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BOYLESPORTS IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY THIRD ROUND DRAW

Heat 1

1 Jumeriah Buddy

2 Run Happy

3 Winetavern Don

4 Ballyhimikin Jet (m)

5 Lenson Bocko (w)

6 Jaytee Taylor (w)

Heat 2

1 Allaghaun River

2 Ballymac Anton

3 Scooby Doo It

4 Sophies Man

5 Boylesports King (w)

6 Slippy Cian (w)

Heat 3

1 Deadly Dynamite

2 Lolos bear

3 Sliabh Liag

4 Great Eastern

5 Music Toour Ears

6 Droopys Pension

Heat 4

1 Lenson Blinder

2 Murts Boher

3 Totos Park (m)

4 Tiger Reef (w)

5 Droopys Hunch (w)

6 Cash Is King (w)

Heat 5

1 Laughil Josh

2 Grangeview Ten

3 Wolfe

4 Toolmaker Daddy (m)

5 Court Of Justice (w)

6 Dromrich Altair (w)

Heat 6

1 Cabra Firmino

2 Killmacdonagh

3 Toolmaker Me Dad

4 Ballymac Cooper (w)

5 Ribchester (w)

6 Ripley Lad (w)

Heat 7

1 Magical Bale

2 Knight Rocker

3 Sign On Aki (m)

4 Our Surprise (m)

5 Newinn Lester (w)

6 Jaytee Spirit (w)

Heat 8

1 Mucky Brae

2 Monbeg Bakayoko

3 Ballydoyle Valor

4 Ballyanne Sim

5 Deadly Expert

6 Highview Micro (w)

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KILLMACDONAGH STARS IN DERBY ACTION

The second round of the Boylesports Derby came to a thrilling conclusion at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night and, yet again, there were some incredible performances.

Honour of going fastest went to Grangeview Ten, Liam Dowling had a wonderful double and Droopys Hunch ended the round in brilliant fashion. But the undoubted highlight was the display of Killmacdonagh as she saw off Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko in devastating fashion.

Heat 9 – MUCKY DIGS IN

Mucky Brae displayed fine pace and determination to win Heat 9 despite the best efforts of Winetavern Don.

The pair had a great tussle and no other runner really looked like landing a telling blow.

Both greyhounds were fast into stride, but Mucky Brae held a narrow lead into the turn. Down the back straight Winetavern Don travelled with real purpose and held a narrow lead approaching the third turn, but at this point Mucky Brae made the most of his inside line to push his way back to the front.

That was the decisive moment in the contest. Once going back to the front Mucky Brae was never going to be stopped and he stayed on to secure a length victory over Winetavern Don in 29.62. Murts Boher followed the pair into the third round, two lengths adrift.

Heat 10 – TOTO SINGS THE RIGHT TUNE

Totos Park seems to come to life at this time of the year and he produced a typically professional display to run out a straightforward winner of Heat 10.

Breaking fastest from five, the Denis Fogarty and Tony McCormack’s veteran son of Slippery Robert and Chivers Mentor was never under any pressure.

Left further clear on the turn, it was a case of by how far he would win at halfway. His kennel companion Ballydoyle Valor ran on strongly to give Graham Holland a one-two, but this was all about Totos Park as he crossed the line five lengths clear in 29.67. Sophies Man was second for much of the way, but was headed late before finishing a short head away third.

Heat 11 – KILLMACDONAGH IS SPECIAL

Heat 11 was billed as the potential contest of the round and it certainly didn’t disappoint with the big three, Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko all playing their part, although the first named emerged a brilliant and most deserving winner.

In doing so William Hennessy’s Oaks champion confirmed her standing as one of the greatest bitches to ever grace Shelbourne Park. Magical Bale shot from trap four to lead Killmacdonagh in the opening yards, but Lenson Bocko displayed fine early speed on the outside to take over second spot on the bend.

This set up a most eventful back straight battle. Lenson Bocko attempted to join Magical Bale on the outside and the pair bumped. While this was happening Killmacdonagh was starting to move through the gears.

Displaying incredible acceleration, the Kieran Lynch trained superstar hit the front just after halfway to put the result beyond doubt. There is no doubting the quality of the chasing duo, but there was no chance they were going to match Killmacdonagh for power.

Lenson Bocko did show big pace to sit on her heels at the third turn, but that was as close as he was to get. Killmacdonagh started to turn the screw as they hit the final turn and she raced right away for a brilliant four length verdict in 29.45. 

Lenson Bocko had put everything in but just ran out of steam and Magical Bale, who had looked in trouble between the last two bends, when lying third, rallied to take second half a length ahead of Bocko. 

Heat 12 – ANOTHER TEN OUT OF TEN DISPLAY

Produce Stakes Champion Grangeview Ten is a greyhound with devastating early speed. That is, most certainly, not in doubt but he took his opportunity in a three-dog Heat 12 to confirm it to those that were paying attention.

This was little more than a solo trial for the Pat Guilfoyle trained speedster. Breaking fast from four, he soon mastered Monbeg Bakayoko and Scooby Doo It. By halfway he was clear and staying on a little better than last week he beat Monbeg Bakayoko and Scooby Doo It by four and a half lengths and a head in 29.41. After clocking a fastest of the opening round 17.04 to the third turn, it’s worth noting he went even faster this week when posting 16.94.

Heat 13 – TORNADO WINS BUT DOESN’T PROGRESS

There was real drama in Heat 13 with the Paul Hennessy trained Jaytee Tornado coming from out of the clouds to collar the long-time leader Run Happy in the closing yards but the winner was suspended after the race for fighting.

Run Happy displayed awesome early dash once again to race into a clear advantage by the second turn but even at this early point Jaytee Tornado was an obvious threat. John Turner’s big finisher moved second at halfway and for supporters of Run Happy it was a painful watch despite holding a six length advantage.

Jaytee Tornado started to make up eye-catching ground around the last two bends and flew up the straight to join the leader. Glancing inwards and making brief contact with Run Happy it was clear the stewards were going to be called into action.

Jaytee Tornado took the verdict by a head from Run Happy in 29.59. Sign On Aki was four lengths back in third, while Ripley Lad who finished another four and a half lengths adrift in fourth will progress to the third round.

Heat 14 – ANTON IMPRESSES AGAIN

Ballymac Anton is back and is a big player in this year’s Derby. Liam Dowling’s hugely talented son of Ballymac Best and Coolavanny Angie was a warm favourite for Heat 14 after a fine opening round success and he duly obliged in professional fashion. 

Making a fast start from the inside box, Ballymac Anton made every inch. Laughil Josh showed fine early dash to slip around second and ran well to the third turn, although he was never threatening the leader.

Jaytee Taylor overcame an early bump to go third early in the back straight and he ran on well to grab second but Ballymac Anton was too good on this occasion as he ran out an impressive three length winner in 29.57. Laughil Josh was another length and a half back in third.     

 Heat 15 – COOPER FORCED TO DIG DEEP BY MUSIC

Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Cooper confirmed odds-on favouritism in Heat 15 to complete a double for the owner but he was made to work extremely hard by the Gold Cup winner Music Toour Ears.

The latter was at his sharpest to set a strong pace from the start but Ballymac Cooper always had the leader in his sights once going second on the turn.

Entering the back straight on the tail of Music Toour Ears, Ballymac Cooper looked likely to fly past the leader to the third turn but he had to dig really deep. He eventually got upsides at the third turn and shot into a near three length lead between the last two bends.

That looked certain to be a decisive move, although Music Toour Ears started to close again as they straightened up. As Ballymac Cooper drifted across the track, the gap began to close. The line came in time for the tiring Ballymac Cooper, however, and he held on to score by a half length in 29.49. Dromrich Altair took third spot, a further three lengths back.   

Heat 16 – HUNCH A REAL TALENT

It seems John Coleman’s Droopys Hunch isn’t just a bright prospect anymore.

Instead, she is now one of the best in training and she maintained her unbeaten record in the Derby with another brilliant front-running display in the final heat of the round.

The Murt Leahy trained daughter of Droopys Sydney and Droopys Blossom, who won’t be two until next month, is relishing the long run to the turn and she again shot clear in the early stages to dominate. Blue East also broke fast but had no answer to his younger rival.

Ballyhimikin Jet displayed fine pace after a tardy start to go second at the third turn but nothing was getting to Droopys Hunch. Bowling along out front, she raced right to the line to record a superb two and a half length victory over Ballyhimikin Jet in a fast 29.43. Deadly Expert stayed on well to take third spot, a further four lengths adrift.

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ROOSTER THE LATEST OUT OF DERBY HEAT 12

Following the news that Ardfert Rooster will be an absentee from Heat 12 of the Boylesports Derby this evening, the connections of Grangeview Ten, Scooby Doo It and Monbeg Bakayoko can rest easy in the knowledge that their pride and joy will be in the drum for the third round draw.

With Choctaw Fantasy and Catunda Logan already confirmed non-runners, only three greyhounds will go to traps. Given the make up of the race, Produce Stakes champion Grangeview Ten is likely to start a hot favourite after his superb display of early dash in the opening round.

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KILLMACDONAGH, BALE AND BOCKO CAN SERVE UP A DERBY THRILLER

The meeting of Killmacdonagh, Magical Bale and Lenson Bocko in the concluding session of second round heats in the Boylesports Derby at Shelbourne could provide a wonderful spectacle this evening.

The trio are all amongst the top six in the sponsor’s outright betting and the result, whatever it will be, should see a shake-up in the ante-pot market.

Of course, qualification is the main objective, but with the likes of Droopys Neymar, Manuka Man and Vic Vega completing the line-up, that is far from a given.

In fact, both Manuka Man and Vic Vega won their opening round heats so none of the big three can afford any slip ups, however small. On current form Killmacdonagh deserves to head the betting. A flying starter, she has awesome pace and power and can boast a favourable draw in two this evening.

If she hits the lids, as she did seven days ago, her rivals will need to be at their brilliant best to deny her a seventh win on the bounce. Magical Bale would have pleased Pat Guilfoyle last week with a satisfactory blow out, clocking 29.62. He will undoubtedly come on for that run, which was his first since his English Derby final defeat.

He will also be suited by a middle draw and it would be no surprise if he shot from traps to dictate throughout. The exciting Lenson Bocko is the youngest of the three. He has won seven of his eight career starts and remains open to improvement, which is quite scary. He faces his toughest test, however, and will need to rocket from the outside box to add to his tally.

COOPER TO STAKE HIS DERBY CLAIMS

Ballymac Cooper can put his name back in the limelight in Heat 15.

He has been a somewhat forgotten dog over the past week, but he can stake hiss Derby claims tonight in what looks a relatively straightforward assignment.

Liam Dowling’s brilliant youngster has awesome pace and, while still learning his trade, has the ideal opportunity to lay down a marker. The likes of Music Toour Ears and Jirano Classic are talented but will struggle to match Cooper were he to get loose in the opening yards.

ANTON DRAWN TO SCORE

Dowling could earlier initiate a double in Heat 14 with Ballymac Anton a leading hope in one of the best contests of the round.

The son of Ballymac Best has pit a poor spell of form behind him and, after impressing in his last two starts, is entitled to go close again this evening.

He faces a perfect draw on the fence this evening and that can make the difference. Jaytee Taylor is obviously a huge threat in the stripes although he hinted laast week that he may need another run to reach peak fitness. Laughil Josh is also entitled to respect, but he must get to the front in the early yards to threaten.

JET SET FOR TAKEOFF

The final heat of the round looks hugely competitive. Ballyhimikin Jet has real ability and is one of two big players for Graham Holland in this contest.

His kennel companion Blue East looks a big threat. Talented youngster Droopys Hunch races in the stripes, but she will need to be at her very sharpest in the opening yards.

So too will Robert Holt’s Trickys Dumbo, although a trap two draw will certainly aid his cause. Ballyhimikin Jet is very exciting, however, and one suspects he could yet develop into a serious Derby contender. Expect him to put his best foot forward tonight.      

NOTHING MUCKY ABOUT BRAE

Michael O’Donovan, who has two Irish Derby victories to his name, sends out Mucky Brae in the first heat.

The son of Kinloch Brae has some superb 525y form around Shelbourne and looks likely to set a strong gallop. Murts Boher is nominated as the threat, although he has yet to win outside Clonmel.

WORSE TO WEAR IT WELL

Heat 10 is competitive with most of the six holding some sort of chance, although Worseforwear is a deserving favourite following an impressive win last week.

Scottish Derby champ Braveheart Bobby may need at least another run to regain fitness but has an ideal draw on the fence.

Peter Cronin has a second runner in the form of Sophies Man although he needs to get across Braveheart Bobby in the early yards which won’t be easy. Three Graham Holland trained runners, Newinn Hero, Ballydoyle Valor and Totos Park complete the line-up. All three have ability but must be at their sharpest in the opening strides. 

RUN TO BE HAPPY

Pat Buckley’s Run Happy was one of the more impressive opening round scorers and can continue his winning ways in Heat 13.

Ideally housed in red, he can dictate from the early yards to account for the likes of the fast finishing Jaytee Tornado and the speedy Droopys Legend.

TEN TOO SHARP

Grangeview Ten will be a short price to add to his opening round victory in the four-runner Heat 12.

Pat Guilfoyle’s Produce Stakes champion posted the fastest third bend sectional in the opening round and can again dominate. Scooby Doo It is chosen to give chase throughout.

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HOLLAND’S HAT TRICK BUT SURPRISE SETS PACE

The second round of the Boylesports Derby got underway at Shelbourne Park on Friday night and for the second week running there was a mixture of shock results, superb performances and big name eliminations.

Our Surprise set the standard on the clock, but Graham Holland took the headlines with a big-name treble, while Robert Gleeson and Willie Hyslop also had a night to remember, recording a fine double.

Heat 1 – PENSION DELIVERS

Droopys Pension maintained his unbeaten record in the Derby with a superb display in the opening heat for the potent team of Johnny Linehan and Kieran Ryan.

Ballymac Arminta was a hot favourite, but a slow start and a lack lustre display ended her claims.

In contrast Droopys Pension displayed fine early zip after a moderate start to race into the lead at the turn. He quickly opened up a near three length lead over Cash Is King and that was enough to secure a comfortable success.

Both Cash Is King and Lolos Bear stayed on well, but Droopys Pension was never going to be denied and the son of Quietly and Droopys Maid went on to record a two length victory over Cash Is King in 29.44. Lolos Bear was another length adrift in third.

Heat 2 – JUSTICE HOLDS COURT

Following the victory of Droopys Pension there was another Cork victor in the second heat with Court Of Justice emerging a good winner for Edel O’Donoghue and Pat Kiely.

The talented son of Droopys Jet and Young legends was last to the turn behind the pace-setter Jumeriah Buddy but he ran a fine turn to move fourth as they entered the back.

Once turning close he used his trademark back straight pace to great effect. Moving second before the third turn he quickly moved past the long-time leader and then had enough in hand to contain the late challenge of Highview Micro by two lengths in 29.72. Jumeirah Buddy was just a short head back in third.

Heat 3 – CIAN GETS BETTER OF SIM

Slippy Cian and Ballyanne Sim met in the 2018 final with the latter emerging triumphant, but it was former that came out on top in Heat 3.

Both greyhounds ran encouragingly in defeat last weekend and both clearly came on for the run. 

Ballyanne Sim set a searching gallop after a fast start and was three lengths to the good into the turn but the writing was on the wall, as far as his supporters were concerned, once Slippy Cian raced a clear second into the bend.

Ballyanne Sim continued to lead by three lengths to halfway but Slippy Cian started to close rapidly as they approached the third bend. Moving upsides and into a narrow lead between the last two bends. Despite running wide as they turned for home, Slippy Cian held a rallying Ballyanne Sim by a length in 29.48, with Tiger Reef running a fine race in third a further five lengths adrift.

Heat 4 – SURPRISE, SURPRISE

Laurence and Brian Jones sent out Our Surprise to win Heat 4 with a power-packed display.

The race to the turn was between the fast starting Allaghaun River and Great Eastern with the latter asserting into the turn, but Our Surprise always looked dangerous once sitting behind that pair.

In fact, Our Surprise (Tullymurry Act/ Corduff Flame) ran a fine turn to move second and he was always going to be too strong thereafter. Great Eastern continued to lead down the far side, but Our Surprise drew closer with each stride and he made his move as they hit the third turn.

Showing in front between the last two bends, Our Surprise drove clear on the run in for a very impressive three length verdict in 29.42. Allaghaun River stayed on well to claim third, just three parts of a length back.     

Heat 5 – ME DAD DENIES WOLFE

Following a sensational 29.22 return in the opening round, Wolfe was understandably sent to traps the long odds-on favourite for Heat 5 but it was soon evident he had a battle on his hands when Willie Hyslop’s Toolmaker Me Dad flashed from five and cut for the fence.

Showing fine early speed, the Robert Gleeson trained son of Scolari Me Daddy and Droopys Isabella comfortably took the turn from Wolfe and that made the difference. Toolmaker Me Dad stayed close to the fence once going to the front and this denied Wolfe the room he wanted.

In truth Toolmaker Me Dad never looked like giving up his lead. Maintaining a strong gallop throughout he comfortably held Wolfe to the third turn, although he briefly opened the door at the final turn as he swung to the middle of the track. Wolfe couldn’t get to the leader, however, and Toolmaker Me Dad saw off his rival by two lengths in 29.46. There was a further three and a half length gap to Deadly Dynamite in third.   

Heat 6 – LESTER SHOOTS CLEAR

Newinn Lester displayed a brilliant turn of early speed to take control in Heat 6 and despite the best efforts of Sliabh Liag he went on to open his Derby account in style.

Shari-Anne O’Donnell’s son of Tullymurry Act and Market Glory ran a massive race behind Killmacdonagh in the opening round and it didn’t go unnoticed.

Sent to traps an odds-on favourite, the Graham Holland trained star was soon in front. Sliabh Liag actually led from traps, but Newinn Lester flew up the outside to go clear. Sliabh Liag stuck to her task in second, but there was no catching Newinn Lester. Despite tiring up the run in he went on to take the verdict by a length and a half in 29.56 with Knight Rocker another three lengths away in third.

Heat 7 – DADDY COMPLETES A TOOLMAKER DOUBLE

After the success of Toolmaker Me Dad, Willie Hyslop and Robert Gleeson completed a magnificent double in Heat 7 with Toolmaker Daddy (Scolari Me Daddy/ Droopys Isabella) emerging a good winner.

This was a muddling affair with many of the field holding strong claims at various points through the race.

Ballymac Tas led the field in the early yards, but seemed to momentarily lose her action early in the back straight. This allowed the chasing pack to converge. At halfway less than three lengths separated the entire field with Cabra Firmino, Monroe Mike and Toolmaker Daddy battling for the lead.

By the third turn Boylesports King had shown fine pace up the fence to join the battle, but Toolmaker Daddy drove the bend. This forced both Monroe Mike and Boylesports King to check their stride. The race was effectively decided at this point and Toolmaker Daddy raced on to score by a length and a half from the fast finishing Boylesports King in 29.72.    

Heat 8 – BLINDER LEAVES IT LATE

Lenson Blinder justified his odds-on billing in the final heat when coming away racing but he had to work harder than some expected.

Disputing the lead in the early yards, the Graham Holland trained son of Crash and Global Liberty seemed likely to take the turn but Ribchester then arrived with a rush to go clear.

Lenson Blinder was always going to be too strong once turning second, but it took him a long time to get past the leader. Len Ponder’s Lenson Blinder charged into the third turn but was forced to ease as the leader closed the door. Still Lenson Blinder was too close and when Ribchester ran off the final turn, the favourite didn’t need a second invitation.

Flying up the straight, Lenson Blinder took the verdict by an ever-widening four lengths from Jaytee Spirit in 29.72 with a tiring Ribchester holding on for third a head away.

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WOLFE TO SNARL AS DEBRY CONTINUES

Wolfe bared his teeth in the opening round of the Boylesports Derby, posting a sensational 29.22 and as a result he has been promoted to outright favouritism for the classic. Tonight, he looks likely to continue his winning ways in the second round.

Expected to start a red-hot favourite for Heat 5, the Graham Holland trained star has an ideal draw on the fence and should have too much ammunition for his rivals which include the promising Deadly Dynamite. The latter impressed last weekend, but faces a far tougher test this evening.

If Deadly Dynamite is to lower the colours of Wolfe he must fly from trap two and get across Wolfe in the opening yards. Given the incredible speed of Wolfe that is a tough ask.

Of the remainder Seldom Wrong, Toolmaker Me Dad and Fast Fit Act can all run, but they may struggle to match the big two for early speed which would leave them with too much to do from the second turn.

CIAN CAN GIVE SIM THE SLIP

Wolfe aside, Graham Holland has a number of fancied runners in action this evening with Slippy Cian, Newinn Lester and Lenson Blinder all likely to start odds-on for their respective heats.

Slippy Cian races in the stripes in Heat 3 where he must face the defending champion Ballyanne Sim and Ballymacc Trinkle amongst others.

Ballymac Trinkle will go up fast from two but may find it difficult to contain the Ballyanne Sim. The latter is expected to set a strong gallop, although he may need at least another run to reach full fitness. It’s for this reason that Slippy Cian is so short in the betting.

Cian is amongst the fastest in training and he faces a perfect draw. Rank outsider Tiger Reef races from, five, while trap four is vacant. With the likelihood of a clear run to the turn, Slippy Cian could be right up with the pace and his superior strength may then prove decisive.

EXPECT A MASTERCLASS FROM LESTER

After a brilliant run behind Killmacdonagh last weekend, Newinn Lester is set to open his Derby account in Heat 6.

Boylesports made the mistake of installing him an 11-10 chance earlier in the week, but that was quickly snapped up.

He could start as short as 4-7 this evening and if he happens to come away racing that may look a big price. Sliabh Liag and Howth Head looks the potential dangers to the turn, but there is a strong possibility they could come together in the opening strides. In short, Newinn Lester looks the part and could possibly establish himself as a leading Derby contender if producing his best.

A BLINDER FOR HOLLAND

Graham Holland will be hoping to end the evening on a high with Lenson Blinder the one to beat in the last of the eight heats.

An eye-catcher in the opening round, he has been handed a favourable draw in three this evening. With slow starters Redzer Ardfert and Swift Shamrock on his inner, Lenson Blinder should be up with the pace into the turn.

The presence of the rails-seeking veteran Bakery Lane in four is a concern, but Lenson Blinder is a hardened performer and he can shake off his challenge to dispute the pace at the bend. From that point Lenson Blinder would almost certainly have the measure of his rivals.

AUSTIN CAN OPEN ACCOUNT

Incredibly Holland also send out two of the likely favourites for Heat 2 with Lenson Austin and Macaroon Cruz representing his Golden operation.

The latter was favourite for the heat when betting opened, but there has since been support for Jumeriah Buddy on the fence.

It’s Lenson Austin that appeals, however. He has only a handful of races under his belt but has already shown exceptional pace and promise. He was initially priced up at 9-2, although he could be half that price this evening. In a contest where Jumeriah Buddy is the only greyhound with confirmed early speed, Lenson Austin could turn far closer than in previous outings. He is a relatively confident selection.

 ARMINTA TO JUSTIFY THE ODDS

Liam Dowling also has a number of strong claims this evening with a trio of ladies representing his Ballymac outfit.

The aforementioned Ballymac Trinkle may struggle to match Slippy Cian, but Ballymac Arminta and Ballymac Tas have outstanding claims.

Ballymac Arminta looks very likely to return to winning ways in the first heat. She suffered a costly 1-3 defeat last week, but the sponsors make her an 8-13 chance to make amends this evening. The strong running Lolos Bear is unlikely to trouble her in the opening yards from his rails pitch and that could leave the inside of the track open for Arminta.

Newhall Missile and Droopys Pension are likely to go up well, but both will need a career best effort. With the inside line in her favour, Ballymac Arminta can challenge on the turn before racing right away for a convincing victory. Droopys Pension is nominated as the biggest threat, while Newhall Missile and Cash Is King can battle it out for the third qualifying spot.

CAN FIRMINO STRIKE?

Ballymac Tas was reported a doubtful runner earlier in the week, but now looks set to take her place in Heat 7.

A rails draw will certainly suit, but given the circumstances it may be wise to look elsewhere. Cabra Firmino could be the one the punters lock onto and he looks the likeliest leader, but the strong running pair of Ballyhimikinbolt and Boylesports King will also attract support.

SURPRISE, SURPRISE

After lowering the colours of Ballymac Cooper last week, Great Eastern has come in for support to win Heat 4.

There is no doubting his ability and consistency. A fast starter that is always hard to pass, Great Eastern probably deserves his place at the head of the market, but he may not have everything his own way this evening.

Rising Brandy and Allaghaun River both went up strongly last weekend and should do so again, while Harriestown Star may edge inwards from trap five, which could cause Great eastern a headache were he to mistime his start from four.

With all this in mind, Our Surprise could get the run of the race on the outside. A powerful galloper with huge pace from halfway he could find himself closer than normal. For that reason he gets the nod to claim an eighth career victory.

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LOGAN LATEST DERBY WITHDRAWAL

Catunda Logan was withdrawn this morning from Heat 12 of the Boylesports Derby.

It means that only four greyhound will go to traps in this Heat with Choctaw Fantasy already confirmed a non-runner.

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THE BIG DERBY MOVERS

Wolfe 7/1 From 16/1 For BoyleSports Greyhound Derby

Killmacdonagh 10/1 From 20/1 After Emerging as Fastest Bitch

And then there were 96. What an incredible start to the 2019 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park last weekend with Wolfe dramatically slashed into 7/1 from 16/1 following his epic 29.22 victory.

Wolfe is now the new ante post favourite to bring the title home to Graham Holland and owner Marian Moloney with 7/4 available at BoyleSports for Holland to become the winning trainer after getting 14 of his 17 entries through to the next round.

The performance Wolfe produced on Saturday night was nothing short of sensational as he cruised around HQ effortlessly to record a time that was faster than last year’s final when Ballyanne Sim made a front-winning display in 29.28.

Ballyanne Sim (40/1) also qualified on Friday night after another consistent early pace lead but was caught in the final stages by last year’s derby finalist Jaytee Taylor in 29.72, who is unchanged at 14/1. Taylor is now the joint third favourite alongside Ballymac Cooper, impressive heat winner Ballymac Anton and likeable pup Lenson Bocko.

The other massive mover in the ante post market is Killmacdonagh who impressed when beating the boys in 29.39 by over five lengths. She burst from the traps and made all with her odds cut into 10/1 from 20/1 to become the first bitch to land the derby since 1999.

For a bitch to win the derby, the price has been trimmed into 4/1 from 5/1. Kieran Lynch has done everything right with this awesome bitch and she has derby written all over her after that terrific first round victory so it’s possible that we could see Killmacdonagh and Lynch added to the roll of honour of derby winners, with 9/1 available on Kieran to become the winning trainer.

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.

Another loser for the book on Friday was Toolmaker Me Dad for Robert Gleeson in what was a messy affair and unfortunately seen the elimination of the promising Burgess Bucks for Pat Buckley. Gleeson’s Toolmaker made all however and landed heat nine in the worst time of the weekend, 30.37. He was due a run and will come on from that win, but he was 5/2 earlier in the week. He was trimmed into 15/8 and then 7/4 resulting in another win for the punters.

It was great to see Pat Buckley win heat eleven with the young Run Happy in 29.50 which was somewhat of a consolation prize after his previous bad news. Run Happy lived up to his name and redeemed himself after his BoyleSports Champion Stakes defeat to Ballymac Arminta last month, where he led all the way bar the line. He won at a short price of 4/6 after showing serious early boot and is now 16/1 from 20/1 to give Buckley a second derby title.

A standout performance on Saturday night along with Wolfe, Killmacdonagh, Lenson Bocko and Magical Bale, came from Produce Stakes winner Grangeview Ten. He landed heat 21 in 29.59 at a nice price of 5/1 with the awesome Lenson Blinder in second. Grangeview is another star for the Patrick Guilfoyle kennel with his odds now into 20/1 from 25/1. His sectional to the third bend was the fastest of the first round as he recorded 17.04, faster than Wolfe’s who done 17.07

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports said: “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”.

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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

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Specials  ~ Winning Trainer?

7-4       Graham Holland

4          Liam Dowling

6          Pat Guilfoyle

7          Paul Hennessy

9          Kieran Lynch

10        Pat Buckley

12        Karol Ramsbottom

20        Peter Cronin

33        Robert Gleeson

33        Gerry Holian

40        John Linehan

50        Brendan Maunsell

66        Ollie Bray

66        Martin Lanney

100      Liam O'Rourke

200      John Durrigan

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THREE WITHDRAWALS FROM DERBY 

Three greyhounds were yesterday withdrawn from the second round of the Boylesports Derby.

In Heat 3 Ballymac Syd will be a non-runner from trap four, trap one in Heat 12 will be vacant following the withdrawal of Choctaw Fantasy, while Ravenswood Hugo will be absent from trap three in Heat 15.  

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WOLFE NOW 7-1 FAVOURITE FOR BOYLESPORTS DERBY

Wolfe is the new ante-post favourite for the Boylesports Derby after a stunning best of the round 29.22 on Saturday night.

There is no doubt the brilliant son of Tyrur Big Mike was hugely impressive, but is the sponsor’s 7-1 quote about the Graham Holland trained star an over-reaction? 

Perhaps, but perhaps not. There is no doubt Wolfe is reaching the peak of his powers and he certainly has the right profile of a potential Derby champion. Blessed with tremendous early speed and confirmed rails runner he will be a big player in the coming weeks.

But so too will many with a similar profile. This Derby more than most in recent memory is packed with greyhounds with huge early speed and a liking for the inside. One suspects there are a couple at big prices still that will be there with a huge chance come September 21st.

THE SPONSORS BET:

7 Wolfe; 10 Killmacdonagh; 12 Jaytee Taylor; 14 Ballymac Cooper, Ballymac Anton, Magical Bale, Lenson Bocko; 16 Ballymac Arminta, Run Happy, Lenson Blinder; 20 Grangeview Ten; 25 Ballyhimikin Jet, Slippy Cian, Mucky Brae, Deadly Dynamite, Droopys Hunch; 33 bar.    

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SEEDING CHANGES IN DERBY

Prior to Saturday’s second round draw, there were a number of seeding changes in the Boylesports Derby. Four greyhounds have been changed to carry a wide seed.

These are Seldom Wrong, Worseforwear, Ballymac Cooper and Droopys Hunch. 

Scooby Doo It, despite winning well from trap four on Saturday, will now race as an inside seed, while both Our Surprise and Toolmaker Daddy will now race as middle seeds.

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BOYLESPORTS DERBY 2ND ROUND DRAW

We’re down to the final 96.

There will be eight heats Friday and the concluding eight heats will take place on Saturday.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 23RD

Heat 1

1 Lolos Bear

2 Ballymac Arminta

3 Newhall Missile

4 Doona Buck

5 Droopys Pension

6 Cash Is King (w)

Heat 2

1 Jumeirah Buddy

2 Macaroon Cruz

3 Razldazl Peaky

4 Lenson Austin (m)

5 Court Of Justice (w)

6 Highview Micro (w)

Heat 3

1 Pennylane Fionn

2 Ballymac Trinkle

3 Ballyanne Sim

4 Ballymac Syd

5 Tiger Reef (w)

6 Slippy Cian (w)

Heat 4

1 Rising Brandy

2 Jumeriah Sprite

3 Allaghaun River

4 Great Eastern

5 Harriestown Star

6 Our Surprise (m)

Heat 5

1 Wolfe

2 Deadly Dynamite

3 Fast Fit Act

4 Beatbytheboro

5 Toolmaker Me Dad

6 Seldom Wrong (w)

Heat 6

1 Deer Hunter

2 Howth Head

3 Sliabh Liag

4 Knight Rocker

5 Dromrich Antares (w)

6 Newinn Lester (w)

Heat 7

1 Ballymac Tas

2 Ballyhimikin Bolt

3 Cabra Firmino

4 Monroe Mike

5 Toolmaker Daddy (m)

6 Boylesports King (w)

Heat 8

1 Redzer Ardfert

2 Swift Shamrock

3 Lenson Blinder

4 Bakery Lane

5 Jaytee Spirit (w)

6 Ribchester (w)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24TH

Heat 9

1 Jirano Max

2 Jaytee Storm

3 Mucky Brae

4 Murts Boher

5 Winetavern Don

6 Vaguely Noble (m)

Heat 10

1 Braveheart Bobby

2 Sophies Man

3 Newinn Hero

4 Ballydoyle Valor

5 Totos Park (m)

6 Worseforwear (w)

Heat 11

1 Droopys Neymar

2 Killmacdonagh

3 Manuka Man

4 Magical Bale

5 Vic Vega

6 Lenson Bocko (w)

Heat 12

1 Choctaw Fantasy

2 Monbeg Bakayoko

3 Catunda Logan

4 Grangeview Ten

5 Scooby Doo It

6 Ardfert Rooster (w)

Heat 13

1 Run Happy

2 Lebudgiesmuggler

3 Sign On Aki (m)

4 Jaytee Tornado (w)

5 Ripley Lad (w)

6 Droopys Legend (w)

Heat 14

1 Ballymac Anton

2 Courthouse King

3 Laughil Josh

4 Pudgie Budgie (m)

5 Fainne Chiarrai (w)

6 Jaytee Taylor (w)

Heat 15

1 Music Toour Ears

2 Jirano Classic

3 Ravenswood Hugo

4 Swanley Flight (w)

5 Ballymac Cooper (w)

6 Dromrich Altair (w)

Heat 16

1 Manaslu Camolin

2 Trickys Dumbo

3 Blue East

4 Deadly Expert

5 Ballyhimikin Jet (m)

6 Droopys Hunch (w)

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A NIGHT OF INCREDIBLE DERBY ACTION

There were some brilliant performances at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night as the opening round of the Boylesports Derby came to a conclusion.

Killmacdonagh, Ballymac Anton, Lenson Bocko, Grangeview Ten and last year’s runner-up Magical Bale all won in fine style, but none could match Wolfe as he posted a brilliant fastest of the round 29.22 in the opening heat of the night.

Heat 14 – WOLFE DEVOURS RIVALS

Marian Maloney’s Wolfe has been touted as a possible Derby winner in recent weeks and his display in the first heat of the evening did little to dampen that view.

In fact, such was the impressive nature of the performance that few will be opposing the brilliant Graham Holland trained son of Tyrur Big Mike and Jalingo in the future rounds.

Sent to traps an unbackable favourite, it was soon evident that Wolfe was on his way to a comfortable victory. After clearing Rising Brandy on the run to the turn he seemed to increase his advantage with each and every stride. By the winning line he had twelve lengths in hand in a sensational 29.22. Rising Brandy, after a protracted battle with Ribchester, came home in second, while Deer Hunter stayed on for third a further length and a quarter adrift.  

Heat 15 – ANOTHER MASTERCLASS FROM KILLMACDONAGH

William Hennessy’s Oaks and Dundalk International winner Killmacdonagh was again at her professional and brilliant best in Heat 15 as she saw off an eye-catching effort from Newinn Lester. The Kieren Lynch trained Killmacdonagh was understandably sent to traps and odds-on favourite and she would have been trading considerably shorter after two strides.

Flying from the inside box, Killmacdonagh never looked likely to let her lead slip. Newinn Lester did keep her honest, however. He charged up behind her to push her down the far side, but once getting to the third turn in the driving seat Killmacdonagh turned on the afterburners. Powering up the straight she went on to beat her rival by an ever-increasing five and three quarter lengths in 29.39. Ballymac Syd recovered after early traffic to finish the same distance away in third.

Heat 16 – ANTON RETURNS TO HIS VERY BEST

Ballymac Anton had the world at his paws at the back end of 2018, but for whatever reason things haven’t gone to plan this year.

He could be about to put that right, however. After a superb victory over 525yds last weekend he was at his brilliant best in Heat 16 as he raced right away from some useful rivals.

Lebudgiesmuggler came away racing from the inside box, but Liam Dowling’s Ballymac Anton was soon on his shoulder and he forced his way beyond the early leader as they hit the second turn. From there the son of Ballymac Best and Coolavanny Angie drew right away to eventually emerge a most impressive scorer in 29.37. Toolmaker Daddy ran on best for second, five and a quarter lengths behind the winner with Fainne Chiarrai another length away in third. Lebudgiesmuggler will also qualify as a fastest fourth.  

Heat 17 – A SMOOTH DISPLAY FROM MANUKA

Manuka Man came in for strong support in Heat 18, eventually going to traps the 6-4 favourite, before running out a good winner for Peter Comerford and Tony Moore.

Despite stepping back from 750yds, Manuka Man was too sharp for his rivals in the early exchanges and that made the difference.

Droopys Neymar, who was a big drifter in the betting, disputed second spot into the bend with Boylesports King, but both here headed by Vaguely Noble down the far side and the latter looked a serious threat to the leader when closing right up on him to the third turn.

At this point the result was confirmed. Vaguely Noble ran into the back of the leader and was forced to check, hampering Boylesports King in the process. The strong running Manuka Man (Kinloch Brae/ Ballydoyle Honey) could then afford to cruise home before eventually seeing off the fast finishing and slightly unlucky Boylesports King by a length and a half in 29.85. Droopys Neymar was a half length away in third, while Vaguely Noble was fourth. 

Heat 18 – TRINKLE COMPLETES A BALLYMAC DOUBLE

Ballymac Trinkle, owned by the Metinthehalfway Syndicate, may not have been the most fancied “Ballymac” runner in Heat 18, but she displayed her trademark early speed to make every inch for Liam Dowling.

From the very outset it was obvious she meant business.

Making a lightning fast start from her favourite inside draw, the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Ballymac Scarlet was clear into the turn. Mucky Brae won a tight race for second to give chase, but he was never going to get to the leader.

Maintaining a fine gallop to the line, Ballymac Trinkle went on to win by three and a quarter lengths in 29.75. Behind the leader there was a desperately tight finish for second with Mucky Brae just getting the better of both Dromrich Antares and Ballymac Tas. The trio were separated by a short head and a length.

Heat 19 – BOCKO A DERBY CONTENDER

Lenson Bocko brought his career tally to seven wins from eight starts in wonderful fashion in Heat 19, once again confirming his standing as one of the best and most exciting young trackers in training.

The Graham Holland trained son of Droopys Jet and Melodys Diamond was headed at traps by Pudgie Budgie, but Bocko soon moved through the gears and opened up into the turn to hold a clear advantage. He ran a fine bend to increase his lead further and by halfway the result was beyond doubt. His kennel companion Ballyhimikin Jet overcame a tardy start and some early traffic to go second down the back straight, but he had no answer to the leader. Instead, Lenson Bocko kept finding out front to win in five and a quarter lengths in a fast 29.47. Pudgie Budgie was three lengths adrift in third with Courthouse King in fourth. It was a wonderful effort by the winner and one that will have impressed many including his owners, the Lochead, Ponder, Whelan Syndicate.

Heat 20 – BALE IS BACK

Last year’s runner-up Magical Bale made a most satisfactory start to his Derby campaign in Heat 20.

The Pat Guilfoyle trained star was a hot favourite to come home in front from the inside box and he duly obliged in typically professional fashion.

Hitting the ground running the Westwell Racing Club Syndicate owned Magical Bale was in charge from the outset. His kennel companion Laughil Josh also displayed fine early speed and he ran an incredible race to the third turn to push the favourite hard, but Magical Bale was always in control and he went on to record a comfortable three and three quarter length success in 29.62. Cash Is King was another half length away in third, while Deadly Expert was fourth.    

Heat 21 – TEN OUT OF TEN FOR TEN

Produce Stakes champion Grangeview Ten completed a quick double for Pat Guilfoyle as he produced one of the most eye-catching displays of the entire round in Heat 21.

 Michael Hogan’s son of Zero Ten and Portumna West had failed to figure in two previous starts at HQ, but he put that right in some fashion.

His talented kennel companion Cabra Firmino hit the ground running from trap four, but he was made look pedestrian by Grangeview Ten who displayed awesome early dash to lead a talented field into the back straight. Behind the front two, Lenson Blinder and Blue East started to close into the third turn, but they had plenty of work to do.

Lenson Blinder ran very wide off the final turn, seemingly throwing away his chance, but he then started to close rapidly. Grangeview Ten did tire on the run in, but he held on for a wonderful victory in 29.59, while Lenson Blinder flew up the straight to, remarkably, fail by only three parts of a length.

Third spot went to Cabra Firmino who was a further half length adrift, while Blue East also qualified as a fastest fourth.  

Heat 22 – BAKAYOKO SCORES

Monbeg Bakayoko displayed fine early dash to take Heat 22 for Eamon Doyle.

 Coming away racing from trap three, the son of Scolari Me Daddy and Na Dubh Tire importantly cleared newline darn Hot to the turn and that proved pivotal.

The latter ran off the turn, leaving Monbeg Bakayoko clear of the now second Lolos Bear. The race was now a two-dog affair. Lolos bear closed on the leader into the third turn and looked a serious threat, but credit must go to the leader as he stayed on well to repel the challenge by a length and a half in 29.92. There was a further five length gap to the luckless Droopys Legend in third. 

Heat 23 – SCOOBY DOO WHERE ARE YOU? - OUT FRONT

Scooby Doo It followed up some encouraging trial form at Shelbourne Park top win Heat 23 in professional manner.

The Jennifer O’Donnell trained son of Scolari Me Daddy and Mountaylor Queen made the fastest start from trap four and that proved decisive.

Jaytee Spirit, who came in as a reserve, pressed him hard in the early yards and down the back straight, but she could never seem to get back on terms. Instead Court Of Justice got up late to take second but Scooby Doo It, owned by the Scooby Trio Syndicate, was never going to be caught and he took the verdict by two lengths in 29.69. Jaytee Spirit was a half lengths away in third.

Heat 24 – MIKE A BIG PRICE WINNER

Monroe Mike may have been a big price to land the spoils in Heat 24, but there was nothing lucky about his victory.

James Kerr’s son of Tyrur Big Mike and Monroe Miss shot from trap three to lead into the turn.

Howth Head was soon in chase and tried as best he could to move upsides down the back straight, but Monroe Mike kept him at bay to the third turn and thereafter there was only going to be one winner. Monroe Mike, who has winning form over 575yds, stuck on gamely to contain the late charge of Winetavern Don by three lengths in 29.94. Howth Head went into the draw for the next round after finishing a head back in third.

Heat 25 – FAST FIT GETS IN ON THE ACT

The strong running Fast Fit Act was always in the right position to strike in Heat 25.

Ghost Dancer went up strongly, but Fast Fit Act went up fractionally faster to lead around the turn and once doing so he was always going to be a tough nut to crack.

Dromrich Altair moved second at the second turn and sat on the shoulder of the leader down the far side and looks a big danger at the third turn, but as stated Fast Fit Act is a strong runner andhe had the inside line in his favour. Increasing his advantage to the final bend, John Quinn’s son of Tullymurry Act and Galloping Maeve raced on to beat Dromrich Altair by two lengths in 29.81. Tiger Reef was ten lengths away in third.

Heat 26 – A CLASSIC EFFORT FROM JIRANO    

Punters went out happy with Pat Norton’s Jirano Classic justifying restrictive odds in the last of the twenty six opening round heats.

2018 Consolation Derby winner Newhall Missile flashed from trap five to hold a narrow lead into the turn, but Jirano Classic was never going to give up his inside line and he forced his way through on the fence to take charge.

Newhall Missile continued to chase the new leader down the far side, but the Johnny O’Sullivan trained Jirano Classic is a powerful galloper and he stayed on stoutly to record a length and three quarter success in 29.88. Razldazl Peaky finished well to grab third, just a neck behind Newhall Missile.     

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MORE DERBY DELIGHTS ON OFFER AT HQ  

Friday’s opening round action in Boylesports Derby provided the usual amount of shocks, superb performances and big-name casualties. Expect a very similar plot this evening.

The big question is where will the shocks come and what big names are under threat.  

BALE TO DISPLAY HIS BRILLIANCE

Perhaps the biggest name of all is Magical Bale. The 2018 Derby runner-up looks set to get his campaign off to a winning start in Heat 20.

It’s well documented that the brilliant tracker is better from a middle draw, but he should have too ammunition for his rivals this evening.

Incredibly in a career where he has always run as an inside seed, the Pat Guilfoyle trained star has only once won from the box and that win came in May 2018. He will be odds-on to put that stat to bed this evening and he gets the nod to lead home his kennel companion Laughil Josh, Deadly Expert and former Produce Stakes winner Cash Is King.

WOLFE CAN HOWL

Graham Holland will be hoping Wolfe can give him the perfect start this evening.

The brilliant son of Tyrur Big Mike is amongst the fastest greyhounds in training and is understandably one of the main fancies for outright success.

He will be a very short price to win the opening heat and barring accident he should come home clear of his rivals which include the Peter Cronin trained pair of Rising Brandy and Da Head Hunter. Wolfe has exceptional pace to the third turn and he can burn off the opposition before halfway. Ribchester, from an ideal draw in six, may emerge as his nearest challenger, but anything short of a comfortable win for Wolfe would be seen as a shock.  

BOCKO CAN DOMINATE

Holland also has a massive hand in Heat 19 where Lenson Bocko is chosen to get the better of his strong running kennel companion Ballyhimikin Jet.

Lenson Bocko has quickly established himself as one of Ireland’s moist exciting young trackers and he can confirm his Derby prospects with a trap to line success.

The feature of his racing style is his massive early speed and pace down the back straight. Despite being likely to edge inwards from the outside box, Bocko should hit the front before the turn and he can then hold the late challenge of Ballyhimikin Jet.

LENSON A BLINDER

Lenson Blinder and Blue East represent Holland in Heat 21.

Both greyhounds have massive ability and should they avoid each other in the opening yards you would expect both to be involved in the shake-up. Lenson Blinder probably has the best of the draw in one, but he will neeed to hold Blue East, racing in two, to the bend. 

This is far from a two-dog affair, however, as the likes of Cabra Firmino, Grangeview Ten and Jaytee Yankee have the talent to capitalise if things go their way. Much will depend on the opening exchanges, but Lenson Blinder gets the nod.    

SYD AND LESTER TO TEST KILLMACDONAGH

Killmacdonagh is amongst the fastest bitches to ever race in Ireland and she will be warm favourite for Heat 15, although Ballymac Syd and Newinn Lester won’t make things too easy for her.

Killmacdonagh has already captured the Oaks and Dundalk International and from an ideal draw on the fence looks the one to beat.

Ballymac Syd looked a potential superstar earlier this year but hasn’t raced since being withdrawn from the final of the Kirby Memorial. He did beat his kennel companion Ballymac Cooper in a recent trial which would suggest he is ready to go and looks a worthy adversary for Killmacdonagh. Newinn Lester is blessed with brilliant early dash and can also play a part in a contest that should make for fascinating viewing.  

RESURGENT ANTON TO STRIKE

Liam Dowling will be hoping Ballymac Anton can provide him with a winner in Heat 16.

One of Ireland’s most promising young trackers last year, the son of Ballymac Best has yet to produce his best in 2019 but his latest victory was far more promising. Lebudgiesmuggler and Fainne Chiarrai can set a searching gallop but Ballymac Anton may be too strong from halfway. 

Dowling is represented by talented females Ballymac Trinkle and Ballymac Tas in Heat 18, but they will need to be on their toes in the opening exchanges with Mucky Brae expected to fly into the opening turn. If the Michael O’Donovan trained Mucky Brae can turn in front he would prove a tough nut to crack. If Shelbourne is running faster than on Friday, he may have enough in hand to contain Ballymac Tas. 

Droopys Neymar has ideal opportunity to begin his Derby challenge with a win in Heat 17. This is a contest packed with greyhounds that may prefer a little further than the 550yd trip. In contrast Droopys Neymar is probably at his best over the Derby trip and he may be too sharp for his rivals to halfway.

Derby sponsor John Boyle has a significant runner in the form of Boylesport King. He looks a potential superstar, although he may need further to be fulfil his potential. Boylesports King is certain to finish at speed, but Droopys Neymar can give his rivals the slip before racing home clear of Boylesports King.

Johnny Linehan recorded a wonderful double on Friday and he will be hoping Droopys Legend can provide him with another winner in Heat 22. Droopys Legend has been handed an ideal draw in the stripes and can assert before the turn. The lightly raced Glory Gold is clearly hugely talented, but faces a tough draw in four.

Fifteen minutes later Pat Kiely can provide Cork with another winner with Court Of Justice chosen to win Heat 23. The son off Droopys Jet has been crying out for a step up to 550yds and on current form he looks a big player. If turning close from an ideal draw in six, Court Of Justice can use his superb back straight pace to great effect. Scooby Do It and Great Blue Shark can emerge as the main dangers. 

The final three heats look tricky. Cabra Salah gets the vote in Heat 24 on the strength of his previous 550yd form at HQ. the Pat Guilfoyle trained tracker can shoot into the turn and if he were to turn in front he would be hard to pick up. Local runner Howth Head stands out as the obvious threat.

Tipperary Cup winner Ghost Dancer will be difficult to beat in the next heat if can continue his fine run of form. The Owen McKenna trained star is a good starter and from a favourable draw in two he can get first run on his rivals. Fast Fit Act can finish strongly for second.    

Jirano Classic looks a real Shelbourne Park dog and he can follow up an extremely impressive trial stake success at Cork. A natural starter with fine pace and power, he is chosen to make every inch. 2018 Derby consolation winner Newhall Missile is clearly entitled to respect, but he doesn’t seem to be in the same sort of form as this time last year.

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8 WITHDRAWALS FROM TONIGHT’S DERBY ACTION

There are eight confirmed withdrawals from tonight’s Derby action at Shelbourne Park.

A number of reserves are available, but they can’t be fully confirmed until weigh in. The following have been withdrawn:

Mags Angel, Wishful Gold, Lemon Shane, Shady Man, Iveshead Gary, Sports Ground, Cracked Lady and Milestone Gem.

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RIVER SETS PACE AS DERBY GETS UNDERWAY

The Boylesports Derby kicked off with a marathon session of opening round heats at a busy Shelbourne Park on Friday night and as expected there were plenty of shocks, a number of fine performances and one or two surprise names to emerge from the field.

Certainly, few would have expected Allaghaun River to go fastest of the night but that’s exactly what he did as he got proceedings off to a flying start on a track that perhaps got a little slower as the evening went on. Incidentally, the racing office chose to rate the track. 10 slow.

Heat 1 – RIVER IN FULL FLOW

The Derby kicked off with a real bang as the Johnny Lenihan trained Allaghaun River produced a brilliant performance to emerge a superb winner.

He may have been a 10-1 chance with thelayers, but there was nothing lucky about his victory.

In fact the son of Tullymurry Act and Knocksouna Lady displayed all the qualities needed from a greyhound to compete at this level. He went up fast along the fence, displayed fine pace down the back straight and dug deep to contain the big finish of Jaytee Tornado.

Allaghaun River came away racing from the inside box, but was immediately pressed by the hot favourite Clona Blaze, while Newinn Hero challenged between the pair. Still, Allaghaun matched the pair for early speed to hold a narrow advantage on the turn and he stayed tight to the fence to enter the back straight in front.

Once doing so he had the pace to ease into a lead of a length by halfway. Newinn Hero remained a close second into the third turn, but he checked his stride at this point, in turn holding up his advancing kennel companion Macaroon Cruz.

By this point Jaytee Tornado was flying and he moved second as they turned for home. Allaghaun River was not going to be denied, however, and he held on to score by a head in 29.56. Newinn Hero was another two and a quarter lengths adrift in third, while fourth went to Macaroon Cruz. 

Heat 2 – STRAIGHTFORWARD FOR SOPHIES MAN

After opening his career account at the seventh time of asking last time out, Sophies Man quickly made it two on the spin in Heat 2.

Elite Black held a narrow lead into the turn from trap two, but Sophies Man forced his way through on the fence to lead from the turn.

Once going to the front there was no stopping the Peter Cronin trained son of Droopys Jet and Badminton Maid. Albert Putnam’s June ’17 whelp raced clear of his rivals right to the finish to eventually see off the staying on Ripley Lad by three and a half lengths in 29.65. Catunda Logan was collared on the line for silver, a neck away in third while there was the same gap to Sign On Aki in fourth. 

Heat 3 – MICRO DOES ENOUGH

The consistent Highview Micro was in the right place at the right time to take advantage in the third heat.

Dermot Kilmurray’s son of Strom Control and Highview Horizon was prominent into the turn behind Ballybeg Moss and when the latter seemed to lose his action off the second turn, Highview Micro was left clear.    

It should have been easy from there, but Harriestown Star had other ideas. Closing right to the line, he forced the judge into action before the Gerry Merriman trained Highview Micro was declared the winner by a head in 29.89. Seldom wrong was a length and three quarters back in third.

Heat 4 – REDZER ARRIVES LATE AND FAST

There was an incredible finish to the fourth heat with the Shelbourne 750y record holder, Redzer Ardfert arriving from out of the clouds to deny Jumeriah Buddy in a desperately tight finish.

The latter seemed certain score when getting the better of his rivals into the turn.

Murts Boher turned second and Lenson Austin Austin third, but neither could bridge the gap. Instead Redzer Ardfert, owned by Pat Reddan and Kathleen Clifford, arrived into the picture at the third turn and sprouted wings as they entered the home straight.

Finishing with a wet sail, the Brendan Maunsell trained son of Paradise Madison and Have You One shot up the inside of his rivals to hit the front in the very last stride to deny the long-time leader by the narrowest of margins in 29.80. Murts Boher was three parts of a length away in third and Lenson Austin a neck back in fourth.

Heat 5 – GREAT EFFORT BY EASTERN

The Martin Lanney trained Great Eastern (Makeshift/ Oghill Lucy) was at his professional best in Heat 5 as he lowered the colours of the hot favourite Ballymac Cooper.

The latter missed the start and displayed fine pace to the turn to even get into contention.

In contrast, Great Eastern flashed from trap two and soon bettered the UK raider Trickys Dumbo to lead around the turn. Great Eastern increased his advantage as Ballymac Cooper gave Trickys Dumbo a bump to go second. 

As expected Ballymac Cooper began to close down the far side, but Great Eastern is difficult to pass and he kept finding out front to contain Ballymac Cooper, who nearly tripped over the leader’s heels in the dying yards. At the line Stephen Townsley and Seamus Lanney’s Great Eastern had two lengths to spare in 29.72. Trickys Dumbo was another six lengths adrift in third.   

Heat 6 – A DYNAMITE DISPLAY

Garry Hannon’s Deadly Dynamite is a young greyhound with a most progressive profile and he produced a foot-perfect display to win Heat 6 in comfortable fashion.

 The Karol Ramsbottom trained son of Ballymac Vic and Doodle Doo hit the ground running from the inside box and never saw another rival.

His task was made somewhat easier at the turn, as a number of his rivals found bad traffic, but there was no way Deadly Dynamite was going to surrender his lead once going to the front. He stayed on well to eventually see off Knight Rocker by six lengths in 29.69. Music Toour Ears was another three and a quarter lengths away in third.

Heat 7 – VEGA SWOOPS LATE

Vic Vega produced a superb performance to capture Heat 7 for Declan Beary.

An 8-1 chance in the ring before the off, the son of Tullymurry Act and Mohane Patient was well off the pace in the early yards.

Instead, Sliabh Liag won the battle for early supremacy, but she was closely pursued by Bakery Lane. The pair had a great battle into the third turn with Sliabh Liag maintaining a narrow lead, but the complexion of the race began to change into the third turn.

As the front pair bumped, Vic Vega was now in full stride in third. Vic Vega, who had entered the back straight in fourth, was now too close for comfort and while Sliabh Liag did shake off the attentions of Bakery Lane she was a sitting duck. Vic Vega finished fast to take charge in the closing yards for a length and a half verdict in 29.91. Jirano Max was four lengths away in third.

Heat 8 – TAYLOR AND SIM SERVE UP A THRILLER

Jaytee Taylor and Ballyanne Sim last met in the 2018 Derby final when the latter famously emerged triumphant.

Eleven months on, John Turner’s Jaytee Taylor (Laughil Blake/ Toms Delight) exacted some revenge in Heat 8 although connections of Ballyanne Sim won’t be too disappointed as the defending champion ran a fine race in defeat.

This contest provided yet another tremendous buckle. Ballyanne Sim, who would have needed the outing, displayed his trademark early burst to dictate the pace into the turn. Jaytee Taylor raced on the shoulder of Pennylane Fionn in third and his supporters would have been hoping the pair didn’t clash.

They needn’t have worried. Jaytee Taylor moved second, passing Pennylane Fionn as they entered the back before quickly setting his sights on the leader. The leader didn’t come back to the favourite as quickly as many were expecting, however.

Displaying his fighting spirit, Ballyanne Sim kept racing right to the line, but in the end Jaytee Taylor was just a little too strong. He too would have needed the outing, but the Paul Hennessy trained star was almost on terms turning for home and despite running wide he hit the front under the shadow of the post to win by a head in 29.82. Pennylane Fionn was a further three adrift in third.

Heat 9 – ME DADDY EMERGES IN MESSY CONTEST

Heat 9 was without question the messiest and least satisfactory contest of the night.

Willie Hyslop’s Toolmaker Me Dad emerged a good winner, but few greyhounds had a clear run while Burgess Bucks suffered an injury when challenging down the far side.

Toolmaker Me Dad was slowly into stride and was only fifth into the turn, but luck landed on his lap as he found himself close to the pace entering the back straight after opening bend traffic, while he was left in front after Burgess Bucks lost his stride down the far side. Thereafter, Toolmaker Me Dad was never going to be caught and the Robert Gleeson trained son of Scolari Me Daddy and Noelles Chiquito ran out a two and a half length winner over Ballydoyle Valor in 30.47. Ardfert Rooster was another length and a half back in third.    

Heat 10 – HUNCH TURNS OVER ARMINTA

John Coleman’s hugely progressive Droopys Hunch produced a brilliant effort to see off the red-hot favourite Ballymac Arminta in Heat 10.

The Murt Leahy trained Droopys Hunch displayed fine early speed to challenge and head Ravenswood Hugo into the bend, while Ballymac Arminta sat in third.

At this point Jacks Tornado shot up the inside of Ballymac Arminta and that cost the favourite valuable ground. Meanwhile, Ravenswood Hugo used his inside line to head Droopys Hunch around the opening two bends.

Droopys Hunch (Droopys Sydney/ Droopys Blossom) carried momentum into the back straight, however and she shot to the front before halfway before easing away to the third turn. Ballymac Arminta did stay on strongly to take second, but on this occasion Droopys Hunch was too good as she raced to a most impressive five length victory in 29.61. Ravenswood Hugo was a further length and a half behind Ballymac Arminta.      

Heat 11 – A HAPPY RUN

Run Happy ran like a greyhound that could develop into a serious Derby contender when racing clear of his rivals in Heat 11.

The Champion Stakes runner-up wasn’t the fastest into stride from the inside box, but he flew into the turn to take command from Jumeriah Sprite and Jaytee Storm.

From that point it was a procession. The Pat Buckley trained star shot clear of his rivals to the third turn and could coast home a facile winner. The Tom Quinn and Ned Morrissey owned son of Tullymurry Act and Marlfield Taylor was simply too good as he raced on to a five and a quarter length success in 29.60. Jumeirah Sprite clung on to take second, containing the big finish of Our Surprise by a neck.      

Heat 12 – WEAR RUNS OUT A GOOD WINNER

Paul James’ Worseforwear came in for heavy support in the ring prior to the penultimate heat of the night and the money was inspired.

The Peter Cronin trained son of Jacksaiem and Kilara Missy duly obliged, hitting the front early and going on to dominate as he completed a superb double for his handler.

Scottish Derby champ Braveheart Bobby gave chase for much of the way, but on his comeback after a layoff he ran out of steam before eventually finished fourth. Instead Wwioft Shamrock finished well to grab second, but Worseforwear was too good and he ran out a five and a half length winner in 29.69. Doona Buck finished third, a further length adrift.

Heat 13 – JOHNNY DELIGHTED WITH HIS PENSION

Johnny Linehan ended the night in style, when Droopys Pension (Quietly/ Droopys Maid) saw off a fleet of fancied Graham Holland trained runners.

Droopys Pension really appreciated the longer run to the turn, going clear of his rivals.

Slippy Cian was soon in chase, however, and looks a serious threat but in his first run in a while he probably needed the outing. This allowed Kieran Ryan’s Droopys Pension to remain ahead of his rival and he went on to cross the line with three parts of a length to spare in 29.76. Totos Park was another length and a half away in third.

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DERBY GETS UNDERWAY

Just over five weeks from now the 2019 Boylesports Derby champion will be crowed on Saturday, September 21st.

In all there will be less than half an hour of actual Derby action, but those 57 races will provide drama, heartbreak, plot twists and elation.

TAYLOR TO HOLD SIM

It all kicks off this evening with the first thirteen opening round heats expected to provide some stunning racing.

Four of last year’s finalists return to Derby action this evening including the reigning champion Ballyanne Sim.

After a small injury scare, Eamon Cleary’s brilliant tracker begins the defence of his title in Heat 8, although the betting would suggest he may have to play second fiddle to another of last year’s finalists Jaytee Taylor.

The Paul Hennessy trained star has been promoted to Derby favouritism in recent days and he certainly has the profile of a potential Derby champion. He was a raw novice last year when reaching the final and all evidence would suggest he is ready to reach the peak of his powers.

He may be a wide seed, but a trap four draw will pose no problems to Jaytee Taylor and it would be no surprise if he were to produce a massive run this evening. Ballyanne Sim is obviously entitled to plenty of respect, but after a hold up in his preparation he may struggle to contain Jaytee Taylor.

Jaytee Taylor won’t be the only odds-on favourite in action tonight. Clona Blaze, Ballymac Cooper, Burgess Bucks and Ballymac Arminta are all expected to start shorten than evens

A BALLYMAC DOUBLE?

Two of those named are trained by Liam Dowling and both are high profile runners.

Ballymac Cooper has quickly established himself as one of Ireland’s best and after just nine career starts is disputing outright favouritism.

He will line out in Heat 5 where the sole UK raider Trickys Dumbo and Great Eastern stand out as the main dangers. Both are clearly talented, with the Select Stakes winner Trickys Dumbo potentially exceptional, but Ballymac Cooper is a bit special and he can lay down a marker.

Ballymac Arminta will be long odds-on to win the Heat 10. The Champion Stakes winner is the fastest female ever to race over both 525 and 550yds at the Ringsend venue and she should have too much in her locker for the likes of Ravenswood Hugo and Droopys Hunch. The latter has a good draw in six and can emerge as the nearest rival to Arminta.

BLAZE TO SET UP A HOLLAND DOUBLE

As you would expect, Graham Holland has a number with strong claims and it would be a shock if he didn’t win the first and last of tonight’s heats.

Clona Blaze is expected to dominate in the opening heat, while Holland has four of the six runners in the final heat.

Easter Cup champion Clona Blaze has always saved his best for Shelbourne and should set a searching gallop. He can rocket from traps and really flies to the third turn. That could be enough to build a clear advantage before holding the late charge of Jaytee Tornado.

Clonbrien Prince gets the nod for Holland in the final heat where Slippy Cian is the obvious threat. The pair are amongst the best in training, but Clonbrien Prince has been given a kind draw in red and that may make the difference. He can take charge in the opening yards.

DYNAMITE LOOKS THE PART

Karol Ramsbottom is having a year like no other and if his team can carry their form into the Derby he can expect further success.

Ramsbottom has strong claims with both Sliabh Liag and Deadly Dynamite this evening.

Deadly Dynamite looks particularly well housed in red in Heat 6. The young son of Ballymac Vic has a progressive profile and after impressing in his latest outing over the 550yuds trip he is nominated as one of the bets of the evening. The fast starting Gold Cup champion Music Toour Ears should race prominently, but he faces a tough draw in four, while Cushie Jet is also nominated as a threat although his recent exertions over 750yds won’t aid his cause.  

Sliabh Liag can also go close for Ramsbottom. A brilliant 28.11 winner in late July, she will be hard to stop if hitting the ground running. The evergreen Bakery Lane is the biggest danger, but he would far prefer a rails pitch. Expect him to cut inwards from five.

BUCKS TO STAR FOR BUCKLEY

Pat Buckley has the strongest hand this evening of any handler. In all, Buckley is responsible for the favourite in four heats.

Mark Lowther’s Seldom Wrong is first out in Heat 3. The strong running tracker has been expensive to follow but he has been handed an easier assignment than many.

If he can improve his starting, turning closer to the pace, the youngster would have too much pace from the second turn for his rivals.

Burgess Bucks lines out for Buckley in Heat 9 and will start a hot favourite. The penny seems to be dropping with the hugely talented black and after a superb victory last week he is difficult to oppose. Ballydoyle Valor and Toolmaker Me Dad are the main dangers to Bucks, but neither can afford to give the favourite a lead.

Champion Stakes runner up Run Happy is perhaps the best drawn greyhound in the entire opening round. With Our Surprise certain to move right at the start, Run Happy will have the fence to himself and that could make the difference. Our Surprise is very strong and looks a threat, as does Buckley’s second runner Jumeriah Sprite.

Pat Buckley’s Scottish Derby champion Braveheart Bobby makes his return in Heat 12. In what isn’t the strongest heat he is entitled to start favourite, but be wary he may need the outing. If you’re seeking value Worseforwear may be the answer.       

A COUPLE OF TOUGH ONES

Heats 2 and 4 look particularly open. Sophies Man, Catunda Logan and Ripley Lad head the betting in Heat 2 and all three have strong claims, while Sign On Aki and Elite Black can’t be discounted either. Ripley Lad is strong and that may make the difference.

Picking a winner in Heat 4 is no easy task. In truth every runner has a strong chance. Certainly, if I was having a bet, I’d want a minimum of 3-1 about any of the six runners. Murts Boher gets the nod, but this is, perhaps, a race to watch.   

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BRAYDEN A NON-RUNNER

Ballymac Brayden was yesterday confirmed a non-runner from Heat 7 of the Derby this evening.

A reserve should run, but can’t be confirmed until weigh in.

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BOYLESPORTS IRISH GREYHOUND DERBY SPECIALS

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DERBY HEATS PRICED UP

Sponsors Boylesports have priced up the opening round heats of the Derby and in total there are eight odds-on favourites with Ballymac Arminta the shortest favourite of the round in Heat 10.

The Champion Stakes winner has been installed a 4-11 chance.

Others that are particularly short include Jaytee Taylor (1-2), Ballymac Cooper (4-7) and Wolfe (8-13). For the record the biggest priced favourite of the round is Murts Boher at 11-4 in Heat 4. There was one market mover before Wednesday lunchtime with Toolmaker Me Dad backed in from 11-4 to 9-4 for Heat 9 where Burgess Bucks is the 4-5 favourite.

For obvious reasons Boylesports haven’t priced up the heats where there are non-runners. Reserves may come into those contests, but it can’t be confirmed until weigh-in which greyhounds come in.   

Friday’s heats with Boylesports Prices:

Heat 1: 4-5 Clona Blaze, 7-2 Jaytee Tornado, 9-2 Macaroon Cruz, 7 Newinn Hero, 8 Allaghaun River, 16 Tullymurry Icon.

Heat 2: 11-8 Sophies Man, 2 Ripley Lad, 4 Catunda Logan, 6 Elite Black, 7 Sign On Aki, 33 Black Jenny.

Heat 3: 6-4 Seldom Wrong, 9-4 Highview Micro, 7-2 Ballybeg Moss, 6 Manaslu Camolin, 8 Harriestown Star, 14 Bankers Wink.

Heat 4: 11-4 Murts Boher, 3 Jumeirah Buddy, 7-2 Droopys Davy, 4 Redzer Ardfert, 4 Lenson Austin, 8 Boynepark Woods.

Heat 5: 4-7 Ballymac Cooper, 9-2 Trickys Dumbo, 11-2 Great Eastern, 11-2 Blastoff Jet, 9 Cuil Legend, 33 Mean Beauty.

Heat 6: 5-2 Deadly Dynamite, 5-2 Sweep The Yard, 5-2 Cushie Jet, 9-2 Music Toour Ears, 8 Knight Rocker, 9 Enable.

Heat 7: 2 Sliabh Liag, 3 Bakery Lane, 10-3 Pennys Ponyo, 7-2 Ballymac Brayden, 7 Jirano Max, 10 Vic Vega.

Heat 8: 1-2 Jaytee Taylor, 3 Ballyanne Sim, 13-2 Swanley Flight, 8 Pennylane Fionn, 20 Ravenswood Lotti, 20 Double Busy.

Heat 9: 4-5 Burgess Bucks, 9-4 Toolmaker Me Dad, 4 Ballydoyle Valor, 12 Combo Corofin, 14 Eager Ember, 14 Ardfert Rooster.

Heat 10: 4-11 Ballymac Arminta, 4 Droopys Hunch, 7 Ravenswood Hugo, 7 Jacks Tornado, 20 Hour Glass Kodi, 33 Old Fort Pio.

Heat 11: 5-4 Run Happy, 4 Jumeirah Sprite, 9-2 Jaytee Storm, 5 Our Surprise, 6 Panther, 7 El Commendo.

Heat 12: 6-4 Braveheart Bobby, 15-8 Worseforwear, 7-2 Doona Buck, 5 Swift Shamrock, 12 Abington Hero, 25 Press Paws.

Heat 13: 11-8 Clonbrien Prince, 11-8 Slippy Cian, 6 Totos Park, 8 Droopys Pension, 9 Ballyhimikinbolt, 16 Boleys Fella.

Saturday’s heats with Boylesports Prices

Heat 14: 8-13 Wolfe, 5 Rising Brandy, 11-2 Da Head Hunter, 11-2 Ribchester, 8 Mags Angel, 20 Proven Loyalty.

Heat 16: 6-4 Ballymac Anton, 10-3 Fainne Chiarrai, 4 Colemans Flyer, 9-2 Lebudgiesmuggler, 5 Toolmaker Daddy, 12 Tiger Jack.

Heat 17: 5-2 Droopys Neymar, 5-2 Manuka Man, 5-2 Boylesports King, 5 Vaguely Noble, 6 Jays Apache, 10 Ninja Nagato.

Heat 18:  6-4 Ballymac Tas, 7-4 Mucky Brae, 4 Boynepark King, 5 Ballymac Trinkle, 14 Caleta Robin, 16 Dromrich Antares.

Heat 19: 10-11 Lenson Bocko, 9-4 Ballyhimikin Jet, 5 Lemon Shane, 8 Courthouse King, 8 Pudgie Budgie, 25 Nametab Anubis.

Heat 22: 2 Droopys Legend, 3 Glory Gold, 4 Newline Darn Hot, 4 Monbeg Bakayoko, 5 Lolos Bear, 8 Kilgraney Bert.

Heat 26: 4-5 Jirano Classic, 9-4 Newhall Missile, 8 Crackling Blitz, 9 Choctaw Fantasy, 10 Razldazl Peaky, 10 Millridge Blitz

DERBY SPECIALS ON OFFER WITH SPONSORS

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

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6 WITHDRAWN FROM DERBY

There are six reported non-runners ahead of the opening round of the Boylesports Derby and, remarkably, all six are from Saturday night’s heats.

Reserves may run in their place, but it can’t be confirmed which reserve will run where before weight in.

The six reported non-runners are:

HEAT 15: WISHFUL GOLD

HEAT 20: SHADY MAN

HEAT 21: IVESHEAD GARY

HEAT 23: SPORTS GROUND

HEAT 24: CRACKED LADY

HEAT 25: MILESTONE GEM

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THE START OF A WONDERFUL DERBY JOURNEY

156 names - 114 inside seeds, 15 middle seeds and 27 wide seeds - went into the draw drum at Shelbourne Park on Monday morning and one by one Leon Blanche of the sponsors drew out each and every potential winner of the Boylesports Derby.

As you’d expect the draw has thrown up one or two mediocre contests, but also a number of mouthwatering clashes. In all sixty greyhounds will be eliminated between Friday and Saturday’s opening round sessions leaving the nice round figure of 96 for the second round.

It all comes to a conclusion on September 21st, but before then there will be more plot twists than a Stephen King novel. Five of last year’s six finalists will again take their chance and once suspects that at least one of that handful will make another final.

Defending champ Ballyanne Sim has been given the all clear to begin the defence of his title and he lines out in Heat 8 on Friday. He will be joined by one of the sponsor’s joint favourites, Jaytee Taylor. Of course, Taylor was one of the co-favourites in last year’s decider but was out of luck before finishing last. He also made the semi finals of English Derby this year and his handler Paul Hennessy reports him in good shape. He will wear the black jacket of four on Friday and will most likely start a hot favourite to see off Ballyanne Sim and others. 

Graham Holland will be disappointed to have drawn four dogs in Heat 13, but he can be hopeful of at least three making it through from Clonbrien Prince, Slippy Cian, Totos Park and Ballyhimikin Bolt. Droopys Pension is the one potential fly in the ointment, but Clonbrien Prince and Slippy Cian will head the market.

2018 runner-up Magical Bale would prefer a middle draw in Heat 20, but should he come away on terms from the inside box he can account for his kennel companion Laughil Josh and the improving Deadly Expert, who represents the in-form outfit of Karol Ramsbottom.

Killmacdonagh has done no wrong this year and Kieran Lynch’s brilliant bitch will kick her Derby campaign off in Heat 15 on Saturday. Of her rivals Ballymac Syd and Newinn Lester stand out as the main dangers, but one suspects Killmacdonagh will be very difficult to beat in the red jacket.

Sole UK runner Trickys Dumbo faces a tough test in Heat 5. He must take on Ballymac Cooper, Blastoff Jet and Great Eastern. With that in mind, progression is perhaps the most Trickys Dumbo can hope for with Ballymac Cooper likely to start a hot favourite.

The latter’s kennel companion and Champion Stakes winner Ballymac Arminta will be one of the shortest priced favourites of the round from a favourable draw in three in Heat 10. The greatest threat to Arminta may come in the form of another female with the in-form Droopys Hunch well housed in six.

There will be thirteen heats on both Friday and Saturday. Three will qualify from each heat with the 18 fastest fourth place finishers progressing also.

DRAW FOR THE 2019 BOYLESPORTS IRISH DERBY

FRIDAY, AUGUST 16TH (Three to qualify + 18 fastest fourths)

Heat 1

1 ALLAGHAUN RIVER

2 MACAROON CRUZ

3 NEWINN HERO

4 TULLYMURRY ICON

5 CLONA BLAZE (W)

6 JAYTEE TORNADO (W)

Heat 2

1 SOPHIES MAN

2 ELITE BLACK

3 BLACK JENNY

4 CATUNDA LOGAN

5 RIPLEY LAD (W)

6 SIGN ON AKI (W)

Heat 3

1 MANASLU CAMOLIN

2 SELDOM WRONG

3 BALLYBEG MOSS

4 HARRIESTOWN STAR

5 BANKERS WINK (M)

6 HIGHVIEW MICRO (W)

Heat 4

1 JUMEIRAH BUDDY

2 REDZER ARDFERT

3 BOYENPARK WOODS

4 MURTS BOHER

5 LENSON AUSTIN (M)

6 DROOPYS DAVY (W)

Heat 5

1 MEAN BEAUTY

2 GREAT EASTERN

3 CUIL LEGEND

4 TRICKYS DUMBO

5 BALLYMAC COOPER (M)

6 BLASTOFF JET (W)

Heat 6

1 DEADLY DYNAMITE

2 KNIGHT ROCKER

3 SWEEP THE YARD

4 MUSIC TOOUR EARS

5 CUSHIE JET

6 ENABLE (M)

Heat 7

1 PENNYS PONYO

2 SLIABH LIAG

3 BALLYMAC BRAYDEN

4 JIRANO MAX

5 BAKERY LANE

6 VIC VEGA (W)

Heat 8

1 PENNYLANE FIONN

2 BALLYANNE SIM

3 RAVENSWOOD LOTTI

4 JAYTEE TAYLOR (W)

5 SWANLEY FLIGHT (W)

6 DOUBLE BUSY (W)

Heat 9

1 COMBO CORAFIN

2 TOOLMAKER ME DAD

3 EAGER EMBER

4 BURGESS BUCKS

5 BALLYDOYLE VALOR

6 ARDFERT ROOSTER (W)

Heat 10

1 RAVENSWOOD HUGO

2 HOUR GLASS KODI

3 BALLYMAC ARMINTA

4 OLD FORT PIO

5 JACKS TORNADO

6 DROOPYS HUNCH (M)

Heat 11

1 RUN HAPPY

2 OUR SURPRISE

3 JAYTEE STORM

4 JUMEIRAH SPRITE

5 PANTHER

6 EL COMMENDO (W)

Heat 12

1 PRESS PAWS

2 BRAVEHEART BOBBY

3 DOONA BUCK

4 SWIFT SHAMROCK

5 WORSEFORWEAR (M)

6 ABINGTON HERO (W)

Heat 13

1 CLONBRIEN PRINCE

2 BALLYHIMIKINBOLT

3 DROOPYS PENSION

4 BOLEYS FELLA

5 TOTOS PARK (M)

6 SLIPPY CIAN (W)

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH 

Heat 14

1 RISING BRANDY

2 WOLFE

3 MAGS ANGEL

4 DE HEAD HUNTER

5 PROVEN LOYALTY

6 RIBCHESTER (W)

Heat 15

1 KILLMACDONAGH

2 WISHFUL GOLD

3 BALLYMAC SYD

4 TE AMO

5 HIGHVIEW RIZON

6 NEWINN LESTER (W)

Heat 16

1 LEBUDGIESMUGGLER

2 BALLYMAC ANTON

3 COLEMANS FLYER

4 TOOLMAKER DADY

5 TIGER JACK

6 FAINNE CHIARRAI (W)

Heat 17

1 DROOPYS NEYMAR

2 MANUKA MAN

3 NINJA NAGATO

4 JAYS APACHE

5 VAGUELY NOBLE (M)

6 BOYLESPORTS KING (W)

Heat 18

1 BALLYMAC TRINKLE

2 CALETTA ROBYN

3 MUCKY BRAE

4 BALLYMAC TAS

5 BOYLEPARK KING

6 DROMRICH ANTARES (W)

Heat 19

1 COURTHOUSE KING

2 NAMETAB ANUMBIS

3 LEMON SHANE

4 PUDGIE BUDGIE (M)

5 BALLYHIMIKIN JET (M)

6 LENSON BOCKO (W)

Heat 20

1 MAGICAL BALE

2 DEADLY EXPERT

3 LAUGHIL JOSH

4 CROSSFIELD WILL

5 SHADY MAN

6 CASH IS KING (W)

Heat 21

1 LENSON BLINDER

2 BLUE EAST

3 CABRA FIRMINO

4 GRANEGVIEW TEN

5 IVESHEAD GARY

6 JAYTEE YANKEE

Heat 22

1 KILGRANEY BERT

2 NEWLINE DARN HOT

3 MONBEG BAKAYOKO

4 GLORY GOLD

5 LOLOS BEAR

6 DROOPYS LEGEND (W)

Heat 23

1 BEATTHEBORO

2 GREAT BLUE SHARK

3 BURGESS PADDY

4 SCOOBY DO IT (M)

5 SPORTS GROUND (W)

6 COURT OF JUSTICE (W)

Heat 24

1 HOWTH HEAD

2 WINETAVERN DON

3 MONROE MIKE

4 CLONCUNNY BOSS

5 CABRA SALAH

6 CRACKED LADY (W)

Heat 25

1 MILESTONE GEM

2 GHOST DANCER

3 FAST FIT ACT

4 TIGER REEF (W)

5 LEMON OZZY (W)

6 DROMRICH ANTARES (W)

Heat 26

1 CHOCTAW FANTASY

2 CRACKING BLITZ

3 JIRANO CLASSIC

4 RAZLDAZL PEAKY

5 NEWHALL MISSILE

6 MILLRIDGE BLITZ

Making the Draw for the 2019 BoyleSports Derby (L to R) Derek Frehill Racing Manager Shelbourne Park, Leon Blanche, Head of Communications BoyleSports (sponsors) and  James Murray Racing Co-Ordinator Shelbourne Park.   Pic: Imelda Grauer

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DERBY DRAW TO BE LIVE STREAMED

We’re less than a week from the start of the Boylesports Derby, but before the racing action starts the big talking point will be the opening round draw which will take place on Monday morning.

The draw is due to commence at 10.30am and if you can’t wait for the draw to go up on-line why not view it live.

There will be a live stream on the Shelbourne Park Facebook page or follow the link that will be embedded on Talking Dogs. 

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BALE FASTEST IN DERBY TRIALS

2018 Boylesports Derby runner-up Magical Bale moved with real fluency in a solo trial at Shelbourne on Friday evening ahead of his Derby challenge.

Pat Guilfoyle suggested his brilliant tracker would need the spin, but it was scarcely evident as he posted a wonderful 15.93 to the third turn sectional after a 2.01 opening split. Despite tying up a little, Magical Bale stopped the clock in 28.19.

Liam Dowling trialled two if his team with Ballymac Syd beating Ballymac Cooper by a short head in 28.22. Syd flashed from traps and made every inch. In contrast Cooper missed the kick, lost a stride on the turn before finishing well to get so close.

The Michael O’Donovan trained Mucky Brae was fastest of the remaining 525yd trials as he stopped the clock in 28.52. Most notable of the sprint trials was that of Ballyanne Sim. The defending Derby champ went around in 18.70. It’s worth noting that he was in action in the earlier trial session when the weather was still pretty miserable. 

FULL LIST OF TRIALS:

5.30 session:

350yds

Ballyanne Sim – 18.70

Uncle Wexford – 19.10

Trewmount Tom – 18.75

525yds

Great Blue Shark - 28.88

Crackling Blitz – 28.78

7.00pm session:

550yds

Great Eastern beat Manaslu Camolin by 7 lengths in 29.65.

525yds

Mucky Brae – 28.52

Magical Bale – 28.19

Ballymac Syd beat Ballymac Cooper by a short head in 28.22  

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TAYLOR AND COOPER HEAD DERBY MARKET

With little over a week to the start of the Boylesports Derby, Jaytee Taylor and Ballymac Cooper head the sponsors betting for the blue riband with both available at 14-1.

Last year’s runner up Magical Bale and the hugely exciting Melodys Bocko are available at 16-1. 

There are a whole host of greyhounds on the 20-1 mark including Ireland’s two fastest bitches, Killmacdonagh and Ballymac Arminta. Graham Holland has a quartet of runners on the same mark, Lenson Blinder, Slippy Cian, Wolfe and Clonbrien Prince. Skywalker Logan and Grangeview Ten are also on the 20-1 mark.

Kilbride Warrior, Burgess Bucks, Cabra Firmino, Ballymac Syd, Run Happy, Braveheart Bobby and Clona Blaze are 25-1 in the market. There are some talented types available at 33-1 including English Derby champ Priceless Blake, Ballyhimikin Jet, Mucky Brae, Boylesports King, Droopys Verve, Manuka Man, Ballymac Tas and Ballymac Anton. For the record, defending champion Ballyanne Sim is one of many available at 40-1.

Of course the market will change considerably in the coming days when the final entry is known. The draw is due to take place on Monday morning.  

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BALE READY FOR DERBY

Pat Guilfoyle confirmed yesterday that last year’s Boylesports Derby runner up and beaten English Derby favourite Magical Bale should be spot on ahead of his Derby campaign.

He also confirmed that he plans to run a team of six in the blue riband.  

Said Guilfoyle on Magical Bale, “We gave him a sprint trial the other night and he would have badly needed the run. He always takes a run or two to get going again. He’s back with us a month and settled in straight away, but he’s that type of dog, a real happy go lucky sort.

“We’re going to give him a 525yd trial on Friday [today] and that should set him up lovely for the Derby. We’re very happy with him.”

Guilfoyle went on to confirm his Derby team: “I’ve entered six and they’re all similar types, early paced railers. On top of Magical Bale, we’ll have Cabra Firmino, Cabra Salah, Music Toour Ears, Laughil Josh and Granegview Ten.

“Most of them are young so it will be interesting to see how they go. To be honest most of them would want to be in front, but Shelbourne is running so fast at the moment that 525yd dogs might just get home over 550yds.”   

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SIM STILL A DERBY POSSIBLE

Eamon Cleary reported after the Dundalk International that his 2018 Boylesports Derby champ Ballyanne Sim would likely miss this year’s competition after picking up a small injury.

Thankfully, it seems the problem was even smaller than first thought and the brilliant black returned to action at the weekend, trialing at Shelbourne Park over 350yds.

The son of Confident Rankin clocked 18.72 for the sprint trip and Mark Robinson was happy with the spin. Said Robinson: “He made a quicker recovery than we thought and after a couple of hand gallops we decided to give him a sprint trial. He came out of it fine and we’re planning to give him a 525 trial on Friday.

“At this stage he’ll be entered for the Derby with a view to everything going well on Friday. If he’s right, he’s right. The dog seems well in himself at the moment and the Derby only comes around once a year. We’ll also give Uncle Wexford a trial on Friday. He’s also coming back after a problem but seems okay now” 

Incidentally, Ballyanne Sim is currently a 40-1 chance with the sponsors to defend his crown.