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Greyhounds: Henlow media night proves a real hit.

HENLOW's `media night' on Monday, featuring the semi-finals of the inaugural Bedfordshire Cesarewitch, saw the track welcome more than 40 members of the local media, plus a first visit by BGRB Chairman Lord Lipsey.

Promoter Kevin Boothby said: ``It was a great night and one that makes me proud to own Henlow. The last six months have certainly had ups and downs, but nights like this make it all worthwhile.

``It was fantastic to have so many of the local media and their families attending, and to have Lord Lipsey supporting us too.''

Lipsey was on hand to present trophies in the four graded races that were spon-sored by local media groups. He said: ``There is much to be proud of at Henlow and there's a lovely atmosphere here. It's a great example of what a smaller track can do with a little loving care and thought.''

Natasha O'Connor, promotions manager at Henlow, said: ``With so many special guests as well as so many open-races it was one of the biggest nights at the track yet.

``It wasn't just about getting more people coming racing in the long-term, it was also about promoting the retired Henlow racers and encouraging people to think about ownership too.

``Probably the biggest hit of the night were our marquee VIPs - three retired racers still in the peak of condition brought along by local trainer Kim Taylor! They certainly enjoyed the attention and were great ambassadors, handing out information about the Retired Greyhound Trust.

``Already one local radio station, Hertbeat FM, is going to be following the dog that won their race for the next weeks, and we'll have some space in some newspapers that have never run Henlow copy before.''

There was also good news on the track's general manager Denis King, who was severely injured in a car crash some six weeks ago. Wife Lorraine reported Denis had made good progress and has started to talk to well-wishers at the Bedfordshire Hospital.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2005
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