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First run in 1943, this amazing competition has been won by some of the greatest greyhounds in the history of the sport. Some examples include Staplers Jo (1995), Micks Best Hero (2001), Droopys Hewitt (2002), Blonde Dino (2007), Bandicoot Tiopki (2009), Droopys Greg (2011) and Farloe Nutter (2014). You can't talk about the history of this great competition without mentioning Ron Chamberlain. He earned this right by taking the competition by storm in the 1950's. Landing it four times on the spin with Outcast Bally, Wag Wonder, Devon Love and Five Up. In the modern era Carly Philpott, (who now works for Dean Childs) served up some incredible memories, winning it three times with Ballymac Pires (2005), Ballymac Charley (2006) and Ballymac William (2010). In 2016 these exciting young greyhounds are chasing a fantastic first-prize of £12,500, but also a place in the history books of this incredible competition.


HEATS (going -50)


Forest Bressie got this year's competition up and running, with an impressive trap-to-line performance. Kevin Hutton's young star, beat Droopys Folly 3/4 of a length in 28.64. 


Along Came Finn shined brightly in heat-two, posting a good 4.39 sectional, he made every metre a winning one, to beat the fast finishing Slippy Perry 3/4 of a length in 28.69. 


Barricane Bullet put in an impressive performance in heat-three. Patrick Janssens star suffered crowding but would not be denied the lead and he ran out a comfortable 2 and 1/2 length winner over Oscar Whiskey in 28.52. Ballymac Lyster qualified in third and he was eye catching in defeat.


Droopys Astorish was on everyone's lips after he came out on top in heat-four in a very impressive fashion. Paul Young's star beat Romeo In Milan 2 lengths in the fastest time of the night of 28.36.  


Candlelight Fire pinged in heat-five, posting a brilliant sectional of 4.36. He never looked in any danger, running out a comfortable winner and beating Ajlo Legalbeagle 3 and 1/4 lengths, in 28.52. 


Bramble Magpie brought the first-round heats to a close with a quality display. He had a great battle with Cork Falcon. Bramble Magpie passed that rival at the third-bend and went on to win by 1 length in 28.62. 


Full results here 


SEMI-FINALS 10/03/16


Greyhound fans are set for a real treat as the draw has thrown up some incredible races. The first semi-final sees three heat winners set to do battle. Droopys Astorish recorded the fastest heat win, but Candlelight Fire and Forest Bressie also caught the eye. It's going to be very exciting to see who comes out on top here and books their place in the big decider.

The excitement does not stop there, far from it, because the second semi-final is also a cracker. Bramble Magpie and Along Came Finn both recorded impressive heat victories, but the remaining four are good dogs and there was some hard luck stories for them in the heats. 

Barricane Bullet is the only heat winner in the third semi-final, but Romeo In Milan, Ballymac Lyster and Cork Falcon all ran well in defeat. It is set to be another sensational race and it's certainly got the pulse racing in anticipation. 


I decided to catch up with Steven Anderson, the trainer of Bramble Magpie ahead of the exciting semi-finals. 


“It is bonus after bonus, being involved in these fantastic competitions. I was a little worried about Bramble Magpie lacking experience, he is still a bit green, but he is learning all the time. It's tough being in the A1's at Newcastle, in with mature dogs and open-racing, he went straight in at the deep end. He is showing he is handling it well, I was delighted with his trials at Monmore, I put him in with a sprinter in one of the trials, to get him the experience of passing dogs.”


“I was so pleased with his run in the heats, if he can improve again in the semi-finals, then he's got a good chance. I'm very happy with the draw, I think he wants the three or the four box, we have that so I have to be pleased. He cramped up slightly in the heats, I'm working on that and I think he will be spot on come the semi-final.”


“The staff at Monmore have been fantastic, I'm loving being involved in the open-race scene and I'm looking forward to his next race”. 




T1 Droopys Astorish 

T2 Bang On Giles 

T3 Forest Bressie 

T4 Candelight Fire (m) 

T5 Ajlo Legalbeagle (w) 

T6 Droopys Elite (w)



T1 Tellhimjohn 

T2 Droopys Folly 

T3 Bramble Magpie (m)  

T4 Slippy Perry (m) 

T5 Oscar Whisky (m) 

T6 Along Came Finn (w)


T1 Oscar Junior 

T2 Romeo In Milan 

T3 Cork Falcon (m) 

T4 Ballymac Lyster (m) 

T5 Castell Henry (m) 

T6 Barricane Bullet (w)