STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: In her ninth weekly countdown blog to the big race, Julie Collier has news on the Band silenced, Burgess continuing to climb the hill, Expert choice, youngster Roman Empire, Nottingham trials and Cronin’s plans coming together ….
➡️ The Star Sports Greyhound Derby build-up was cranked up a notch Monday night when Star’s biggest liability in the book Martinstown Band came up against King Turbo in a trial stakes race at Nottingham. Martinstown Band was backed and went off the 4/5 favourite but it was King Turbo who came home the winner at 11/8 clocking 29.79 beating Barry Draper’s Newinn Missile by a neck. Band was back in 3rd beaten 1 and a half lengths. Irish commentator Ian Fortune’s social media banter continued when commenting on Martinstown Band, thought to be a good English contender by many, Ian claimed he can ‘think of 15 Irish runners that would beat him sideways!’ Gulp. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Burgess Paradise is a new addition to the Star Sports Derby book after an impressive 28.78 run around Central Park for 2015 Derby winning trainer Danny Riordan. The July 2017 son of Cashen Legend and Paradise Siesta isn’t yet confirmed as a Derby entry, being so young, but clearly he has ability and goes into the betting as an 80/1 chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Lady of the moment is definitely Angela Harrison who won the Trainers Championship on Saturday night at Sheffield. She and Assistant Trainer and partner Jimmy Wright finished the night off with wins from two star greyhounds in Droopys Expert and last years Star Sports Derby runner-up Droopys Verve. Both will now head to Shawfield for trials on Saturday evening ahead of the Scottish Derby, after which all roads lead to Nottingham. When asked which dog, if they were only allowed one, would they take to Nottingham, Angela voted Verve and Jimmy voted Expert (pictured with him) ! Only time will tell which of this in-form training duo is right! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Connections of July 2017 youngster Roman Empire, previously said their dog would be too young to line-up in the 2019 Star Sports Derby but they are clearly tempted! The dog trialled round Nottingham on Monday clocking 30.16 on +30 going after running very wide at the first bend. Caesar, as he’s know to connections, will have another look next week before a decision is made. Derrygrath Nick trained by Laurence Tuffin was the fastest of the session over 500m stopping the clock at 29.99. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Nottingham have released details of a number of planned trial stakes races leading up to the Star Sports Derby. The first session will be Monday the 8th of April at 11am and will be run the subsequent 6 Mondays until the 13th of May. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Irish trainer Peter Cronin is a man to respect with whatever he brings over for the English Derby after making it to the final with a big priced runner Tynwald Bish in 2015 finishing 2nd and last year with Whoops Jack. It’s fair to say he does extremely well with his runners over here and he’s been quietly assembling a nice team ready for next month. They include Angry Lauren, Badminton Jet, Coolavanny About, Crossfield Don, Da Head Hunter, El Commendo, Jacks Tornado, Roaming Hero and Worseforwear. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
Droopys Nadal is a dog that has taken plenty of time to come to hand. Now, at just 2 years old, he’s an exciting dog for the Harrison/Wright kennel. Jimmy tells us why he thinks the dog will thrive at Nottingham.
Droopys Trapper racked up many top class wins as a puppy and broke the Sunderland track record to boot. At two and a half years old, Jimmy is hoping he can now carry that form into the Star Sports Derby and tells us why preparation is key with this dog.
After winning the 2017 All England Cup, Droopys Expert suffered an injury that ultimately meant we didn’t see the best of him in last years Star Sports Derby. He’s going to be 4 years old in October but he’s back in-form and, perhaps surprisingly, Jimmy believes he could be the best of the bunch.
The 2018 Star Sports Derby runner-up is one cool customer. A seriously Pacey dog who was extremely young to be lining up as a Derby contender, let alone finalist, last year as he only turned 2 during the Derby. He’ll have another crack at the title this year as a 3 year old and Jimmy explains why this dog will improve as the months go on.
ALISON KELLY PILGRIM
Alison Kelly Pilgrim trains greyhounds for Ray Dean and Paul Surridge who have owned many good dogs before. Now, in a bid to win the Star Sports Greyhound Derby, Kelly tells us how her owners have invested in a nice team for her to take to Nottingham.
June Harvey’s son and assistant trainer Matt Redman tells us about Ower Boy Bullet and assesses his chances for the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Matt absolutely loves this dog and rates him extremely highly. He’s had his share of problems but now looks to be back on track.
Craig Morris, assistant trainer to Hayley Keightley with his early views on the big race.
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.