STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her fourth weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has news on Seaglass Phantom’s unique double bid, Ballymac Osby fairytale Derby bid and Droopys Verve love affair with Nottingham… and more.
➡️ No dog has ever done the Juvenile and Derby double in the same year but that’s the task set for Seaglass Phantom. He won the Racing Post Juvenile at Sheffield on Saturday night clocking 28.60 and beating the favourite Ballymac Osby by 4 3/4. Phantom is proven in competitions having already been a runner-up in the East Anglian Derby and the November 2016 son of Droopys Jet is an ideal sort of age but still relatively lightly raced. He will target the RPGTV Steel City Cup next, then thoughts will turn to the Derby. Nottingham will be a different test for him, a much more galloping track, but trainer Patrick Janssens says he’s ‘a special, exceptional greyhound’. And how dearly Patrick would love to get his hands on that Derby trophy. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ RP Juvenile runner-up Ballymac Osby will also be aimed at the RPGTV Steel City Cup which is shaping up to be a absolute cracker. Many will remember Osby as being one of the dogs stolen from Kevin Hutton’s kennel. He came back in a terrible state and they almost lost him. So whilst runner-up wouldn’t have been the ideal tag they’d have wanted, what an achievement to get the dog that far and what a story it would be should he progress deep into the Star Sports Derby. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The same route to the Star Sports Derby will also be taken by last years runner-up Droopys Verve. He won a competitive race at Sheffield Saturday night overcoming a tricky draw in 6 and a bump at the first bend to beat Headford Johnny is 28.82. Trainer Angela Harrison will take the middle seed off him for the Steel City Cup. The Verve loves Nottingham and looks to be a big contender again this year. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ There are going to be some classy bitches entered in this years Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Brighton Belle winner Ballymac Miscula will take her chance in the hands of trainer Kim Billingham. She won her 7th race in a row on Saturday night in what was just her second race out of season. She’s a gutsy bitch who had to show her determination to take over at the head of affairs at the third bend. She isn’t to be underestimated. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The Monmore Puppy Derby has long been heralded as the puppy competition most likely to throw up a Derby winner. Fastest in the heats of this years renewal was Irish raider, Toolmaker Me Dad trained by Robert Gleeson. He made all in 28.24 on a track that was given as -10 and now has trap 3 in the second semi-final. One to watch. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The Easter Cup final at Shelbourne on Saturday night is HOT!! Graham Holland will send out 3 finalists in Clonbrien Prince, Lenson Blinder and Clona Blaze. The fastest semi-final winner was Droopys Davy, a dog trained by Pat Buckley who was eliminated in the early rounds of the Star Sports Derby at Towcester last year. He looks to be a better dog now. Magical Bale was left on the floor in that race after trouble at the first bend. Rest assured though, his duvet at the Hutton kennel is being fluffed up ready for his imminent arrival. 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.