Focus on Nottingham

In 1970 greyhound racing had come to an end in Nottingham with the closure of the city’s White City Stadium. However, ten years later the sport was resurrected at a venue adjacent to Nottingham racecourse, near the village of Colwick. One of the first trainers to be attached to the track was Charlie Lister. A wide, galloping track with long straights, Nottingham proved popular with greyhound trainers all over the country. Ken Peckham’s wonderful greyhound, Scurlogue Champ, ran there in 1985, breaking the track record (one of no fewer than twenty track records held by the Champ). In that year and the next, Ballyregan Bob won twice at Nottingham in the course of building his world record of thirty-two consecutive victories.

In 1988 Terry Corden, former owner of Derby Greyhound Stadium, bought Nottingham Stadium and spent a considerable sum in improving the facilities. The time and money lavished on ensuring that Nottingham should provide a first-rate greyhound racing experience were not wasted. Already in 1986 Nottingham had stepped in to host the Eclipse competition when Coventry Stadium closed. Inaugurated in 1938, the Eclipse has had a long and honourable history. In 2017 it was won by Bubbly Bluebird (by Droopys Sydney), trained by Romford handler Paul Young.

In 1990 Nottingham took over the running of the National Sprint. Run first at Clapton between 1953 and 1973, the competition then found a temporary home at Portsmouth before having a ten-year spell at Harringay. When that track folded in 1987 the National Sprint looked doomed to fall into abeyance, but for Nottingham’s timely intervention. Run over Nottingham’s sprint trip of 305 metres, it was won in 2017 by the Liz McNair-trained Queen Anna (by Tullymurry Act).

When Wembley closed its doors to greyhound racing in 1996, Nottingham was chosen to stage the Select Stakes, a four-bend contest held in high regard by trainers. The 2017 winner was Kevin Hutton’s Dorotas Wildcat, a black son of Ballymac Vic who has since gone on to even greater triumph in the 2018 Greyhound Derby.

Nottingham has a circumference of 437 metres, with a run to the first bend of 85 metres. As his local track where he’s trained plenty of winners, Charlie Lister has a soft spot for Nottingham. He trials many of his dogs there, appreciating its galloping nature. ‘You want a strong running dog there’, he says in his autobiography, ‘but a dog doesn’t have to lead to win – it can come from behind.’

Here are my standard times for Nottingham:

‘A’ GRADES: 500m

A7: 31.78

A6: 31.45

A5: 31.26

A4: 31.03

A3: 30.95

A2: 30.65

A1: 30.46 (incomplete data)

‘S’ GRADES: 680m

S4: rarely used

S3: rarely used

S2: infrequently used

S1: rarely used

‘D’ GRADES: 305m

D3: rarely used

D2: 18.35 (incomplete data):

D1: rarely used

‘B’ GRADE: 480m

B1: rarely used


305m: 18.01

500m: 30.28

480m: 29.18 (incomplete data)

680m: infrequently used

905m: rarely used

October 2018
Standard Times
September 2018
Focus On Poole
August 2018
Focus On Perry Barr
July 2018
Focus On Nottingham
June 2018
Focus On Newcastle
May 2018
Focus On Monmore Green
April 2018
Focus On Hove
March 2018
Focus On Doncaster
February 2018
Focus On Crayford
January 2018
Focus On Central Park
December 2017
An Index Of Previous Blog Posts
November 2017
Focus On Belle Vue
October 2017
Young Graders To Follow (2)
September 2017
Young Graders To Follow
August 2017
Getting A Clear Run
July 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (2)
June 2017
Essential Tools For Greyhound Betting (1)
May 2017
Specialisation (2)
April 2017
Specialisation (1)
March 2017
Qualities Of The Successful Backer
February 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (2)
January 2017
Compiling Race Ratings (1)
December 2016
Racecard Comments : S - X
November 2016
Racecard Comments : M - R
October 2016
Racecard Comments : H - M
September 2016
Racecard Comments : H
August 2016
Racecard Comments : E - H
July 2016
Racecard Comments : B - D
June 2016
Racecard Comments : A - B
May 2016
Form Cycles
April 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (3)
March 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (2)
February 2016
Keeping An Online Formbook (1)
January 2016
The Striped jacket
December 2015
The Orange jacket
November 2015
The Black jacket
October 2015
The White jacket
September 2015
The Blue jacket
August 2015
The Red jacket
July 2015
Upgraded Dogs To Avoid
June 2015
Upgraded Dogs
May 2015
Downgraded Dogs
April 2015
Focus on Romford
March 2015
Focus on Swindon (2)
February 2015
Focus on Swindon (1)
January 2015
Exploiting Formline Comments (2)
December 2014
Exploiting Formline Comments (1)
November 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (2)
October 2014
Greyhound Racing: Make It Pay (1)
September 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (6)
August 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (5)
July 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (4)
June 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (3)
May 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (2)
April 2014
Greyhound Betting Expert Advice (1)
March 2014
The Time Test
February 2014
Recording and Reviewing Your Bets
January 2014
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (2)
December 2013
What’s a "grade within a grade"? (1)
November 2013
Trap Draw
October 2013
Sires To Note
September 2013
Racing Post Summaries (3)
August 2013
Racing Post Summaries (2)
July 2013
Racing Post Summaries (1)
June 2013
Laying Greyhounds On The Betting Exchanges
May 2013
Spotting The Ungenuine Dog
April 2013
Compiling A List Of Greyhounds To Follow
March 2013
Specialisation (2)
February 2013
Specialisation (1)
January 2013
Winter Ground Conditions
December 2012
Front Runners v Strong Finishers
November 2012
October 2012
Identifying Improving Greyhounds
September 2012
Race Ratings (2)
August 2012
Race Ratings (1)
July 2012
Following dogs in form
June 2012
Adopting a professional approach (3)
May 2012
Adopting a professional approach (2)
April 2012
A Greyhound's Win / Lose Ratio
March 2012
Adopting a professional approach (1)
February 2012
Warning To Speed Fans
January 2012
Following Bitches After Seasonal Rest
December 2011
Early Paced Dogs
November 2011
Speed Handicapping (5) : More FAQs
October 2011
Speed Handicapping (4) : FAQs
September 2011
Speed Handicapping (3)
August 2011
Speed Handicapping (2)
July 2011
Speed Handicapping (1)
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