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CORAL GOLDEN SPRINT - ROMFORD 400M (£10,000)

1st Semi-Final 

Jim Reynolds was delighted to see his win machine You Never Listen bounce back in her semi-final. She made all the running to become the quickest semi-final winner beating Baliff Hubert 2.5L in 23.64 +20.

 

2nd Semi-Final

Lough Messi kept the dream alive of becoming only the second greyhound in history to win back-to-back Golden Sprints. He needed to come away and to the delight of his fans he did just recording a scintillating 3.65 sectional. Off that split he turned in front and ran out a comfortable winner over Lenson Tiggy by 2L in 23.75 +20. 

 

3rd Semi-Final

The brilliant 2014 Romford Puppy Cup Champion Laughing Gravy showed his liking for the Essex venue once more with a brilliant trap-to-line victory. Flying out from trap-six he showed electric pace to win beating Leamaneigh Turbo 1.5L in 23.69 +20.

 

CORAL GOLDEN SPRINT FINAL - ROMFORD 400M (£10,000)

 

Friday 20th March 

 

Are We About To See History Made?

 

We have the six finalists and this promises to one of the great Golden Sprint finals of the modern era. Six quality greyhounds are chasing that £10,000 first-price and a place in to the history books. It looks to have come down to a race to the corner - what ever  leads will take some stopping. Six talented speedsters all capable of breaking 24 seconds and playing a starring role. It's got all the ingredients to set the pulse racing and promises to be one of the races of the year.

 

Can Lough Messi make history by becoming only the second greyhound to win this great race back-to-back and follow in the footsteps of the great Kinda Magic? If he does he will become one of the greatest greyhounds to have graced the Essex Venue. It's easy sometimes to dismiss the present and not fully appreciate what we are seeing. If Lough Messi was to win this it would be something truly magical, people in the future would talk about this great greyhound and wax lyrical about his achievements.

 

Will You Never Listen become the first bitch since Shes Our Star in 2004 to win this competition? There's been some talented ladies go close Droopys Loner 2013, Fancy Socks 2012 and Longford Meg in 2011 all took the runners-up spot but none struck gold. It would be some achievement for You Never Listen to pull this off.

 

It won't be easy for either of those to make history Laughing Gravy is a great Puppy Cup champion and improving at a rapid rate of knots after his Winter break. He came back around 1 kilo heavier than his best weight and bit by bit the weight is coming off and he is starting to fly. Lenson Tiggy a Puppy Cup finalist seems better than ever this year and is more than capable on his day of posting a very fast time. Leamaneigh Turbo and Baliff Hubert are here on merit and talented, they are a massive credit to connections.

 

Maxine Locke on Lough Messi

 

'First of all can I just say how proud of him I am to just make the final. I'm nervous but also very excited and if he was to win it then this would be the greatest moment of my life. I loved watching Kinda Magic run and if we could replicate what he did its hard to put in to words what that would mean.

I'd have preferred trap-four but he's got trap-two and he must come away in his best fashion, it's a race to the corner and we must lead. He is very well but this is a quality final one of the best you are going to see. All the dogs are capable of winning it and I'm just so proud to be in it. Some people wrote him off but he's proved he is back and is running so well. We will go to the final full of hope and lets see what happens, he's come out of his semi-final very well so there is a lot to be enthusiastic about. 

I must thank Marie Clark the physio who's done a tremendous job with him, all my staff and of course the sponsors Coral and everyone at Romford stadium. It's going to be a truly amazing night and no matter what happens I'm going to enjoy it'. 

 

DRAW 21.24

 

T1 You Never Listen

T2 Lough Messi (m)

T3 Leamaneigh Turbo (m)

T4 Lenson Tiggy (m)

T5 Baliff Hubert (w)

T6 Laughing Gravy (w)