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    Remembering Stan "Blond Stan" Kennett
Remembering Stan "Blond Stan" Kennett
Stan with Poor Sue. Source: greyhoundstar.co.uk

Remembering Stan "Blond Stan" Kennett

The greyhound racing community is mourning the loss of a beloved figure, former trainer, agent, and all-around personality, Stan Kennett. The East Londoner, affectionately known as "Blond Stan," passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Renowned for his wit and charm, Stan made his mark in Hackney before moving on to Crayford. He was not only a skilled handler but also a captivating storyteller and entertainer, earning the respect and admiration of many.

Among his notable achievements was training the exceptional Poor Sue, with whom he secured victory in 69 open races across 17 different tracks, including five major finals. After retiring from training, Stan flourished as a greyhound agent.

In addition to his contributions to the sport, Stan dedicated himself to philanthropic endeavors, particularly in supporting Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital alongside his close friend Maurice Newman.

Trainer Paul Philpott fondly remembers Stan's influence: "Apart from being such a top-class trainer, Stan really knew the industry inside out... He was also always such great company, a proper dog man, and a good friend. I shall miss him."

Steve Fluin, a longtime friend and collaborator of Stan, cherishes their four-decade friendship and recalls Stan's knack for storytelling and camaraderie: "Stan was an incredible salesman and an outstanding storyteller... No matter how many times you met him, there was a string of fabulous stories that you have never heard before."

Gary Wiltshire, another figure from the betting ring, pays tribute to Stan's impact on the sport and their personal connection: "Stan was the gentleman from the Hackney Kennels... Will miss you mate."

Stan Kennett leaves behind a legacy of excellence, camaraderie, and philanthropy, deeply cherished by all who had the privilege of knowing him.


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