The Ysgol Brynrefail pupil said: "I was just so happy to get through to the Blue Riband
let alone win.
Such was the prestige of holding the Blue Riband
that countries like Italy and Germany had ships built specifically to snatch it from Britain and France.
Westmead Harry (1990), Dempsey Duke (1992), Heres Seanie (1995), Blue Murlen (1997) and He Knows (1998) were five famous Blue Riband
winners from that golden era, but Hypnotic Stag was as good as any of them and I never felt he received the recognition he deserved.
Didier Defago ended 22 years of Swiss downhill heartache by claiming a surprise victory in the delayed blue riband
event of the Winter Olympics.
Quite rightly, several southern based trainers, including Charlie Lister and John Mullins, decided that four runs in nine days and the travelling involved would make it impossible for their greyhounds to perform to their best, and re-routed several top stars such as track record holder Toosey Blue to the Blue Riband
Aero, Blue Riband
, Yorkie, Walnut Whip will carry the figures this month, while Caramac, NestlA Crunch and Kit-Kat will follow in March.
Farloe Verdict, winner of last year's Blue Riband
final, will be on show at Hall Green Stadium again tonight as the prestigious race falls under the television spotlight.
The Sky Blues, chasing their first blue riband
final in a quarter of a century, are strong odds-on favourites to navigate their way past the Championship 2 club.
Yohan Blake beat the superstar in the 200m at the Jamaican trials and he has been trimmed to 13-8 from 7-4 to win the blue riband
event with champion Bolt now 4-6 from 8-13 to triumph over the shortest distance.
LIVERPOOL Harrier Oliver Back won the blue riband
100m race at the Northern Ireland Championships.
The ex-French gelding, trained by Nicky Henderson, is now enjoying a well-deserved break after becoming the first six-year-old to win the blue riband
at Cheltenham since Mill House in 1963.
And surely a photo of Meirion Jones of Llangynhafal who won the blue riband
prize for singers should have been in your paper.
This service was supposed to be a Blue Riband
standard, but is more like a red herring which promises much for a tomorrow that never comes.
The only other jockeys to have completed the blue riband
brace are Aubrey Brabazon (Cottage Rake and Hatton's Grace, 1949 and 1950), Tim Molony (Knock Hard and Sir Ken,1953), Fred Winter (Saffron Tartan and Eborneezer,1961).
Kauto Star will scoop the massive bonus if landing the odds in the extended three-and-a-quarter-mile blue riband
event, having won both the Betfair Chase and King George VI Chase earlier in the year.