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[ 19th December 2019 ]

Looking for Bars in Sheffield? Here’s Why Owlerton is the No 1 Choice!

It’s safe to say that there are plenty of bars in Sheffield. As one of the biggest university cities in the UK, you’ll find plenty of chain pubs, bars and even more than a few independent venues scattered around. The city is famous for its fantastic nightlife! However, have you considered heading to a bar in Sheffield that offers something a little bit different in terms of venue and entertainment? Bar crawls around Sheffield don’t have to be about just downing a few pints.

Owlerton Stadium is a fully-fledged greyhound racing centre, complete with a full restaurant and several bars for you to relax and unwind in. If the idea of taking time out to watch some dog racing really appeals to you, then make sure to take time at Owlerton to sample our fantastic bar menus and drinks selections. Not only that, but if you want to book a Christmas event with us, or even if you want to use us as a birthday party venue, we are here to welcome you.

Why Choose Our Bars?

drinks with friendsSure – there are plenty of great bars in Sheffield, but how many of them back onto a popular dog track? How many of them have a fabulous casino right next door? Not many of them, we’d wager! However, it’s not just the surroundings and the facilities you should look for in a great bar, it’s the atmosphere, too. Our on-site bars are laid-back and friendly, and what’s more, there is always tons of space for you to sit back and relax in. There’s nothing better than taking some time out to relax after a hard day at work, and we’re local enough for most professionals in Sheffield to come on down and sample our drinks deals and fantastic service.

Beyond this, our bars offer you the chance to use Owlerton as an exclusive Christmas party venue. Bookings are moving thick and fast, which means you are going to need to get in touch soon to make sure you confirm your place. Plenty of bars in Sheffield will be welcoming guests for Christmas and New Year, but few will offer the fantastic packages we offer.

Welcome small gatherings and huge bashes fit to bring in hundreds of people at any one time. We tailor Christmas and Birthday party packages to your needs, which means you can pre-book drinks and even match a meal deal or two in our fabulous restaurant. There’s no better way to make sure that all your guests are fed and watered. Beyond this, however, you should look for a venue that offers brilliant entertainment – and you can use our bespoke packages to enjoy dog racing while you’re here, as well as casino fun next door.

Three Fantastic Bars for Any Christmas Event

No matter the size or style of your Christmas event, it’s time to look closely at the bars we have on offer. Owlerton is not only pleased to welcome you to a variety of brilliant boxes for VIP racing, but also three separate bars and lounges, all of which you can enjoy through our well-known deals and packages. For example, you only have to spend a little money to access sour bars and racing action with our popular 6 Pack Party Package. Grab yourself a basket meal, a drink and a racing card – what more could you want? Well – take a look at our 6 Pack + deals, and you might just find a few upgrades that really tickle your fancy.

christmas party drinks

Our main Panorama Bar is sleek, stylish, and is very popular with visitors and guests who want to get the best eyeline on the dog racing. Visit this bar if you want to sit back and watch your winners come in while sipping a cocktail or two with friends. It’s one of the best Christmas party venue choices in the region, too.

Our Paddock Bar really does get you up close to the greyhound racing action. The bar actually opens up onto the trackside, meaning you get a genuine front-row seat to all the dogs racing past at any one time. For fans of greyhound racing, this bar and any Birthday party venue packages you buy into will be absolutely ideal. Few bars in Sheffield get you this close to live entertainment that is so electric and so addictive!

Last, but by no means least, is our Napoleons Bar. This is our biggest bar lounge, welcoming up to 400 guests. Therefore, if you want to host a huge Christmas event for your whole office, or for a particularly sizeable family gathering, you can go right ahead and book in with us today. The best thing about all our bars, of course, is the fact that you can use them both for casual nights out and for parties. With Christmas approaching, there’s never been a better time to cut loose and have some festive fun.

Book with Owlerton

If you’ve been looking around other bars in Sheffield and are struggling to find the perfect fit for your Christmas event, there’s no need to panic. Owlerton Stadium offers some fantastic packages and amazing hospitality. Just looking for a great night out? Want a birthday party venue that gives you a few extra memories to cherish for years to come? We make it our mission to help you settle into that party mood.

One of the best things about the bars at Owlerton Stadium is the fact that if you do want to move onto something different, we are just next door to Napoleons Casino. Therefore, you can cash in your dog racing winnings and stock up on some chips!

Owlerton Stadium is a fantastic Christmas party venue. We really go all out when it comes to welcoming in the festive season! Come on down and let us show you what we can do for your festive event. Book online, view our Christmas menu and call us on 0114 234 3074 for more information.

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[ 11th November 2019 ]

Been Looking For Christmas Parties in Sheffield? Visit us at Owlerton Stadium!

Christmas is coming! The nights are getting longer, and the days are getting colder. Sooner than we’d like to think, the Halloween decorations will be taken down and suddenly we’ll be in a world of red, green and glitter. It’s never too early to start considering what you’ll be doing to celebrate this festive season.

If you’re considering enjoying an evening on the town in Sheffield, then look no further. Our venue is the perfect choice for Christmas parties in Sheffield which will cater to all tastes!

Choices Galore

Make it a Christmas party to remember and choose from a casual trackside party where everyone can sport their favourite Christmas jumper, to a full four-course meal in our exquisite Panorama Restaurant. Or, for something extra special, how about a night in one of our executive boxes with a fabulous buffet, or an evening in one of our VIP hospitality suites with the most amazing banquet. With a whole range of packages for you to consider, we know we have something to suit every budget this festive season.

The countdown is on! We’ll be thrilled to host you and your guests at our fantastic venue. Our Christmas parties in Sheffield will run from the 26th of November to the 28th of December.

Choosing any one of our great deals will guarantee that you and your party will enjoy an incomparable experience, getting up close to the action on the greyhound racing track, perhaps a flutter or two, and the highest quality refreshments all at Yorkshire’s number one racetrack this Christmas.

Revel in a Christmas party beyond compare, where you can delight in the titillating and electrifying action that is live greyhound racing. We offer the most exceptional atmosphere as well as our outstanding restaurant, and to make sure the party really gets started we will have a DJ performing after the racing every Friday and Saturday night from the 29th of November (except the 27th of December).

Our Packages and Deals

Here’s a quick rundown of the awesome packages we have on offer for the 2019-2020 festive season:

The 6 Pack

The only way to be closer to the action is to actually run alongside the dogs! This budget-friendly option offers everything you might need for an elegantly simple night at the tracks. We include trackside admission, a racecard and two bets, as well as a drink and dinner. This is a favourite package of ours with a starting price of £10 per person.

The Restaurant Package

We’re so proud of our award-winning restaurant and its glorious views of the racing action! From our expansive lounge, you can sit back and enjoy all the racing excitement whilst indulging in a four course fine dining experience. Prices start at £25 per person – and it’s hard to say no to such a quality evening out.

Executive Box Packages (Boxes 1-4)

Our Executive Boxes can hold up to 12 and 24 people, making them perfect for smaller parties and work outings. Fully catered with hot and cold food, drinks and betting within the box itself, you’ll also love the private balconies. What better way to get a good view of the racing action?

Executive Box Package (Box 5)

For bigger groups of up to 65 people, why not book our largest Executive suite? Here, you and your party will enjoy a private bar with views of the track, a full wait service, and a fantastic three-course Christmas meal. What’s more, you won’t have to break the bank, with prices starting at just £25 per person.

VIP Hospitality Package

Here at Owlerton Stadium, we believe that you and your guests are all VIPs. This Christmas season, book one of our four brand new VIP Hospitality suites to really say goodbye to 2019 in style.

These opulent suites are perfect for any party, with room for up to 80 guests at any one time. To top off this one of a kind experience, feel like royalty as you dine on your very own at-seat banquet. If this is the luxury option you’ve been looking for, then please don’t delay, get in touch with our friendly and professional team and we’ll be more than happy to provide more information and a bespoke estimate for your group.

Drinks Packages

We can’t think of a better way to toast the end of the year than by adding a drinks package to your booking! Take away some of the stress of queuing at the bar with a brilliant pre-built drinks deal that will save you money and hassle.

We offer big lager packages in the form of our Beer Essentials deal, as well as our Pretty in Pink package, where you can buy house wine and prosecco for your whole party. Alternatively, you can really mix things up with the best of both worlds – with Mix Up and Made of Steel packages letting you sample a bit of everything. Paying for your drinks in advance just makes sense!

Boxing Day Packages

Boxing Day doesn’t have to be boring. Get trackside for Boxing Day racing with one of our special, tailored packages. Claim your place with the 6 Pack deal, or from £25 per person, you can experience a taste of luxury in one of our Executive Boxes. Or, why not treat yourself to a spot in the Rivelin Suite or one of our fantastic VIP boxes? Places are already selling fast, so get yours now!

The Best Christmas Parties in Sheffield

If you’ve been looking for fantastic Christmas parties in Sheffield, but have so far come up short, let us show you a world of choice and difference. Owlerton Stadium’s fabulous drinks and party packages are designed to help you see 2019 off with a bang!

Take a look at our deals and packages and get booking your party with us while slots last – time’s running out, so give us a call on 0114 234 3074 and book now before Big Ben chimes in the new decade!

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[ 16th October 2019 ]

Why Celebrate Christmas With an Evening at Owlerton Stadium?

Christmas isn’t too far away now, which means more and more people will be getting their last-minute bookings in for parties leading up through December. But what if you’re still thinking about where you’d like to head to for a Christmas bash? Whether you need to set up something special for your office, or want to take friends and family out for a festive night to remember, there are plenty of great reasons to head to Owlerton Stadium. As well as being a fantastic venue for racing fun all through the year, we’re also well-known for being the perfect hosts of a Christmas event Sheffield guests can head to year after year.

Festive Racing Fun

Our Christmas parties are open for booking now – so make sure you get your numbers together and get in touch! Racing fun at Christmas is always a spectacle at Owlerton Stadium. As well as hosting fantastic race galas and meetings throughout the year, throughout late November and into December we set up special festive parties. We’re ready on hand with drinks menus, festive feasts and more.

What’s more, you’ll be able to take advantage of racing packages so that you can win big on the dogs while you’re letting your hair down. Open from early evening until late, you’ll be able to book entry with us from just £3 per person, adding on any drinks, food and hospitality packages you like on top.

Party Until Late

Looking for a Christmas party Sheffield can be proud of? You’re going to want to take in an evening of greyhound racing action, followed by an in-house DJ and party playlist until the early hours. Our in-house DJ will be on hand to crank out the festive tunes and party hits every weekend from 29th November until 28th December. Get your group to request some old favourites and really cut loose long after the racing has finished for the evening. Our expansive party lounge will give you plenty of room to get down and socialise.

What’s more, we’re proud to be offering a late bar stacked with all your favourite drinks and even a few special cocktails. The fun doesn’t stop there, however, as once the bar closes down for the night, you can head next door to Napoleons Casino for a spin on the roulette wheel. It’s free admission, so what are you waiting for? Make a real evening out of it.

Festive Fare

Our in-house restaurant is popular with guests throughout the year for its extensive menu of traditional meals and treats. However, when Christmas rolls around, we like to make things that little bit extra special! Easily seating 300 people, there is plenty of space here for you to make room with your party and to take on our superb festive menu – all four courses of it!
We’re serving turkey with all the trimmings, Yorkshire puddings, sirloin steak and more besides. We also have a variety of options for vegan and vegetarian diners, too. From just £25 per person, you can settle down for a fantastic four-course Christmas spread while you’re waiting for your dogs to come in! Of course, we’ll also provide you with traditional Christmas crackers for that little bit of extra fun, as well as a fabulous drinks menu to help your dinner go down with a fizz!

Our Christmas packages at our restaurant also provide you with up to four hours of live greyhound racing, meaning you get your racecard included as standard. You’ll also benefit from a full waiting service, meaning that you can place bets and enjoy drinks top-ups while you keep your fingers crossed for a big win.

Go Executive

If you’re looking for a Christmas event Sheffield or elsewhere with a difference, why not go full VIP? Our fantastic executive boxes are designed to provide you with the ultimate in hospitality. Not only do you get access to a private balcony offering an incredible panorama of the track, but you’ll also be able to pick from a superb buffet menu crammed with festive favourites. You’ll also get access to your own private minibar and a complete waiting service to your box.

If you’re interested in a more private party this festive season, you’re going to want to reserve yourself a box for your group. We have spaces available from £25 per person, but hurry – as our executive options are amongst our most popular! You can even book in for our full VIP box, which will comfortably hold up to 20 people, or when merged together, up to 80. What a great way to see out the end of 2019!

More Deals

Our old favourite, the 6-pack, is ready to go this Christmas. From just £10 per person, you’ll get access to a more informal approach to a Christmas party Sheffield punters can be proud of. Get yourself a racecard, a hot meal free bets and a select drink from our menu. What’s more, you can still take advantage of our fantastic DJ and live bar throughout November and December. We’re always pleased to be able to deliver fantastic deals to all our guests.

You’ll also want to check out our Boxing Day packages, too. The day after Christmas is always a big one for racing fans, and that’s why we’ve set up an array of special packages and deals for groups who want to celebrate the festive season in style. Do take a look to learn more, or get in touch with our team!

Let’s Get Festive

Owlerton Stadium is your premier location for racing parties all through the year. However, if you’re looking for a different type of Christmas event Sheffield has to offer, why not book in with us? However, you’ll need to hurry – as spaces are getting eaten up and fast! Call us on 0114 234 3074 for a chat today or take a look at our booking form – and get your numbers with us in time for late November or early December!

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[ 12th March 2019 ]

Construction work starts on £5.5m events and conference venue

Construction work has now commenced on the new £5.5m purpose-built events and conference venue, The OEC, in Sheffield.

Located between Napoleons Casino and Owlerton Sports Stadium, The OEC will feature a range of multi-purpose suites, catering for up to 500 guests.

WMA Architects has been taking the lead on the project, and construction company Harris CM has started work on the venue, which is due to open this autumn.

The multi-million pound development is being spearheaded by leisure and hospitality operator the A&S Leisure Group.
OEC outside visual (3)
Mark Allen, chief executive at the A&S Leisure Group, said: “We’ve had a vision for this venue for some time now and we’re excited to finally get cracking with the build stage.

“With an excellent reputation for offering great leisure and hospitality at Owlerton Stadium and at our four Yorkshire casinos and restaurants, this multi-million-pound development will only add to that.”

The venue’s Rivelin Suite will be fully adaptable with the capacity to hold up to 500 guests, or can be split up into three separate suites for anywhere between 100 to 250 guests.

The four VIP Hospitality Boxes will offer panoramic views of Owlerton Stadium and can seat up to 20 delegates.

Allen added: “Our time has been spent getting the right team in place to deliver this project, from local Yorkshire suppliers and contractors, to the appointment of Venue Director, Gary Cook.

“Gary’s reputation for delivering outstanding venues and events around the region precedes him. His previous role at Chesterfield Football Club saw him launch the new £15m stadium and we’re confident he will help drive our vision forward making The OEC one of Yorkshire’s finest events and conference venues.”

[ 25th June 2018 ]

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium wins ‘family friendly’ award

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium proved its family friendly credentials yet again after picking up a major prize at the 2018 Westside Restaurant and Bar Awards, held at Baldwins Omega on Monday 4 June.
This Sheffield venue won the Best Family Friendly award, presented for the venue’s versatile menu options and the welcome it offers to guests from all generations.
Race nights at the stadium take place every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday evening, during the day on Mondays and Thursdays and selected Sundays and bank holidays.
And Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said there is always something for all the family: “We were very surprised to win as we didn’t know we’d been nominated in the category, however it’s a fitting award as we do try to have something for all the family to enjoy.
“Our catering is spot on and the staff are great – it’s the atmosphere we create. You can be in the restaurant and the dogs are running and everyone has got their knives and forks in the air and they’re shouting at the dogs to win.
“Everybody loves coming to the dogs from grandparents to grandchildren. Children just love the dogs and they are really good pets. They want to go and feed them and stroke them and cheer them on.”
Owlerton has recently submitted plans for a £5m banqueting suite, which will become one of the largest entertaining and conference spaces in the city and create up to 200 jobs.
The significant investment by stadium owners A & S Leisure Group Ltd. is part of a company restructuring, which will also see a new casino being built in Manchester at the China Town end of Portland Street.
Work is set to start on the 500-capacity banqueting suite in early June and it is expected to open by Easter 2019. Sheffield-based WMA Architects have been commissioned for the project.
Currently the stadium operates four trackside bars – including the popular Paddock Bar which leads directly on to the trackside terracing to experience the real buzz of greyhound racing and the Panorama Bar, which has one of the best views of the finish line.
The Panorama Bar is next to the critically-acclaimed, 300-cover, glass-fronted Panorama Restaurant where diners enjoy a seasonal menu prepared by highly experienced chefs in Sheffield’s largest restaurant.

Picture credit: Mark Rodgers for RMC Media.

Family Friendly Award Winners
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[ 1st June 2018 ]

OWLERTON GREYHOUND STADIUM & SHEFFIELD FC

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, today, happily handed over a long lost picture to the world’s first football club – Sheffield FC. The picture was taken in 1909 from the pre-season tour of the Channel Islands and was recently discovered at the Greyhound Stadium.

Dave Perry, General Manager at the Stadium, explained ‘We are not quite sure how it came to be in our possession, it could well have been left here since the old playing days of the 1890s, when Sheffield FC used to play their home games here at Owlerton, but once we discovered it I got in touch with Richard and was more than happy to see it returned to them. History like this is invaluable but when you have the world’s first football club on your doorstep, it’s even more important that the heritage and memories are retained’.

Richard commented;

‘We were delighted when Dave contacted the Club regarding the picture, not only because we were happy to see it again but also to re connect with Owlerton Stadium who provided the Club with a home and a lifeline in what were dark times. I hope that the picture can inspire a promising new partnership between our two historical institutions.’

 

Sheffield FC & Owlerton Satdium

 

 

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For more information contact

David Perry on 0114 2343074 or davidperry@owlertonstadium.co.uk

Richard Tims on 07881 640044 or chairmanrich@sheffieldfc.com

 

[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton boosted by bumper international TV rights deal

Owlerton Stadium is set to benefit from the expansion of overseas TV broadcast rights for greyhound racing.
The deal was reached between ARC (Arena Racing Company) – which represents the media interest of the GMG (Greyhound Media Group) – and two overseas media rights bodies, which operate in countries including Australia and Greece respectively.
As part of the agreement, Owlerton will be broadcast twice weekly down under over the course of the ARC agreement courtesy of Tabcorp – the Australian television distributor and wagering organisation and one of the world’s largest publicly-listed gaming companies in the World.
It means that race meetings from Owlerton when they are scheduled in the afternoon are now being shown on the other side of the world in pubs, clubs and TAB outlets across Australia, and will also be available for home viewing.
As well as the agreement with Tabcorp, a media rights contract has recently been agreed with Greek production gaming and casino giant Vermantia based in Athens.
As a result of the deal being struck between The Racing Partnership (TRP), which represents 12 tracks across the UK and Vermantia, racing at Owlerton will be broadcast to around 3,500 outlets across Greece.
This news increases the opportunity for the promotion of greyhound racing in the UK – and with it Owlerton Greyhound Stadium and the opportunity to develop its international market.
John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “This is a huge step for Owlerton Stadium, as well as the UK greyhound racing industry as a whole.
“Deals like this effectively safeguard the medium to long-term future of the industry and provide a vital income stream to venues such as Owlerton, income which will enable us to continue expanding and develop locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
“We’re very excited about the future for racing at Owlerton Stadium, with news such as that of this fresh TV rights deal further enhancing the stadium’s reputation on a global scale.”
Brent Dolan, operations lead at the Greyhound Media Group (GMG), said: “This is great news for the UK greyhound racing industry.
“We’re delighted that the new TV rights partnership is in place and we’re excited in what the future may hold, both for Owlerton Stadium and for the industry in general ”
For more information on Owlerton Stadium visit www.owlertonstadium.co.uk or call 0114 234 3074.

[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton chief ‘honoured’ after election as industry association committee chairman

John Gilburn - Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium’s managing director has described his election as chairman of the executive committee to the industry’s national promoters’ association as ‘an honour’.

Owlerton Greyhound Stadium chief John Gilburn, 65, has been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association (RCPA) Ltd, a panel which oversees media rights involvement and marketing initiatives for the association’s 22 member tracks across the UK.

John’s appointment comes following three years spent serving as a member of the Executive Committee.
As part of his increasingly influential role at the RCPA, which was formed in 1988, the Owlerton chief, along with four other committee members, will also be able to make decisions and recommend actions to the industry’s regulatory body, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB).

John, who is also a director of the GBGB, said: “It’s a genuine honour to have been elected chairman of the Executive Committee of the Racecourse Promoters Association.

“It’s also a huge step forward for Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. Traditionally, Owlerton has been a major player in the greyhound racing industry, but this will further raise its profile and enhance its growing and developing role among the 22 RCPA member tracks.
“We’re delighted that Owlerton has been recognised as such an important part of the industry, and I’m excited for what the future holds, both for Owlerton and for the industry as a whole.”

With more than 30 years’ experience in senior operational management within the leisure industry under his belt, John joins representatives from greyhound stadiums at Nottingham, Swindon & Poole, Yarmouth and Pelaw Grange in Durham on the committee.
The step up in John’s role within the association also further enhances Owlerton’s stance as a major industry player, giving Yorkshire’s premier racing venue the opportunity to continue playing a key role in influencing the development, growth and progression of the greyhound industry.

[ 18th April 2018 ]

Owlerton remains top dog for greyhound welfare

An initiative set up by Owlerton Stadium is continuing to see greyhound welfare at the major city venue go from strength-to-strength.
Since summer 2016, Owlerton – Yorkshire’s premier greyhound racing venue – has pledged all money received from online streaming of racing at the stadium back into the sport via prize money & welfare, providing even more care for greyhounds racing at the track.
Owlerton’s new welfare scheme has already proved life-changing for one greyhound. Fault Finder, owned and trained by John Sharp, injured a hock in March 2017 but made a successful return to racing later in the year, winning two races in quick succession.
The greyhound was one of the first to enter the scheme and has proved a model success story, with Fault Finder returning to winning ways following the injury.
Dave Perry, general manager and welfare officer at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “We’re happy that we’ve got a system in place which ensures the welfare of our greyhounds remains paramount.
“Any greyhound racing at Owlerton which suffers a career-ending injury is now referred to one of our assisted veterinary clinics where consultation and repairs are carried out.
“The greyhound is then signed over to the Greyhound Trust Sheffield and put on the waiting list for a home. The aim of the scheme is to provide a home for every greyhound that has raced at Owlerton Stadium.
“All treatment costs are covered by the new Sheffield Stadium Welfare Fund, who will also pay all kennelling charges until the transfer to the Trust is completed.
“This has had a hugely positive impact on the care and wellbeing of greyhounds at Owlerton Stadium. Historically, any greyhound which entered the track at Owlerton would be well looked-after, but this has improved even further since the introduction of this scheme.
“As a stadium, Owlerton alone has pledged to put 100% of streaming income into the scheme.
“We hope the initiative which has been adapted by Sheffield on a very forward-thinking and humane approach, should raise the profile and reputation of the sport.
“One of the criticisms levelled at the sport is greyhounds are cast aside when seriously injured as not fit for purpose, but this is not the case and, particularly under the Sheffield scheme, they’ll be receiving a level of care higher than many family pets would get.”

[ 23rd February 2018 ]

Geelo Sapphire strikes gold at glittering greyhound award ceremony

Photo credit: Steve Nash Photography Photo captions: Geelo Sapphire on her way to victory at the Lowther Stakes, Towcester during 2017; Geelo Sapphire with trainer Carl Perry, assistant trainer Paul Hector and Nic Brereton. Three Steps winner Geelo Sapphire with “Team Geelo” (L-R) Nic Brereton, Paul Hector and trainer Carl Perry. Sheffield 4th April 2017. Photo: Steve Nash GEELO SAPPHIRE at full stretch to win the Lowther Stakes Final. Towcester 26th August 2017. Photo: © Steve Nash

One of Owlerton Greyhound Stadium’s top dogs has won a top prize at a major industry awards ceremony.

Three-year-old Geelo Sapphire, trained by Carl Perry, was voted Bitch of the Year at the Greyhound Board of Great Britain national Greyhound of the Year awards, held at London’s Westminster Plaza Hotel.

Geelo Sapphire made the shortlist after being voted for by members of the greyhound industry press as one of the top three in her category, following major wins at Owlerton’s Three Steps to Victory race meeting and the Lowther Stakes at Towcester during 2017 – claiming the top £10,000 prize in both.

Trainer Carl Perry said: “It’s obviously a tremendous achievement for Geelo Sapphire and myself, I’m absolutely delighted to see her recognised for some huge success during 2017.

“I’m also extremely grateful to everybody at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium. Owlerton is such a fantastic, prestigious venue, and I’m proud to call it our home track.”

Dave Perry, general manager at Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, said: “Geelo Sapphire’s path to success is an impressive one – winning one £10k top prize in a year is excellent but to win two is special.

“Following on from that, to then be recognised with an award shortlisting, and to go on and claim top prize, is an incredible achievement. Huge congratulations to Carl and Geelo Sapphire from everyone here at Owlerton.”

For more information on Owlerton Stadium visit www.owlertonstadium.co.uk or call 0114 234 3074.

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Photo credit: Steve Nash Photography
Photo captions: Geelo Sapphire on her way to victory at the Lowther Stakes, Towcester during 2017; Geelo Sapphire with trainer Carl Perry, assistant trainer Paul Hector and Nic Brereton.

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