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All signs point to Sheffield for BAGS/SIS Track Championship Monday afternoon thriller

Graham McLennan, General Manager of BAGS, sponsors of the £200,000 Track Championship competition that comes to its conclusion on Monday at Sheffield, confirmed today in ' yesterday's Racing Post ' that a fourth renewal is planned for 2014.

The news will be welcomed by trainers and Racing Office staff throughout Great Britain who have battled over the last two months to qualify for a spot at Grand Finals Day on 23rdDecember, a day when no UK horseracing in betting shops will see the dogs take centre-stage.

Graham McLennan, speaking in Saturday’s Inside Track interview said: “We’re delighted with the enthusiasm people across the Board show. From a BAGS point of view, the more we can do to put more prize-money back into the sport the better.

“As long as the BAGS board and subscribers are happy with the product, we will look to continue and hopefully, increase the prize money going forward. There will be a BAGS Track Championship in 2014. I really hope it’s a competitive day’s racing on Monday and may the best team win!”

Ten consecutive races over various distances (2.08pm – 5.07pm) will be contested by Hall Green, Hove, Newcastle, Peterborough, Romford and Sheffield.

All the action will be screened live on the Bags/SIS service into the UK's betting shops.

Those planning on going to Owlerton Stadium can take advantage of free entry and a bumper crowd is expected following stellar occasions at Perry Barr and Monmore Green in previous years. The bookmakers have the hosts as slight favourites at 5/2, with 11/4 about Newcastle successfully defending their title.

It’s a pre-Christmas treat for punters and greyhound racing fans this Monday. For details of the full form visit www.bagsracing.com and for stadium information it’swww.owlertongreyhoundracingstadium.co.uk

Tom Kelly, BAGS chairman, said: "This is a fantastic showcase for greyhound racing and has been a great competition, with rivalry between the tracks something quite unique in the greyhound calendar.

"Newcastle enjoyed their time in the spotlight when the final was staged in Birmingham last year, and I'm sure will be keen to keep their hands on the magnificent trophy. But it will be tough given the quality of opposition."

Once the winning team have popped the corks and celebrated in Sheffield, they can look forward to being officially presented with the trophy at the Greyhound of the Year Awards on Sunday 26th January at the Hilton Deansgate, Manchester.