Owlerton prepares for TV Trophy night

Owlerton stages the TV Trophy for the first time
Owlerton stages the TV Trophy for the first time

The eyes of the greyhound world will be on Sheffield next week as Owlerton Stadium welcomes national TV crews for an historic event.

On Wednesday the stadium is staging the longest ever TV Trophy race – the equivalent of a 26-mile marathon for the dogs.

Six of the country’s best greyhounds who have qualified for the famous final will compete over 915 metres in front of Sky TV cameras for £8,000 in prize money.

To celebrate, Owlerton has put on a number of special offers including admission, a racecard and a three-course meal in the Panorama Restaurant for £10 and admission, a racecard and hot and cold buffet in an Executive Box for £10 per person.

Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said: “The interest in this event has been incredible and we’re expecting a bumper crowd for what will be a fantastic night of greyhound racing and one not to be missed.”

The famous TV Trophy was first contested in 1958 and has taken place annually ever since. It is the first time Sheffield has hosted the prestigious event.

For more information or to secure your place, visit http://www.owlertonstadium.co.uk/.

* Meanwhile illness has caused a setback to Star Grass Roots’ recent great form.

Our pup earned a creditable third place in her latest run with a time of 30.50, despite leaving the track off colour.

Back in the kennels, she suffered sickness and will now take time out to recover before returning to the track.

Elaine Parker, Star Grass Roots’ trainer, said: “She has been in great form but when we left the track she started to feel under the weather. Sickness can affect greyhounds in the same way it does humans. There seems to be a few bugs going round and unfortunately she appears to have picked one up.“She still performed pretty well, despite not being on top form, but she obviously needs some time out to recuperate now and is being well looked after!”

Last week, Star Grass Roots recorded her best ever A6 position to finish second with another strong performance at Owlerton.