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Betfred Select Stakes - Nottingham 500m (£7,500)

The Betfred Select Stakes is unique in that it is a one off and the runners are decided by the Greyhound Writers Association. It's always a race to savour and the 2015 running looks to be extra special. Millwards Davy has been withdrawn off colour but the five that will go to traps all have bulging trophy cabinets. 

 

Reigning Scottish Derby Champion Swift Hoffman has been burning up the track in recent trials. He's a class act but connections would have been hoping their star was wearing the stripe jacket. Current Wimbledon track-record holder and Derby 3rd Eden The Kid is in the line-up. East-Anglian Derby Champion Swift Keith represents John Mullins and he showed he was in great form on Derby final night at Wimbledon. Domino Storm is the only bitch in the race but she's got some huge form in the bank. Champion trainer Mark Wallis will be hoping his lady the current Derby Plate Champion can really ping the boxes and set a ferocious pace. Last, but by no means least, is Viking Jack, reigning Gold Cup Champion and a Derby semi-finalist. When he gets it right at the boxes he's a real force to be reckoned with and connections will be delighted he's got trap-six in the draw. I caught up with Jim Hayton his trainer moments after he trialled at Nottingham on Friday 17th July. 

 

Jim Hayton on Viking Jack 

 

“He was tired after the Derby there is no doubt about that but we gave him a break and the dog is well in himself. His trial last week was puzzling we had him checked out and we can find nothing wrong with him. He's trialled tonight (Friday 17th) and he did not come away but recorded 17.93 so I'm pleased with that. It all depends which Jack turns up if he's got his trapping boots on then he can give any dog in the country a run for their money. It's great sponsorship by Betfred and we plan on having a great night no matter what happens but it would be brilliant if he could win it for us”.

 

Draw

T1 Swift Keith 

T2 Domino Storm

T3 Eden The Kid

T4 Vacant

T5 Swift Hoffman 

T6 Viking Jack