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Friday night at Romford saw thirty-six top-class greyhounds chasing the goal of being crowned the £10,000 to-the-winner 2015 Coral Golden Sprint champion. 


The 2014 Romford Puppy Cup form looks to be very strong with the sixth Lenson Tiggy beating the winner Laughing Gravy 3.25L in the fastest time of the night 24.01. What A Laugh made a big impression with a display of brute early-pace rocketing out recording a very fast 3.72 sectional on his way to a 3L victory in 24.31. Express Max and Rio Quattro both caught the eye with impressive victories.


The story of round-one though must be defending champion Lough Messi who scored in heat two to keep alive the dream of winning this amazing race back to back. If Messi can pull off this Magnificent feat he will become only the second greyhound to do so following the great Kinda Magic victories in 2001 and 2002.  


HEAT WINNERS (Track rated -20)


Heat 1 - Mays Teejay (3.81) 24.35

Heat 2 - Lough Messi (3.82) 24.31

Heat 3 - What A Laugh (3.72) 24.31

Heat 4 - Lenson Tiggy (3.74) 24.01

Heat 5 - Express Max (3.75) 24.15

Heat 6 - Rio Quattro (3.82) 24.17


Will Gravy Get The Last Laugh?


There is no room for error now, any mistake will surely be punished with elimination and heading to the semi-finals it is wide open. It promises to be very exciting and with many of the greyhounds likely to come on for their first-round exploits it could be explosive. 


Laughing Gravy arrived at Romford after running in the Racing Post Juvenile at Wimbledon just three days later he put in an excellent performance to qualify. David Pruhs told us in the build up 'I will take third now' the Wimbledon run, a long break and him being around a kilo overweight all made his qualification impressive reading. The brilliant 2014 Romford Puppy Cup champion is a serious contender for all major races this year. 


Maxine Locke is still dreaming of landing this race again with Lough Messi. Another local Jim Reynolds has got You Never Listen who had won five on the bounce before a slow break cost her win number six but she still qualified. Charlie Lister OBE is still in it with Southern Mesut and it could be dangerous to write off this pair. Champion trainer Mark Wallis saw four of his greyhounds crash out but he's still got What A Laugh. Throw in to the mix Lenson Tiggy (Tony Collett), Express Max (Seamus Cahill) and Rio Quattro (Danny Riordan) and we have some competition! 


David Pruhs On Laughing Gravy

'I'm delighted he qualified from a very tough heat and I'm sure he will come on for that run. He had a nice long break over the winter and he is a bit heavy, probably about 1 kilo off his optimum weight. I will look to trim him down and would say he will improve and if we can make it to the final he would improve again. It's a tough draw the problem you have with a wide-seed is they must clear the field to swoop the bend, we have Express Max on his inside, we are capable of doing that but he must do everything right. This is an amazing competition and very difficult to win but we will give it a good go'.


Maxine Locke On Lough Messi

'Very similar to last year, he needed the run in the first-round and I'm expecting him to come on for that run, he never really trapped like he can so there is definitely room for improvement. It would mean the world to me if he could win this competition again. I was a big fan of Kinda Magic and to emulate what he did would be terrific. There are some incredible dogs in the competition and it's going to be tough but fingers crossed he can qualify on Friday and in the final anything can happen'.


Semi-Finals Friday 13th Romford



T1 Mays Teejay 

T2 Ibiza Rocks 

T3 You Never Listen 

T4 Dians Shadow (m)

T5 What A Laugh (w)

T6 Baliff Hubert (w) 



T1 Southern Mesut 

T2 Lemon Pluto

T3 Drumsna Turbo

T4 Lough Messi (m)

T5 Lenson Tiggy (m)

T6 Dragon Big Bux (w)



T1 Affane Scolari

T2 Archive Policy

T3 Rio Quattro 

T4 Leamaneigh Turbo (m)

T5 Express Max (m)

T6 Laughing Gravy (w)