Latest News

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

The Coral Regency is one of the most exciting six-bend competitions in the calendar and this final lived up to that billing and more. Six fantastic greyhounds had battled their way through the heats and semi-finals in a bid to land the £10,000 to-the-winner prize. It's more than just money up for grabs it's people and animals realising their potential, fulfilling their dreams and grabbing immortality in the Regency history books.

 

Jim Daly, once with the great master Charlie Lister OBE, knew what it takes to win these big races but since branching out on his own he had yet to win his first Category One competition. He's won plenty of other competitions Queen Mother Memorial Cup and The Puppy Derby immediately spring to mind but a very big one had so far eluded him.

 

That was about to change in dramatic fashion in the 2015 Coral Regency at Hove when he sent out Touch Tackle to victory. Would he trap like he did in the semi-finals was the burning question on everyone’s lips? He answered them emphatically; trapping out well to make the bend in front. Turning down the back it looked all over with but his supporters would get the shock of their lives when Millwards Teddy burst out the pack and set off in chase. Millwards Teddy is a champion and heading for home it looked like he was set to pull off one of the most sensational victories ever seen but instead of passing he was awkward and threw away any chance of victory. To the credit of Touch Tackle he went about his business professionally and stylishly to assert once more. At the line he had opened up a 0.5L of a gap and stopped the clock in a very fast 41.18.

 

This was a top-class final but on the night Droopys Cottage 3rd, Swansalona Diva 4th, Market Heights 5th and Tybar Hondo 6th had no answer to the superb Touch Tackle. Don't write them off because all are set to have a big say in the staying races of 2015. Touch Tackle though could go on and be a superb champion and he was immediately given a 7/1 quote for the St Leger later in the year. Millwards Teddy is interesting and it will be exciting to see what he does next, one thing for sure is he is very fast.

 

Jim Daly on Touch Tackle

 

'I'm so pleased for Steve Morison and Grant Holt. He is a greyhound that's always impressed me and he seems to be getting better all the time. Millwards Teddy is a great dog and he gave us plenty to think about turning for home but I'm just glad our dog kicked again and got across the line in front. We have lots we can aim for and I will have to sit down with the boys but I think Derby final night could be a possible. Greyhound fans love to see good dogs and it should be a fantastic night. I'd like to thank Coral for their amazing sponsorship £10,000 is a great first prize and everyone connected to Hove for staging this brilliant competition'. 

 

Cesar Could Conquer The World

 

Crossfield Cesar, set tongues wagging with an eye-catching performance in the Puppy Contest. Seamus Cahill's youngster made it two wins from two UK starts with a sensational trap-to-line victory stopping the clock in 29.63 off a sizzling 4.18 sectional. This son Ace Hi Rumble looks to have a very exciting future, he possesses frightening early and middle-pace and could be a contender for the 2016 Derby. Seamus Cahill was keen to play down his star puppy but the clock does not lie and this looks a puppy heading to the very top. 

 

It was an outstanding supporting card:

 

Shotgun Harley got the night off in style winning by 2.25L in 27.72 (475m). He was impressive coming from off the pace and Derek Knight looks to have an exciting greyhound on his hands. He will now head to the Derby and it would be no shock to see him go a few rounds judged on this performance.   

 

Droopys Flash was unlucky not to be in the Regency Final but grabbed some consolation here with a fine performance in the 695m event. Claude Gardiner's greyhound cut out the running and did enough to hold on by a head over the fast finishing Woodmancote Bert in 41.66.

 

Can a bitch win this year's Derby? Anyone who saw Domino Storm in action here may answer that question 'yes'. She showed terrific early-pace to record a 4.15 sectional and saw out the 515m no problem on her way to a 3.75L victory in 29.77.

 

Alma Prince put in a sensational Marathon debut performance winning by a whopping 11L in a fantastic 57.07 in the 930m contest. This was some way to announce your arrival on the Marathon scene and really throws the cat amongst the pigeons in this division.

 

Alittlesslip caused a shock in the Hurdle contest winning by 0.75L in 30.68. This is not the first shock Bernie Doyle's greyhound has pulled off maybe it's time to give him the recognition his performances demand. Next stop will surely be the Champion Hurdle and he is sure to go well in that event.

 

Swift Keith and Droopys Jarrow put on a great spectacle but in the end Swift Keith the East-Anglian Derby champion just had too much for Droopys Jarrow winning by a neck in 29.90