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Can Hayley Realise Dream Of Second St Leger?

Wimbledon stage the final of the William Hill St Leger on Tuesday. William Hill deserve huge credit boosting the prize-money to a whopping £25,000 to-the-winner seems to have made this great race even greater. The burning question is who will be crowned the champion and have their name etched in to greyhound folklore forever?

 

The sponsors have installed Roxholme Dream the 5/4 favourite. She is currently unbeaten in the competition, producing flying sectionals (16.09 twice & 16.24) and ten years on from the amazing success of Roxholme Girl the Keightley's look to have a favourites chance of landing their second St Leger victory.

 

I caught up with Mark Keightley ahead of the big final

 

'We would love to emulate the St Leger victory of Roxholme Girl. People will make comparisons but apart from being a similar weight they are very different bitches. Dream has done everything we've asked of her and everyone connected with the Roxholme kennel is very excited. We hope she can maintain the level of form she's been showing for the final.

I take my hat off to William Hill for their fantastic sponsorship and overall it's really positive what they are doing for the sport.

Myself and Hayley are really enjoying the sport and although we only have a small kennel (currently five racing dogs) we have some really exciting dogs.

Watch out for Roxholme Sue's litter who are fourteen-months old currently being schooled. The long-term aim is to be successful with our own breed and Hayley's just bred her eighth litter with the previous ones all containing open racers.

There are a lot of positives in the sport and we like to concentrate on them. Tomorrow night will be a great occasion for the sport and we are very proud to be involved.'

 

Roxholme Dream may be the favourite but this is competitive. King Kane is looking to land the very special TV Trophy/St Leger double. You have to go back to 2007 when Spiridon Louis took the staying world by storm to land this prestigious race double in the same year. There's been high class stayers since like Flying Winner, Midway Skipper, Musical Gaga, Blonde Reagan, Farloe Tango none could manage it. If Kane pulls this off then surely he will be favourite to win greyhound of the year.

 

Millwards Teddy is the Pin Point Recruitment Yorkshire St Leger champion. He will be coming home strong, a win here could really throw the cat amongst the pigeons in terms of his own bid to be crowned greyhound of the year.

 

Chicago is a RFS Puppy Derby finalist and possesses real class. A real credit to connections, this is only his sixth race over 600m plus. One of the most exciting dogs on the six-bend circuit.

 

A greyhound that's gone about his business very quietly and hardly seemed to have got a mention is Killieford Khali. Let's not forget he finished third last year and it's some achievement to make the final once again. He's made countless big race finals and the romantic in me would love to see him win one.

 

Charlie Lister OBE on Killieford Khali

 

'He's been a great dog for the kennel. It would be lovely for him to win one of these big races. He made the final last year and being honest we was unsure if he would race again after an injury at Henlow. For him to come back and make the final says so much about this dogs character. He needs to be away and gone with a bit of luck on his side if he stands a chance of winning. Well done William Hill for boosting the prize-money, £25,000 to-the-winner must be applauded.'

 

Farley Chicken is here on merit and was a semi-finalist in the William Hill Derby. You don't get that deep in to a Derby without being special.

 

So who is going to have the Sky Greyhound presenters Tony Ennis and Jonathan Hobbs purring? Last year they where left in awe when the great Farloe Tango stormed to victory in then a track-record breaking time. This year you've every right to expect something equally spectacular, so get to Wimbledon or tune in to Sky Greyhounds for this incredible race that comes in the category of 'Must Watch'.