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The Coral Champion Stakes – Romford 575m (£10,000)

Bob Adds Real Drama to Champion Stakes


Adageo Bob’s army of fans went through an array of emotions, he missed his break and it looked like the dream of finally landing a big Romford prize was disappearing into the distance. I don’t think even his biggest supporters would have given him a prayer around the first-bend but Adageo Bob delivered a truly magical performance to not only qualify but to win his semi-final. He somehow managed to weave his way through the field and get up close home to win by 1.5L and deny long-time leader Teejays Panther in 35.70.


Jet Stream Sound had earlier blown greyhound fans away with a sublime performance winning by 7.25L over Patchys Kerry in easily the fastest of three semi-finals in 35.15. Kevin Hutton’s greyhound just looks to be getting better over this 575m trip. His performance may have lacked the drama of Adageo Bob’s but that was all down to him rocketing out and ensuring every post was a winning one.


Franks Dream made all in her semi-final beating Jaytee Berlin by 1.25L in 35.60. Hazel Kemp’s greyhound was overshadowed on the night but make no mistake she was a very impressive winner and now heads to the final having won three of her last four starts.


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Final Preview – Wednesday 9th September (Sky Sports)


Can Bob Land A Big Romford Title?


Adageo Bob has wowed greyhound fans on an almost weekly basis at Romford on a Friday night over 575m. He is yet to win a major title at Romford, traffic jams, and bad luck have all played a part. If he can land The Coral Champion Stakes final on Wednesday, night live on Sky Sports, there will not be a dry eye at the track. There was only one person to catch up with and that was Bob’s owner Dick Barfoot.


Owner Dick Barfoot On Adageo Bob


“Ann (my wife) and I think the world of Bob, we watch him every time he runs and would not miss him for the world. He’s now won 43 times for us and we think he is a one off, a real champion.”


“Over the 575m at Romford he normally blasts out and it’s race over at the first-bend. In the heats I could not believe it when he fell out but still got up to win. In the semi-final he was even worse and I thought it was all over. The race though is over 575m and life is full of surprises. He is so intelligent and I honestly believe he knows what he is doing, he showed incredible track craft to weave his way through the field. At this late stage of his career it is a real surprise he’s changed his style of running and even his trainer (Mark Wallis) is mystified.”


“I first went greyhound racing when I was eight years old at Sunderland greyhound stadium with my Uncle Bill so I've been watching greyhounds for over seventy years. Bob is the best dog without a doubt we’ve owned and it would mean so much to us if he was to win on Wednesday night. I’d love to see one of his smash breaks but no matter what happens he is our champion, we love him so much and are so proud of him”.


Adageo Bob has a smash break in him but you feel he will need it on Wednesday, let’s not forget he was the slowest of the three semi-final winners. He is more than capable of producing a track-record breaking run but he must come away better if his fans are to see this fairytale unfold. It’s a top-class field headed by Jet Stream Sound. He is a greyhound running right at the top of his game and you can’t help but be impressed with the way he’s gone about his business. Franks Dream is heading in to this final in the form of her life for Hazel Kemp. Teejays Panther always seems to run a big race at Romford for Paul Young and you can’t discount the kennels other runner Jaytee Berlin. All eyes will be on Adageo Bob but Mark Wallis also sends out Patchys Kerry who put up a big effort to qualify for the final.




T1 Patchys Kerry

T2 Jet Stream Sound

T3 Franks Dream

T4 Teejays Panther

T5 Jaytee Berlin

T6 Adageo Bob (w)