STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY: Is underway !!!! Julie Collier brings the very latest news from Nottingham on the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Plenty of drama in round one and the 16 round two heats take place on Friday and Saturday.
What a week it has been in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby!! It’s a Derby full of quality and it was a pleasure to be at Nottingham for the first round. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The Irish Cesarewitch winner, Skywalker Logan (pictured below), set the standard for the first round and indeed for the competition with a track record-breaking performance. The stunning looking dog who is a son of Tarsna Havana and Sizzling Sarah, the dam of Magical Bale, looked impressive in running and smashed the clock romping home in 29.05, 11 sports quicker than the previous record set by Sawpit Sensation almost 7 years ago. It has left Logan as the ante-post favourite, backed into 8/1 after a favourable draw in the second round. Trainer Pat Guilfoyle was obviously delighted and perhaps a little overwhelmed by the swathe of attention surrounding himself and the dog immediately after. It was the first time I had met Pat, a full-time teacher who has already won the Irish Derby in 2017 with Good News. He is clearly a man who knows what he is doing with a dog and I thank him for taking the time to come over. He and his dog gave us all a very special moment at Nottingham on Saturday night. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ There were many happy punters who took the Star Sports offer of ‘the track record to go during the Derby’, initially offered up as big as 5/2 at the Star preview evening. It’s cost the sponsor £10,000. Ouch! It was lively in the ring at Nottingham as well with an improvement seen on business at Towcester in terms of bet numbers. According to Star Sports Lofty, the Irish punters who made the journey took full advantage of the number of Irish winners! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Queen Beyonce was the fastest of all the contenders to the halfway point in the Derby in the first round according to the Greyhound Star. 14.60 was her half way time followed by Roxholme Glory in 14.70, Braveheart Bobby 14.71 and Boylesports Xtra 14.72. Beyonce was seriously impressive to the eye and Star Sports duly laid her at 25/1 for £1,000 each way. She now also heads the ‘top bitch’ market as a 15/8 chance. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Ian Fortune has been giving me some stick following the first round. The Irish did indeed have 14 winners including the track record. But I am still confident in our English team! Liz and Rab McNair’s British bred’s did them proud over the weekend, Droopys Verve is drawn to perfection on Friday night in the second round and whilst Dorotas Wildcat has a tough draw in four to work from, Kevin Hutton was delighted with him after he was beaten by Wolfe and promises me the dog will massively come on for the run. So, sorry Ian, but we’ve still got Catmandoo! I’m not worried….. yet! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Unsurprisingly, the RPGTV performance of the round will go to Skywalker Logan as nominated by veteran viewer John Pickering from Bristol who will bring his wife Carol for a VIP night in Nottingham’s restaurant this weekend. Pickering recalled seeing Yellow Printer run in his first race at Wembley, describing him as the ‘fastest he had ever seen.’ He went on to win the 1968 Irish Derby and became Greyhound of the Year. He went on to say he ‘hopes people realise what they just witnessed and will be able to say in 50 years ‘I was there”. Happily, I was. And I will. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ There were a few hard luck stories of the first round as you would expect. I felt most sorry for Pat Buckley who had been so excited by his Burgess Bucks describing him as his ‘pride and joy.’ Bucks got a bump at the first bend but looked to go lame just before that and sadly is out of the competition. It was later reported he has a shoulder injury and a crack in his hock. Fingers crossed he is young enough that a return to racing isn’t out of the question. We wish the dog and the Buckley team all the best for the future with him. For my part, thank goodness for the Star Sports offer that means I get my ante-post bet on the dog back as a free bet to play elsewhere! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Heat winner Jacks Tornado has also unfortunately had to be withdrawn from the Star Sports Derby after his trainer Peter Cronin reported he has sustained a hairline fracture in his central metatarsal bone. Trap two in heat one will now be vacant, leaving Droopys Verve with a dream draw in trap 1. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Nic Jeal got four of his team through to the next round of the Star Sports Derby – Antigua Sands who showed great determination and Antigua Romeo who showed improvement at Nottingham. Brinkleys Poet went out after finding trouble in a tough heat and Antigua Vows missed out on a qualifying spot by a head behind Droopys Nadal. She can certainly consider herself a little unfortunate after she finished 4th clocking a time that would have been good enough to WIN 15 of the 36 heats! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The Seeding Panel were reported by Nottingham to have deliberated over the seedings of six dogs after the first round. The tags for Jelly Flood (middle), Paganini Show (rails) and Lenson Whelan (rails) remain the same but ‘under review’ going forward. Roxholme Jim’s seeding was changed from middle to rails at the request of the trainer as was King Dylan’s. The Panel decided to alter the seeding of Headford Maurice from middle to wide. There are 61 rail seeds, 24 middle and 11 wides in the second round. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ The second round has certainly thrown up some cracking heats. Star Sports have seen plenty of money for Jaytee Taylor (pictured below) who looks to have a tricky draw in what may be the pick of the heats (heat 15) in the second round. He was looking pretty relaxed in the van on his way home after his race on Saturday night! He can only improve after being laid off since February with the Derby in mind. Elsewhere, defending champion Dorotas Wildcat has a tough draw in heat 13 where there could easily be trouble on the inside. In heat 4, the Irish Derby runner-up Magical Bale will again face Irish Derby winner Ballyanne Sim. The owner of the latter, Eamon Cleary, tweeted on Sunday to say he and the dogs were home in Ireland safe and sound after their 26 hour round trip to Nottingham which saw trainer Mark Robinson land a one-two with Sim beating Uncle Wexford after unfortunately being drawn in the same heat. Cleary went on to comment ‘What a buzz. No sleep needed!’ Good job! LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
➡️ Now, at this time of year, every year, I have to get the side of my brain that interprets the delightful Irish accent into overdrive. Unfortunately it’s taking longer than it should right now and frankly I made a right prat of myself at Nottingham on Saturday night. I wanted to interview Pat Guilfoyle, who I had never met or seen, for RPGTV before Skywalker Logan’s race. So, I asked Irish trainer Mark Robinson what he looked like.’He has black hair and he’s tin’ came the reply. ‘Tin?’ I asked. ‘Yes, tin’ again came the reply. It took me a while….!! Much to the amusement of those around us… LATEST STARSPORTS.BET ODDS
Roll on Friday!! I hope all your ante-post positions are looking good!
STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019: Our expert panel preview the 2019 Star Sports Greyhound Derby held for the first time at Nottingham Greyhound Track.
Our panel, hosted by Julie Collier is:
Kevin Hutton Greyhound Derby Winning Trainer
Martin Chapman ‘Lofty’ Star Sports Greyhound Expert
Ian Fortune Irish Greyhound Expert
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STAR SPORTS GREYHOUND DERBY 2019
LEADING ENGLISH CONTENDERS
LEADING IRISH CONTENDERS
WHAT TO EXPECT
Kevin Hutton is the Star Sports defending Derby champion having won his first ever Greyhound Derby at Towcester last year with superstar dog Dorotas Wildcat. Now the Derby moves to Nottingham and ‘Cat-mandoo’ will be back to defend his crown, backed up by a very smart team.
Ballymac Osby was one of the dogs stolen from the Hutton kennel this time last year and came back in the worst state – it was touch and go for a while. He has gone on to become a very nice dog and heads into the Derby as a lively 50/1 chance.
Kevin hasn’t had Kingsbrook Glyn in his hands very long, in fact the first round of the Derby will be just his second race for the kennel. He’s a youngster who looks to have a very big future over slightly further distances than the 500m at Nottingham but, as a staying sort who will handle the trip and the rigours of a Derby, he takes his chance this week.
The 2018 Star Sports Greyhound Derby winner was a very classy champion. Since then he has won the Eclipse at Nottingham, a track he loves. He’s also been on stud duty but has returned to racing, Kevin believes, as good as ever. He is the fastest dog to go round Nottingham so far in pre-Derby trials and races and is the Star Sports ante-post favourite.
This dog has been on a real journey. He was entered into last years Derby at Towcester but went out of the competition in the second round. Following that, he crossed the pond for a tilt at the Irish Derby, eventually finishing second in the final. Things haven’t been straight forward since but the dog looks great and Kevin tells us why he thinks this dog has a real chance of winning the Derby.
Jaytee Taylor was a puppy star in the second half of last year at Shelbourne Park when he headed the betting for the Irish Derby after the early rounds. He’s barely raced since in anticipation of the English Derby.
Priceless Blake was most recently knocked out of the Scottish Derby semi-finals in 3rd place. A dog with nice early and a never give up attitude who will take his place in the Star Sports Derby.
What a stunning looking greyhound! Meet Bob. A dog who can ping the boxes like he is on elastic, as he showed at Shawfield in the Scottish Derby.
Panther is a huge, strong greyhound who has already caught the eye of a few after his trial at Nottingham last week. He didn’t handle the first two bends perfectly and you would think he will improve on his next look around.
An October 2016 dog who still needs to mature a little. If he can do that and the Hennessy’s can keep him sound in the coming weeks, there is no doubting this lovely, friendly dog’s ability and potential.
DREAMING AGAIN: THE ENGLISH DERBY
Susan tells us what it’s like to win an English Derby, why they want more and their best chance of winning a second English Derby this year.
LENSON WHELAN (name change TULLIG FOOTPAD)
A March 2017 dog who is the first of the two new recruits from Pat Buckley’s kennel. Patrick tells us about the dogs temperament and why he thinks he can get better and better as the competition goes on.
Bockos Rory is a VERY young dog, just August 2017, but he will take his place in the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Patrick believes he is progressive enough and whilst he may be learning on the job, the ability and potential is there. He’s also a ready-made pet with an unusual tail!
Laid-back by nature, Seaglass Tiger is extremely versatile… and fast! Patrick is hoping his early and middle pace can help him go deep into the Star Sports Derby. He’s already proven in competitions and another youngster that will be improving.
At the moment, this is Patrick’s number one pick for the Star Sports Derby. Here he compares him to other top class dogs in the country and tells us why he is so impressed by the dog he calls ‘the fastest he has trained.’
The dog known as ‘Des’ in the kennel won the Coronation Cup over 575m at Romford. This is a staying type of dog with track craft and a great strike rate who Patrick thinks could keep qualifying.
The second dog of a recent intake from Pat Buckley. He went out of the Star Sports Derby in the third round last year – can he go further this year? Patrick gives his early assessment of Biker and tells us how he is settling in.
A super-friendly dog as you can see! Known as ‘Dave’, Goldies Ginola is still only an April 2017 but may well be part of Patrick’s team depending how he trials. Patrick also tells us what it would mean to him to win the Star Sports Derby.
This April 2017 dog has only had 7 career starts but has won 4 of them. Peter tells us why he expects this dog to improve through the Star Sports Derby. Only time will tell how far he can go.
Jazz Beat is a well bred son of Zero Ten and Volcano. He has had his share of injury problems which means he is lightly raced but he’s now fit, well and raring to go to Nottingham.
DA HEAD HUNTER
Da Head Hunter has a different sort of profile to many of Peter’s others dog in that he is a second season dog. He ran in last years Star Sports Derby at Towcester, winning in the first round before a second round exit. Now at three and a half years of age, he is still lightly raced and will take his place in his second English Derby.
A March 2017 dog who has only had 6 races – and won half of them. Now on the comeback from injury, Peter tells us why he thinks this is a dog that will keep improving and also why detecting and fixing niggles is so important to him.
Crossfield Con is clearly a dog that Peter likes a lot and it’s easy to see why. The dog has never been out of the first two in his 6 races so far. His seventh race will be in the first round of the Star Sports Derby at Nottingham where Peter tells us why he could be a dark horse for the competition.
Badminton Jet was trained by Matt Dartnall during the Puppy Derby at Monmore where he picked up an injury. He was sent to Peter to race in the Con Kirby at Limerick but injury stopped him being entered. He’s raring to go now though and Peter says, totally unexposed.
A 28.20 dog at Shelbourne and a brother to Crossfield Con. A big brindle boy who can definitely run.
This is the only wide runner of Peter’s team so one who is likely to get decent draws in the Star Sports Derby. We do know he has great early, time will tell if he gets the trip.
IRELAND v ENGLAND
So does Peter think this years Star Sports Derby champion will be Irish or English trained? Maybe no surprises in his answer here but it is certainly given with conviction! Peter gives his thoughts on Nottingham as a Derby venue and why he loves the English Derby so much.
Brinkleys Poet burst onto the scene last spring winning the Gymcrack at Kinsley. An exceptionally fast dog that has been plagued by an injury that threatened to end his career. But now he is back racing, Mark gives us his assessment of the dog’s current form.
Romeo is the dog with the BIG character and a tail that wags so much he has injured it many times! To the eye, he is starting to look like the real deal and as Mark explains, he is expecting plenty more over the coming weeks.
Known as Merlin in the kennel, this dog came over from Ireland with a big reputation. He turned 2 in April and has had very little racing so is one we can expect to see improving as the competition progresses.
ANTIGUA SANDS and ANTIGUA VOW
These two girls have big futures ahead of them and although Mark thinks it’s a big ask for a bitch to win a Derby, this pair could be in the reckoning for bitch to go the furthest in the competition.
Here David tells us why he thinks Noelles Phelpso has the attributes that will be required for the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham. Plus why he is very happy with where the dog is at with just four weeks to go.
Piemans Bullet has taken on and beaten the best in his career, including last years Star Sports Derby Champion Dorotas Wildcat. Now a veteran, and highly rated as a hurdler, he was most recently seen hurdling in the heats of the Grand National! But now, all roads lead to Nottingham.
This is a dog that could be anything. He has literally only had one race for David, a flying 24.14 qualifying trial around Romford. David doesn’t have much time to get him ready for the Derby but there is no doubt the dog can run!
Lightfoot King has been an unlucky dog when it comes to big finals. Now, as a December 2015 dog, he is as good as ever, lightly raced and has plenty of ability as we head towards to first round of the Star Sports Greyhound Derby. Sean sees him as his best chance as things stand.
Ballymac Dingle falls into the ‘could be anything category.’ He didn’t have an ideal start to his racing career but, now in the hands of Sean, he is being given every chance to prove his ability. He’s still finding his feet in his races but will be on the van for Nottingham and his natural progression could see him become a contender.
ANHID CHARMER, BALLYMAC DEVON, CUORE DE FERRO
Sean has 3 more dogs arriving at his kennel from Ireland in the coming days thanks to some big spending owners who have put their faith in him. All 3 are very exciting prospects. Sean tells us what he knows about them and also what it means to him to be heading to the Star Sports Derby with a team that gives him a chance of going far.
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.