Droopys Buick and Bubbly Bluebird are two of the hottest properties in greyhound racing at the moment, but the pair were kept apart in the first round draw of the Betfred Eclipse, which kicks off at Nottingham on November 7, as 36 greyhounds were named in the 500m showpiece, which will conclude in front of the Sky Sports cameras on November 22, where a clash between the two heavyweight four-bend performers will be expected.

With only three rounds taking place in the event this year, as the number of participants was dropped from 48 to 36, it could be an event jam-packed with quality and other eye-catching names in the first round include Oscar Whisky, who will be aiming to sparkle on the big occasion once again, while Kildallon Bolt and Barricane Tiger have been drawn together in the fifth qualifer, and they are another brace of star names entered for the event.

Won by Pinpoint Boom at huge odds last year, the event is sure to provide a multitude of thrills and spills in the coming weeks, but all eyes will be on Droopys Buick and Bubbly Bluebird, who will be aiming to make it through to the final in a few weeks and serve up a heavyweight clash for greyhound fans to get excited about.

2016 Betfred Eclipse First Round Draw

Monday 7th November

Heat 1

  1. Shaneboy Freddie
  2. Bockos Bolasie
  3. Revilo Bob
  4. Liam Og
  5. Droopys Country (m)
  6. Garryglass Champ (w)

Heat 2

  1. Vatican Gurkha
  2. Quivers Camps
  3. Minglers Thunder
  4. Peregrine Falcon
  5. Fred The Shred (m)
  6. Stay Lucky (w)

Heat 3

  1. Ballymac Mossjoe
  2. La Carbonero
  3. Sawpit Sunshine
  4. Pointless Pearl
  5. Ballymac Darragh (m)
  6. Maglass Razzle (w)

Heat 4

  1. Coolykeeren Rake
  2. Swift Carter
  3. Droopys Buick
  4. Lowgate Topaz (m)
  5. Be Up Front (m)
  6. Oakfield Caesar (w)

Heat 5

  1. Barricane Tiger
  2. Ballymac Benz
  3. Shaneboy Style
  4. La Brava (m)
  5. Kildallon Bolt (m)
  6. Pinpoint Boss (w)

Heat 6

  1. Ballymac Ramsey
  2. Bubbly Bluebird
  3. Tynwald Baz
  4. Fourpenny Blaze (m)
  5. Oscar Whisky (m)
  6. Astra Prince (w)