six after earning enough points from events staged all over the country between January and December 2013.
The Trainers’ Championship is sponsored by Ladbrokes and will be televised live on Sky Sports showcasing Sheffield to an audience of millions.
Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said: “The competition to make the top six is extremely tough. So for our own Barrie Draper to earn a place in the Trainers’ Championship final from hundreds across the country is a remarkable achievement.
“It shows the talent and standard of trainers that we have here in Sheffield and we hope that home soil can help Barrie to victory on the night.”
* For more information about tickets for the Trainers’ Championship, which are available from £5 per person, visit http://www.owlertonstadium.co.uk/.