GREYHOUNDS: Stadium to host trio of attractions

First published in Sport

Oxford Stadium will host some first-class open fare next month, with the staging of three big competitions.

They begin with the Blanchford Oxfordshire Stakes, followed by the Cesarewitch and the Claydon Racing Gold Cup.

Open races in November will be worth £200 to the winners.

This equals the best in the country, so should attract more entries.

With Oxford struggling to put on 12-race cards, the racing office are to consider individual privately trained greyhounds for grading. The conditions state dogs must be eligible under the professional trainer qualification criteria and will not receive an attachment to the track.

Tony Magnasco will start a new group of pups in the near future.

The litter of nine from the mating of Ardmayle Hawk and Droopys Willow will trial soon.

Barnagrane Clark, trained by Maurice Massey, is having a purple patch in the sprints at the moment winning three of its last four races.

But Geneva Jay Jay has still failed to reproduce his brilliant form from last month, with Massey commenting: “I just cant understand why he has gone off the boil.”

Ninis Boy, trained by Bob Hannan, has won five of his last 11 races and worked his way up from the bottom grade to A1.

Connections have high hopes he can stay further and win open races.

Ghost Road, trained by Ron Jeffreys back in the 1990’s, won nine races, A9 to A1, in a three-month period and more recently Joe Lightly, trained by Angie Kibble.

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