THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing…..

➡️ I can’t wait to go to Sheffield on Saturday for the RPGTV Juvenile where I will finally get to see Ice On Fire in the flesh! Who isn’t a fan of this dog? It’s a privilege to be in the company of dogs of this calibre and I can’t wait to see him in the kennel and on the track. He’s drawn trap 1 for the race itself and is as short as 4/9 to win in what will be his first start of 2020. He won on his only previous outing at the track as a pup last April and although it is an understandable price, it is short. Perhaps a more appealing bet is for the star greyhound to clock the fastest sectional, which Star Sports are running a market for. That’s available at 11/10. Ice On Fire is still available at 9/1 for the Star Sports Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ This week I also went to Heather Dimmock’s kennel and met Make No Apologie who is a beautiful, December 2017, red fawn dog. He won two nice puppy competitions last year; the Puppy Trophy at Hove and the Ryan Holmes Puppy Cup final which was at Sheffield. The kennel believe he is serious contender and they aren’t just making up the numbers on Saturday. The dog is in great form having just made the Winter Derby final and Heather thinks he will come on much more as the weather (hopefully) improves. He’s 6/1 to win the Juvenile, 5/2 to clock the fastest sectional. What a race – good luck to all! I’ll see you there! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ Another dog that I have loved over the last year or so is Roxhome Nidge, the little dog with bags of speed and a huge heart. Trainer Hayley Keightley had hoped that Nidge would defend his Steel City Cup title in preparation for a tilt at the Star Sports Derby but sadly he won’t get the opportunity to make it a hatrick of wins in the competition next month. Unfortunately, he damaged a tendon in a sprint trial at Sheffield in January and needs more time to make a full recovery. The Star Sports Derby is now the focus for which he is priced at 50/1. The dog last raced in September when he went unbeaten through the East Anglian Derby. There is no doubting his ability or the fact that he will be getting the best of everything. I really hope we can see the real Nidge at Nottingham. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ I met with David Mitchell this week, head of the Blue Tick syndicate. He told me that Blue Tick George (main picture) is on course for the Star Sports Derby. Indeed the dog had a sprint trial last night at Harlow clocking a pleasing 14.77sec. He is on the comeback trail after suffering an injury in the Northern Puppy Derby back in December. He will now have a 415m trial next week before deciding the next move, but the dog is, I think, an exciting Derby prospect. He’s 40/1 ante post for the Derby with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ I am wondering how many entries we will get for this years Star Sports Derby. It certainly feels to many trainers I’ve spoken to like its coming too soon! I think there will be lots of young dogs entered from the UK who, ideally, would have had an extra month or so to gain experience and of course, age. The number of entries from Ireland remains a massive question mark with the Star Sports Derby clashing with the valuable Con and Anne Kirby Memorial for youngsters. The likes of Peter Cronin, who usually brings a team of around six to eight dogs, and particularly looks for something that goes well in the Con Kirby to come to England with, has said he may well be thin on the ground for entries this year. Likely contenders include Jacks Tornado who won a first round heat last year before having to be withdrawn injured and Worseforwear who reached the quarterfinals last year after being well backed. Those two are 150/1 and 100/1 respectively. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ One Irish man who does have a nice team of dogs for this years Derby is Pat Guilfoyle. He plans to bring six dogs over, including the dog who set the competition alight last year when he broke the Nottingham 500m track record in the first round. Logan hasn’t raced since November but is trialling back well and will be coming to Nottingham in a couple of weeks for a look. Should he go as well as expected, his price could really shorten from the 40/1 currently available. Magical Cormie will also make-up part of Pat’s team and he this week referred to the dog as being ‘as good as anything he has handled’. That’s some statement from a man who racks up Derby finalists for fun! Cormie will also be coming to Nottingham for a trial in a couple of weeks so if you believe Pat, take the 66/1 available now! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ One young dog who could be a real contender for the Star Sports Derby is Killeacle Gus, trained by Matt Dartnall. Gus will have just tuned two when the Derby begins in April and is improving all the time according to his trainer. He has won seven of eleven starts, all in open class company and won his race on Winter Derby final night in a quicker time (29.08sec) than the final itself was won by Volcanic Reef (29.25sec). Gus is currently 50/1 ante post. Matt also has Distant Village who has a tremendous strike rate of eight from 13 wins and is on the comeback trail right now, pleasing his trainer. He’s a September 2017 dog that could have a big year ahead of him and is 40/1 ante post for the Derby. There is definitely no doubting that these two dogs are in great hands. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️ The Star Sports Derby build-up is really hotting up now and lots of contenders are racing and trialling this weekend. I’ll be visiting lots of kennels to find out the inside info so stay across the Star Sports twitter feed (@StarSports_Bet) and the website plus I’ll bring you all the latest news and sponsor’s prices here, weekly, from now until the end of the competition. It’s getting exciting! Good luck to all! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS