Home to some of the biggest finals on the greyhound racing calendar, Brighton and Hove Stadium recently hosted one of the best nights of the season — with the Brighton Belle and Puppy Cup, both Category Two races, warming up the crowd nicely for the Category One TV Trophy finale. 

It was certainly an action-packed meeting on April 9th, with some 13 races taking place across the course of the night — giving punters plenty to get their teeth stuck into looking at the greyhound betting markets. That said, let’s take a look at the standout winners from the event’s big races. Read on to find out more!

Puppy Cup – Burkos Bobby

The first of the evening’s trilogy, Burkos Bobby won the third running of the Category Two Puppy Cup for trainer Paul Donovan. An 11/2 chance for the 500m race, it was Patrick Janssens’ Deelish Frankie who trapped as the favorite. 

A good start for the market leader was hampered by Romeo Top Gun at the first bend though, allowing Burkos Bobby to lead — albeit brief as Romeo Top Gun took the advantage down the back, only for Donovan’s bitch to stay on strongly and take victory by half a length. 

“He’s running really well and ran on strongly to win and it’s ended a pretty good week,” the trainer said after his puppy’s first big win. 

Brighton Belle – Whats Up Eva

Despite going into the final unbeaten in the heats and semi-finals of the Brighton Belle, the Richard Rees-trained Whats Up Eva headed to the traps as the second favorite behind Antigua Cuddles.

But the local bitch proved to be a hit with the Hove crowd, challenging straight out of the traps, riding a bump at the first turn and streaking clear of the pre-race market leader to win by one and three quarters of a length and landing the £5,000 prize purse for her connections. 

“She’s great from the boxes and, once in front, was always to take some pegging back,” assistant trainer and son of handler Rees said. “She’s at the top of her game just now and still improving – and I always felt she’d handle the draw at the weekend. She’s probably better just off the rail.”

TV Trophy – Space Jet

Having smashed her track record in the heats, Space Jet entered the boxes as the heavy 4/9 favorite ahead of the TV Trophy final — and she proved why she is one of the best bitches around at the minute, winning in style. 

Last year’s St Leger winner, the Matt Dartnall-trained dog took the lead approaching the seventh turn, overcoming crowding to finish strongly and come home three- and three-quarter lengths clear of Blueberry Bullet and Droopy Senorita with a winning time of 58.86sec for the lengthy 955m trip.

“She’s a phenomenal bitch,” winning trainer Dartnall said when speaking to RPGTV afterwards. 

“She came out of the heats so well, absolutely gleaming, and it’s just great credit to the team – dad (Terry Dartnall), Mark (Sealey) and the weekend guys.  

“We’ve only got a small team and needed something like her – she’s come along at the right time!”