Following the thrilling conclusion of the Bet365 Empress Stakes at Towcester, all eyes now remain on the Northamptonshire track for the upcoming Bet365 Puppy Oaks.
A proven winner of the British Bred Derby in 2021, and a Category Two winner of the British-bred BGBF Oaks last month following a lengthy lay-off, and originally the ante-post favourite, Azurra had been displaced in the market by Makeit For Waz. In the race she broke smartly and wouldn’t be caught, racing away to win by four and three-quarter lengths.
Bet365’s Pat Cooney said: “Fabulous Azurra lit up the Bet365 Empress Stakes Final and we look forward to sponsoring even more first-class greyhound racing when we return to Towcester in November for the Bet365 Puppy Oaks. A four-bend competition – another Category One meeting – that’s one I’m really excited for.”
In April Bet365 announced a significant sponsorship deal to support UK greyhound racing with a range of competitions across the 2022 schedule.
Cooney added: “We are delighted with our sponsorship of Towcester and Oxford to date. Supporting competitions across UK greyhound racing allows us to drive brand visibility during high-quality race meetings. Greyhound racing is integral to our product offering and this sponsorship showcases the commitment we have to the sport as well as to the tracks and the people involved.
“We wanted to promote greyhound racing and were delighted to sponsor four Category One competitions, starting with our Empress Stakes at Towcester which attracted a good response in greyhound circles and on social media. Next up is the Bet365 Puppy Oaks at Towcester which starts this Sunday. Expect a star-studded line-up for this competition.”