Greyhound Megastore

  • Compression comes in all colours

    The Hidez Greyhound Compression Suit comes in three Original colours - Black, Blue and Red, You might prefer one of our Printed suits - in Yellow, Pink or White. Then again you may well want a Customised Suit or even create a design of your own. Perhaps advertise your business. The possibilities with the Hidez Greyhound Compression Suit are endless.

    Hidez Original Suits in Black, Blue and Red

     

  • Good News puppy fetches €2,500 for charity

    A FIVE-MONTH-old bitch puppy sired by Good News, the recent Boylesports Irish Derby winner, has raised €2,500 for charity after she was auctioned at Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Friday evening.

    The youngster by Good News out of proven brood Slaneyside Magoo was donated by the Kennedy and Guilfoyle families, owners of the sire who picked up €150,000 when landing the Derby at Dublin’s Shelbourne Park the Saturday before last.

    The money raised by the auction will go to the Breast Cancer Unit at the University Hospital in Limerick.

    Meanwhile, Good News has another appointment today when he visits the school at Rhode, County Offaly, at which his trainer, Pat Guilfoyle, is a teacher

    At a time when greyhound racing is coming under increased scrutiny from those who would delight in it being banned,  Guilfoyle believes  allowing the public to become more engaged creates a greater understanding of the sport and how it works.

    He says: “There is nothing better than showing people the dogs in the kennels and allowing them to get close to them.”

    The 32-year-old Guilfoyle says his pupils and their parents would often show an interest in his activities as a trainer. He added: “Many of the children and their parents would have preconceived ideas about greyhounds and greyhound people.

    “But once they were allowed to groom and handle the dogs, put them on the walker and take them out for a walk, their attitude completely changed. They went away with a different view of the sport and those of us that work in it.

    “If you ask me, that’s worth a million of these meal deals and alike which are costing fortune and quite frankly won’t be doing very much to change people’s perception of the sport, which is more important for the longevity of greyhound racing than anything else.”

     

  • 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 tails.com 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.

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