Greyhound Megastore

  • Compression Suit now for all breeds

    The Hidez Compression Suit can be made for all breeds

    THERE is little doubt one of the most revolutionary products in the greyhound and whippet world in the last few years has been the Hidez Compression Suit.

    We have sold many hundreds of this fabulous product as more and more greyhound owners and trainers become alive to its value for not only accelerating the post-race recovery of racers but also its worth as an aid to animals suffering from stress.

    Whilst scientific evidence that graduated compression can alleviate stress and anxiety in dogs is thin on the ground, there does seem to be an acceptance that it works as a deterrent to stress.

    Some believe that compression creates the "swaddling effect" which helps young babies deal with anxiety. Others  it is  the comfort generated by the feeling of being hugged by the fabric that relaxes the animal.

    There is also a school of thought which suggests that "feelgood" endorphins are released by compression which help the animal relax and become less stressed by situations that would otherwise cause it great anxiety.

    So, the news that Hidez, the Australian company behind the compression suit, now makes suits for every breed, is fantastic!

    Martina Sullivan, whose company Greyhound Megastore distributes the Hidez Compression Suit, in the UK and Europe, said: "A suit can be made for any dog. Just supply us with the measurement and we will get one done. Just give us a ring or send us an email."

    Martina can be contacted on 00 44 208 669 9431doe further inf


  • Missile an obvious Select-ion by the Press

    STAR SPORTS Derby winner Astute Missile was a unanimous choice of members of the Greyhound Writers Association to run in the Betfred Select Stakes at Nottingham on Wednesday week.

    The dog trained by Seamus Cahill for Hertfordshire firm Astute Electronics will face a top class field for the prestigious invitation over 500 metres, worth £7,500 to connections of the winner.

    Also included in a line-up voted for by the 21 members of the GWA who convened in London on Monday are Bubbly Bluebird, Droopys Buick, Dorotas Wildcat, Dorotas Woo Hoo and Murrys Act.

    Betfred makes Bubbly Bluebird its 7-4 favourite. It then bets: 3 Droopys Buick, Dorotas Wildcat, 9-2 Dorotas Woo Hoo, 7 Astute Missile, 25 Murrys Act. Prices are subject to fluctuation after the draw live on Betfred TV on Friday morning.

    Connections celebrate Assute Missile's Derby win at Towcester on July 1


  • Abducted dog destined for Derby glory

    A GREYHOUND who in December was abducted and held for ransom is the hot favourite to win the Star Sports English Derby final at Towcester on Saturday evening.

    Clares Rocket is the one they all must beat to the first prize of £175,000 when the six-runner race takes place in front of the Sky Sports 5 cameras.

    Back in December, however, his owners, the Full House Syndicate, and trainer Graham Holland didn’t know if they would see the greyhound described as the “Irish wonder dog”

    Clares Rocket had been removed from Holland’s County Tipperary kennel in the early hours of Monday, December 5. It is understood connections were asked to pay a ransom for the dog, valued for stud purposes at an incredible €1million.

    Graham Holland with Clares Rocket

    Irish police acted quickly, however, and by the following Wednesday the dog had been found, safe and sound, and four men were arrested.

    Clares Rocket was none the worse for the experience and he has completed an unbeaten to the Derby final. Holland, who is a big fan of the Hidez Compression Suit for travelling his greyhounds, says he believes his runner is ready for the big race.

    “He has rested well since the semi-finals and I’m looking forward to the final. I think we have a big chance,” said the man who landed the Irish Derby last year with Rural Hawaii.

    The bookies clearly agree because they make Clares Rocket the war favourite to be Tyrur Shay, also trained in Ireland by PJ Fahy.

    The Star Sports Greyhound Derby at 8.56pm is the feature of a live broadcast from Towcester on Saturday starting at 6.45pm.






  • Huge week for Wimbledon

    IT’S potentially a huge week for Wimbledon Stadium as it is expected London Mayor Sadiq Khan will in the next five days make his decision over the planning application to build more than 600 flats and a ground for AFC Wimbledon on the 12-adre site that is currently home to the greyhound stadium.

    The Mayor has to decide whether to deal with the application made jointly by Galliard Homes and AFC Wimbledon in house, as was intended by his predecessor Boris Johnson when he called it in back in March, or to send it back to Merton Council who passed it without detractors in December.

    Returning it to Merton will almost certainly mean that planning will be granted. That will spell the end of greyhound racing in London as Wimbledon is the last track with a London post code.

    In the last 50 years 13 tracks in the capital have closed. Sold to property developers as land values in London have gone through the roof.

    LONDON TRACK CLOSURES (in last 50 years)

    TRACK                       MONTH        YEAR

    Walthamstow             November    2007

    Catford                        November    2003

    Wembley                    December    1998

    Hackney                     January         1997

    Harringay                   September   1987

    White City                  September   1984

    Clapton                      January         1974

    Hendon                      June               1972

    West Ham                  May                1972

    Charlton                     September   1971

    Park Royal                January         1969

    Stamford Bridge       July                 1968

    Wandsworth             June               1966

  • Want a friend? Get a dog

    I ONCE had a friend who believed he had found the secret to attracting women. “It’s simple”, he reasoned. “Take a dog on the transport system – either train or bus – and the women flock to you."

    The method seemed to work until he was killed after tripping on his dog’s lead and falling down the escalator at his local underground station.

    It seems that a dog does indeed imbued its handler with a likability factor, if a recent poll carried out by is to be taken at face value.

    One of its finding was the 30 per cent of people tend to have more affection for a celebrity if he or she owns a dog.

    It found that the Labrador is Britain’s favourite breed. The Golden Retriever was second and the Border Collie third. Also in the top 10 of a survey that embraced 300 breeds were Boxers, Beagles and Pugs.

    Paul O’Grady, whose show For The Love of Dogs is one of the most popular on TV, came out on top as the favourite owner ahead of Her Majesty The Queen. Others prominently positioned in that particular poll were Graham Norton and Simon Cowell.

  • Megastore coats completely waterproof

    THE Greyhound Megastore is delighted to be able to announce that all its outdoor coats are completely waterproof.

    That is in contrast to many coat manufactures who can only honestly say the many of the coats they produce are shower proof only.

    Martina Sullivan, of Greyhound Megastore, said: “We took on board the comments of customers and sourced a fabric that is completely waterproof. We now use a cotton-spun, bonded waterproof fabric which is guaranteed to keep out the rain.

    “We believe that given the quality of our British-made products they are very competitively priced. In fact, I would go as far to say that pound for pound we offer the best value coat product on the market.”


  • A Hidez for all breeds

    IT started off with horses, moved onto greyhounds and whippets – has even accommodated the odd camel and occasional cattle – and now any breed of domestic dog can enjoy the benefits of the Hidez Compression Suit.

    Hidez, the progressive Australian company based in the suburbs of Sydney, will now create a Compression Suit to your specification for any breed on the wonderful canine planet.

    The Hidez Compression Suit is an innovative engineered garment using revolutionary technologies to construct the suits. The scientifically-engineered fabric is cut into panels in specific ways, then the strategically placed panels are sewn together to focus on the animal’s muscle groups.

    The unique seams also play a role, acting as anchor points, the seams help with muscle focus, creating the right amount of controlled graduated compression to the animal

    Graduated compression means applying a greater amount of pressure at the extremities (the lowest point of the leg) and the pressure reduces off along the limbs and body. This technique used by Hidez forces these vital blood supplies out of the lower limbs - where fluids tend to pool - back into circulation, back towards the heart.

    This process enhances blood flow and oxygen availability to animal’s muscles, speeds up the removal of waste products (e.g. lactic acids and carbon dioxide) for vital blood supplies. Good healthy blood supplies recover injuries faster, help prevent injuries by maintaining muscle temperature and it reduces muscle fatigue and by flushing out bad blood it reduces delayed onset muscle soreness.

    Hidez uses a unique muscle focus strategy when applying pressure to an animal’s hide. Hidez wrap the muscle groups, focusing on them to help control graduated compression, but also to reduced muscle vibrations. This is very important when animals are travelling.

    Muscle’s work extremely hard during traveling, they vibrate can overstretch. Muscle vibration can cause micro fibres to tear in the muscles, as a result membranes leak and the enzyme creatine kinase (CK) leaks into the blood in high concentrations causing cramping and ultimately travel sickness.

    Customers who have bought the Hidez Compression Suit have been delighted with the way their animal has responded and almost all have reported significant improvement – whether it be in stress and anxiety management, post exercise recovery, dealing with soft tissue injuries, delayed onset of muscle soreness or tying-up/cramping.

    Contact 00 44 7972 922 483 or 00 44 7811 206661 for further information.

  • Hidez to the rescue

    TEXAS horsewoman Kelsey Brooke Thompson says that the Hidez Equine Compression Suit may have saved the life of her mare Velocity.

    Volicity “tied-up” during the barrel race meeting at Crokett in Texas, and but for the quick thinking of Kelsey she may have died.

    Kelsey said: “We sat there for 45 minutes waiting for her to relax and let the ace set in. She was still not getting better. After my mind stopped running for a second I remembered about my Hidez Suit and that one of its uses is to help horses that tie up!

    “We immediately put it on her and within five minutes she was able to walk and was acting normal. I couldn't believe it! She ended up having to have 20 bags of fluid within the 36 hours and they do not know how she didn't have a heart attack.

    “Thinking back on the situation, I truly believe that the Hidez Suit was our saving grace. I was a believer before in these suits but now Velocity will not go in a trailer without one on.”

    A fully-recovered Velocity, below.


  • Taggart to address Wimbledon Derby Crowd

    PASCHAL TAGGART is to address the crowd at Wimbledon on May 28, the night of the semi-finals of the William Hill Derby, to reinforce his plans to guarantee the future of greyhound racing at the venue.

    It means that the Show of Passion, also planned that day and announced in this column last week, has been cancelled after it transpired the day was going to prove difficult to attend by many of those that wanted to.

    The date of a public inquiry into the joint planning application made by Galliard Homes and AFC Wimbledon to build more than 600 flats and a football ground at Plough Lane has yet to be announced.

    Taggart, meanwhile, plans to submit his plans for 230 apartments and a new state-of-the-art greyhound stadium on the 12-acre site this week.

    The decision on whether the Galliard-AFC Wimbledon plans get the go ahead rests with new London Mayor Sadiq Khan. If he decided to reject them then the Taggart alternative could emerge as a serious player.

    An artists impression of how Wimbleddon Stadium will look under Paschal Taggart. 

  • No wonder the bluebloods wanted them!

    IT’S no wonder the British aristocracy wanted the breed all to itself. In the Middle Ages only the nobility was allowed to own greyhounds. Any “commoner” found in possession of one faced a severe penalty.

    Admittedly it was the prowess of the greyhound as a hunter that first attracted the blue bloods but they were also taken with humility, generosity, grace and kindness of one of the oldest and undoubtedly the noblest of canine breeds.

    Those traits are still powerful today as I found out when spending three days travelling across Europe with nine ex-racing dogs, heading for new homes found for them by Greyhound Adoption Czech Republic.

    GACR is led by Ladislav Lacina, whose home, which doubles at the headquarters of the organisation, is at Probostov, near Teplice in the north-west of the Czech Republic, close to the border with Germany.

    Every year for the last seven years GACR has found homes for as many as 30-40 ex-racers from the UK as a result of an arrangement brokered by Ivor Stocker, a former CEO of the Retired Greyhound Trust, who retired in 2011 after 10 years at the helm.

    During his tenure Stocker did more than any CEO of the RGT to raise an awareness of the suitability of ex-racers to become domestic pets. In addition to alliances such as that with GACR he is responsible for creating both the Great Greyhound Gathering and Greyhound Extravaganza – both of which increase in popularity year on year.

    But back to our trip last month, which took in parts of France, Belgium Holland, and what seems to be most of Germany, before we arrived in Probostov. We leave on a Thursday morning and arrive at around midday on the Saturday. We stop overnight in Holland and Germany on the way.

    It’s the fourth time I have made the journey. Martina Sullivan, my wife, and Nigel Woods are my travelling companions. Martina and I go as volunteers purely to help Nigel exercise, feed and generally take care of the dogs on the 800-mile trip.

    Each excursion is meticulously planned by Nigel. He selects the dogs, who are then homed by GACR. To comply with EU travel regulations each dog must be vaccinated and have a Pet Passport created in his or her name. Other paperwork, such as that which pertains to the Inter-Union Trade agreement, is completed by RGT head office in Surrey.

    The dogs are not the only ones that must have the relevant paperwork. Nigel has an Animal & Plant Health Licence – Type Two, and his van is kitted out with cages that provide inhabitants with ample room to relax and turn around. The van is full air-conditioned.

    So with our nine greyhound passengers on board, we hit the road. Our first stop is Folkestone where we board the Euro Shuttle, and 35 minutes later we arrive at Calais.

    The ferry used to be the preferred choice for getting to the other side of the English Channel until a couple of years ago when the ferry companies decided to put a restriction on the number of animals allowed in any vehicle to just one.

    To be honest having experienced both modes of transport, the Euro Shuttle wins hands down for me. It’s quicker and far more convenient.

    We drive into Belgium for our first stopping point. The dogs get off one by one. They enjoy the chance to stretch their legs, take in some of the local scenery and do whatever they must do to make the next part of the journey more comfortable.

    Our first overnight stop is at the Dutch town of Veldhoven, close to Eindhoven. Here again the dogs are out for a long walk in the evening air, after which they are fed and walked again before settling down for the night in the van.

    It never ceases to amaze me how well behaved greyhounds are. Perhaps it is that they are used to being handled but they are so trusting and comfortable with whoever puts a lead on them. They build friendships quickly and are incredibly loyal.

    On every trip you find yourself falling for one dog in particular. And for me this time it was Ted. Belgrave Ted to give his proper name. A rumbustious brindle who has an urge to do everything in a hurry and with as much force as is possible. A fine lad, nevertheless, who won a race at Drumbo Park before spending almost all his career in the grades at Peterborough. Great on a lead and a pleasure to be around.

    There were other characters on board, too. Litter sisters Papoose and Aintshecute who raced mostly at Yarmouth, Mildenhall and Harlow for Ann Kirby, mother of Adam, that cracking flat jockey and Goal Hager, an unusual blue with white flecks. They are all great to be honest.

    Our second overnight stop was at Leipzig. Again, the dogs settle so well. Nigel rugs them up and uses the Hidez Compression Suit on some. He finds the suits work well on greyhounds that travel badly and don’t settle well.

    The next morning we set off on the final leg of the journey – over the German-Czech border and onto Probostov.

    As usual, Ladislav is waiting at the gates of his home. Video camera in hand, he follows the van as we drive into the compound, where those that are about to adopt our precious cargo wait, and others that we have travelled over with in the past have been brought along to say hello.

    Duchess, a dark brindled bitch who travelled over last September, is there with her owner Simona Cudlmanova. Duchess, who is now known as Mango, looks a picture and has clearly settled in well. Having spent time working in Australia, Simona speaks excellent English and translates for Ladislav.

    Each dog is welcomed by its new owners as it is carefully lifted off the van by Nigel. Each dog comes with a “starter pack” consisting of a lead and collar, muzzle and a coat from the RGT.

    The dogs are handed over once the Czech veterinary surgeon verifies the paperwork is in order. All that remains is for GACR to complete its paperwork and the dogs are official the property of their new owners.

    Nigel Is always relieved when it comes to handing them over. He said: “I must admit to being extremely happy when we finally get to the Czech Republic.

    “I’m aware of my responsibility to look after the dogs en route and to deliver them safe and sound. Ladislav and his people here are always well organised and they look after the dogs so well.

    “The biggest buzz is seeing the dogs that we have brought over on previous trips happy and looking so well with their new owners. It’s very satisfying to know you have helped them find a permanent home for their retirement.”

    Assignment complete, we head off back to the UK. Once home Nigel will begin to make plans for the next batch at some time in the summer. And a who new chapter begins to take shape.

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