JULIE COLLIER Blog 2: #GreyhoundDerby2021

🐶 Another month passes and we are another month closer to the start of the Star Sports Derby and hopefully, all being well, something that looks like normality! Given how we have all been forced to live our lives over the last year, I think this year’s Derby could well be extra, extra special. I for one can not wait! LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 There has been some important racing in the last month in terms of Derby clues, not least at Monmore in the Puppy and Winter Derby’s. Signet Ace won the £10,000 Winter Derby for a delighted Kevin Hutton. The dogs pace around the second turn was something to behold, as he took off past the super classy Queen JessieJ, winning in a swift 28.08sec. Ace is out of Kevin’s 2017 Irish Oaks winner, Forest Natalee and he really was proud as punch after the race following his shouting from the middle of the track during the race that was clear for all to hear on RPGTV! Ace is now 50/1 ante post for the Derby, right alongside another Hutton contender, Magical Arrow (pictured below). The later was very impressive winning in the first round of the Winter Derby before only just being knocked out in the hottest of the semi-finals. I saw this December 2018 son of Magical Bale at Kevin’s kennels a few weeks ago and I don’t think he is the finished article yet. The first year Magical Bale was at Towcester in the Derby, he looked like he had some filling out to do and turned up the following year, a different dog. I think the same could happen for Arrow and he is definitely one to watch in the coming months. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 The winner of the Puppy Derby was, for me, the story of the night. Jaguar Macie started racing in A3’s at Hove in the hands of Richard Rees. The only bitch in the final, she was bought by Graham Rankin for a mere £675! Graham messaged me afterwards to say ‘dreams come true,’ and I am sure he was thrilled to be picking up the £12,500 prize, for what is in most people’s mind, the most prestigious puppy competition of the year. In what was an extremely competitive final, she blew her rivals away in 28.04sec and didn’t see another dog in the race. She is just an April 2019 whelp so the slightly later Derby will play into her paws and she is a 50/1 chance, as things stand. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Looking at the ante post betting for the Star Sport Derby, I’m not sure I want to be working with Ian Fortune anytime soon! Lofty is working very hard to try and get some more English dogs near the top of the market! Travel permitting, it looks like the Irish are coming in their droves and with a team of the highest quality once again. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 The new ante post favourite for the competition is Irish raider Native Maestro, who comes in as a 25/1 chance. Graham Holland’s September 2018 dog went through the Tralee Derby unbeaten to the final and recently went out in the second round of the Easter Cup. But in the eyes of Ian Fortune, Maestro is ‘taylor-made’ for it. Of the same age and kennel, Ian also likes Golden Tiger, who just won his quarter-final of the Easter Cup in 29.67sec. He has come into the betting as a 50/1 chance for the Star Sports Derby. LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 The Star Sports Derby lunch has been confirmed for Monday the 5th of July and will be held at Towcester. Another date for trainers amongst you is Wednesday the 26th of May, when entries for the competition will close at 3pm. Nathan Corden is understandable ‘delighted’ that it looks like crowds will be allowed in. There are so far, two marquees planned; one at the first bend and one at the last. Prices there will be £150pp and £175pp for the restaurant. Menu’s should be available soon! LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 Kevin Boothby has for a long time had dreams of putting accommodation onsite and it’s finally becoming a reality. You can book now by heading to https://towcester-racecourse.co.uk/accommodations/ where bookings are available from June 1st. You can stay in the Steeplechase Pods which offers luxury glamping, bunk cabins or bell tents (pictured below). Accommodation includes free admission to the greyhound racing and a race card (excluding Derby Final night.) LATEST DERBY PRICES

🐶 At Star Sports, we promised that we would throw the kitchen sink at the Derby and plenty of work is already happening behind the scenes. Make sure you head to our new-look webpage to stay across all the latest news, videos and betting: https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/greyhoundderby2021/


Julie Collier


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