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The Coral Regency Final- Hove 695m (£10,000)

The Coral Regency is a race steeped in history and right up there with the best six-bend competitions in the country. We are left with six amazing greyhounds all set to shoot-it-out live on Sky Sports in a bid to win £10,000 but also give their connections a night they will never forget.   

 

These big finals mean so much to connections and Jason Foster (Market Heights) summed it up nicely in his interview with us after the semi-final 'Win, Lose or Draw, we are just going to have a lot of fun and enjoy the night'. Seven of the last ten favourites for the final have won it but last year 25/1 Boltatwelldigger rocked the greyhound world by winning it and showed anything is possible in these big finals.

 

Touch Tackle heads in to the final in superb form on the back of three straight victories (two of them in this competition) and is an obvious starting point. Will he trap like he did in the semi-final? If he does then he is so strong in the middle to latter part of the races it would be a major shock if he was subsequently caught. You can tell how much this means to connections they've never won a Category One before but Jim Daly can count on vital experiences he learned with Charlie Lister OBE. I caught up with Jim and got his thoughts on the big race.

 

Jim Daly on Touch Tackle

 

'This is a massive race and it means so much, I'd be telling lies if I said I was not a bit nervous. It's a huge night for the kennel and we have a live chance of landing our first Category One competition but they are tough to win. We are up against some fantastic greyhounds and it's set to be a special night. Touch Tackle is very well and fresh I'm hoping for a massive run, I'd love him to win it for Steve and Grant. We head to the final full of hope and feel very honoured to be involved. Hove and the sponsors Coral deserve recognition it's been a great competition'.

 

Touch Tackle will have to be on his 'A' game because Millwards Teddy, the 2014 Yorkshire St Leger champion and St Leger runner-up, bounced back to form in the semi-final with an impressive victory. His kennel companion Droopys Cottage is just starting out on her six-bend career but could not have made a more impressive start. Both of Dean Childs’ runners are open to further improvement and it would be no surprise to see them both run very well. 

 

Swansalona Diva is flying the flag for British breeding being the sole British Bred to make the final. Kevin Hutton's stayer remains unbeaten in the competition and looks set to have a fantastic career over six-bends. She is not short of pace having won the British Bred Stakes at Nottingham last year and if turning in front will take some stopping.

 

Market Heights has come first or second in ten of his fourteen starts and is a real credit to Jason Foster. He will be hoping his proven Marathon performer can keep tabs on the leaders because turning for home none will be finishing faster.

 

Tybar Hondo may be the outsider of the field but he is a very good greyhound. He possesses brilliant middle-pace and if he was to be crowned the champion it would not be the biggest shock in the world. I caught up with his trainer Carol Weatherall to get the lowdown on Tybar Hondo before the biggest race of his career.

 

Carol Weatherall On Tybar Hondo

 

'I am so pleased for the owner Mr Tye he's had greyhounds for years but this is by far his best dog. It's going to be a great night, he's earned the right to be here and you just need some luck on the night. He is a great natured dog always quiet in the kennel and seems to take everything in his stride. He's come out of the race well and we are just looking forward to the final. Our expectations are not on winning it if we are realistic but Salad Dodger winning the Derby last year gives everyone hope. It's always nice being a smaller kennel taking on the big boys so to speak. Hove have always been very welcoming and it's great prize-money on offer from the sponsors Coral. If he had been knocked out we would have had a go at the Derby but now all being well he will head to Monmore for the Staying Competition'.