The great British summer may be coming to an end, with autumn firmly on the horizon, meaning the nights are going to get darker much earlier and there will be more of a chill in the air. However, don't let that put you and your mates off an evening at the races! After all, the majority of meetings have taken place behind closed doors for the last 18 months, so you haven't been able to soak in the thrills and spills of a night at the races in person for some time, whilst the sport could really do with the support from the local community.
That said, October is actually quite an exciting month in the greyhound racing calendar, with some thrilling contests taking place up and down the country throughout the course of the month - many of which will have the punters looking for a Betdaq greyhound bet. So, read on as we take a look at some of the biggest races to look forward to in October.
17th October: Kent Derby - Central Park Stadium
Inaugurated in 2000, when it was won by the Vinnie Jones-owned Smoking Bullet, the Kent Derby is raced at Central Park Stadium in Sittingbourne. The Category 1 race is contested over a distance of 480 meters and boasts a Pound 7,500 prize purse for the winner. John Mullins-trained Manera Spark is the only dog to have won the race twice (2004 and 2005), whilst Kilara Lion scooped a victory at his home track for Patrick Janssens in last year's renewal.
22nd October: Champion Stakes - Romford
The Champion Stakes was first held at the iconic Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium in 1947, with Brighter Days and trainer Stan Raymond winning the maiden edition of the race. However, in 1973 the southwest London venue stopped hosting the race and it wasn't until 1988 that it was rejuvenated at Romford. With the winner taking home a mammoth Pound 10,000, the Champion Stakes is now the joint-second richest race for puppies, behind only the Midland Puppy Derby (Pound 12,500). The heats and semi-finals take place earlier in the month, with the 575-meter finale pencilled in for October 22nd. Last year's renewal of the Category 1 race was riddled with controversy as winner Smallmead produced a positive drugs test, meaning the victory was passed on to Desperado Dan and trainer Janssens.
28th October: Scurry Gold Cup - Harlow Stadium
Another race steeped in history, the Scurry Gold Cup, which is one of the original classics, has a number of homes in its lengthy existence, which dates all the way back to the late 1920s. First ran at Clapham Stadium in 1928, when Cruiseline Boy won with a time of 24.91 seconds, the race was moved to Slough Stadium in 1974 due to Clapham being closed. However, that venue was shut down 12 years later and it was rehomed at Catford City in 1986. Catford then closed, with the race having a short stint at Perry Barr Stadium before moving to Belle Vue, which has also since shut its doors. Harlow has now taken over hosting duties and the Category 2 race, worth Pound 3,000 for the winner, will take place at the Essex-based venue on October 28th.
28th October: English Oaks - Perry Bar Stadium
On the same night as the Scurry Gold Cup, the English Oaks will take place with the best bitches from around the country competing for the Pound 15,000 purse. Another original classic, the Group 1 race has been held at some of the biggest greyhound venues, including White City, Harringay, Wimbledon, Belle Vue and Swindon since its inauguration in 1927, and it will take place at the iconic Perry Barr Stadium in Birmingham for the first time this year due to the current redevelopment situation at Swindon.
30th October: Steel City Cup - Owlerton Stadium
Rounding the month off is the great Steel City Cup. Held at Owlerton Stadium in Sheffield, the Category 1 race was first held in 1970 and has since attracted some of the best four-bend dogs in the country, including those who ran in the prestigious Greyhound Derby earlier in the season. Roxholme Nidge won the 500-metre race back-to-back in 2018 and 2019, gifting Doncaster-based trainer Hayley Keightley the 10 grand prize purse in successive seasons.