Greyhounds to keep an eye on in 2017By Darlene Powers Nov 28, 2016
Despite the kennel not being particularly kind to famous greyhound trainer Pat Rosney over the course of the season, things have certainly picked up over recent weeks, and the Lancashire man is now already looking ahead to the new year, with a whole host of youngster’s keen to impress on the track. Rosney had six winners within just two days recently, with four at Belle Vue and two at Perry Barr in quick succession, with Azzuri Dino in particular impressing having been well backed in the greyhound betting odds among bookmakers.
Having gone seven races without a win following a collision at Monmore back in August, Azzuri Dino once again delighted the punters, with bookmakers Coral having backed the three-year-old to finally claim a much-needed win. Having recovered from an apparent loss of confidence in style, Rosney will undoubtedly be hoping that Azzuri Dino will be one of the young stars of the greyhound scene in 2017, with the trainer helping to run an institution of the highest quality.
Elsewhere, Fearsome Phantom had been considered for a run in the upcoming British Bred St. Leger at Towcester at the end of the month, following a second consecutive stayers win. However, with an appearance at Henlow now more likely, Coral have chosen King Kid as the favourite for the St. Leger, with greyhound betting odds of 5/2, just ahead of Carlos Court at 4/1. Meanwhile, both Newinn Blitz and Newinn Louis will be competing in the Laurels, where they will be among the outsiders for victory.
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Following a disappointing 2016, after what had been an excellent 2015 for Rosney, a full kennel of young greyhounds with enormous potential is likely to give the trainer reasons to be cheerful. Having largely come from top breeders such as Jim O’Donnell and Ian Greaves, punters will be hoping that they can follow in the footsteps of top dogs such as Newinn Yolo and Swift Hoffman.
The pick of the bunch for Rosney is undoubtedly Azzurri Genesis, who completed a 15.39 at Monmore recently, before checking very badly at the pick-up in his first 480 at the same track. However, despite this setback, he still clocked 28.50, demonstrating his enormous potential for the future. With Coral backing Bubbly Bluebird for the English Greyhound Derby in June next year, Azzurri Genesis could well be a name gracing such a stage in the future.
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