there has been little respite from the celebrity lifestyle which Selkirk bookie Andy Bennett was forced to embrace when he was named the Racing Post/SIS Betting Shop Manager of the Year in November.
Last week, the unassuming 33-year-old, who runs the Scotbet outlet in Market Place, was given the VIP treatment at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium.
He was there, as the guest of the sponsors, to make the presentation to the winning connections of the Racing Post Juvenile Trophy which was run over 480 metres at the London track.
The trophy, along with a cheque for £5,000, went to Sheffield-based owner/trainer Barrie Draper whose Eden Star justified 6-4 favouritism by romping home four lengths clear of his nearest pursuer. As a result, the dog has now been installed as 8-1 clear favourite for the williamhill.com Greyhound Derby.
“The atmosphere was fantastic,” recalled Andy who, at the end of this month, will be heading out to Dubai with his partner Tracy and five-year-old son Kris on an all-expenses trip for the four-day World Cup of Racing as part of his prize.
Before that, on Saturday, March 24, Andy will lead a party of his punters from the Selkirk shop for a day out at Kelso Races, courtesy of the Kelso course’s managing director Richard Landale.