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CORAL GREYHOUND OLYMPIC - HOVE 515m (£7,500)

18 top-class greyhounds lined up with one objective; to end 2015 on a real high by making the final of the Coral Greyhound Olympic which is worth £7,500 to-the-winner. Three sensational semi-finals unfolded and this is what happened;

 

1st Semi-Final

 

Narabane Flyer and Swift Keith had strong support for this semi-final but both got overshadowed by terrific performances from Millwards Master and Holdem Chico. My Real Mutley got off to the best start but he was passed at the second-bend by Holdem Chico. Carol Weatherall's greyhound put up a sterling display but he was no match close home to an inspired Millwards Master who finished the race very strongly to win by 2 lengths in 30.22 (-30).

 

2nd Semi-Final 

 

Punters could not split the Kevin Hutton duo of Jet Stream Jack and Jet Stream Sound but they had to settle for 3rd and 4th respectively. This race was over in terms of a contest in the blink of an eye when the Puppy Classic Champion Crossfield Cesar rocketed from the boxes. He made every post a winning one and crossed the line 2 and 1/2 lengths to the good over Southern Henri in 30.27 (-30).

 

3rd Semi-Final

 

I think it is safe to say Ballymac Brogan is back to his scintillating best. The Racing Post Juvenile Champion put in a very impressive display here to blow away the opposition with a terrific front running display. He recorded a blistering 4.20 sectional and in truth was never in any danger. He crossed the line 2 and 1/4 lengths in front of Forest Gavin in 29.91 (-30).  

 

FINAL 27/12/15 

 

Can Young Master The Olympic Once More 

 

The 2015 Coral Greyhound Olympic is set to be an incredible race that is packed with real talent. Paul Young is looking to win this race for the third year in succession and he sends Millwards Master to the traps. He landed the 2014 Coral Champion Stakes and ended a 17 race losing streak when he scored in the semi-finals. He may be hitting top form at just the right time. It would be some feat by Paul Young if he pulled this off to win any category one competition is tough but to come back three years running and take the spoils is nothing short of incredible. This race is no stranger to seeing the history books being rewritten; Brian Clemenson won this race six years on the spin between 2001-2006. 

 

Seamus Cahill will be looking to end the year on a real high and his duo of Ballymac Brogan and Crossfield Cesar are no strangers to big race success. It's great to see Ballymac Brogan back to his very best and the Racing Post Juvenile Champion looks to be flying at present. His kennel companion Crossfield Cesar is very much his equal though, he landed the Puppy Classic at Nottingham and is the only greyhound to remain unbeaten so far in the competition. 

 

Kevin Hutton suffered disappointment in the semi-finals with Jet Stream Jack and Jet Stream Sound but he will be delighted to see Forest Gavin make this final. He's a greyhound with huge ability and he's always hinted that a big win was well within his capabilities.

Southern Henri has finished runner-up to Crossfield Cesar in both the heats and semi-finals, he will have to produce something magical to come out on top here but that is always possible. He's done marvelous to reach the final and Jason Heath should be incredibly proud.

Holdem Chico likewise has done superb to make the final and I decided to catch up with his trainer Carol Weatherall to get the low-down on him before the big race.

 

Carol Weatherall on Holdem Chico 

 

"It's always fantastic to make a big final but it would mean the world to us to win it. We are only a small kennel and it would be a massive buzz to everyone connected. We get good dogs, feed them right and look after them and that's all you can do. To be up there in a race like this with the big boys so to speak is incredible. Not many people would have thought at the start of the competition we would have got this far but Holdem Chico has done it and we are all extremely proud of him. Best of luck to everyone in the final and I'm sure it will be a great occasion no matter what the result is.

 

Next year I think readers of the GBGB website should look out for a few of Holdem Spy's offspring as we have a couple of litters just starting out and they look promising".

 

Draw

 

T1 Southern Henri

T2 Holdem Chico

T3 Forest Gavin

T4 Millwards Master

T5 Ballymac Brogan (m)

T6 Crossfield Cesar (w)