GREYHOUNDS: Festive spirit can't hide Stadiun gloom

Bookmakers Tariq Oakman and Alan White try to lighten the gloom

Bookmakers Tariq Oakman and Alan White try to lighten the gloom

First published in Sport

After Saturday’s lively action, there are just two meetings left before the closure of Oxford Stadium. The Greyhound Racing Association, who own the Stadium, and devleopers Galliard Homes want to demolish the 73 year-old stadium, to pave the way for more than 200 homes.

Oxford City Council leader Bob Price last week urged them to work with planners to find a new owner and keep it as a leisure facility.

But his words will not come in time to save it from shutting down – hopefully just for the time being – next Saturday night.

Despite the rain, punters were served with some cracking action at the weekend, something that will be sorely missed come the dark days of January.

Oxford City councillor Ed Turner was present on Saturday and was upbeat about the future of the Stadium, although appreciated there was a lot of talking between the parties that needed to take place.

On the track, trainer Gilly Hepden, who is off to Swindon in the New Year, celebrated the festive season with a cracking four-timer.

Tony Magnasco, who is likely to retire, enjoyed a hat-trick.

This Saturday’s meeting looks like being a bit special, with bookmakers RD Racing sponsoring an all-trophy card with the slogan “We Will Return”.

It’s a nice gesture from Richard Dunn, as he moves on – temporarily we hope – to Perry Barr next month.


7.35: 1 ITAI MAEVE 6-4 fav, 2 Knockalton Abi 3-1. Trio: (3x5x4). Trainer: Magnasco. Time: 28.65.

7.50: 1 MS CALYPSO 3-1, 2 Ballydine Butch 4-1. Trio: (5x6x2). Trainer: Hepden. Time: 28.04. Beckys Druidin (2) 7-4 fav.

8.05: 1 PENNYS ZAC 5-2, 2 Posted Abroad 4-1. Trio: (5x6x1). Trainer: Magnasco. Time: 27.76. Uptown Buddy (3) 6-4 fav.

8.20: 1 AMERICAN DUDE 7-2, 2 Oakfront Ironman 7-2. Trio: (4x2x3). Trainer: T Kibble. Time: 27.98. Ninis Boy (1) 9-4 fav.

8.35: 1 LIOSGARBH STAR 6-1, 2 Farloe Zico 6-4 fav. Trio: (1x6x2). Trainer: Hannan. Time: 28.09.

8.50: 1 BALLYMAC QUEEN 5-1, 2 Washyourmouthout 3-1. Trio: (6x4x5). Trainer: Magnasco. Time: 28.12. Holycross Ben (5) 6-4 fav.

9.05: 1 CAVIES SID 7-2, 2 Wee Secret 9-4 jt fav. Trio: (4x5x6). Trainer: Carter. Time: 28.37. Milton Cooper (3) 9-4 jt fav.

9.20: 1 KATIES A GRANDMA 4-1, 2 Pinch Of Salt 7-4 fav. Trio: (6x5x1). Trainer: Hepden. Time: 27.80.

9.35: 1 MASH MAD POPEYE 3-1, 2 Irwins Legend 3-1. Trio: (2x6x3). Trainer: Hepden. Time: 28.32. Salthill Foxy (3) 5-2 fav.

9.50: 1 MORNING GLORY 4-1, 2 Philanimo Bill 3-1. Trio: (3x4x2). Trainer: Hepden. Time: 15.08. Barnagrane Colin (2) 2-1 fav.

10.05: 1 MILLSTREET LADY 3-1 co-fav, 2 Igotafeeling 3-1 co-fav. Trio: (5x2x4). Trainer: Massey. Time: 27.54. Ballymac Olivia (4) 3-1 co-fav.

10.20: 1 TEACHERS PET 3-1, 2 Movealong Mayor 5-1. Trio: (2x5x6). Trainer: Baker. Time: 27.89. West Bolt (4) 6-4 fav.

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