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The 69th British Bred Produce Stakes - Swindon 480m (£15,000)

 

First run all the way back in 1946 when it was won by the Stan Raymond trained Brighter Days. That first champion of this amazing two year old stake is well named because there's a definite feeling around that British Breeding is heading to brighter days. Lots of people talk about the glory days of British Breeding but since the turn of the century we have seen some amazing winners. Perhaps the best way to judge this stake is would the winners hold their own or beat the Irish Bred's in open competitions? Robbie De Niro (2004), Westmead Joe (2006), Westmead Osprey (2008), Troys Expert (2009), Mickey Robbie (2010), Romeo Metro (2011), Peacemaker (2012), Son Of Delboy (2013) and last year's winner Take The Crown all would be a force in any competition they entered. 

 

The numbers might not be there but in terms of quality British Breeding is right up there with anywhere in the world. 2014 witnessed British Bred's taking the Derby, TV Trophy and Arc to name just three major competitions. Eden The Kid the new Wimbledon track-record holder and Derby finalist may not be here along with any Northern raiders but there's some fantastic greyhounds entered and Saturday night promises to be sensational with 12 first-round heats.

 

I caught up with the most famous trainer/breeder in Britain Nick Savva who's bred some of the most amazing greyhounds in the history including the dual Derby Champion Westmead Hawk. He's got five entries this year and all look to have the potential to improve.

 

Nick Savva on Westmead Jacko, Westmead Alonso, Westmead Rossi, Westmead Hunter and Westmead Phoenix.

'You are right in terms of quality it's improved beyond all recognition but there's just not enough greyhounds being bred in this country. One year in the other Produce Stakes at Wembley we had 23 entries. It's hard to encourage people to breed, I'm lucky and I've never depended on it for my living because the money is just not there. People want them for nothing but it's expensive to do it right and get them to the track. If someone asked me should I breed? I'd have to be honest and tell them not to do it unless it was their hobby.

It's been a struggle to enter five and all of them are young and not fully proven. I'm going to Swindon blind but I'm hoping for a surprise, in this game you never know but I'm not expecting to win it. I don't think I've got a Westmead Joe who won this in 2006, he was a magnificent greyhound and a fantastic stud dog'.

 

David Firmager looks to once more have a strong hand with a whopping 14 entries and he will be hoping to replicate the victories he had in this race with Troys Expert and Romeo Metro. One of most interesting entries is Fabulous Expert. She arrives on the back of winning two A1's at Hall Green but she's been trialling in well at Swindon with a best of 28.52. 

 

Romany Rouge a Derby Quarter-Finalist is one of the star attractions and Richard Devenish will be hoping his powerful tracker can land the £15,000 first-prize here. He looks set to embark on an exciting six-bend career after this competition and none will be finishing stronger. 

 

Two Swindon old boys Matt Dartnall and Kevin Hutton both now attached to Towcester have 11 entries between them. Matt Dartnall trained Tis Sunday really impressed in a recent trial clocking 28.60 and looks to be his number one challenger. While Kevin Hutton will be hoping his Reel Style can keep improving after winning two A5's and an A4 before moving well in a couple of trials here.

 

There is every chance one or more of the entries here can really come alive during the competition and go on to become a star of the sport. Who do you think that could be? 

 

First-Round - Saturday 11th June 

Second-Round - Wednesday 15th June 

Semi-Finals - Monday 20th June 

Final - Saturday 25th June