Ian Fortune

Nottingham released a statement yesterday regarding the English Derby.

The event was postponed from earlier in the year and will be now run in October with restricted numbers of 96. The statement highlights the method in which they will get the number down to 96, the details of the draw and information on extra trial sessions ahead of the competition. 

It reads:  

Nottingham are pleased to announce that the closing date for the 2020 Star Sports & ARC Greyhound Derby has been set for Thursday 24th September 2020 with a deadline of 3:00pm.

A selection panel consisting of Jason Smith (Nottingham Joint Racing Manager), Nathan Corden (Nottingham Representative) and Peter O’Dowd (highly respected former Romford Racing Manager) will then have the task of selecting the 96 runners for this year’s competition. The panel will announce the runners and order of reserves at 3:00pm on Friday 25th September. The draw for the First Round of the 2020 Star Sports & ARC Greyhound Derby will take place live in the Racing Post office and be shown live on Racing Post Greyhound TV at 5:30pm on Saturday 26th September. Entry forms for the 2020 Star Sports & ARC Greyhound Derby can be downloaded from either nottinghamdogs.com or gbgb.org.uk and the fee to enter is £250.00. Trials for open race greyhounds will resume at Nottingham from Monday 3rd August with open races to recommence from Monday 10th August with 2020 Star Sports & ARC Greyhound Derby Trial Stakes. There will be an additional four Derby trial sessions and these have been scheduled for Thursday 3rd September, Thursday 10th September, Thursday 17th September and Thursday 24th September. Nottingham spokesperson Nathan Corden says “We will be resuming trials for open racers and open racing from the 3rd and 10th August respectively and there will be 7 weeks of 2020 Star Sports & ARC Greyhound Derby Trial Stakes in the lead up to the big event. On top of that we have special Derby trial sessions on every Thursday throughout September. We believe this format will give everybody an opportunity to have at least one pre-Derby trial and/or race around Nottingham”. He continues “With the revised format of this year’s Derby it should be noted that there will be no special dispensation of Rule 79 (ii) which means that alterations to the seeding of greyhounds will be up to and for the 2nd Round. Likewise, there will be no special dispensation of Rule 87 and thus guarding for greyhounds in the competition will be for the 1st Round only”. RPGTV have confirmed their sponsorship for this year’s Derby undercard which sees the Derby Plate increase in value to £4,000 to the winner as well as in format to 24 greyhounds. In addition, they will sponsor a 500m Puppy £3,000 to the winner Category 2 competition and a 680m Stayers £3,000 to the winner Category 2 competition. Nathan Corden says “We are extremely grateful to the team at RPGTV for their generous sponsorship and in particular the increase in value to the Derby Plate. The Plate will now be run over 3 rounds starting on Quarter Finals night, so those greyhounds knocked out in the 1st or 2nd Rounds will be eligible to enter.” Please contact Nathan Corden on 07885 493887 if you require any additional information or clarification.