Pat Buckley's Knocknaboul Syd will head into Saturday's Greyhound Derby semi-finals as the clear favourite, but the Irish-trained raider faces some stiff opposition from the likes of kennelmate Deerjet Sydney and the Richard Rees-trained Southwood Jet, who maintained his unbeaten start to the competition with a fine victory last weekend.

There will be two mouth-watering eliminators on Saturday and the first sem-final will see the aforementioned duo of Knocknaboul Syd and Southwood Jet lock horns, with the latter having been drawn in trap one and the former in trap four. Tough to split in the betting, the pair will set the standard, but there's some classy performers taking their chance, with the first three qualify for the prestigious final at Nottingham greyhound stadium on October 31.

Coolavanny Chick was beaten by Wolfe in a pulsating quarter-final and will be aiming to bounce back to winning ways from trap six, while Graham Holland's Ballydoyle Valor will be eager to enhance Ireland's participation in the final claim one of the valuable top three qualifying spots.

The second final will see the fast-starting Deerjet Sydney take his chance, but he will have to do his best work from trap four. With significant tendencies to head to the rail from the boxes, Buckley's rapid starter will hope to ping the lids and be away and gone, but on his inside he will have Wolfe, who has been one of the stars of this year's Greyhound Derby, and is the current fourth favourite.

Troy Firebird has racked up a trio of second placed finishes in this event and is the sole wide runner in the second semi-final, while Churchill Holly has been handed trap one and will look to avoid the in-rushing Deerjet Sydney in what looks a fascinating contest.

2020 Star Sports & Arc Greyhound Derby Semi Final Draw

Saturday 24th October

Heat 1

  1. Southwood Jet
  2. Ballydoyle Valor
  3. Deanridge Rapid
  4. Knocknaboul Syd
  5. Distant Village (w)
  6. Coolavanny Chick (w)

Heat 2

  1. Churchill Holly
  2. Lenson Whelan
  3. Wolfe
  4. Deerjet Sydney
  5. Smurfs Machine (m)
  6. Troy Firebird (w)