By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
The All England Cup history
This is held annually at Newcastle. Formally known as Brough Park, dogs have been racing at Newcastle since 1928 and this flagship competition attracts some of the best 4 bend dogs from all over the country. Run over 480m, the competition was first run in 1938 where Ballyjoker was crowned the winner.
This includes the Charlie Lister trained Oscar Whiskey in 2016, duel winner Boherna Best in 2008 & 2009 and reigning 2018 champion Droopys Verve, who lines up to defend his title again this year.
Experience vs Youth
Droopys Verve faces a tough assignment if he is to retain his crown, not least from Puppy Classic winner Ice On Fire. Jimmy Fenwick’s dog is around 16 months younger than Droopys Verve and has already chalked up 11 wins from 14 races and is still open to improvement.
We fancy Gold Cup finalist and East Anglian Derby semi-finalist Bramble Reggie, Derby Plate finalist Roxholme Jim, kennel mate and Greyhound Derby semi-finalist Roxholme Glory and Sunderland’s Ted Lloyd Classic winner Velvet Juliet.
With a line-up of this quality it is sure to be a great competition, the 3 semi-finals will be run Thursday 17th October, with the final a week later on Thursday 24th October.
All races can be seen live on Racing Post Greyhound TV. For a full list of runners and prices, see the ante-post betting here.