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Sunderland Classic and Grand Prix drawn, as is Swindon's Produce


Last Year's Produce winner King Elvis winning the Brisitsh Bred Derby at Towcester


MONDAY proved especially busy for GBGB registrar Dave Levy as two major events at Sunderland and one at Swindon both closed to entries - with owners and trainers of a host of open-race runners anxious to see where their runners had been pitched.


Sunderland closed both the William Hill Classic (450m) and William Hill Grand Prix (640m) and the heats of each competition help comprise a gala card at the north east venue on Wednesday, kicking off the Festival of Racing there.


Meanwhile, at Swindon, the 72nd British Bred 2-Y-O Produce Stakes was drawn with the racing office at the Blunsdon venue looking forward to Friday’s heats of the 480m competition, which was won last year by King Elvis.


Of course, Liz McNair’s dog went on claim Greyhound of the Year honours who whoever lifts the £15,000-to-the-winner event of a unique competition where initial entries are made at litter stage and registered in the Greyhound Stud Book.


Swindon received less than the full complement of 72 runners, but Clive Oseman, the track’s racing manager, is confident quality will replace quantity in the event which concludes with a gala card on Saturday, July 21.


Oseman said: “It would’ve been nice to have had a few more entries, but 56 has worked out quite well. Trials here have gone smoothly, and one that I think will go well is Roxhill Mystique. She’ll come on plenty for her spin here.”


Karl Ward, deputy racing manager, also has his eye on two runners who could progress through the four-round event: “I think Raise The Stakes and Down To The Felt could go well. Both are improving rapidly having had a couple of trials here.”


Sunderland’s Wednesday meeting is a veritable Who’s Who of racing talent, given six heats apiece of the William Hill Classic (450m) and William Hill Grand Prix (640m), and the major kennels are all represented - including that of Derby-winning handler Kevin Hutton.


Hutton, who has runners at both Swindon and Sunderland this week, is looking forward to a busy week and had an update on his Towcester champion Dorotas Wildcat, who was pulled out of an intended Select Stakes engagement with a muscle strain.


“He is due a check over on Thursday, so we'll know more then,” he said. “He’s very much seems back to himself and has also been incredibly popular at stud - we’ve not been able to draw enough straws to keep everyone happy!”



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