A plethora of exciting youngsters will take their chance in the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby, which kicks off at Monmore on Thursday, and some of the emerging talents will be aiming to sparkle in this valuable 480m competition, and possibly use it as a springboard to a Greyhound Derby campaign later in the year.

Six mouth-watering first round heats will take place on Thursday, with the first three making it through to the semi-finals, as they all aim to embark on a journey which will see them make it into the live Sky Sports final on March 16, and two of the names that stand out in the first round draw are Forest Con and Azzurri Genesis, who have both been touted as potential challengers in this event before going on to a Greyhound Derby campaign.

Dorotas Woo Hoo is another exciting talent that has already gained a place in the ante-post betting for the Derby in a few months and Charlie Lister's puppy will clash with Dorotas Del Mar in the third eliminator on Thursday, which should be full of thrills and spills.

2017 Ladbrokes Puppy Derby First Round Draw

Thursday 2nd March

Heat 1

  1. Inky Holdem
  2. Dorotas Hooligan
  3. Crossfield Conor
  4. Ambion Hill
  5. Santas Son (m)
  6. Forest Con (w)

Heat 2

  1. Crossfield Hugo
  2. Droopys Susan
  3. Swift Lucious
  4. Drive On Charlie
  5. Dorotas Wildcat (m)
  6. Allowdale Hannah (w)

Heat 3

  1. Cunning Joker
  2. Swift Melampe
  3. Dorotas Del Mar
  4. Droopys Martial (m)
  5. Dorotas Woo Hoo (w)
  6. Rio Coco (w)

Heat 4

  1. Azzurri Genesis
  2. Crossfield Giles
  3. Pacey Bambi
  4. Swift Asbolos (m)
  5. Mrs Chippy (w)
  6. Oreo (w)

Heat 5

  1. Carn Brea
  2. Ballymac Dema
  3. Cuba Libre
  4. Lemming Stu (m)
  5. Forest Natalee (w)
  6. Droopys Argento (w)

Heat 6

  1. Droopys Giorgio
  2. Holdem Jenga
  3. Farloe Thor
  4. Bridgehouse Boy (m)
  5. The Other Reg (m)
  6. Droopys Bonucci (w)