English Greyhound Derby - 1st May to 31st May
Pat Buckley's Mind The Net will head into Saturday's Greyhound Derby final on Sky Sports as the one they all have to beat as the classy performer will look to produce another exceptional performance to land the prestigious Wimbledon prize in what is shaped up to be an epic showpiece.
Crokers Champ has shown phenomenal early pace throughout the competition and he will look to ping the lids from trap one and try to bag an unassailable lead in the first half, but Mind The Net has shown that he can produce the goods off the back and he will be hoping that he can get a smooth path in the early exchanges and put on the burners down the back straight.
Those two dominate the betting, but the other quartet lining up ooze class and Droopys Ward showed when landing a shock win in the semi-final that he will be producing his best work late on and can't be discounted, whilst Salad Dodger is another who is a real strong running dog and should feature in the latter part of the event that stars on a card which also has the William Hill Champion Hurdle taking place.
Farloe Trent is the sole wide runner in the field and if he can manufacture his way round the first two bends then he will be a leading contender as they head into the second part of the contest, whilst Kincraig Rory will complete the line-up and is improving as the competition progresses and adds great depth to what will be a superb finale to a terrific competition.
Greyhound Derby Final Trap Draw
- Crokers Champ
- Salad Dodger
- Droopys Ward
- Mind The Net (m)
- Kincraig Rory (m)
- Farloe Trent (w)
Result 2014 - William Hill Greyhound Derby Final
- 1st - Salad Dodger 16/1
- 2nd - Droopys Ward 6/1
- 3rd - Crokers Champ 5/2
Bruno Berwick's Salad Dodger caused a major shock in the final of the William Hill Greyhound Derby as the 16/1 shot reeled in the speedy Crokers Champ and fought off the battling Droopys Ward in a race that saw red-hot favourite Mind The Net fail to get a clear passage and was forced to settle for minor honours.
Salad Dodger broke well, but the pace of Irish raider Crokers Champ saw him push a length clear at the bend, but in behind the strong running duo of Berwick's raider and Droopys Ward always saw them as major dangers and turning for home Salad Dodger propelled to the front to land the £200,000 coveted prize at Wimbledon.
2015 Greyhound Derby Betting
|Mind The Net||50||50||-||-||40||-||-|
|Take The Crown||50||66||-||-||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|
|17:50 | 17:53 | 17:56 | 17:59 | 18:02 | 18:05|
|17:49 | 17:52 | 17:55 | 17:58 | 18:01 | 18:04|
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