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WHAT THE TRAINERS SAY.

Chris Allsopp It is an absolute privilege for us to be represented and I'm so pleased for my owners and also my kennelstaff, who worked so hard last year going up and down the country to secure our place. That said, I think we're in for a baptsim of fire against some top-class kennels. My best chance could well lie in the puppy race with Ballymac Rumble. He's a fast dog and was a bit unlucky in the Puppy Derby semis at Monmore. He's won from four and five before, so should handle the draw. Little Jig has been a great bitch for the kennel and, you never know, she could surprise them all over six bends - I'd expect her to be up with the pace early. My sprinter Officer Donagh has shown last year that he can beat any dog on his day, but he just seems to have gone off the boil a bit - I'd love to see him find his form again. The dogs all trialled okay, and we'll certainly enjoy the experience. Banker: Ballymac Rumble Barrie Draper All mine have gone reasonably well in trials and seemed to handle the track, although I'd have been happier if some of them had been able to have a few more races beforehand. I'm hoping Farley Blitz can get us off to a flying start in the puppy race where he looks to have a great chance, but anything after that will be a bonus really. We're a relatively small kennel and to lose three greyhounds of the calibre of Boherna Best, Magna Buddy and Magna Venturer as we did would have hurt anyone, let alone us. It's meant a re-jigging of the team and I've had to use Glenroe Ginger over four bends rather than the sprint which has definitely weakened us. He went off-colour a couple of weeks ago and it's quite an ask, and Big Cats who is in the sprint now hasn't won for ages. That said, I'm sure all the trainers involved have had their own setbacks along the way. Banker: Farley Blitz Seamus Cahill It's great to be involved, and well done to the sponsors again. We won it two years ago at Wimbledon and had a great night then, and it'd be nice to do it again. I'm happy with my team, and we've got one or two chances of a win. We've given all the dogs at least one look, and our sprinter Jimmy Lollie has won twice there and he'd be our best chance I'd say. We're also hoping Raving Black can do the business. He looks to have a nice draw, and ran well behind Bandicoot Tipoki over four bends there last week. Carden Bert is our 'lead' fourbender and is up against some very good dogs, but he's got a turn of pace to the bend which always gives him a chance of getting away from them. Having said that, he's got to do it right. We're also hoping Gilbeyhall Jake can make the most of his inside draw, and we'd be hoping to get closer to Fear Zafonic. Banker: Jimmy Lollie Charlie Lister I'm happy enough with my team, although I can't be confident the way the draws have worked out. I can't understand why six railers have been put in together in Jordansoilutions' race if they were 'grading' the races as they said - it's disappointing that potentially good races could be spoiled. The 483s are where I'm strongest despite the trap draws, but I didn't really have a sprinter as Mario Gomez is a bit jarred up. Three of the four-bend dogs - Bandicoot Tipoki, Fear Zafonic and Jordansoilutions - did me really well all through last year, while Tyrur Speedy looks a real nice prospect that PJ Fahy has sent me to run in the Derbys. I'm hoping to do okay in the six-bend races; Carbarns Tom is getting on a bit now, but I think Droopys Belletti will run well. He's not been over the trip before but is a litter-brother of Droopys Del Sol and ought to stay.

Banker: Droopys Belletti Dean Childs We're delighted to be part of one of the biggest nights in the Calendar, up against guys I've looked up to for many years. We managed to get in this position after having such a good 2009 and our hard work then is paid off tonight. But we know we're massively up against it. We're a very small kennel and have never had eight runners in one night, let alone send out a Trainers' Championship team! Summerfield Fire is probably our best chance of success. He's made a cracking start for us and couldn't have been more impressive in his first race at Doncaster last week. Karma Obama also won well there when he beat Gilbeyhall Jake and he'd be another that might pick up good points for us, as might Go Big Hitter, a real star for us last year. If we could get one winner that'd be great, but either way we and our owners are going to have a good night. Banker: Summerfield Fire Mark Wallis We were gutted to lose Kinda Ready from our team, but the fact we could bring in recent Sittingbourne track record-breaker Eye Onthe Flash shows we have a strong line-up to call upon. The overall quality is superb as usual, and while Charlie [Lister] is a worthy favourite, he is right to feel that the draws have not been kind to him. For us, the key battles against Charlie will be Eye Onthe Flash against Jordansoilutions, Eye Eye Pickle against Bandicoot Tipoki and Eye Onthe Storm against Tyrur Speedy. If we can get the better of those clashes, we've a real chance of doing well. I'm very happy with my sprinter Directors Wit - that looked a problem slot for us a couple of weeks back. I think we are strong over six bends with Corrig Vieri and Kinda Easy, the latter being my banker for maximum points. It's always a great night, Betfair are top hosts, and we're bang up for it.

Banker: Kinda Easy
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Date:Mar 23, 2010
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