Julie Collier Blog 12: #GreyhoundDerby2021

Julie Collier is back with her final #GreyhoundDerby2021 blog ahead of the big night!

🐶 It’s Star Sports Greyhound Derby day! And what a final. So often you have a token outsider in the field but this year, whoever wins will be a very worthy and great Derby winner. It’s all about the prestige, but let’s not forget there is £175,000 on the line too! A life changing amount of money. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Have a watch of this week’s Star Sports Derby Zoom Room CLICK HERE where Lofty and I welcomed some of the best judges in the business to give their thoughts on who the winner will be. The votes were pretty evenly spread between Ballymac Fairone and Deerjet Sydney but there were also votes for Thorn Falcon and Ballymac Wild. One of my favourite parts of the interview were some excellent stats that came from the Racing Post’s Jim Austin, that led him to steer in the direction of Thorn Falcon in trap 6! I won’t ruin it but it’s worth a listen. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 I’m almost struggling to get my head around what could be achieved by Deerjet Sydney tonight (main pic above). Not just winning back to back Derby’s but the first EVER to do it at different tracks. And very different tracks at that. I vividly remember watching Westmead Hawk making history when he won his second Derby and it really could happen again. For the Buckley’s, it would be like buses! They worked so hard for so many years to win one Derby, could their next one come just nine months later?! I’m really glad for them that all the family will be able to be there this year. As for Sydney, well he is taking it all in his stride and looking pretty pleased with himself. And so he should. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 In terms of betting this week, there were some lumpy bets on Ballymac Fairone after he drew trap 3 on Monday at the Derby lunch. He was backed at 9/4 and is now almost certain to go off favourite with us at Star Sports, currently at 2/1. Liam Dowling reports both his dogs to be well and the man himself is as cool as they come. But do not underestimate how much it would mean to him to win a Derby. It’s pretty much the one thing missing off his CV and there has been an awful lot of blood, sweat and tears gone into trying. It will come, I have no doubt. The betting says it will be tonight. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Lofty has put up an interesting market for which dog will finish last in the race. Perhaps unsurprisingly as the outsider in the race, Kilara Lion is favourite at 2/1 to come last but next in and both at 3/1 is Ballymac Fairone and Deerjet Sydney. Newinn Session is 5/1, Thorn Falcon 7/1 and Ballymac Wild the outsider in this market at 10/1. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Patrick Janssen’s also reports his dogs to be bouncing and they really do look a picture. Thorn Falcon is an absolute stunner weighing in at 39kg and Kilara Lion as the outsider of the field, having already won four category 1 finals, including the Blue Riband at Towcester, could you really discount him with any great confidence? He has looked as though he is coming to hand at just the right time. Patrick also sent me an article this week from Wexfordtoday.com who have been celebrating the fact that Thorn Falcon was born in the Irish country and started his career at Enniscorthy last March. How far has he come in that time? It would of course be a first Derby win for Patrick who has dedicated his life to learning about and training greyhounds all over the world. The Belgian man giving England a chance of glory. I wish him and his family all the best. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Wasn’t it good to see Newinn Session back to his brilliant best on Saturday night when he broke very quickly from red and held of the fast-starting Kilara Lion. Trap 1 hasn’t been the favoured box at Towcester but Session handled it so well. If he can come away like that again, they’ll have a job to pass him to the first bend. He’s 9/2 now for the final. Again, it’s pretty much the only competition missing from the Holland’s CV and of course, being English, they would dearly love to win it and it shows from the great effort that goes into trying. I have to say well done to Nicky Holland who really puts in the hard yards and is always lovely to have around. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 The support from Oisin Murphy through the Derby has been fantastic and you can tell in his interviews that he’s really fallen more in love with the sport, so hopefully we will see a lot more of him. There should be a few famous faces there on Saturday night too. I am told Gerwyn Price is going as well as the brilliant Gary Wiltshire who is bringing over 100 pink cowboy-style hats with him to raise a few pounds for the retired greyhounds. Personally, I think this is something that needs to be pushed more. Having high profile people tweeting photos of Towcester and having a good night at the dogs is invaluable marketing for the sport. I’ve been reminded recently how many famous people love their greyhound racing – I could name 20 off the top of my head. Let’s get them back involved! LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 The ambassadors have been doing a good job on the fundraising front the last few weeks of the Derby and I am pleased to say they have raised around £1,400 and are hoping to surpass £2,000 by the time they finish shaking their buckets at the punters on Saturday! No doubt about who the star of the show was last Saturday night though; Pablo the pup! What a great way to get people really engaging with our amazing dogs. Who doesn’t love a greyhound puppy? LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 There promises to be an abundance of entertainment on Saturday night before, during and after the Derby as well as a ‘festival’ type atmosphere which will include stilt walkers, fire breathers and mirror men (can anyone enlighten me!?) Live music will come from the Through The Decades Trio and The Chromatics. Could be a loooonnnnggggggg night!! And a late one! LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 So that just leaves me to say ENJOY!! It’s a night of the year to savour. May every dog come home safe and sound and the best of them be crowned the Star Sports Derby Champion 2021. Thanks for all your support of late. I will see you there!! LATEST DERBY PRICES

JULIE

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