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TV Trophy Heads To Ireland For The First Time / Lowther Stakes preview

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

TV Trophy Heads To Ireland For The First Time

 

The 2015 Colossus Television Trophy worth £8,000 to-the-winner was won emphatically by Ballymac Bonnie. The Liam Dowling trained superstar will enter the history books and both trainer and greyhound will return home to a heroes welcome after becoming the first Irish trained winner. This great race since its first running in 1958 has witnessed some amazing champions but Ballymac Bonnie must be right up there with the very best of them after this thrilling victory.

 

It was far from plain sailing for the Irish star who was out the back early on and with top-class greyhounds ahead of her she looked to have a mountain to climb. Bubbly Time had the Champagne Club cheering out in front and with track-record holder Droopys Cottage in second, the powerful stayer Ribble Atom in third it was hard to imagine any other greyhound taking victory. With one lap completed though Ballymac Bonnie started to move through the gears, by the sixth-bend she was in full flight and looked to be in with a chance. What happened next was simply breathtaking it was almost like she pressed a turbo booster button and she started to eat up the ground. Ballymac Bonnie ran past top-class greyhounds with alarming ease and pulled away to win by 3.5L from the gallant Bubbly Time in 55.44.

 

It was a remarkable victory and one that will live long in the memory banks of those in attendance and watching on Sky Sports. Since Sky Sports picked up the baton in 1996 the worlds greatest greyhound commentator Errol Blyth has called home some true greats but what we witnessed here surely topples them all. There is something truly magical about a greyhound winning from an almost impossible position. Scurlogue Champ won an army of fans for clutching victory time and time again from the jaws of defeat. Over four bends the dual Derby champion Westmead Hawk did likewise and now greyhound racing has a new star in Ballymac Bonnie.

 

Bubbly Time, Ribble Atom, Droopys Cottage, Droopys Tamera and Alma Prince are all fantastic greyhounds but on the night they had no answer to this marvelous bitch from Ireland. They will all bounce back and have their moments in the spotlight but in the 2015 TV Trophy no greyhound shined brighter than Ballymac Bonnie.

 

Liam Dowling On Ballymac Bonnie

'I used to watch this race on TV with my dad and I will cherish this victory. To come to England and win the TV Trophy will be the highlight of our year. She's so clever at the bend she knew she could not make it so dropped herself out. It looked like she had a lot to do but approaching the sixth-bend I thought she had a chance. I'm over the moon she picked her spot and went for it at the right time. She's got some brain on her and this is a fantastic victory. I'd like to thank all the team because without them nights like this are not possible.

Ballymac Bonnie is a six monthly bitch and it all depends on that at the time but we might consider bringing her over for the St Leger at Wimbledon'.

 

The Lowther Stakes - Towcester 480m (£10,000)

Final - Saturday 22nd August 

 

Right from the first heat this competition has captured the imagination and been sensational. The racing office had a tough job whittling down the entry to 36 top-class bitches and now we have the final six. On Saturday those six will chase the amazing £10,000 first-prize put up by Mark Lowther and bid to become the first ever winner of this fantastic competition.

 

The sponsor and greyhound fans have been rewarded with arguably the best bitches race we have seen on these shores for some time. All six are wonderful greyhounds and all would be a very worthy champion. Forest Twilight put in an incredible effort in her semi-final not only winning impressively but breaking the track-record in the process setting new figures of 27.72. The clock was previously owned by Domino Storm who was also an impressive winner in 27.93. The other semi-final winner was Coolavanny Slip who is owned by the sponsor Mark Lowther in 28.15.

 

Those may be the three semi-final winners but you can't write off Roxholme Dream the 2014 Stayer and Bitch of the year. The brilliant St Leger champion may have stepped down in distance but she's a class act. Evanta Evita is a bitch who oozes class and she's more than capable of putting in a very big run. Last but not least Queen Asia, she was no match for Forest Twilight in the semi-finals but looks set to have a very promising year ahead of her.

 

Read what Mark Wallis said about Domino Storm after her heat win here: http://www.gbgb.org.uk/news/2/2015/8/192/The-Lowther-Stakes---Towcester-480m-10000

 

Draw

T1 Forest Twilight

T2 Evanta Evita

T3 Queen Asia 

T4 Domino Storm

T5 Roxholme Dream

T6 Coolavanny Slip