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The Roto Roof Windows TV Trophy Final, Sheffield

King Kane


Greyhound racing's most famous competition, the Television Trophy, takes place at Sheffield's Owlerton Stadium on Wednesday with the 915m distance officially the longest in the 50-year plus history of the event.

King Kane, trained by Diane Henry, is favourite to lift the £8,000 prize as this new marathon star bids to complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes for himself with the eight-bend trip bringing out the best in the two-year-old, and his handler who has recently just returned to the training ranks.

However, in Old Refrain he meets a bitch from a kennel (Chris Allsopp) which is in terrific form having won last week's Sussex Cup with Exocet. Local champion Supreme Vanessa, trained by Russ Warren, also won her heat and continues to prove her versatility with recent victories over 500m up to 915m.

A track spokesman said: "It promises to be a fantastic final, with a brand new sponsor this year, too. Sheffield are delighted to host a competition which for years was the only greyhound race on TV, being shown on the old BBC Sportsnight programme. The TV Trophy has great history - even the mighty Scurlogue Champ won it twice in the 1980s."