All eyes will head to Towcester Greyhound Stadium this week as the 2021 Star Sports & TRC Greyhound Derby kicks off, as the premier four-bend dogs from the UK & Ireland do battle for the marquee event.

With such a wide open field, there's some eye-catching value to be had in the competition, and we pick out our two best bets here...

Newinn Session - 16/1

Graham Holland's Newinn Session suffered a shock exit in the secound round of the Greyhound Derby at Nottingham last year, but the Irish raider is back for another crack at the competition, and he's one of the prominent figures in the betting.

Knocked out in the semi-finals of the Easter Cup at Shelbourne Park in March, Newinn Session has shown to be a strong running dog, as he will be doing all his best work in the closing stages of races. With the need for bagging a top three spot paramount through the early rounds then Newinn Session should make it through the first couple of rounds - and he heads into his first round contest as a red-hot jolly.

Beaten by Hilight Arkle in his recent trial at Towcester, Holland's raider should improve significantly for the run round, and the pair had pulled three lengths clear of their rivals that day, so that's solid form.

He's still a relatively lightly-raced performer, and should be a major contender for the travelling Irish, and he is the first to go into the book.

Back Newinn Session at 16/1 with William Hill

Ballymac Kingdom - 50/1

With the Irish sending over a strong team it's natural to look at those at the head of the market, but there's an eye-catching contender lower down the betting and that's the Liam Dowling-trained Ballymac Kingdom.

Available around the 50/1 mark, at the time of writing, Ballymac Kingdom is one of the lesser fancied runners from the Emerald Isle, but he looks to be a dog that continue to qualify through the early rounds, and the strong stayer could be a real challenger, if improving as the competition continues.

A winner Shelbourne Open 600 in January, Ballymac Kingdom showed his qualities over that longer distance, so a drop back in trip could be a slight worry for punters, but having shown early pace at times, if he can ping the lids then he's not going to be one that they pass easily during the race.

His sole trial at Towcester wasn't too bad, but he's one that improves as the event goes on, so he's certainly a slow burner to keep an eye on, and at 50/1 looks a great each-way play.

Back Ballymac Kingdom at 50/1 with William Hill