THE GREYHOUND DERBY BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing as we countdown to #GreyhoundDerby2020

➡️  I’m sure many of you will have been keeping an eye on the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park, a competition that’s a warm-up event for several likely Star Sports Derby entries. The competition may have been undersubscribed but the final is certainly not lacking in class. Graham Holland’s Wolfe, who went out of last year’s Derby when getting distracted as he was leading in the second round, is the 6/4 favourite for the final on Saturday and 33/1 for the Derby. Ballymac Anton qualified behind Wolfe for Liam Dowling. Anton was highly thought of last year when he was a youngster – he’s 33/1 for the Derby, 2/1 to win the Easter Cup. Dowling also sent out the winner of the second semi-final in the shape of Ballymac Inspeed. He’s a strong runner, priced at 100/30 for the Easter Cup final, 50/1 for the Derby. Nottingham could suit him down to the ground. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  On this side of the water, the Steel City Cup got underway at Sheffield on Saturday night. Kevin Hutton’s Headford Ranger, who finished third in the Juvenile the week before, was for me the most impressive run and the fastest of the round. He came from off the pace, taking the lead out of the second turn and drawing clear by an astonishing eight lengths, beating Jimmy Fenwick’s Look Like Power in 28.85sec. He’s undoubtedly a stayer in the making but I think Nottignham’s 500m will also really suit him. He’s 50/1 ante post. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  The Monmore Puppy Cup also got underway at the weekend. I’m sure all the trainers of these talented pups would rather the Star Sports Derby wasn’t as early as it is, an extra month could prove crucial in their dogs progress and development. Nevertheless, there are some real Derby contenders in there, none less so than Ernie Gaskin’s Trafalgar Cup winner, Droopys Addition. He clocked the fastest time of the first round, 28.04sec, winning by seven lengths and making it eight wins out of twelve career starts. The May 2018 pup is 40/1 to win the Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  Bockos Doomie made it eight in a row at Hove last Thursday when he won the Dual Distance Trophy at Hove at odds of 1/5. I spoke to Bev Lochead this week, part-owner of Bockos Doomie who, as I mentioned last week, is causing a bit of debate! Many people think he is draw dependent but, as Bev pointed out, his last 4 wins have come from traps 3, 3, 2 and 4. She believes he likes trap 1 but isn’t dependent on it and also that he is still running green so there will be more to come. I was on RPGTV Tuesday night with trainer Patrick Janssens Assistant and daughter, Ria. She says this is the fastest dog Patrick has put a lead on. Gulp. Still 40/1 ante post… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  For anyone who has backed Geelo Blissful to win the Derby, there was sad news that after a really promising comeback race at Sheffield, she split her paw badly and, given the fact she won’t be ready for the Star Sports Derby, she will be retired to have babies. A shame but lovely pups to look forward to! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  John McGee Snr. won the Derby in 1988 and it looks like he has a couple of runners this year as Swanley Bale and litter sister Swanley Chick trialled around Nottingham this week clocking 29.90sec and 30.02sec respectively. They’re by Laughil Blake out of Killinan Baby, January 2018 whelps who already have winning form around Drumbo Park and Shelbourne. Bale is 100/1 and Chick is 125/1 ante post. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  Emma Richards trains a greyhound by the name of Fitenwell, who won eight of his ten career starts in the later half of last year before being sidelined by a broken bone in his wrist. Connections feared the injury could have been career ending but the April 2017 son of Skywalker Puma has been given plenty of rest and is now galloping at home after being given the all-clear by a vet. He will have a series of trials to prepare for the Star Sports Derby for which he is currently an 80/1 chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  A couple of interesting trials from Nottingham before racing on Monday saw 250/1 shot Tricky Baloo go just 3 spots slower in a sprint trial than his superstar kennel mate Trickys Dumbo (18.07sec). If you watched my Star Sports kennel feature with Robert Holt, hopefully you’ve already taken the price… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  Also going well was Steven Andersen’s, multiple big-race finalist Bramble Reggie who went the fastest over the 500m trip clocking 29.68sec. He is all about early and clocked a 5.04 sectional. I know Steve has high hopes for the dogs chances with everything being geared towards the Star Sports Derby for a while now and he is still a huge, 100/1 ante post. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  I’ve been writing in the blog about the impressive trials of Alison Kelly-Pilgrim’s Deanridge Sirius. He ran his first race on English soil in a Derby trials stakes on Monday night and could hardly have been more impressive in a hot contest. He was sent off 6/4 favourite, despite being in with Irish Derby runner-up Boylesports King, who has been well supported in the Star Sports Derby ante post market. Sirius broke well from trap 3, leading by the first bend and powering down the back straight, eventually winning by 5 lengths. This looks to be a real contender but you can still get on at 33/1 with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

➡️  I remember well when Lyreen Mover added an international element to the 2010 Derby at Wimbledon when he came over from Hungary, and the same may well happen again this year at Nottingham as German-based owner Juergen Stankewitz looks set to send over his Razldazl Curtis, a little brother of Boylesports King and 100/1 ante-post. The GBGB paperwork has been completed and the dog will travel under Juergan’s wife’s name, Heike and soon be trialling again Nottingham. The dog has seven lines of form to his name; six in Sweden and one in Germany, the latest being a final victory at Boras in Sweden in October. It could be interesting! We all know how much us Brits love taking on the Germans! Bring it on! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS

It’s hotting up very nicely indeed…😃