STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In the first weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier captures the greyhound news this week and find out how plans are shaping up for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby – the final at Nottingham on Saturday 29 June.
- Star Sports 2018 Derby Champion and 2018 Greyhound Of The Year Dorotas Wildcat will be heading to Nottingham in the summer to defend his title. It’s obvious that trainer Kevin Hutton has the dog in rude health ahead of his tilt at the new Winter Derby at Hove which starts on Thursday. He clocked 28.16 in a trial on Thursday – that’s 8 spots inside the track record time held by Trade Fudge – and the track was given as -20! That tells us that The Cat is well on track. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
- Is the biggest Irish challenger Graham Holland’s Slippy Cian? The dog looks made for Nottingham and his latest run at Shelbourne Park, clocking 29.33 on Saturday, came a year to the day after he made his debut so it’s conceivable he could still improve. The question is, will he need to!? LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
- Antigua Romeo has only been in the UK in the hands of trainer Matt Dartnall for a few weeks but that didn’t stop his owner Nic Jeal betting the dog to win a 5-figure sum this week with Star Sports. Let’s hope we get some Antigua-like sun on his back to bring out his best! He’s certainly in great hands and is now quoted at 40/1 with starsports.bet for the top prize. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
- Ernie Gaskin has quickly built up a small kennel of class greyhounds – the new kid on the block, recently over from the Dunphy’s breeding paddocks in Ireland, is Roman Empire. He’s a big, blue, July 2017 dog who will be given an entry in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby at Monmore. However, due to his big frame, Gaskin says he will resist temptation to run him in this years derby, despite him clocking 28.66 when winning at Hove last week. If he goes well in the Puppy Derby, that resolve will surely be tested? LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
- Roxholme Nidge has had his share of injury problems that have held him back but be in no doubt that his trainer Hayley Keightley will have wrapped him up in cotton wool and spared no expense in his treatment and time to get him back to his best. And back to his best he looked to be when clocking 15.77 in a sprint trial at Sheffield last week, just 10 spots off of Brogan Tee Bone’s track record. We’re told that trial was ‘straight off his bed’. He backed it up with another 15.87 (-10) sprint on Tuesday. If staying sound, Nidge could have a big part to play in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
RICHARD HARKNESS PREVIEW
With just over 3 months to go before the Star Sports Greyhound Derby gets underway, RPGTV pundit and former Derby-winning part-owner Richard Harkness gives his early thoughts on the contenders this year and tells us who he will be backing anti-post.
Nic Jeal has enjoyed much success in his relatively short time as a greyhound owner. Now he has new purchase Antigua Romeo aiming to be a real contender in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Here, his trainer Matt Dartnall tells us more about this May 2017 son of Romeo Recruit and why he is expecting a lot of improvement over the coming months.
Rising Brandy was nothing short of stunning in the 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby. But after winning his quarter final, connections were devastated to find the dog was lame at the pick-up with a shoulder injury that kept him off the track for six months. His trainer Matt Dartnall tells us how he is now on the road to recovery and how realistic a chance he is for the 2019 Derby.