English Greyhound Derby - 5th May to 4th June, 2016
Jaytee Jet produced a sensational performance in the third round of the William Hill Greyhound Derby on Saturday night to propel to the head of the betting and the Irish superstar will line up in the third quarter final at Wimbledon on Tuesday evening, which will be shown live on Sky Sports as the final 24 do battle in what is going to be another enthralling evening at Plough Lane.
Boyneside Fun will be one of the star attractions in the first quarter final as Charlie Lister's charge does battle with the likes of Jaytee Dutch and Cloran Paddy in what could be classed as one of the easier heats in the Quarter Final Draw.
Southfield Jock will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways in the second eliminator, but will face a stern test on his inside from Blue Cafu, with Stay Lucky and Shaneboy Freddie another eye-catching brace of runners aiming to bag a top-three berth and qualify for Saturday night's semi-finals.
The aforementioned Jaytee Jet will be aiming to ping the lids again from box six in the third qualifier, but Hiya Butt recorded a superb win in the third round and is sure to be prominent in the early stages for Hayley Keightley, whilst the strong-running Peregrine Falcon and the solid Droopys Latina will be another couple of lively players.
However, the toughest quarter final will be last up on Tuesday evening as Greyhound Derby second favourite Droopys Roddick will aim to build on Saturday's win, but in the speedy California in trap six and the rapid Ballymac Brogan in trap four he will have a brace of lively adversaries, with Lenson Sanchez and Old Joe Golden adding huge depth to a stunning final eliminator.
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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|