PATRICK JANSSENS, currently riding high in the Trainer of the Year standings, is leaving Towcester to join Central Park following what is becoming a well-worn route with Jean Liles and Paul Philpott both having made the same switch recently.
Barry Stanton, the Kent track’s consultant, said: ”I think Patrick wanting to join us is a clear indication of how the industry now views Central Park.
“We have a very supportive team of trainers and with the recent improvements we have made to the track there is no better place within the industry to race greyhounds.
“It’s testament to the progress we have made that, with Patrick and Rick Holloway, we will have two of the top five current open-race trainers attached to the track.”
Central Park’s director of racing Peter Miller added: “Patrick is a great addition to our training team and will bring at least 20 graders together with his top team of open-racers that will also support our open-race programme.”
Norfolk-based Janssens explained the reasoning behind his decision to leave Towcester which he has been a constant presence at since it first opened in December 2014.
“I just can’t get enough runs there,” he said, “I love the place but I have loads of young dogs coming through and I’m going to be able to better educate them at Central Park which is also a track I like and have good memories of having won the Kent Derby there with Bockos Alfie last year.
“As well as the chance to get graded runners, they also have regular weekly opens which I’ll support as well. I’ll go to whatever meetings they need me for, distance and time-wise the travelling is very similar to Towcester.”
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