Title triumph for city’s fastest dogs

Greyhound racing at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, Fengate, Peterborough. Photo: Alan Storer
Greyhound racing at Peterborough Greyhound Stadium, Fengate, Peterborough. Photo: Alan Storer
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Peterborough Greyhound Stadium are celebrating a major national success that was captured live on television by Sky Sports.

The city track won the BAGS/SAS Inter-track Championship for 2014, beating 17 rivals for the prestigious prize.

And viewers were treated to a thrilling finale as a photo finish was required at the end of the very last race before Peterborough could be crowned as champions.

The Fengate-based track had beaten Yarmouth and Doncaster Stadiums to reach the six-team final which took place in Nottingham with every race screened live on national television.

The tracks compete over 10 races with a dog from each competing stadium in each race.

After nine races Peterborough and Monmore were clear of the field.

The city track fielded Bobs Belter, trained by Bob Creckendon, in the final heat and if he beat the Monmore entrant, the trophy was certain to be coming to Fengate.

But it was the Monmore dog that ran best.

He finished third leaving Bobs Belter requiring a fifth-place finish to seal Peterborough’s success. He did it by a nose after a lengthy wait for the photo finish between fifth and sixth!

Paul Miller, Racing Manager at Peterborough Greyhounds, said: “I was a bag of nerves just before the last race, but I’m over the moon with the victory.

“It’s a huge credit to the stadium owners and trainers who put in so much hard work to achieve our success.”

The trainers representing Peterborough, who had finished second and third in the previous two years, in the final were Creckendon, David Pruhs, Richard Devenish, Diane Jinks and Roger York.

The greyhounds that raced were Blissful Pudsy, Bobs Belter, Hipower Bucko, Kennedy Blue, Nomadic Loner, Mays Fantasy, Riverside Breda, Romany Rogue, Sneezy’s Dippy and Southoe Rock.

Final scores: Peterborough 55pts, Monmore 54, Hove 47, Newcastle 45, Sittingbourne 41, Sheffield 37.