Star dog back on track

Star GrassRoots, left, won her latest race at Owlerton
Star GrassRoots, left, won her latest race at Owlerton

A dominating display saw Star Grass Roots return to form in the grade of A7.

Last week we revealed that a drop down from the faster A6 class could be on the cards following some unlucky runs of late.

Sam Tweed, racing manager at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “Star Grass Roots delivered a dominating display on Saturday night winning her A7 race by a distance of 3 ¾ lengths. She led at the first bend and powered clear to victory in a calculated time of 30.53 seconds - it was great to see her back to form.

“This much-needed confidence boost will hopefully be the catalyst she needs in her pursuit of that elusive first victory in an A6 which we know is coming.”

A successful charity night in aid of the Sheffield Retired Greyhound Trust was held at Owlerton and to show their support Sheffield boxing stars Scott Jenkins and Adam Etches made guest appearances.

The Trust works closely with Owlerton to re-home ex-racing greyhounds after the end of their racing careers. It is one of the largest regional home-finding centres in the UK.

The Trust, which is heavily subsidised by Owlerton, has found new homes for more than 1,750 retired greyhounds since its formation in 2006. In 2013, the Trust found homes for a record 114 greyhounds.

Undefeated lightweight, Jenkins, who is sponsored by the Stadium, took time out of his pre-fight regime to make his appearance. He will be stepping into the ring for the 14th time as a professional for his next fight on Saturday (20 September) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

John Gilburn, managing director of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and Chairman of the Sheffield RGT, said: “We are delighted to continually help raise money for the RGT. Every penny goes to supporting the farm at Wortley which helps to find retired greyhounds loving homes.

Fore more information about adopting an ex-racing greyhound please contact Sheffield RGT on 0114 288 8300, visit www.sheffieldretiredgreyhounds.co.uk or email ngrc@btconnect.com.