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Seamus Cahill's star faces a tough challenge as he bids to round off 2010 in style... The Lord discusses this and the rest of the week's greyhounds news...


The stage is set for Jimmy Lollie to become one of the sport's best-known stars when he lines up in a race named in his honour at Hove on Thursday.  The Jimmy Lollie Challenge will be screened live on Sky Sports News at 20:34 as Seamus Cahill's star sprinter, almost certainly Greyhound of the Year, bids to claim a modern-day record for number of open-race successes in a year.

But his attempt to make it 38 victories for 2010 will be no stroll in the park as the field assembled for the valuable one-off is among the toughest he has faced throughout the year.

The likes of King Lee, Castlehill Nani, Ardbeg Kate and the up-and-coming Brooklyn Bandit will do battle with Jimmy Lollie for 273m in front of what should be a bumper crowd at the Sussex track.

And the presence of the Sky Sports News cameras, who plan to be at Hove for much of the day, gives added kudos to the night, which should provide the sport with a great showcase.

Trap draw for the 8.34pm at Hove on Thursday: 1 Sleeping Urban, 2 King Lee, 3 Jimmy Lollie, 4 Brooklyn Bandit, 5 Ardbeg Kate, 6 Castlehill Nani (m).

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Ricky Holloway and his fellow Save Our Stow campaigners have been acknowledged for their two-and-a-half year battle to bring back the dogs to Walthamstow by being awarded a Services to Greyhound Racing honour at the annual GBGB Awards bash next month.

From almost the moment that the Chandler family signed over the famous east London venue to the housing association London & Quadrant, Holloway has fought to keep the bulldozers from moving in to demolish the track, and in doing so has raised the sport's profile with huge media interest.

The campaign began with declarations of intent inside and outside the track, and the handing out of hundreds of Save Our Stow T-shirts. But it has effectively now had the backing the such political heavyweights as Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London.

A meeting next month, which will see London and Quadrant representatives face potential buyer of the site Bob Morton head-on, is seen as a defining moment in the campaign and could yet see the traps open for a greyhound race at the iconic greyhound racing venue in 2011.

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Open race action this week is the exclusive preserve of Hove where Jimmy Lollie (see above) will be the star of the show, win or lose.

But other tracks will be counting down to a solid start to 2011 with Hall Green's Betfair Prestige kicking off with heats on Tuesday, January 4 ahead of a live-on-Sky final on January 11, and Romford's Coronation Cup which starts with heats on January 7.

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Sheffield are still celebrating a sensational Xmas present of well over 2,000 people through the gates for his morning Boxing Day meeting.

The Yorkshire track has been one of the best success stories in recent years, with the multi-million pounds investment in the main grandstand and restaurant well received.

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Talking of Sheffield, management at the Owlerton venue are being linked to a possible takeover at the GRA-owned Belle Vue.

The GRA, owned by venture capitalists Risk Capital, is in real danger of being broken up if the loans taken out by the parent company need to be paid later this year.

It could spark a firesale of the group's six tracks, which include high-profile Wimbledon, home of the Derby.


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