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TV Trophy Final - Tue 18th Aug-Will The Trophy stay in the UK?

Television Trophy - Towcester 906m (£8,000)

Final - Tuesday 18th August (Sky Sports) 

Will The Trophy Stay In The UK?

 

On Tuesday the 18th August greyhound racing fans are set for a sensational treat with the 2015 Television Trophy Final worth £8,000 to-the-winner taking place at Towcester. We all grew up watching this amazing race and over the years we've been treated to some great spectacles like the double winner Scurlogue Champ (1985/86). Those incredible Television Trophy victories screened live on the BBC ensured that Scurlogue Champ captured the hearts and minds of a generation. In this modern era Sky Sports have picked up the baton expertly and have brought the marathon stars in to the homes of thousands. Who will viewers and those at the stadium be cheering to victory this year?

 

Ireland have never won this race! If the Liam Dowling trained Ballymac Bonnie returns to the Emerald Isle with the world's most famous greyhound trophy they could call for a public holiday. Ballymac Bonnie was ultra-impressive in the heats winning by 7.5L in 55.29 +20. Can Ireland land their first Television Trophy? Her UK rivals spearheaded by Droopys Cottage who set a new track-record of 55.17 +20 in the heats will be looking to keep it at home. The Dean Childs star is on an upward curve and every time I see her she just looks better and better. Dean will be doubly represented in the final after Droopys Tamera finished runner-up behind Bubbly Time who posted another slick winning time of 55.34. You can't discount Ribble Atom who stayed on strongly behind Droopys Cottage and I caught up with Mark Wallis after the heats http://www.gbgb.org.uk/news/2/2015/8/190/The-Television-Trophy---Towcester-906m-8000 . Last but by no means least we have Alma Prince who's got a unique running style but is an absolute credit to connections and they will be heading to Towcester full of hope.

 

We have six stars this illustrious prize and a place in the history books joining an incredible list of previous winners. The scene is set and one thing I can guarantee this is going to be one of the most exciting races you see this year - make sure you head to Towcester or tune in to Sky Sports.

 

Dean Childs on Droopys Cottage and Droopys Tamera 

'It's fantastic to have two in the final and both of them are here on merit. I'd have to say Droopys Cottage is the kennels best chance and I could not be happier with her on the run to this final. She was beaten in the Dorando Marathon but that was her first time over eight bends (discounting Romford 750m). I have to hold my hands up and think I made a mistake because I honestly think it caught her by surprise. I've no doubt she stays eight-bends and she proved she loves Towcester breaking the track-record last time out. I'm not worried about the draw she's got enough pace to get out and get across to the rails, she can handle it. We are in a great position that she possesses category one six-bend pace and we will only continue to step her up when the big races over eight-bends are there for us to chase. Most eight-bend greyhounds make up your mind for you but Droopys Cottage is top-class over six and eight-bends.

Droopys Tamera is more an out and out eight-bend bitch. She's got a great draw but I'm not sure Towcester brings out the best in her. Having said that she's good enough and beautifully bred. I'd say she lacks the turn of foot of Cottage but she will be giving it everything right up to the line. 

I'd love to win this great competition again after Musical Gaga in 2013. I think we have two decent chances but you have to do it right to win a race of this calibre on the night. It's a cracking final and I'm honoured to be involved'.