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Awards Countdown - Betfred Newcomer of the Year



Roxholme Nidge winning the Romford Puppy Cup


WE conclude the countdown to greyhound racing’s night of the year - Sunday’s GBGB Greyhound of the Year Awards at the Park Plaza, London - by looking at the high-quality Betfred Newcomer of the Year.


The nominees are Droopys Expert, King Elvis and Roxholme Nidge - three outstanding young racers and big-race winners. 



Droopys Expert


bk d Greenwell Hawk - Droopys Rhiona, Oct 2015


Trainer: Angela Harrison


Owner: The Conlon family


2017 UK Race record: 20 races, 11 wins


Claims to fame: Brilliant young winner of the William Hill All England Cup having clocked some of the fastest times ever at Newcastle. No greyhound has got closer to Droopys Shearer’s ‘unbeatable’ track record at the Byker venue. Had earlier chased home Roxholme Nidge in what looked at the time a top-class Puppy Plate final at Sunderland. It was. 


Trainer says: “It was great to have both Expert and Buick in the All England final at our home track, so for one of them to win after our Droopys Zephyr won the Northern Puppy Derby final was really special. It meant even more given it was our first All England Cup, especially after Buick had been unlucky to be pulled out the years before. Expert has so much talent and gears.”



King Elvis


wbk d Tullymurry Act - Skate On, Oct 2015


Trainer: Liz McNair


Owners: KSS Syndicate  


2017 Race record: 23 races, 16 wins


Claims to fame: Four major wins in 2017 helped King Elvis earn his nomination - flying the flag for British breeding at the same time. Wins in the Produce Stakes at Swindon, the Gentleman George Trafalgar Cup, the RPGTV Henlow Derby and Servoca British Bred Derby helped Skate On win the best dam award - given National Sprint winner Queen Anna and Queen Adele are littermates.


Trainer says: “He had an amazing year and did everything we asked of him. This dog has so much speed - just like his sisters! - but stays well, too. Romford’s 400m was perhaps too sharp, but he was beaten by a top-class greyhound also in Roxholme Nidge in the Puppy Cup. He improved afterwards and his will-to-win shone through at Henlow and Towcester especially.”



Roxholme Nidge


bd d Droopys Nidge - Silver Dollar, Oct 2015


Trainer: Hayley Keightley


Owners: Martin Green, Duncan Lambie and Claire Williams  


2017 Race record: 11 races, 9 wins


Claims to fame: Landed two major puppy successes in 2017. Scored an impressive victory in the Puppy Plate at Sunderland, where he led home Droopys Expert, and then produced one of the great runs during the Romford Puppy Cup. A track record in the heats laid the foundation for success in the event with wins in both semis and final. Second in the Northern Puppy Derby.


Trainer says: “His track record run at Romford was probably one of the best there’s been - he just came out running and glided round. We always knew he was special and the Sunderland win was tremendous given you knew the first two were high-class performers. He never got Newcastle right in the Puppy Derby when second. He’s off at the moment - we just hope he’s back for the Derby.”




Last year’s winner: Bubbly Bluebird, owned by the Champagne Club. Trained by Paul Young.