STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY FINAL NIGHT: SIMON NOTT reports from Nottingham on Star Sports Greyhound Derby Final night.
Lofty has been the lynchpin of the on-course effort at Nottingham this year. As a good member of the A-team he takes his job very seriously. Even more serious when he has to sort out four pitches dotted around the track. Add to that he has to mark the card of the diners and it’s bloody hot. Lofty is a tad grumpy. After lobbing the float and smash in the bag and tapping the prices for the first in, far harder than necessary, there’s another disaster. Someone has nicked his racecard, the A4 sized racecard with his exclusive tissue for each race in. What a palaver, we looked high and low, then Ben cried out with glee ‘You’re sat on it’ and indeed he was. Humble pie was eaten and grumpy wasn’t grumpy any more.
Three races in business had been brisk and the firm were getting a few quid. The wheels came off in the next despite getting the odds on jolly beaten. A punter bet the winner to £700 without, the plus side was he didn’t bet it straight but the race was a losing one.
The next couple of races went the firm’s way. Ben was tapping away on the 20.33 and a punter asked for and got £12,000 – £2000 Trap 2. Trap 3 won it, the two grand stayed in the bag.
25/1 shot Wildfire Jimmy sprang a real surprise in the Plate, now for the Derby.
STAR SPORTS, ARC & LPS GREYHOUND DERBY FINAL
All of a sudden it was heaving inside the main betting area, it wasn’t just the lure of betting on the big one. Would you believe it was raining, a bigger price than the previous winner an hour ago. The funny thing was people that were moaning about the heat, were now sheltering from the rain!
First big bet £7000- £1000 Trap 3 Priceless Blake which would take some betting up to.
The bogie won but nobody seemed to care, certainly not Ben. Priceless Blake was the worst in the on-course book but there were some memorable scenes as the trophy was presented to winning connections.
A triumphant, if not for the book, conclusion to the Greyhound Derby 2019, a spectacular 1,2,3 for Irish raiders.
Simon Nott is author of:
Skint Mob! Tales from the Betting Ring