JULIE COLLIER Blog 3: #GreyhoundDerby2021

🐶 The start of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby is now just two months away and my personal excitement went up a notch this week after our first Greyhound Derby Zoom Room with Nathan Corden, Lofty, David Mullins and a very smug Ian Fortune. At the time of recording, the Irish had eight of the top eleven in the betting. Year on year it feels like their team is getting stronger! That said, Towcester won’t suit their racers as much as Nottingham did and with travel restrictions not expected to be straight forward, they may not get as many pre-Derby looks around the track as they would like.

🐶 David Mullins was also very confident about his Tenpin who has since had the all clear on the injury front. The plan was to trial at Central Park last Friday then head to Towcester for his first look there on Tuesday. But David has decided that two quick trials could undo the good work they’ve done with their star dog and so has instead decided to skip Central Park and just go to Towcester. The dog will likely need the run but it will be interesting to see how he takes to the track. He’s currently a ? chance with Star Sports and that’s unlikely to get any bigger post-trial!

🐶 Make sure you have a listen to the full interview here: https://www.starsportsbet.co.uk/zoom-room-1-star-sports-greyhound-derby-2021/ And as always, stay across the Star Sports Derby content page for all the latest news and betting.

🐶 Talking of betting, one man putting his money where his mouth is, is owner Billy McMahon. Billy bought a dog called Corrin Derek from Youghal after a good win and put him in the hands of trainer Jim Reynolds. Now called Ritzy Flyer (pictured right), the January 2019 son of Confident Rankin shapes up as though he will stay in time, but his immediate future lies over four bends and the kennel are feeling confident right now. They’re taking it very slow with the dog but he trialled at Towcester last week in 29.85sec. There’s lots more to come on that. Billy has taken the 66/1 and 50’s with Star Sports and had money on in many other places as well. He is still ? with Star if you fancy following suit!

🐶 What a final we were treated to for the Easter Cup where Pat Buckley’s Knocknaboul Syd overcame an unfavourable draw out in stripes to land the prestigious event at Shelbourne Park in 29.58sec. He pinged the lids, as he does so consistently and beat a very classy field by 4 lengths, never seeing another dog. Syd was so unlucky to go out of the Star Sports Derby semi-finals in October after finding trouble in running but I think, if anything, he stays a little stronger now and yet still has that exceptional early. As he was landing the Easter Cup, I was getting my money on for the Star Sports Derby and I’m pleased to say I was quicker out of the traps than Lofty was changing the prices! He is now second in in the betting at ?

🐶 The eagle eyed amongst you will have spotted that Bockos Belly headed across the water to the kennels of Graham Holland for a tilt at the Con and Annie Kirby Memorial in Limerick, the first round heats of which were last night (Saturday). Belly just qualified in fourth place in heat eight and is in the draw for round two. Patrick Janssens confirmed to me that he will get the dog back for the Star Sports Derby. He is ? and the leading English contender in the betting.

🐶 The Con and Annie Kirby Memorial I always think is akin to our Puppy Derby at Monmore for flagging great dogs to follow for the year. First round winners included a fastest of the round performance from Patrick Guilfoyle’s Explosive Boy. He clocked 28.08 which was the quickest run since Ballymac Tas (27.97sec) and Ballymac Syd (28.07sec), two years ago. He’s a ? shot for the Derby.

🐶 Also winning her heat of the Kirby was Pat Buckley’s Juvenile winner, Singalong Sally (main picture above). I absolutely love this bitch. Not only is she super speedy (winning time Saturday was 28.32sec), she is also a real character as those of you who follow Emma Buckley on Twitter will have seen. She’s out of the kennels of former star bitch, Droopys Smasher and is a beautiful, home-bred. One to keep an eye on for sure and currently ? with Star Sports for the Derby.

🐶 Following recent discussions with the GBGB, Nathan Corden has now had the go-ahead for his ‘pre-Derby’ sale to go ahead at Towcester on the 21st of April. The sale will be restricted to 40 lots and be conducted behind closed doors but Nathan promises there will be Derby dogs for sale. Stay across the latest or register a dog by heading to @GreyderSales on twitter or emailing sales@greyhoundtrader.com.

🐶 I caught up with Sharon Thompson at Romford last Friday about her fabulous dog, Sparta Master. Sparta looks to be coming back to his best and so I was hoping we would see him pull on a jacket at Towcester. But Sharon is unconvinced about whether or not they will go for the Derby. She explained that she thinks the dog would love traps one or two there, but he is likely to be seeded middle and be drawn much further out wide; Sharon thinks that’s a big ask for him. She may well be right. Gosh this dog has caused a stir when it comes to seeding! He’s in the betting as a ? chance with Star Sports but it might be worth waiting for a decision on this one…whether he goes and his seeding!

🐶 Don’t forget, we can all keep the Star Sports Derby chat going on Twitter. Everyone is welcome to get involved! Make sure you include @starsports_bet and #GreyhoundDerby2021.

Julie Collier


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