English Greyhound Derby - 5th May to 4th June, 2016
Jaytee Jet will aim to make the most of being the sole wide runner in the final of the 2016 William Hill Greyhound Derby final, which takes place at Wimbledon on Saturday evening in front of the Sky Sports cameras, but a star-studded sextet will do battle in a sensational renewal of the Plough Lane showpiece.
Droopys Roddick produced a sensational display last Saturday to beat the aforementioned Jaytee Jet and the previously unbeaten Hiya Butt in an epic second semi-final, and the Irish superstar will be hoping that he can emulate that run from trap three in the 480m blue riband event, which is the main event on a night that also sees the 2016 Champion Hurdle take place.
Hiya Butt has been electric from the traps throughout the competition, but from trap five will have his work cut out to get on the bunny, and if he heads to the rails it could see him leave an open passage for Jaytee Jet on his outside, so it's no surprise to see the Emerald Isle raider installed as the jolly for the final.
However, Lenson Rocky was paw-perfect in the first semi-final as he recorded a blistering time to book his final place, and having been drawn on the inside has to be regarded as one of the main contenders if he can repeat that display on what will be a fabulous night that also includes the Derby Plate final.
Cloran Paddy will be aiming to hand Charlie Lister yet more glory in the Derby and he scraped into the final in the dying strides of the first eliminator, and he is sure to be doing all his best work in the latter part of the race, whilst Peregrine Falcon maybe the outsider for the final, but he is a real class act on his day and adds terrific depth to a race oozing quality.
|1 Lenson Rocky|
|2 Cloran Paddy|
|3 Droopys Roddick|
|4 Peregrine Falcon|
|5 Hiya Butt|| |
|6 Jaytee Jet (w)|
2016 William Hill Greyhound Derby Final Result
- 1st - Jaytee Jet 15/8 Fav
- 2nd - Droopys Roddick 7/2
- 3rd - Hiya Butt 7/1
2017 Greyhound Derby Odds
|Eden The Kid||66|
English Derby History
Since it was established in 1927 the English Greyhound Derby is the toughest competition to win as the elite do battle over a gruelling qualifying process.
Originally run at White City until 1985, the Greyhound Derby now takes place at Wimbledon Stadium over a distance over 480 metres.
In a demanding competition, greyhounds will have to progress through several heats, before the top six remain and battle it out for Derby supremacy in the final.
The roll of honour lists such greats as Mick The Miller, who was a phenomenon back in the 1920s and more recently the likes of Rapid Ranger and Westmead Hawk have bagged the crown in consecutive years.
The undisputed champion of the current training crop is Charlie Lister, who bagged his sixth training crown with 2011 winner Taylors Sky, who set the track record of 28.17 seconds in the final, but that has since been beaten and Sidaz Jack landed the prize for Lister a year later.
With current sponsors William Hill boosting the win fund to a staggering £200,000 for the 2014 renewal, the English Greyhound Derby is certainly the most sought after competition in the greyhound calendar.
|2000||Rapid Ranger||Wimbledon Stadium||28.71||7/4 Fav|
|2001||Rapid Ranger||Wimbledon Stadium||28.71||7/4|
|2002||Allen Gift||Wimbledon Stadium||29.04||16/1|
|2003||Farloe Verdict||Wimbledon Stadium||29.13||16/1|
|2004||Droopys Scholes||Wimbledon Stadium||28.62||7/2|
|2005||Westmead Hawk||Wimbledon Stadium||28.56||5/4|
|2006||Westmead Hawk||Wimbledon Stadium||28.44||4/7|
|2007||Westmead Lord||Wimbledon Stadium||28.47||6/1|
|2008||Loyal Honcho||Wimbledon Stadium||28.60||5/2|
|2009||Kinda Ready||Wimbledon Stadium||28.65||25/1|
|2010||Bandicoot Tipoki||Wimbledon Stadium||28.57||7/2|
|2011||Taylors Sky||Wimbledon Stadium||28.17||7/4Fav|
|2012||Blonde Snapper||Wimbledon Stadium||28.65||8/1|
|2013||Sidaz Jack||Wimbledon Stadium||28.47||6/1|
|2014||Salad Dodger||Wimbledon Stadium||28.38||16/1|
|2015||Rio Quattro||Wimbledon Stadium||28.24||5/1|