A lifelong love of greyhound racing is starting to pay off

top Dog: Alan Briggs and his partner Pam Smith (right) and kennel hand Emma with Welton East after he won the Owners Bonus Series Final at Owlerton. The greyhound is trained by Elaine Parker at Goole and won �500 for its success in the final at Sheffield.

top Dog: Alan Briggs and his partner Pam Smith (right) and kennel hand Emma with Welton East after he won the Owners Bonus Series Final at Owlerton. The greyhound is trained by Elaine Parker at Goole and won �500 for its success in the final at Sheffield.

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His job is all about the past, but Alan Briggs’ hobby is looking promising for the future.

Alan, who owns Southside Memorabilia in Quay Road, has reignited his love of greyhound racing and his dog Welton East has won the prestigious Owners Bonus Series Final at the Owlerton track in Sheffield

He said: “He is top class, and at two years and four months he is around the peak age for a greyhound, although they can race until they are six if they stay injury free.

“I’ve been interested in greyhound racing, off and on, for most of my life. Since I finished my catering business last summer, I decided to get my interest going again because I had my weekends free.

“You still get the thrill of owning a racehorse, but it is at a fraction of the cost. It’s very affordale but you get the same kick.”

Training fees cost around £50 per week, but because all greyhounds receive money for each race, regardless of where they finish, this covers the cost.

The dogs are graded, and always race against those of a similar standard, with Welton East now at the top A1 level.

“You get what you pay for and I get more of a buzz out of owning a greyhound of a higher quality.”

As well as Welton East, which he owns outright, Alan also has a one-third share in another dog Harry Is Blue and is part of a 10-man syndicate which has bought a promising Irish dog called Corkish Mick.

“He’s very exciting. He’s only been in the kennels for a fortnight and has had two qualfiying trials but he looks very promising. He will go straight into A1 grade races at Sheffield and hopefully we will be able to travel around the country with him.”

Alan said anyone wanting to find out more about greyhound racing is welcome to call into his shop in Quay Road for a chat.