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Sunday 15th September

And then there were six……

What a journey these wonderful six finalists have been on throughout the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby but there can only be one winner to claim the massive €140,000 prize.

Ian Fortune and I were on the panel with Peter Collins on RTE2 on Saturday night for the live coverage of the derby action and what a night of drama it was. A remarkable day of sport with Magical landing the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown followed by the incredible Dublin team who won the historic 5-in-a-row at Croke Park. It was then onto HQ for the semi-finals of the biggest race of the year and it didn’t disappoint.

It was sad to see Magical Bale finish outside of the qualifying spots. He has given us all some tremendous racing memories and no matter what his future holds he is going to create more magic somewhere along the way.

How good was Lenson Bocko though? My God he is just in fantastic form, there was no catching him and when we were all in the RTE studio watching the race, there was big WOW from us all after his flying break from the boxes. He was awesome and recorded a very fast 29.32 by three a ½ lengths to Run Happy who has had a very encouraging derby campaign, doing everything right. Run Happy is a likeable greyhound who has never ran a bad race. He clocked 28.07 in his Shelbourne Park debut, proving that there was a bright future for Pat Buckley’s star.

BoyleSports King grabbed the last qualifying spot in this heat by a neck, leaving us all on the edge of our seat. Did he qualify, did he get up? That’s all we could say. We wanted this dog in the final so badly as John Boyle adores this sport so it’s marvellous to see him in with his chance. He made up a serious amount of ground, like he always does but Saturday night was particularly impressive. Imagine what he will be like over further, plus he is not even two years of age yet! Well done to Dolores Ruth, a derby winning trainer who knows exactly what is needed to win these big pots. In other news, BoyleSportstwink, also owned by John won the 750 yards final on Saturday at Limerick in 41.97 beating the 6/4 favourite Redzer Ardfert on only her 12th start. A productive weekend for the boss man!

The second semi-final was just as exciting as we saw Mucky Brae and Our Surprise land on the line together with the judges unable to separate the pair. A dead heat was called with Killmacdonagh securing the third spot by a small margin of a head to Ballydoyle Valor. Mucky Brae was sensational, that was his best run to date, clocking an identical time to Bocko of 29.32. What a final it will be if these two lead up. Our Surprise didn’t surprise me as I tipped him up as the ‘dark dog’ and he didn’t disappoint at 5/1. I’m delighted for Laurence and Brian Jones, a family that is steeped in greyhound history. Our Surprise is lucky to be alive as he was born six hours after the last pup and was very weak. Having Brian the vet as a brother was a massive help though as Laurence took the dog into his home with his family and bottle fed him for weeks. That’s why they called him Our Surprise as he surprised them all with his fight and determination to survive. Nearly three years on he is now in the 2019 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby and has just as much of a chance as the rest of them.

Killmacdonagh, what more can I say about her. She is one classy lady with a huge fight in her. She never gives up and knows exactly where the line is. She is giving herself a lot of work to do but she has trap one in the final so you never know, she could pop out wearing the red jacket just like she did in the first round. As the only bitch in the race and everyone waiting to see if the 20-year wait can be broken, this talented bitch has a massive following coming to Shelbourne Park on Saturday and if she wins, the noise and atmosphere will light up HQ in the best way possible.

I can’t wait till Saturday night for the final, what a night it’s going to be and RTE2 are covering it live again so make sure you tune in if you can’t make the track. Keep an eye out on my twitter and Instagram for competitions on tickets for the final. Bring on the derby fever.

Sarah x

BoyleSpoorts Irish Greyhound Derby Final (Trap Order)

4/1 - Killmacdonagh

14/1 - Run Happy

4/1 - Mucky Brae

10/1 - Our Surprise

8/11 - Lenson Bocko

10/1 - BoyleSports King

Monday 9th September

The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound 2019 renewal is absolutely flying in as we are now down to the final 12 greyhounds. Every year I say how great the derby is but hand on heart, this year is particularly brilliant. The standard is sensational, and it really is a wide-open derby with the semi-finals taking place this Saturday at HQ.

Magical Bale created more magical moments last Saturday to win his heat in 29.35. He is not only the youngest dog in the derby, but his experience is crucial, and it really shows in a competition like this. Patrick Guilfoyle’s kennel star racked up another brilliant victory, is getting faster as the week’s go by and has his box this Saturday, trap one!

Magical Bale in all his glory

Let’s all just take a moment to appreciate this great greyhound. He was bred by Patrick and sent over to Kevin Hutton to start his career in the UK. Stardom was destined for Bale. In November 2017 he won the Puppy Derby Final at Towcester in 29.10 beating his Irish friend Innocent Times.

Bale was then knocked out of the English Greyhound Derby in 2018 in the second round and had no luck in his next few races. He then popped on the boat and came back to his beloved Ireland and I will never forget his first win here. He was in trap three, he was 4/5 and the anticipation before his HQ debut was building up by the second.

He broke fast from the 550 traps and clocked a stunning 29.58. The 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby was the next target. He won the first two rounds, then finished second and third respectively when qualifying for the final. He was 5/2 to win the final and I tipped him throughout the whole competition. I was convinced he was going to win. As we all know Ballyanne Sim scooted around Shelbourne Park to be crowned the winner at 10/1, backed from 20/1. Bale then had a break until February 2018 when he came out and won the BoyleSports Open 525 in 29.64. Brilliant.

Pure Class

He was knocked out of the Easter Cup in the semi-final and had another break before his 2019 English Greyhound Derby campaign started. Bale was beaten in the opening round at Nottingham but won every other heat in superior fashion. He was second in the final behind fellow Irish winner Priceless Blake (which was amazing for the Hennessy family). So that was back in June, and Bale then got on the boat again to come back home to Patrick and the Guilfoyle family.

He had two solo trials around HQ recording 18.64 and 28.19 suggesting he was in rude health. Now Bale has booked his spot in the semi-final of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby and races from trap one. I love this dog and I hope he qualifies for another derby final but this time he deserves the win. His owners travelled over from Lambourn, England. It was around a 4/5-hour journey by car first and then another 5-hour ferry trip to Dublin docks and they have been doing that for the last few weeks just to watch their little superstar.

I will continue with the prayers for him to make the final and you never know, something magical might just happen.

The Flawless Lenson Bocko

Bocko is another greyhound that is destined for stardom. What a thrilling derby campaign this dog is having. His 29.27 victory on Saturday night was flawless. This exciting 2-year old looks a penalty kick to win his heat this weekend and book his spot into the final for Graham Holland. Run Happy ran fantastic to qualify for Pat Buckley and his daughter Emma adores the dog. She always has a smile on her face and it’s great to see younger people getting hooked into this sport. Once you go greyhound racing and catch the bug, you are hooked for life. Deadly Dynamite grabbed third spot for Karol Ramsbottom and has a lovely draw in the semi-finals. He was a superb winner in the first round from the same box in 29.59 so you never know.

Who Da Man? Sophies Man

Peter Cronin has a bright future to look forward to with his dog Sophies Man. He cruised around HQ in the quarterfinals to record a 29.45 victory.  He ran a blinder and I had him down as my dark ‘dog’. It was a five-dog race with not much early pace in the race bar Mucky Brae in trap four, so the race was run to suit Cronin’s youngster. This weekend he will run his 12th race so will the inexperience catch him out? It’s tough to say.

BoyleSports King has serious pace. He is a couch potato by day and loves McDonalds ice cream! His trainer Dolores Ruth was delighted with his performance on Saturday and after the race I was chatting to her when she informed me that he lives in the house with her and enjoys a McFlurry ice-cream on the way home from Shelbourne Park. If BoyleSports King makes it to the final, which looks likely, John Boyle will be treating the whole of BoyleSports HQ to McFlurry’s and imagine if he actually won the final!!!!!! McFlurry’s for the year!

Music Drowning Out For Music Toour Ears

Music Toour Ears flew from the traps in his heat last weekend and led for half of the race. It was evident that a powerful gallop coming from Murts Boher was going to catch Music out. Murts took the lead down the back straight heading into the third bend and scooted home in 29.61. Our Surprise battled hard to grab second with Music fading back to third place, but he is still there. He is a classy dog Music and so is his kennel buddy Magical Bale. Patrick could have two derby finalists if all going well. 

My dad Lar was very impressed with Our Surprise for Brian and Laurence Jones and I would have to agree with him. He looked like he was going to take up the lead at the third bend but Murts hug tight to the rails stopping him from getting through. Our Surprise got a few bumps and didn’t have anything his way. He is a due a big break and should he get it, it will be one hell of a run as he already has 29.42 clocked. A surprise could be sprung from the well-known Jones family, just wait and see.

Before I go, a special word for the wonderful bitch Killmacdonagh. How awesome was she on Saturday? She was third behind Magical Bale and Ballydoyle Valor but the ground she made up was epic. A little cracker she is, everyone loves her and every week she leaves us all in awe. Fingers crossed she should make the final.

See you all Saturday night at Shelbourne Park. I’m back on RTE as a panellist so if you can’t make the track tune into RTE and watch the derby magic unfold.

Sarah x

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 

2              Lenson Bocko

5-2          Magical Bale

7              Killmacdonagh

8              BoyleSports King

16           Mucky Brae

16           Run Happy

16           Sophies Man

20           Our Surprise

25           Murts Boher

25           Ballydoyle Valor

33           Music Toour Ears

40           Deadly Dynamite

Sunday 8th September

Lenson Tightens Grip On BoyleSports Derby Favouritism Into 2/1 From 9/2

Magical Bale 5/2 From 6/1 For Shelbourne Park Classic

Lenson Bocko ran his 11th race on Saturday night as the ante post favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at 9/2. Following his blistering performance at HQ, the Graham Holland star is now 2/1.

Bocko scooted round in 29.27, the exact same time he recorded when winning his third-round heat seven days previously. It seems that this son of Droopys Jet – Melodys Diamond, is improving every week. Of the four rounds he has ran in this derby he has won three of them with clocks of 29.47 and 29.27 twice. This speedster was 4/5 to win his heat on Saturday night and obliged for favourite backers with another paw perfect display to win by seven and a half lengths.

Run Happy was second after getting a lovely run around the first bend wearing the red jacket but he was no match for Bocko. Run Happy is 16/1 in the outright, eased from 14/1. Deadly Dynamite who recorded 29.59 in the opening round, finished third and is 40/1 unchanged in the ante post.

Magical Bale never fails to amaze as he cruised round Shelbourne Park in heat three in superb fashion clocking 29.35, his best clock in the derby so far. Bale has been trimmed into 5/2 from 6/1 following his epic success to hold off Ballydoyle Valor and the wonderful Killmacdonagh. Patrick Guilfoyle’s mighty Bale now has 18 wins from 30 starts and he sets such a high standard in this competition. He went off as the 5/4 favourite and nothing was going to catch him.

His consistency should see him book into a third derby final as he secured trap one again in the semi-finals this Saturday. Ballydoyle Valor ran a gutsy race to qualify and he is now 25/1 from 50/1. Killmacdonagh made up serious ground to grab third spot with her odds at 7/1, eased slightly from 6/1. She gave herself an awful lot of work to do but ran a remarkable race that left racegoers in awe yet again.

Sophies Man could land Peter Cronin his first Irish greyhound derby title after his fantastic effort to win heat two in 29.45. Like a lot of greyhounds in this derby, Sophies Man has youth on his side with just 11 races and 3 wins on his card. He sneaked into this derby as a dark horse with his odds now 16/1, slashed from 33/1. He fought hard to win on Saturday and improved on his clock he ran in the first round of 29.55. The powerhouse BoyleSports King grabbed second spot and is now a massive mover into 8/1 from 25/1.

He has a huge chance of landing John Boyle his first derby as he possesses a serious amount of pace which is what’s needed in this highly competitive competition. Mucky Brae qualified in third from trap four after losing his lead to Sophies Man at the first turn as Mucky badly wanted the rails. He is now 16/1 unchanged for Michael J O’Donovan.

The final heat of the night saw Music Toour Ears taking an absolute flyer from trap one only to be headed by the winner Murts Boher late down the back straight. Graham Holland had a fantastic night and Murts Boher is a credit to the top trainer. He skipped around in 29.61, the identical clock from his win the previous week. He is now 25/1 in the ante post market, cut from 40/1. The tiring Music Toour Ears is 33/1 from 40/1 with Our Surprise at 20/1, cut from 33/1. Our Surprise got into all sorts of trouble so the pace he showed was extremely eye catching.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “What an incredible night at HQ on Saturday with some stunning performances, notably Lenson Bocko and Magical Bale. Bocko secured his grip as the ante post favourite and is now 2/1 from 9/2. Magical is 5/2 from 6/1 and is heading in the right direction to see himself booked into a third derby final. Killmacdonagh had to work hard to qualify with her odds at 7/1, slightly eased from 6/1”.

Sarah x

Link to market:

https://mobile.boylesports.com/sports/greyhounds/future-dogs/shelbourne/boylesports-irish-greyhound-derby

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 

2/1 – Lenson Bocko

5/2 – Magical Bale

7/1 - Killmacdonagh

8/1 – BoyleSports King

16/1 – Mucky Brae

16/1 – Run Happy

16/1 – Sophies Man

20/1 – Our Surprise

25/1 – Murts Boher

25/1 – Ballydoyle Valor

33/1 – Music Toour Ears

40/1 – Deadly Dynamite

Monday 2nd September

It will take me a while to calm down after that weekend of action. Did you watch the Dublin v Kerry All-Ireland SFC? Well, if you didn’t make sure you watch the replay. I was LITERALLY on the edge of my seat for most of the match, making a show of myself in Croke Park roaring and screaming at the Dubs! We wanted a close match and we got one but the boys in blue will be boys in tears if they don’t get their act together on September 14th. Up The Dubs!

Shelbourne Park was electric Saturday night as HQ embraced all greyhound enthusiasts with open arms. If the shock of Kerry nearly winning the All-Ireland on Sunday wasn’t enough for you then you should have came to the dogs on Saturday for the third round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby as it had everything.

The biggest news is that WOLFE is gone from the derby. So sad to see him go but he will be back and hopefully run on derby final night. It was a weird race with unfortunate results as Laughil Josh fell and brought Wolfe down with him causing mayhem, but it made no difference to Grangeview Ten as he was out and gone and remains unbeaten is this derby.

Dromrich Altair delighted his connections getting up for second and Toolmaker Daddy was third. Grangeview Ten is running so well for Patrick Guilfoyle and his price has been trimmed into 8/1 from 12/1.

After all the excitement and drama, this week I will pick my top three moments but you already know what my favourite is going to be. MAGICAL BALE.

Number 1 Moment

Watching Magical Bale cruise to victory from trap one on Saturday night was the best thing ever and his owners were there from the UK after getting the ferry across. They were THRILLED with his performance and they even thanked me for mentioning in a previous blog that I will pray for Magical Bale throughout the derby. Well lads, the prayers are working, and he is still there. He has trap one in the quarter finals so there is someone upstairs listening to me anyway. Thank you to Patrick Guilfoyle for letting me get some photos with Bale straight after his win, he is such a poser! He looks incredible, you can almost see yourself he is that shiny and it shows in his races. He clocked 29.46 which is his fastest clock so far in this derby. Come on Bale, just three more runs like that and the derby is yours. The queue of bitches for you when you retire to stud is going to be massive, you lucky thing. Magical is 6/1 from 10/1.

Number 2 Moment

Yes, I know I’m so predictable but how can you not pick Killmacdonagh as one of your top moments. She stole the show again. It’s hard to explain how good she was if you were not there to see her. She had the WOW factor, the X factor, and blew us all away with a display of pure class and heart. What a bitch. Kieran can I just put in an order for one of her puppies now, beat the queue like? Sound, thanks! 19 victories she has now, that’s 19 times she has beaten the best greyhounds in the game and all by a little 66lbs bitch. Good things come in small packages and her heat this Saturday against Magical Bale is going to be one hell of a race. Killmacdonagh has won her last 8 races now which is ridiculous in this sport, it’s very hard to maintain that at such a high level having ran in two Oaks (won them), Dundalk International (won that too she is such a show off) and now three rounds of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby in 29.39, 29.45 and 29.61. Keep shining Killmacdonagh. She is 6/1 from 8/1.

Number 3 Moment

3-year old Highview Micro didn’t win but he qualified behind Mucky Brae and everyone at the track was delighted for Gerry Merriman. From Co Offaly, Gerry just oozes niceness, always chatty and in good form, not to mention always at hand with advice on anything greyhound racing and farming. Highview Micro is running well, very well in fact and wouldn’t it be great to see a man like Gerry win the derby. All his life he has been training dogs, up and down the road most days and nights of the week trialling and racing dogs but he has never won the derby. He is a seller too as my dad Lar and I bought my bitch Brewers Sarah off him a few years back for a small price and she won plenty of races for me as well as two coursing cups, giving us some of the best days with wonderful memories. He is honest as the day is long and I really hope he gets to the final with a bit of luck. Highview is 100/1 to win the derby but the dream is still alive for his owner Dermot Kilmurray. Best of luck Gerry, you are one of the good guys.

Get on down to Shelbourne Park this Saturday, below are the four quarter finals with the prices and the outright too. Have a flutter if you fancy it and if you don’t then just come along for the craic and the atmosphere. It’s only €10 in and a great place to take the family. Enjoy the derby fever, see you all Saturday night.

Sarah x

Saturdays IGD Quarter-Finals  ~ 1st Quarter-Final

4-5       Lenson Bocko

2          Grangeview Ten

7-2       Run Happy

14        Deadly Dynamite

20        Highview Micro

33        Dromrich Altair

Saturdays IGD Quarter-Finals  ~ 2nd Quarter-Final

11-10   Ballymac Cooper

13-8     Mucky Brae

9-2       Boylesports King

10        Sophies Man

14        Jumeirah Buddy

20        Knight Rocker

Saturdays IGD Quarter-Finals  ~ 3rd Quarter-Final

6-4       Magical Bale

9-4       Killmacdonagh

5-2       Slippy Cian

11-2     Droopys Pension

16        Cabra Firmino

20        Ballydoyle Valor

Saturdays IGD Quarter-Finals  ~ 4th Quarter-Final

EV       Lenson Blinder

10-3     Music Toour Ears

9-2       Our Surprise

5          Murts Boher

8          Toolmaker Daddy

12        Cash Is King

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 

9-2       Lenson Bocko

6          Killmacdonagh

6          Magical Bale

8          Grangeview Ten

10        Lenson Blinder

10        Slippy Cian

10        Ballymac Cooper

14        Run Happy

16        Droopys Pension

16        Mucky Brae

25        Boylesports King

33        Cabra Firmino

33        Deadly Dynamite

33        Our Surprise

33        Sophies Man

40        Murts Boher

40        Music Toour Ears

50        Ballydoyle Valor

50        Toolmaker Daddy

50        Jumeirah Buddy

66        Cash Is King

100      Highview Micro

100      Dromrich Altair

150      Knight Rocker

Monday 27th August

And just like that, we are now down to the last 48 greyhounds in the 2019 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby, and what a 48 it is. The race for the €140,000 prize has developed into one of the most open derbies in recent years and plenty of them left have a chance of winning this prestigious prize. The first two weeks of the derby are always hectic as we started off with 156 entries and 26 heats. It’s now into the third round with eight heats this Saturday and I can’t wait.

It was great to see the stadium so busy on Friday and Saturday night and not just with regulars, but with stag and hen parties, tourists and families celebrating birthday parties etc. If you have no plans this Saturday then head on down to Shelbourne Park, book in for a meal upstairs or grab a burger in the café downstairs, enjoy top class racing, have a flutter on your favourite dog, take some selfies and come over and meet some of the stars of the derby at the kennelling area. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Number 1 Moment

All The Single Ladies, But Not For Long

The only way to kick off my top five moments from the second round is to mention the stunning bitch KILLMACDONAGH. Kieran Lynch, whatever you are giving this brilliant tracker for breakfast I want to have it too because it’s obviously working. What a performance again from this little flyer to record her 18th victory and beat the boys yet again. Magical Bale was dealt with a tricky draw as we all know, and he overcame that excellently as he made a dive for the fence and took an early lead.

Magical is my favourite dog in this derby so I was buzzin to see him lead but down the back straight himself and Lenson Bocko were battling it out and that is when Killmacdonagh took advantage, the clever thing (it’s a woman thing!). She cruised into the lead and went on to win by four lengths, making light work of Magical and Lenson in 29.45, as the 7/4 favourite. Truth be told, Magical looked like he wasn’t going to qualify at one point, but he didn’t disappoint and now races from trap one in the third round which is the best news. Killmacdonagh might be single now but when she retires to the breeding paddocks, she will have a queue of hot stud dogs waiting to create future stars. This Oaks and Dundalk International winner is our new favourite at 7/1 from 10/1. A bitch to win the derby is now 9/2 and with four bitches left, Killmacdonagh to become the top bitch is just 4/6.

Number 2 Moment

Slippy Cian Is Back, Not That He Ever Went Away

What a greyhound Slippy Cian is. He won on Friday night coming from behind to catch the 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby winner Ballyanne Sim. Slippy knew exactly where the line was to win by a length in 29.48 at short odds of 4/6 but I was thrilled to see him get his 2019 derby campaign on track as he was of course beaten in the final last year by the previously mentioned Sim. Slippy has a serious CV, nineteen wins, a derby finalist, Con & Annie Kirby Memorial finalist and champion of the race of Champions at Tralee in June. To be honest Slippy made the derby final last year having very little experience of racing against top class dogs at HQ. He finished third in the Con & Annie at Limerick, taking on the English Greyhound Derby in May, having a small break, finishing fourth in the Champion 550 behind his full brother Lenson Blinder and then BOOM. Won the derby trial stake and the first two rounds of the derby. He has a huge engine and can never be dismissed in any race. Slippy gets my star performer award for the week.

Number 3 Moment

Droopys Pension is fast becoming a dog I really like as he secured another victory on Friday in the opening heat of the second round beating Ballymac Arminta, the 4/7 favourite. This John A. Linehan trained son of Quietly – Droopys Maid really impressed racegoers as he clocked 29.44 to win by two lengths to Cash Is King, the 2018 Produce Stakes champion. Pension improved on his first-round effort of 29.66 to land a sixth career victory. He is an inside runner but used to be a wide seed until June when he was changed to an inside. On his second Shelbourne Park start back in April he won from trap six in a flashy 28.35 so I wouldn’t be too concerned over his trap draw this Saturday as he wears the stripes in heat three to try and overcome Deadly Dynamite in trap one and early starter Great Eastern in trap four. We have trimmed Droopys Pension into 20/1 from 25/1.

In the winning prefix market, we have the Droopys at 10/1 with Ballymac the 6/1 favourite.

Number 4 Moment

A Dark Horse Toolmaker Me Dad

Robert Gleeson he is a trainer that is going places and not many people will know this, but he was my first ever boyfriend when I was around 14 years of age. Ah to be that young again. I would hate to be that age again actually, but I always knew Rob had talent and was going to be a great trainer. He proved that when winning the derby in the first year we sponsored it in 2014 with Slippery Robert. Now, five years on, Rob has Toolmaker Me Dad as a key player to land him another derby title.

You will remember last week I wrote that Toolmaker Me Dad won in the worst time of the first-round in a messy race recording 30.37. He then came out on Friday and won in 29.46 beating the fastest dog in this derby, WOLFE. There was no howling from the crowd for Graham Holland’s star as he couldn’t pass Toolmaker, but the bookies were thrilled to get a 1/3 shot beaten. Wolfe is now 8/1, pushed from 7/1 favourite. Toolmaker Me Dad was knocked out at the semi-final stage of the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial, a tremendous race for young greyhounds that has cemented itself into the greyhound calendar with huge success. He is lightly raced, progressive and 25/1 to win this year’s derby.

Number 5 Moment

Droopys Hunch is another female that is making waves at HQ as she completed another derby heat win on Saturday in 29.43. Hunch turns two years of age next month but already has eight wins from twenty starts. She recorded a 17.09 sectional to the third bend, faster than her first-round effort of 17.34. She also recorded a 3.36 split which is up there with the best in this competition. Trained by Murt ‘Sexy’ Leahy, this bitch is going places and with a wide seeding she is sure to get through to the quarter finals this weekend from trap five. All she has to do is keep showing that lovely early pace she has.

There are my top 5 moments which were hard to dwindle down as there were so many stunning, classy and magical moments last weekend. We are out this Saturday to do it all over again so see you all at HQ this weekend.

Sarah x

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby

7          Killmacdonagh

8          Wolfe

10        Magical Bale

12        Grangeview Ten

12        Ballymac Cooper

12        Jaytee Taylor

12        Ballymac Anton

14        Lenson Blinder

16        Droopys Hunch

16        Lenson Bocko

16        Run Happy

16        Slippy Cian

20        Droopys Pension

20        Newinn Lester

20        Mucky Brae

25        Toolmaker Me Dad

25        Ballyhimikin Jet

33        Deadly Dynamite

33        Cabra Firmino

33        Our Surprise

33        Ballyanne Sim

33        Boylesports King

40        Deadly Expert

40        Totos Park

40        Great Eastern

40        Sophies Man

40        Laughil Josh

50        Sliabh Liag

50        Ballydoyle Valor

50        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Ripley Lad

66        Murts Boher

66        Winetavern Don

66        Jumeirah Buddy

66        Music Toour Ears

66        Monbeg Bakayoko

66        Allaghaun River

66        Scooby Doo It

100      Court Of Justice

100      Ribchester

100      Cash Is King

150      Jaytee Spirit

150      Knight Rocker

150      Lolos Bear

150      Sign On Aki

150      Highview Micro

200      Dromrich Altair

300      Tiger Reef

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Sunday 25th August

Killmacdonagh 6/1 From 10/1 & The New BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Favourite
Second Favourite Magical Bale 10/1 From 16/1

There are now 48 girls and guys remaining in the BoyleSorts Irish Greyhound Derby at HQ with the ante post market seeing a huge change with top bitch Killmacdonagh the new 6/1 favourite, cut from 10/1.

Cork man Kieran Lynch and his tremendous superstar stole the show at HQ on Saturday night as the Dundalk International champion landed her 18th victory in 29.45 in a performance that was nothing short of sensational.

The Cork and Shelbourne Park Oaks winner won the first round of the derby beating the boys in 29.39. She then came out again in the second round to run past the leader Magical Bale down the back straight with great ease to take up the lead at the third turn for a four-length victory.

Magical Bale has been trimmed into 10/1 from 16/1 having ran so well to overcome a tricky draw from trap four. Patrick Guilfoyle’s kennel star is only starting to get going and will improve as the derby goes with a bonus of him securing trap one in the third round, the trap he won from in the opening round when making all in 29.62.

Wolfe was dramatically cut into 7/1 from 16/1 after his epic 29.22 victory in the opening round but he failed to follow that up with a win in the second round. Wolfe was beaten two lengths by Toolmaker Me Dad in 29.60 who remains unbeaten in this derby. As a result, Wolfe has been eased out to 8/1 and Toolmaker Me Dad is 25/1 from 40/1.

It was a good night for Liam Dowling as Ballymac Cooper was an impressive heat winner in the second round as he tracked down Music Toour Ears, who returned to form, and led early wearing the red jacket. Cooper had a mission to complete however and he got up on the line by half a length in 29.49 justifying his short odds of 4/9. BoyleSports have cut his odds into 10/1 from 14/1 as he joins Magical Bale as the joint third favourite.

It was a lovely double on the card for Dowling as Ballymac Anton won heat 14 comfortably by three lengths in 29.57, 20 spots off his clock from the week previous. Anton is a fabulous big fawn 81 lbs dog with his price now 12/1 from 14/1. Jaytee Taylor was unable to catch Anton but he had plenty of ground to make up as usual. Taylor has also been trimmed into 12/1 from 14/1. Laughil Josh who ran on well is 40/1, cut from 66/1.

The amazing Grangeview Ten has serious early pace and he went even faster to the third bend than last week with a 16.94 sectional recorded, which is the fastest so far in this competition. The Patrick Guilfoyle trained talent has been slashed into 12/1 from 20/1 following his 29.41 victory on Saturday in a three-dog race, improving almost three lengths on his opening round win.

Droopys Pension caught the eye on Friday night after he won heat one in 29.44 beating the 4/7 favourite Ballymac Arminta, who was eliminated. Pension won’t be retiring anytime soon with his odds now 20/1 from 25/1. Trained by John A. Linehan, this black beauty is bred by top sprinter Quietly and is one to keep an eye on.

Droopys Hunch trained by Murt ‘Sexy’ Leahy was awesome when landing the concluding heat of the second round in 29.43. Hunch doesn’t turn two until next month with a bright future in store for her. Her odds have been cut into 16/1 from 25/1 as she held off a challenge from the fast Ballyhimikin Jet, who ran on very well.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “What a stunning completion to the second round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby with Killmacdonagh impressing the most. Her odds are now 6/1 from 10/1 which makes her the new favourite over 8/1 shot Wolfe. The third-round prices will be available Monday with another thrilling weekend of action expected at Shelbourne Park this Saturday with eight fantastic heats”.

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BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 

6          Killmacdonagh 

8          Wolfe 

10        Ballymac Cooper 

10        Magical Bale 

12        Jaytee Taylor 

12        Grangeview Ten 

12        Ballymac Anton 

14        Lenson Bocko 

14        Lenson Blinder 

16        Droopys Hunch 

16        Run Happy 

16        Slippy Cian 

20        Droopys Pension 

20        Newinn Lester

 20        Mucky Brae 

25        Toolmaker Me Dad 

25        Ballyhimikin Jet

 33        Deadly Dynamite 

33        Cabra Firmino 

33        Our Surprise 

33        Ballyanne Sim 

33        Boylesports King 

40        Deadly Expert 

40        Totos Park 

40        Great Eastern

 40        Sophies Man 

40        Laughil Josh 

50        Sliabh Liag 

50        Ballydoyle Valor 

50        Toolmaker Daddy 

66        Ripley Lad 

66        Murts Boher 

66        Winetavern Don 

66        Jumeirah Buddy 

66        Music Toour Ears

 66        Monbeg Bakayoko 

66        Allaghaun River 

66        Scooby Doo It

 100      Court Of Justice 

100      Ribchester 

100      Cash Is King 

150      Jaytee Spirit 

150      Knight Rocker 

150      Lolos Bear

 150      Sign On Aki 

150      Highview Micro 

200      Dromrich Altair 

300      Tiger Reef

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2nd Round Heats
23rd August

The second batch of eight heats kick-off on Saturday evening at Shelbourne Park in the second round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. Ballymac Cooper is the shortest priced favourite at 1/2 with Grangeview Ten 4/6 and Run Happy 8/11 from 4/5.

Mucky Set to Clean Up

To kick off the heats Mucky Brae is the 11/8 favourite in heat nine for Michael J O’Donovan. This dog was 7/4 last week but failed to oblige for his punters after Ballymac Trinkle skipped around in 29.75. Mucky can clean up his act here and with 28.09 around this circuit for the 525 yards trip, the 11/8 looks good value.

He showed nice pace last week in the opening round and is trained by one of the country’s best. Jaytee Storm could set the pace here and also has done 29.64 for this trip earlier in the month so it would be unwise to rule her out at 3/1.

Peter Cronin 1-2

Worseforwear was very good last week when he posted a 29.59 victory with 3.39 and 17.26 sectionals. With just eleven races on his card, he has won six of them and could land Peter Cronin his first BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby win with 20/1 available on Cronin to train this year’s champion.

Worseforwear is 50/1 in the outright betting but is just 15/8 to land heat 10 on Saturday from trap five. He was well supported in the opening round when backed into 6/4 but Sophies Man in trap two, who is another heat winner, could match his early boot with 5/2 available on his kennel companion. Graham Holland trains three runners here; Newinn Hero in trap three, Ballydoyle Valor in trap four and Totos Park in trap five but it’s looks like it could be a Cronin 1-2.

A Magical Heat

Heat 11 is the best heat over the two nights of action at Shelbourne Park with the heat winners Magical Bale (9/4) in trap four, Killmacdonagh (6/4) in two and Lenson Bocko (2/1) in six. There are five heat winners altogether in this race with Manuka Man in trap three and Vic Vega in five.

What a race this is going to be and although Magical Bale is too far out in trap four, he has the ability to lead here with his brilliant early. Patrick Guilfoyle bred this champ and has done a fantastic job with him along with Kevin Hutton, to make two derby finals. He was runner-up in this derby last year and the English derby a few months back. He has style, experience and the talent to land this race but it won’t be easy as Killmacdonagh and Lenson Bocko also have cracking pace.

Patrick Guilfoyle’s Rising Star

Heat 12 is all about 4/6 shot Grangeview Ten who is also trained by Patrick Guilfoyle. He did 3.34 and 17.04 sectionals last week, the fastest of the derby so far. He will be hard to beat in this four-dog race as trap one Choctaw Fantasy and Catunda Logan in trap three are non-runners. Heat winners Scooby Doo It (11/4) and Monbeg Bakayoko (10/3) have to improve and lead if they are going to deny Produce Stakes champ Grangeview Ten who is 20/1 from 25/1 in the outright betting.

Keep on Running, Happy

Run Happy looks well drawn in heat 13 for Pat Buckley and at odds of 8/11 he will be hard to beat. BoyleSports cut him from 4/5 and trimmed him into 16/1 from 20/1 in the ante post book following his wonderful win of 29.50 last week. Lebudgiesmuggler was lucky to qualify as a fastest fourth. He might not stay the best, but he flies from traps and could race Run Happy up to the first turn. However, Run Happy has a 17.13 sectional and realistically should pull clear of his rivals.

Dowling’s Top Kennel

Ballymac Anton has had problems in the past and Liam Dowling has finally got him right with the patience paying off last weekend after a 29.37 win. That was the second fastest time recorded in this year’s derby behind Wolfe’s 29.22. Anton is 11/8 to win heat 14 and looks a progressive type who stays the trip too. Laughil Josh (7/2) in trap three and the mighty Jaytee Taylor (7/4) in trap six are massive dangers. You can never dismiss Taylor who will be picking up his rivals one by one from the back straight home. He caught 2018 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby champion Ballyanne Sim in 29.72 last week so he can easily pick up whoever leads here too.

Cooper to Bounce Back

Ballymac Cooper is on a mission to win his seventh race from eleven starts in heat 15 from trap six. He is another star from Liam Dowling’s epic kennel and is just 1/2 to win from Music Toour Ears (4/1) in trap one and heat winner Jirano Classic (7/2) in trap two. It’s a five-dog race with Ravenswood Hugo vacant from trap three. Ballymac Cooper should land the spoils here after finishing second last week when he was 4/7 favourite. He has an enormous amount of pace and is 14/1 to win the competition.

Jet to Rocket Home

Ballyhimikin Jet is 5/4 to win heat 16 for Graham Holland. This flying machine is in plenty of people’s notebooks as he possesses a lot of speed. He stumbled at the traps last week in a race won by Lenson Bocko but he ran on well for second. Droopys Hunch (9/4) in trap six has to be feared as she won well in 29.51 and is perfectly drawn here but it’s all about Jet in trap five.

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4/1 – ALL TO WIN

Grangeview Ten (Tp4-8:57pm)

Run Happy (Tp1-9:12pm)

Ballymac Cooper (Tp5-9:42pm)

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 

7          Wolfe

10        Killmacdonagh

14        Jaytee Taylor

14        Ballymac Anton

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Lenson Bocko

16        Ballymac Arminta

16        Run Happy

16        Magical Bale

16        Lenson Blinder

20        Grangeview Ten

25        Deadly Dynamite

25        Slippy Cian

25        Droopys Hunch

25        Mucky Brae

25        Ballyhimikin Jet

33        Ballymac Tas

33        Boylesports King

33        Cabra Firmino

40        Trickys Dumbo

40        Newinn Lester

40        Ballyanne Sim

40        Toolmaker Me Dad

40        Jaytee Tornado

40        Sophies Man

40        Laughil Josh

40        Deadly Expert

50        Droopys Pension

50        Jirano Classic

50        Worseforwear

50        Fainne Chiarrai

66        Rising Brandy

66        Lebudgiesmuggler

66        Braveheart Bobby

66        Blue East

66        Doona Buck

66        Jumeirah Buddy

66        Totos Park

66        Scooby Doo It

66        Allaghaun River

66        Ripley Lad

66        Great Eastern

66        Redzer Ardfert

66        Our Surprise

66        Sliabh Liag

66        Ballydoyle Valor

66        Murts Boher

66        Manuka Man

66        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Jaytee Storm

66        Monbeg Bakayoko

100      Music Toour Ears

100      Seldom Wrong

100      Ribchester

100      Newinn Hero

100      Lenson Austin

100      Droopys Legend

100      Courthouse King

100      Ballymac Trinkle

100      Cash Is King

100      Newhall Missile

100      Fast Fit Act

100      Macaroon Cruz

100      Swift Shamrock

100      Jumeirah Sprite

100      Droopys Neymar

100      Bakery Lane

100      Winetavern Don

100      Vic Vega

150      Knight Rocker

150      Court Of Justice

150      Sign On Aki

150      Vaguely Noble

150      Ballyhimikinbolt

150      Jirano Max

150      Pennylane Fionn

150      Jaytee Spirit

150      Lolos Bear

150      Highview Micro

200      Howth Head

200      Swanley Flight

200      Pudgie Budgie

250      Ardfert Rooster

300      Beatbytheboro

300      Tiger Reef

300      Monroe Mike

300      Harriestown Star

300      Dromrich Antares

300      Razldazl Peaky

300      Dromrich Altair

500      Manaslu Camolin

500      Deer Hunter

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BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2nd Round Heat Betting
Great Eastern 2/1 From 11/4 For 3rd Round Spot - 21st August

Martin Lanney from Slane, Co Meath, is no stranger to winning on the big stage. He won the Dundalk Sprint Cup with Johnny Gatillo back in 2007 and the Oaks at Shelbourne Park with Forest Natalee in 2017. The derby is a race that is yet to land on his impressive CV but Great Eastern could change all that.

He might not be the flashiest greyhound in this year’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby or even the fastest, but the way he ran on Friday in the first round was very good as he skipped around in 29.62 beating the awesome Ballymac Cooper. It’s no surprise to see that punters are latching onto Great Eastern to win his heat this Friday with his price trimmed into 2/1 from 11/4 in heat 4 following a 17.23 sectional to the third bend.

This dog is owned by Martin’s father Seamus Lanney and he should book his place in the third round this weekend with a repeat performance. His outright price is 66/1 from 100/1. The epic 10/1 first heat winner from round one runs from trap three Allaghaun River for John Lenihan who is from the border of Kerry and Limerick. John assured me he is a Limerick supporter and was thrilled with his dog winning in 29.46 recording the fastest clock of the night. He is just 10/3 now for this heat and he is not without a chance.

We have the wonderful Ballymac Arminta to look forward to in heat 1 of the second round and this Liam Dowling bitch is not surprisingly the 8/13 favourite. Arminta is also 16/1 from 20/1 in the outright despite her below par performance last week finishing second behind Droopys Hunch in 29.51. We know she is capable of 29.12 having recorded that in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes last month in the semi-final and she can also fly from the traps with a 3.34 split. Arminta will get things off to a flying start for the favourite backers if she brings her top form with her. If Droopys Pension in trap five can overcome the draw, then he will run a big race at 7/2.

Heat 3 looks a cracking heat but also a very tough one. We make Slippy Cian the 4/5 favourite as he faces his old derby friend and 2018 champion, Ballyanne Sim. Sim is 9/4 and runs from trap three but he loves the rails. The last time he raced from trap three around this circuit resulted in him grabbing fourth place in the first round of the derby last year. Sim is consistent and always flies from the traps but trap one Pennylane Fionn (10/1) was forced to move off the rails last week in a race that Sim was in as he cut right across her for the rails. To add more confusion, heat winner Ballymac Trinkle is in trap two and she also flies out. I think this race will be ran to suit Slippy Cian so based on that, he gets my vote here. He was second to Deadly Dynamite, but Cian was doing 29.32 this time last year, won on the Night of Stars, won the Race of Champions and is an all-round versatile, genuine, fast and consistent greyhound with 18 wins from 34.

The amazing Wolfe is 2/5 to win heat 5 so there is no surprise there. He done 29.22 last week and a 17.07 sectional to the third bend. The most exciting thing to add to this heat is that Deadly Dynamite (7/2) is in trap two. Dynamite done 17.25 to win in 29.59 which is phenomenal for a young dog. He has plenty to find on Wolfe on times for sure but it should be a good battle and I can’t wait for it.

Newinn Lester is 10/11 from Even money to land heat 6 and I can’t see him being beaten really. He done very well behind Killmacdonagh in the first round as she was never going to be passed. He has 28.05 around HQ for the 525 yards trip and is lightly raced for a 3-year old. Puppy derby runner-up Sliabh Liag led all the way last week but failed to hold on towards the line. She can lead again here but Newinn Lester should prove strong for these.

Ballymac Tas done 27.97 in Limerick and was the 6/4 favourite for the Con & Annie Kirby Memorial. She is the 2/1 favourite in heat 7 and I’m going to go against her. She can sometimes give herself too much work to do and although she has a much better draw in trap one, I like Cabra Firmino in trap three for Patrick Guilfoyle at 9/4. He was second to Grangeview Ten who done the fastest sectional of 17.04 so based on that it’s hard to see past Cabra here as he should take up the early lead. He might not stay the best; that’s the only negative and that is where BoyleSports King (10/3) in trap six could come into the picture as he will be flying home.

Heat 8 is all about the super cool Lenson Blinder at 8/13. This dog just oozes talent. He got to the derby quarter finals last year, beat Magical Bale in one of the rounds in 29.39, won on the Night of Stars, was in the 600 final here, the Easter Cup final and the Leger final. Not bad at all. He ran on strong behind Grangeview Ten last week after a slight bump when they came out of traps and he would have appreciate the run too. Lenson to add another one to the punters’ list and Redzer Ardfert in trap one (5/1) to qualify.

Macaroon Cruz has been made the 9/4 favourite in heat 2 for Graham Holland who also trains trap four here, Lenson Austin. There is just one heat winner in this heat which is Highview Micro and the Gerry Meriman dog is 3/1 here. Macaroon Cruz is always running in top company and was lucky to get through as one of the fastest fourth place finishers. For me, it’s 5/2 chance Jumeirah Buddy in trap one for Gerry Holian. He led all the way last week and was denied victory by a short head in 29.70 to the six-bend pro and shock winner Redzer Ardfert. Jumeirah can set the pace again here and just hold on.

Sarah’s Picks for Friday

Ballymac Arminta 8/13

Jumeirah Buddy 5/2

Sippy Cian 4/5

Great Eastern 2/1

Wolfe 2/5

Newinn Lester 10/11

Cabra Firmino 9/4

Lenson Blinder 8/13

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Link to Friday night’s 2nd round heats:

https://mobile.boylesports.com/sports/greyhounds/future-dogs/shelbourne/fridays-igd-2nd-round-heats

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Outright

7          Wolfe

10        Killmacdonagh

14        Jaytee Taylor

14        Ballymac Anton

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Lenson Bocko

16        Ballymac Arminta

16        Run Happy

16        Magical Bale

16        Lenson Blinder

20        Grangeview Ten

25        Deadly Dynamite

25        Slippy Cian

25        Droopys Hunch

25        Mucky Brae

25        Ballyhimikin Jet

33        Ballymac Tas

33        Boylesports King

33        Cabra Firmino

40        Trickys Dumbo

40        Newinn Lester

40        Ballyanne Sim

40        Toolmaker Me Dad

40        Jaytee Tornado

40        Sophies Man

40        Laughil Josh

40        Deadly Expert

50        Droopys Pension

50        Jirano Classic

50        Worseforwear

50        Fainne Chiarrai

66        Rising Brandy

66        Lebudgiesmuggler

66        Braveheart Bobby

66        Blue East

66        Doona Buck

66        Jumeirah Buddy

66        Totos Park

66        Scooby Doo It

66        Allaghaun River

66        Ripley Lad

66        Great Eastern

66        Redzer Ardfert

66        Our Surprise

66        Sliabh Liag

66        Ballydoyle Valor

66        Murts Boher

66        Manuka Man

66        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Jaytee Storm

66        Monbeg Bakayoko

100      Music Toour Ears

100      Seldom Wrong

100      Ribchester

100      Newinn Hero

100      Lenson Austin

100      Droopys Legend

100      Courthouse King

100      Ballymac Trinkle

100      Cash Is King

100      Newhall Missile

100      Fast Fit Act

100      Macaroon Cruz

100      Catunda Logan

100      Swift Shamrock

100      Jumeirah Sprite

100      Droopys Neymar

100      Bakery Lane

100      Winetavern Don

100      Vic Vega

150      Court Of Justice

150      Sign On Aki

150      Knight Rocker

150      Jirano Max

150      Lolos Bear

150      Jaytee Spirit

150      Ballyhimikinbolt

150      Highview Micro

150      Vaguely Noble

150      Pennylane Fionn

200      Howth Head

200      Pudgie Budgie

200      Swanley Flight

250      Ardfert Rooster

300      Beatbytheboro

300      Tiger Reef

300      Harriestown Star

300      Dromrich Antares

300      Razldazl Peaky

300      Monroe Mike

300      Dromrich Altair

500      Manaslu Camolin

500      Deer Hunter

 

2019 BOYLESPORTS IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY BLOG

If Carlsberg did first round heats, then the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby would have been the best first round heats in the world. From 156 into 96, 16 heats will take place this weekend and they can’t come quick enough.

Friday night’s first round heats were not as bad for us as anticipated after odds-on shots Ballymac Cooper and Ballymac Arminta failed to win. Saturday night however saw seven favourites oblige including the popular Wolfe, Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko. We had to cut Wolfe into 7/1 from 16/1 following his 29.22 win, making him the new ante post favourite in what has proved to be an incredibly hot and exciting derby.

Earlier last week we began to see money for a puppy called Deadly Dynamite, trained by Karol Ramsbottom. BoyleSports gradually cut his price into 6/4 from 5/2 and he obliged for punters after a stunning 29.59 win. His outright price has now been cut into 25/1 from 33/1 and should this progressive type keep breaking like he did on Friday, his initial price of 40/1 will prove serious value.

Drama, thrills, spills, tears, shocks and career bests, this derby already has everything, and we are only into the second round! There were eleven ‘Money Back if second to the SP favourite’ refunds, four on Friday and seven on Saturday.

26 heats were completed over Friday and Saturday with too many top-class performances to talk about so I will go with my top 5.

Number 1

You have guessed it, my number 1 choice is the magnificent WOLFE, who recorded the fastest time in the first round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby in a scintillating 29.22. Wow. What a greyhound, what a run and what a way to kick off the derby action. Wolfe has set the bar high and it was wonderful to see him produce such a stunning effortless victory having disappointed in the English Greyhound Derby earlier in the year. Graham Holland knows how good Wolfe is and having a dog like him makes his job a hell of a lot easier to get out of bed for in the morning. We cut the price on Wolfe into 7/1 from 16/1. Sure, it does sound drastic but when you see a dog perform like that in the first round of the derby on just his 22nd career start, you would be jumping on the bandwagon to back him too. 7/1 is still a thrilling price when you consider he done a faster time than Ballyanne Sim last year when he won the derby in 29.28. Step forward Wolfe, you are the star performer of the week, and possibly the year so keep howling through the rounds.

Number 2

My second favourite moment from the first-round heats is an obvious choice in Killmacdonagh. Kieran Lynch is not only a savage trainer, but a lovely man and I had the pleasure of interviewing him after Kilmacdonagh won the 2019 Sporting Press Oaks here back in June recording 28.17. You could see the love Kieran has for this bitch as tears were building up in his eyes. She is only 65 lbs but she is as good as any dog in this derby. Her CV is what all the other dogs aim for, the Cork Oaks and track recorded holder, Sporting Press Oaks, Dundalk International and now the second favourite for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at 10/1 from 20/1. This daughter of Zero Ten – Deercrest Lady clocked 29.39 on Saturday night after a cracking start wearing the red jacket. She went from off the rails into the middle so hopefully she can keep breaking that fast if she keeps getting the inside draw. Newinn Lester done well in second place but there was no stopping the great Killmacdonagh with the odds on a bitch winning the derby now 4/1 from 5/1.

Number 3

Run Happy is my third choice for so many reasons. The main reason is that I have had my eye on this dog for a few months now with his BoyleSports Champion Stakes effort his best form to date. He recorded a 3.34 split that night when leading everywhere bar the line after Ballymac Arminta caught him coming home in 29.31 so he was always going to be a massive derby contender. On Friday evening I headed up to Ian Fortune in his tiny little hideaway where he works his commentary magic from, as did his late father Michael. I recorded Ian doing what he does best on Run Happy’s heat where he was 4/6 favourite. He justified his favouritism as he won in 29.50 but it was awesome watching Ian doing the commentary as it is always nice to see the work that goes on behind the scenes. It was great to see Pat Buckley get a winner as he had some bad luck earlier in the night with Burgess Bucks. Run Happy will go far with that lovely early boot he has and is now 16/1 from 20/1 to win Pat another derby title.

Number 4

My beloved and all-time favourite Magical Bale. I love this dog, I love his big heart and his powerful pace. His trainer Patrick Guilfoyle has a wonderful kennel of greyhounds at the moment and he is always a trainer who you have to fear in a competition. Magical Bale was second in the derby last year and second in this year’s English Greyhound Derby, when trained by Kevin Hutton. This dog just takes it all in his stride and I was thrilled to see him win his first round in 29.62 beating his kennel companion Laughil Josh. Bale is still 16/1 in the ante post book and has a tricky heat and draw to overcome this weekend from trap four. I will say a prayer for you Bale but all you need to do is finish in the first three. You can worry about finishing 1st in the final!

Number 5

This time last year Jaytee Taylor won the first round of the Irish derby in 29.46 by eight lengths after a 3.46 split.

He then won the next two rounds, followed by second place in both the quarter and semi-finals. He was last in the 2018 final but beaten less than five lengths. He had a wee break then and went over to the 2019 English Greyhound Derby at Nottingham where he made the semi-finals and actually beat the eventual winner and his kennel buddy Priceless Blake in an earlier round.

From the end of June until the start of August, Paul took things handy with the star and then, just like this time last year, Taylor comes out and wins the first round of the 2019 derby in 29.72 with the sweetness of beating last year’s winner Ballyanne Sim by a head. It was the most exciting race for me as Taylor came from off the pace like he always does to grind down the early and consistent leader Ballyanne Sim. We went best price on Sim at 7/2 with Taylor a short 2/5. There wasn’t much in it at the finish between the pair but both dogs needed the run and will definitely improve heading into the second round this weekend.

Taylor has a special place in people’s hearts as he has a huge engine and his determination is remarkable. He is still 14/1 to win the derby for the 2007 winning trainer Paul Hennessy.

So there you have my top 5 moments, the updated ante post prices are below and I will be back on later in the week with a look forward to the second round and what my fancies are. Head over to my twitter account ( @BoyleSportsSK ) to keep an eye on any competitions I’ll be running for your chance to win some tickets to any of the heats for the 2019 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.

Sarah x

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby

7          Wolfe

10        Killmacdonagh

14        Jaytee Taylor

14        Ballymac Anton

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Lenson Bocko

16        Ballymac Arminta

16        Run Happy

16        Magical Bale

16        Lenson Blinder

20        Grangeview Ten

25        Deadly Dynamite

25        Slippy Cian

25        Droopys Hunch

25        Ballyhimikin Jet

25        Mucky Brae

33        Cabra Firmino

33        Ballymac Tas

33        Boylesports King

40        Trickys Dumbo

40        Ballyanne Sim

40        Toolmaker Me Dad

40        Jaytee Tornado

40        Sophies Man

40        Deadly Expert

40        Laughil Josh

50        Newinn Lester

50        Jirano Classic

50        Droopys Pension

50        Worseforwear

50        Fainne Chiarrai

66        Rising Brandy

66        Lebudgiesmuggler

66        Braveheart Bobby

66        Blue East

66        Doona Buck

66        Jumeirah Buddy

66        Totos Park

66        Scooby Doo It

66        Allaghaun River

66        Ripley Lad

66        Great Eastern

66        Redzer Ardfert

66        Our Surprise

66        Sliabh Liag

66        Ballydoyle Valor

66        Murts Boher

66        Manuka Man

66        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Jaytee Storm

66        Monbeg Bakayoko

100      Music Toour Ears

100      Seldom Wrong

100      Ribchester

100      Newinn Hero

100      Lenson Austin

100      Droopys Legend

100      Courthouse King

100      Ballymac Trinkle

100      Cash Is King

100      Newhall Missile

100      Fast Fit Act

100      Macaroon Cruz

100      Catunda Logan

100      Swift Shamrock

100      Jumeirah Sprite

100      Droopys Neymar

100      Bakery Lane

100      Winetavern Don

100      Vic Vega

150      Court Of Justice

150      Sign On Aki

150      Knight Rocker

150      Jirano Max

150      Lolos Bear

150      Jaytee Spirit

150      Ballyhimikinbolt

150      Highview Micro

150      Vaguely Noble

150      Pennylane Fionn

200      Howth Head

200      Pudgie Budgie

200      Swanley Flight

250      Ardfert Rooster

300      Beatbytheboro

300      Tiger Reef

300      Harriestown Star

300      Dromrich Antares

300      Razldazl Peaky

300      Monroe Mike

300      Dromrich Altair

500      Manaslu Camolin

500      Deer Hunter

The wait is nearly over and Sarah Kinsella is back with her views on how the best six weeks in greyhound racing will play out! The 2019 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby commences this Friday on what promises to be a night of full of action, magic & tremendous winners!

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As you’d expect, Boylesports have offered a number of special markets on the Derby giving plenty of choice to those wishing to get involved.

In recent years the winning trainer and winning prefix markets have proven popular and Graham Holland is favourite for the former at 7-4.

Three prefix are trading at single figures for Derby glory. Liam Dowling’s “Ballymac” prefix is favourite at 4-1 ahead of “Lenson” at 8’s and Jaytee at 9’s.

It’s no surprise to see Killmacdonagh and Ballymac Arminta heading the “Top Bitch” market with both trading at 11-4, ahead of Ballymac Tas at 5-1. Droopyss Hunch and SliabhLiag are the best of the rest at 7-1. Incidentally, a bitch to win the Derby is just 5-1 highlighting the quality of the female entry for the classic. 

With Shelbourne running so sprightly at present there may also be interest in the track record to be broken at evens. One price that stands out as a bit of value is in the “A Greyhound to Win The Derby Without Winning A Heat” market.

Ballymac Tas was just half a length away from doing just that in the English Derby and the likelihood is there will be at least one greyhound in the decider that won’t have won a round. At 33-1 it could be worth a nibble.  

Winning Trainer:

7-4          Graham Holland

4              Liam Dowling

6              Pat Guilfoyle

13-2       Paul Hennessy

13-2       Pat Buckley

10           Peter Cronin

12           Karol Ramsbottom

16           Kieran Lynch

16           Gerry Holian

20           Robert Gleeson

33           Murt Leahy

33           Owen McKenna

40           Francie Murray

40           John Linehan

50           Brendan Maunsell

50           Gerard Barber

50           Pat Norris

66           Ollie Bray

100         Liam O'Rourke

100         Martin Lanney

125         Damian Maginn

150         John Durrigan

 Winning Prefix:

4              Ballymac

8              Lenson

9              Jaytee

16           Droopys

20           Burgess

25           Cabra

25           Deadly

33           Ballyhimikin

33           Lemon

33           Toolmaker

40           Jumeirah

50           Ravenswood

50           Newinn

50           Jirano

50           Boynepark

100         Tiger

100         Highview

150         Dromrich

Winning Seed:

1-2          Rails

6              Middle

11-4       Wide

 Top Bitch:

11-4       Killmacdonagh

11-4       Ballymac Arminta

5              Ballymac Tas

7              Droopys Hunch

7              Sliabh Liag

9              Te Amo

12           Pennys Ponyo

14           Mags Angel

25           Ballymac Trinkle

33           Enable

40           Eager Ember

40           Ravenswood Lotti

40           Bankers Wink

40           Mean Beauty

66           Black Jenny

Top Pat Buckley Trained Runner:

5-2          Burgess Bucks

11-4       Run Happy

4             Braveheart Bobby

11-2       Droopys Davy

10           Jumeirah Sprite

10           Seldom Wrong

12           Knockboy Jet

16           Pennylane Fionn

Top Peter Cronin Trained Runner:

3              Sophies Man

4              Worseforwear

5              Jacks Tornado

6              Rising Brandy

8              El Commendo

9              Da Head Hunter

12           Zeno

12           Tiger Jack

12           Crossfield Will

16           Enable

Top Liam Dowling Trained Runner:

5-2          Ballymac Cooper

5-2          Ballymac Arminta

4              Ballymac Syd

5              Ballymac Tas

6              Ballymac Anton

10            Ballymac Brayden

33            Ballymac Trinkle

Top Paul Hennessy Trained Runner:  

5-4         Jaytee Taylor

5             Jaytee Storm

6             Jaytee Tornado

13-2       Lebudgiesmuggler

7             Panther

7             Jaytee Yankee

14           Pudgie Budgie

Top Graham Holland Trained Runner:

5             Lenson Bocko

5             Wolfe

11-2       Slippy Cian

13-2       Lenson Blinder

13-2       Clonbrien Prince

15-2       Clona Blaze

10           Ballyhimikin Jet

14           Murts Boher

16           Blue East

20           Sweep The Yard

20           Lenson Austin

20           Newinn Lester

25           Totos Park

25           Macaroon Cruz

25           Ballydoyle Valor

33           Newinn Hero

40           Ballyhimikinbolt

Derby Winner To Be Unbeaten In Every Round:

8              Yes

A Greyhound To Win The Derby Without Winning A Heat:

33           Yes

Track Record To Be Broken During The Derby:

1/1         Yes

A Bitch To Win The Derby:

5              Yes