THE GREYHOUND WEEK BLOG: Julie Collier with all the latest news from the world of greyhound racing – including Derby dreams for Newinn Taylor, home side dominate in the Night Of Stars and Oaks hots up.
➡️ Newinn Taylor looks like being a mega player in the Star Sports Derby when it kicks off next May but for now, the son of Droopys Buick continues to hold a perfect record of five wins from five starts in Ireland. Owned by Simon Taylor and trained by Graham Holland, the dog won in sensational fashion in the semi-finals of the £10,000 Shelbourne Open Puppy 525 on Friday night and is being touted by some as ‘the most exciting dog in training’. He is 25/1 ante post for the Star Sports Derby. I can’t wait to see him on these shores. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ It wasn’t to be for the UK runners at the Night Of Stars at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night. But those who made the journey were certainly not left disappointed after some cracking action. Perhaps the dog that stole the show is another seriously exciting prospect for the Star Sports Derby, Irish Derby winner Lenson Bocko. Again, trained by Graham Holland, he was sent off 4/9 favourite and showed the crowds why, the son of Droopys Jet flying from the boxes and stopping the clock at 29.48sec. Holland confirmed after the win that the dog will indeed line up at Nottingham in April. He’s 20/1 ante post with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ The opening semi final of the Essex Vase (last Friday) saw a surprise winner with Perrys Choice landing the spoils for Michelle Brown at a whooping 12/1! The Henlow Puppy Derby finalist trapped well from red and showed a nice turn of early to get to the front and stay there. Old timer Shotgun Bullet was too strong off the last bend for ante post favourite Roxholme Jim and it’s Derek Knights veteran that will take his place in Friday nights final. Droopys Aoife booked his place in the final for Ernie Gaskin, also winning at a big price, 8/1, with last weeks track record setter, Sparta Master also qualifying. Sharon Thompson’s dog looked to make a challenge at the fifth turn but was clipped by Desperado Dan, and that proved decisive with the eventual winning distance being marginal. Then, in the third semi, King Lennon came from almost last off the first bend to land a McNair 1-2, King Dylan finishing second. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ Liz and Rab McNair are literally cleaning up at the moment! On Tuesday night at Sheffield, their home bred’s won all three of the BGBF semi-finals! They now head into Tuesday’s decider with the first three in the betting and the bookies can barely split them. King Lennon and King Sheeran are 9/4 chances whilst King Dylan is 5/2. I’ve been to the McNair kennels a few times over the years. Their dogs get the best of everything and area as fit as fiddles. Rab takes them for daily walks in a huge field, so they are off lead and free to do what they want every day. It’s showing in the way they’re handling their racing as Lennon and Dylan will compete in two category one finals in five days; the Essex Vase and British Bred Derby. Sheeran will join them at Sheffield in the BGBF final of course and here at Star Sports we have a unique offer for a dog with the prefix ‘King’ to win both finals at 6/5. It could be an amazing week for the McNairs that’s for sure. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ The Oaks kicked off on Saturday night with 12 first round heats over the 476m trip at Swindon, the six second round heats were run Wednesday morning and left us with mouthwatering semi-finals. I absolutely love the Oaks and there are some really good bitches around this year, vying to win the Classic. Last week at Kim Billingham’s kennel, I left a little bit of my heart with Ballymac Cloud (pictured), known as ‘Fluffy’ in the kennel. She is proving to be a force to be reckoned with and at just 19 months of age, the sky really is the limit. She won on Wednesday priced at 11/1 and beating the ante post favourite, Angela Harrisons Velvet Juliet. Kim Billingham’s other puppy, Balllymac Saga was second, with Velvet Juliet qualifying in third place (when priced at 1/5!) Kim is obviously delighted with her team, her third runner, Ballymac Desire also qualifying. Her pick of them is Ballymac Saga but she does have to do it from slightly off the pace, Cloud is a front runner with bundles of early. Ballymac Saga is 25/1 ante post with Star Sports, Ballymac Cloud is still 50/1!! I’m on!! Velvet Juliet is 3/1 second in the betting. Outright favourite is Queen Beyonce who continued an amazing run of form for the McNairs – she is 11/4f. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS
➡️ Last week in this column I flagged up Droopys Addition as being a value bet against the favourite Antigua Breeze in the £2,500 Trafalgar Puppy Cup final at Monmore. Ernie Gaskin’s May 2018 whelp out of Droopys Jet won in style in the end after breaking well, railing tightly and powering away winning by four and a half lengths in 28.05sec. He’ll still be a pup come the start of the Star Sports Derby but I’m sure connections will have one eye on it already! He’s 50/1 ante post with Star Sports. LATEST STARSPORTS.BET GREYHOUND MARKETS