STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her third weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has news on Bruiser’s Bullet, defending champ Dorotas Wildcat and the latest from the Hennessy, Hutton and Dowling kennels.
➡️ Trainer Paul Hennessy and his leading owner John Turner wasted no time at all in snapping up impressive Irish Juvenile heat winner Lambeth Walk last week. The puppy caught Hennessy’s eye at Tralee after the son of Droopys Cain and Luminous Flower raced to a 28.69 success. A deal was quickly struck and the dog has now been renamed Jaytee Churchill. He’ll be aimed at the Kirby Memorial and then will make up part of Hennessy’s Derby team for Nottingham. He’s clearly full of ability and potential but also apparently a friendly dog in the kennel who responds to his kennel name, Benny – so you know what to shout from the terraces if you back him for the Derby!! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Bruisers Bullet who made the Star Sports Greyhound Derby final last year at Towcester isn’t now a certainty to make this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. The May 2015 dog had a handslip trial at Monmore last week and came off lame. That said, the swelling has healed well and so he will be taken to greyhound vet Stefano for assessment. Fingers crossed for the Bullet! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Reigning Star Sports Derby champion Dorotas Wildcat went out in the heats of the Winter Derby last Thursday at Hove at odds of 1/5 after failing to make the bend and then finding all the trouble in running. He was reported by the Hutton camp to have come out of the race ‘ok’ albeit slightly stiff. It looked like the lack of competitive racing action since November 2018 may have caught up with the him but all being well there is now plenty of time to get the superstar in tip top shape ready to defend his Derby title. That said, he’s now a drifter at starsports.bet – 14/1 out to 16/1. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The Hutton kennel have another contender that’s floating the boat of many ante-post punters already in the shape of Magical Bale (pictured). He’s currently trained by Pat Guilfoyle in Ireland and racing in the Easter Cup (he finished 2nd in his heat on Saturday.) The dog looks a different animal to the one that competed as a puppy in last years Star Sports Greyhound Derby and will head back to Hutton as and when he is eliminated from the Easter Cup. Irish commentator Ian Fortune and RPGTV pundit both tweeted this week that Bale was the first dog to be added to their ante-post portfolios. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Liam Dowling’s Irish team bound for Nottingham seems to be getting stronger by the week. Akelaware is the latest dog to really step forward. After looking a nice, strong running type as a pup, his style of running appears to have changed and he is now going up much faster. On Saturday he clocked the joint-fastest time in the Easter Cup at Shelbourne leading Magical Bale to the bend and coming home clear in 29.32. He seems to be getting better all the time and is yet another Irish dog that will relish the Nottingham test. 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.