Ian Fortune

Leading UK based owner Nic Brereton is backing the newly announced BresMed Sprint Triple Crown, which would see a £25,000 bonus paid to any greyhound that completes all three legs of the challenge.

Brereton, the longtime backer of the BresMed Northern Sprint at Sheffield, is using the UK’s only Category One sprint competition as the middle leg of a series of sprint races and competitions where the winner not only takes all - but can double their money.

Any greyhound which wins the BresMed Sprint Trophy at Nottingham in May, the BresMed Northern Sprint at Sheffield in June and the sprint race on BoyleSports Irish Derby Final night at Shelbourne in September will be in line for the £25K bonus.

The BresMed Sprint Trophy will be expanded in 2020 to become a two-round sprint event supporting the Star Sports, Arc and LPS Derby at Nottingham and will be the springboard for the leading sprinters in the UK and Ireland to have a crack at the BresMed Sprint Triple Crown.

Said Brereton of his reasons behind the initiative: “I’ve always loved sprinters and was lucky to have owned a Sprinter of the Year in Geelo Vegas in 2014. He actually made the Derby semi-finals the following year, but was a champion sprinter too - winning on Irish Derby Final night, which remains one of my best nights as an owner.

“The BresMed Northern Sprint has grown in stature and is the only Category One sprint competition in the GBGB Calendar - and I know trainers and owners have set out their stall for the competition, which has been great to see. We’ve had some great winners.

“We’ve had Irish interest too - champion Irish sprinter Ardnasool Jet came over in April - and we’re hoping Irish trainers and owners will travel to Nottingham around Derby time, perhaps bringing over their leading sprinters with their Derby dogs.

“The BresMed Sprint Trophy at Nottingham will be the first leg of the Triple Crown, then we head to Sheffield and ultimately to Dublin. I’d be more than happy to write out a cheque for £25,000 in Ireland to any owner whose greyhound has won all three!”

It’s a fine initiative and it may attract a couple of Irish entries for the opening leg of the treble, the final of which will be run on English Derby final night. Hopefully there will be a number of Irish still involved in the Derby at that point, which would only encourage some of our top trainers to make the journey.

As with all initiatives of this nature, only one greyhound can possibly land the bonus after the first leg. Were the first two legs to go to an UK based runner it would be intriguing to see them take their chance on Boylesports Derby final night. It’s never easy for the British to come over and land a prize of that nature, although the brilliant and subsequently ill-fated Salacres Punch did prove it was possible last September.