Greyhounds: Local trainers head-to-head for Steel City Cup

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Two South Yorkshire greyhound trainers will go head-to-head in an attempt to secure the prestigious Betfred Steel City Cup for a third time.

The Betfred Steel City Cup, the highlight of the Owlerton greyhound racing calendar, reaches its climax next Wednesday (September 11) with the £7,500 final at Owlerton Stadium.

Sheffield’s first lady Elaine Parker is defending the 2012 title which she took with surprise 10-1 winner Skywalker Louie, with her greyhound and now race favourite, Pay Freeze, who clocked up the fastest time in this year’s heats. Elaine also won in 2004.

While Barrie Draper’s Glenpadden Bolt and Kowloon Conner fly the flag for the Rotherham trainer in the stadium’s showcase event, sponsored by Betfred. Barrie won the trophy in 2000 and 2007. Sheffield trainer Ken Perrin also qualified Jolly Angelo as did Sheffield’s Norman Melbourne with Corkish Mick.

It means the race will feature five Sheffield dogs and one from out of the region, Newcastle-based Harry Williams with his dog Hadrians Wall.

The annual Steel City Cup is the oldest running Owlerton competition dating back to 1970 and traditionally attracts a field of top nationwide racers from Brighton to Sunderland to compete in the 500m race.

The race, which is a culmination of heats and a semi-final staged over the last month at Owlerton attracting 36 dogs, is expected to attract a large crowd to watch the final six top class greyhounds race for the esteemed title and generous prize money. It is also being screened live on Sky.

The 16 race programme kicks off at 6.28pm with the Steel City Cup final starting at 9.19pm.

Dave Perry, general manager at Owlerton Stadium, said: “The combination of history and prize money helps this competition attract the very best quality of greyhounds.

“There are very few races like this still running nationally and a dog that wins this competition really adds to its CV.

“A Wednesday is not normally a race night for us but we want everyone to enjoy a sensational evening’s racing. This has shaped up to become a tremendous competition with the added benefit of some fantastic local rivalry to possibly complete a hat-trick of wins.

“Join us for an evening of top class racing entertainment.”