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Greyhound Derby Betting, Preview and Guide

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This year's Greyhound Derby is to be run at Towcester for the sixth time and gets underway in May and concludes with the final taking place at the end of June.

Greyhound Derby Betting, Preview and Guide

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Greyhound Derby 2024 Quarter-final results, winning times and reviews

Quarter-final resu🌱lts, semi☂-final qualifiers, times and sectionals:

QF 1:

  1. T6 Churchfield Syd 8/1 29.08 (4.01)
  2. T4 Droopys Pivotel 14/1 29.34 (4.10)
  3. T2 Gaytime Nemo 9/2 29.66 (4.22)

Churchfield Syd took full advantage of a messy race to take the first Derby quarter-final, showing his usual good early pace to clear the rest of the field at the first bend. Richard Rees’ brindle dog was winning for the second time in this competition but did benefit from some traffic problems behind which definitely held up the progress of Droopys ꦗPivotel, who tangled with the fading Grouchos Duke approaching the final bend. Heat favourite Droopys Shivoo probably lost her chance with an uncharacteristically poor start but still only just missed out on making the semi-final as the fast-finishing Gaytime Nemo got up for third place to beat her by a head. This was a gallant effort from last year’s Derby winner Gaytime Nemo who found all sorts of trouble around the first bend and looked an extremely unlikely qualifier at that point. Graeme Holland’s July 2020 dog now still keeps the dream alive of being the first back-to-bak Derby winner since the great Westmead Hawk.

QF 2:

  1. T1 King Memphis 4/11F 28.65 (4.06)
  2. T3 Whyaye Man 20/1 29.07 (4.08)
  3. T2 Ballymac Gizmo 12/1 29.37 (4.15)

An extremely impressive win from King Memphis who is now the only remaining unbeaten dog in this year’s Derby. The 4/11 heat favourite was headed briefly by both Whyaye Man (T3) and Ballinabola Ed (T6) on the run to the first corner but this big 34 kilo dog used all his strength to muscle his rivals out of the way at the vital first bend. Once he hit the back straight, King Memphis opened up impressively and quickly went three lengths clear and then pulled further away for a five-and-a-quarter length victory in the fastest time of the night (28.65). This December 2021 dog has won his Derby races decisively with all of his victories coming by at least three lengꩲths. Dogs that remain unbeaten throughout a Derby competition are extremely rare but there must be every chance King Memphis will do just that. The bookmakers have made him the 9/4 favourite to lift the Derby crown and that seems a very fair price as it will take an exceptional performance to stop this dog winning the 2024 blue ribbon.

QF 3:

  1. T5 Ballymac Slick 5/1 29.12 (4.09)
  2. T3 The Other Kobe 1/2F 29.22 (4.02)
  3. T1 Edwards 14/1 29.32 (4.17)

Quarter-final three was a five-dog race due to former Derby finalist Swords Rex being a non-runner due to injury. This appeared to open the race up for Irish Derby winner The Other Kobe who was sent off the ½ favourite on the night. Favourite backers were on good terms with themselves when The Other Kobe won the early-paced battle with Trap 6 Droopys Doughnut and moved a length clear down the back straight. That clear lead continued until very near the line when Ballymac Slick showed a great turn of late pace to swamp the early leader and pull away for a one-and-a-quarter length victory in a time of 29.12. The winner has not yet reached his second birthday but has already won three times in this year’s Derby. His best time so far of 28.98 would leave him something to find with th▨e contꦉenders at the top of the market but he is definitely a young dog to follow. 

QF 4: 

  1. T6 Boylesports Bob 11/4 28.68 (4.08)
  2. T3 Coss Tokyo 20/1 29.52 (4.21)
  3. T4 De Lahdedah 8/13F 29.68 (4.21)

The fourth quarter-final produced an astonishing display from Boylesports Bob who well and truly put his near elimination in the third round to bed with a stunning ten-and-a-half length victory. Paul Hennessy’s dog finally put together a decent start and made it to the first-bend neck and neck with Cooliogold in Trap 1 but the inside dog held his line and led down the back straight. However, with Boylesports Bob’s renowned fast-finish it looked only a matteꦍr of time before he took over but Cooliogold lasted in front 📖till approaching the second last bend when the winner powered away for one of the largest winning distances you are ever likely to see in a race over 500m. The winning distance was enhanced by the coming together of long-time leader Cooliogold and Bockos Thunder which put paid to both their respective chances of qualifying for the semi-final. Nevertheless, this was an emphatic display of power finishing from Boylesports Bob and if he can negotiate a clear run in the semi-final and final, no dog will want him breathing down their neck at the final bend.

Greyhound Derby 2024: Quarter-finals preview

Just twenty-three𒁏 dogs left in the Derby as we get to the quarte-final stage. Saturday evening sees four top-quality heats beginning at 7.10.

We are down to three unbeaten dogs now in this year's Derby and all of w💖hom appear to ha🅠ve very strong claims to take the title:

Quarter-final no. and time
Dog's name
First round time
Second round time
Third round time
Fastest sectional
QF 1 7.10pm
Crafty Shivoo
29.33
28.59
28.62
3.93
QF 2 7.29pm
King Memphis
28.68
28.78
28.74
4.03
QF 3 7.47pm
The Other Kobe
29.23
28.99
28.77
3.97

First quarter-final 7.10pm:

Perhaps the heat of the evening with four third round winners taking part, including the unbeaten Crafty Shivoo. Last year's Derby winner Gaytime Nemo is involved here as well but punters seem to be latching on to the very inexperienced puppy Droppys Pivotel who won't be two until August. Trained at Romford by Maxine Locke, ༺he has only had six races in his career so far but he really impressed in his heat win and could be a value pick in this crackerjack of a race.

Second quarter-final 7.29pm:

Liz McNair's King Memphis has been mightily impressive so far in this competiton and arguably the most consistent dog as well. He's hardly seen another dog and has recorded very fast times in all of his races up to now, as well as getting the best of the draw tonight. King Memphis has already recorded Derby wins over two of tonight's opponents - Ballymac Finn and Ballinabola Ed - and may ha🦩ve most to fear from Wh🉐yaye Man if that dog can avoid early trouble.

Third Quarter-final 7.47pm

This will be a five-dog race aౠs previous Derby finalisღt Swords Rex has been withdrawn due to an injury.

This race is dominated Irish Derby champion The Other Kobe who is on a run of seven races unbeaten. The bookmakers make Graeme Holland's dog around a 4/9 shot for tonight's race after progressively improving times of 29.23, 28.99 and 28.77. However, The Other Kobe is over four-years-old now and it is asking a lot of a dog of that age to keep churning out these top-class performances and he looked slightly fortunate to gain a clear run in the last round. The progressive Ballymac Slick could be the play here agains🍷t the short-priced favourite as he is the only seeded middle runner he may well get some racing room especially if The Other Kobe moves towards the rails. Ballymac Slick was extremely game in getting up to collar Cooliogold iꦐn the last round and a clear run could see him give the favourite a scare at the very least.

Quarter-final four 8.05pm:

Another fascinating heat with another Irish dog heading the betting in De Lahdedah who has managed to navigate through a couple of rough races with two wins and a runners-up spot last time behind Crafty Shivoo. He will need to trap at his best against this field and could find the two inside dogs Cooliogold and Bockos Thunder in front of him at the first bend. If De Lahdedah does get caught in any early scrimmaging he will have to hope that the fast-finishing Boylesports Bob is not too close at the last bend🌜 as he would be an extremely difficult opponent to hold off should he get a clear run. Boylesports Bob was very slow away last time and performed miracles to qualify so he too will need to up his game at the traps.

Greyhound Derby 2024: Third round winning times and race reviews

Round Three heat winners and times🅘. Sectionals 🙈in brackets.

Saturday 8th June:

Heat One: The Other Kobe 28.77 (4.02)

Heat Two: Droopys Pivotel 28.93 (4.12

Heat Three: Churchfield Syd 29.19 (4.02)

Heat Four: Droopys Doughnut 28.93 (4.04

Heat Five: Grouchos Duke 28.98 (4.08)

Heat Six: Crafty Shivoo 28.62* (3.93)

Heat Seven: King Memphis 28.74 (4.05)

Heat Eight: Ballymac Slick 28.97 (4.08)

* Fastest time of the night

Irish Derby winner The Other Kobe recorded an🌊 impressive 28.77 in the first of the Round Three heats. Bookmakers cut Graeme Holland’s dog into 9/2 second favourite for outright Derby victory and this win now means a record of eight consecutive victories for the son of Ballymac Best. For those wishing to oppose The Other Kobe you could highlight the fact that he is well into his fifth year (April 2020 whelp) and that he looked fortunate to g🥀ain a clear run at the first bend last Saturday.

There was a shock in the second heat when 7/1 shot Droopys Pivotel came home safely clear of the two heat favourites, Ballymac FInn and Boylesports Bob. Maxine Locke’s Augu🎀st 2022 dog was recording his first win of his Derby campaign and only running in the sixth race of his career. His times have gradually improved through the three rounds so he could appeal to punters as a dog to be with going forward. Boylesports Bob has been well supported throughout the Derby so far but his supporters must have had their hearts in their mouths as he was very slow away here (recording a 4.36 sectional) and was a long last at the first bend. His chances of qualifying looked very slim at that point but his track craft kicked in and he produced a turbo charged finish to get up for third and was ahead at the pick-up. Nevertheless, he won’t be able to get so far behind in later rounds and really needs to sharpen up his trapping. 

Heat three provided the race of the evening where the 6/5 favourite Churchfield Syd just held on by a neck and a neck from Coss Tokyo and Bockos Thunder. The winner just made the bend in front of the eventual third placed dog but the real eye-catcher was Coss Tokyo who found all sorts of trouble throughout the race but still nearly got up on the line. The winning time wasn’t exceptional (29.19) so that may have made Coss Tokyo’s run look better than perhaps 🉐it actually was but this young puppy is still not two-years-oldꦑ and looks to have a big future ahead of him over staying trips.

A major shock in Heat four as the ½ favourite Superfast Gorden was readily outpointed by 6/1 shot Droopys Doughnut. The winn🅺er in Trap 6 just made the first bend ahead of the favourite who appeared to have to check up as a result. It’s difficult to say that that incident made the difference between winning and losing for the favourite but this was a significantly slower performance than his second round victory. 

A tough race for punters in Heat five with the three biggest priced dogs making it through to the next round. Grouchos Duke (6/1) has been really consistent out of the traps in all three rounds and recorded his best time of the event so 🅺far when winning in 28.98. Edwards was allowed to go off at 16/1 despite winning both his previous Derby races and did well again here to safely make it through to the quarter-finals after finishing in the runner-up spot. Ballymac Gizmo ran on well to secure the third spot in theꦡ draw. The well fancied 6/4 favourite Antigua Hawk could not replicate the blistering early pace that had also seen him win both his previous races here and trailed in last. 

Heat six saw the fastest time of the third round when Crafty Shivoo just won out in a three-way battle between three dogs who were previously unbeaten in the Derby. 28.62 was Crafty Shivoo’s winning time, with the strong finishing De Lahdedah just a head back in second. The front two had a great battle with De Lahde💜dah fastest from the traps but Crafty Shivoo showing the better early pace to get to the first bend in front. The runner-up just couldn&rsq🧔uo;t get a clear run at the leader and had to check to the outside off the last bend to make his final challenge which just failed. Both these dogs are possible outright Derby winners, although the bookmakers just favour the chances of the runner-up. The other previously unbeaten dog, Gaytime Nemo, qualified in third place but seemingly didn’t have any excuses for being beaten nearly two and a half lengths.

The most impressive performance of the night arguably went to King Memphis who looked virtually unstoppable in Heat seven. Led up from the traps by Ballinbola Ed in Trap six, King Memphis use൩d his weight to push that rival out of the way at the first bend and then powered away from that dog to be a near four lengths winner at the lܫine. With another five lengths back to previous Derby finalist Swords Rex this looks a performance which warrants the bookmaker cutting Liz McNair’s dog to a best price 4/1 favourite to win the Derby outright.

The final heat of the night saw a ding-dong battle between the previously Derby unbeaten Cooliogold and the eventual winner Ballymac Slick. The two principals paced up together to the first bend with Cooliogold just muscl🅰eing to the front. Maxine Locke’s dog went a couple of lengths clear down the back straight and looked to have a winning lead entering the final straight only to be just caught by the fast finishing dog in Trap 5. The winner recorded 28.97 for the second consecutive tim🥂e and looks a fair price for the competition outright at odds of 28/1.

Greyhound Derby 2024 Round Three Preview

The Greyhound De��rby has reached the third round and all eight heats wi🍨ll be run on Saturday 8th June.

Nine dogs remain unbeaten in the competiti🦋on. Details below:

Heat Number and Time
Dog's Name
First Round Time
Second Round Time
Fastest Sectional
Heat 1 6.35
The Other Kobe
29.23
28.99
3.97
Heat 5 7.47
Edwards
28.98
29.1
4.08
Heat 5 7.47
Antigua Hawk
28.81
28.77
4.04
Heat 6 8.05
Crafty Shivoo
29.33
28.59
3.98
Heat 6 8.05
Gaytime Nemo
29.14
28.76
4.06
Heat 6 8.05
Delahdedah
28.78
28.91
4.13
Heat 7 8.22
King Memphis
28.68
28.78
4.03
Heat 7 8.22
Swords Rex
28.99
28.73
3.97
Heat 8 8.40
Cooliogold
29.14
29.14
4.07

Three of the unbeaten dogs line up Heat Six which promises to be a cracker as reigning champion Gaytime Nemo takes on Irish Oaks winner Crafty Shivoo and current Derby joint-favourite, the strong running Delahdedah.

Another unbeaten head to head in Heat Seven when the other ouright joint-favourite, King Memphis, takes on last year's finalist, the resurgent Swords Rex

If you aren’t sure who to back in the Derby Heats why not check out the Greyhound Derby tips of the OLBG experts.

Greyhound Derby 2024: Second round winning times and race reviews

Round Two heat winners and times. Sectiona🦂ls in brackets.

Friday 31st May:

Heat 1: Swords Rex 28.73 (3.97)

Heat 2: Newinn Syd 29.01 (4.15)

Heat 3: King Memphis 28.78 (4.09)

Heat 4: Gaytime Nemo 28.76 (4.06)

Heat 5: Cooliogold 29.14 (4.07)

Heat 6: De Lahdedah 28.91 (4.13)

Heat 7: Superfast Gorden 28.71 (4.05)

Heat 8: The Other Kobe 28.99 (3.97)

Irish St Leger runner-up Swords Rex improved significantly on his opening victory when scor🌳ching to a five and a half length win in the opening heat of the second round in a fast 28.73. Graeme Holland’s dog returned a lightning-fast sectional of 3.97 and that was enough to blast him clear of the field and none of the other runners looked like getting close to him after that. Punters may be put off by the fact that Swords Rex will be four-years-old in July but this performance, and the fact that he beat the current Derby favourite King Memphis in a trial stakes on the 12th May, suggests he is one of the more likely winners of the whole competition.

Another heat winning favourite and another all the way winner when Newinn Syd broke smartly and railed closely for a convincing four and a quarter length win in Heat 2. Newinn Syd’s times so far in the Derby have not matched up to some of the faster dogs but Mark Wallis’ three-year-old could continue to go through the 🅠rounds if he keeps getting a rails draw.

Heat 3 went the way of joint track record holder King Memphis who was matched out of the traps by Nowitsmyturn but the Derby favourite was strong enough to be in front by the crucial first bend and then never looked like being caught. King Memphis recorded another fast time of 28.78 but that was only the fourth-fastest time of the night so Liz McNair’s dog might be bomb-proof in the next rou๊nd.

Gaytime Nemo continued the winning run of all the way leaders when just making the first bend in front in Heat 4. Outsider Boc🌃kos Thunder gave good chase in second but never really looked like overhauling the winner who remains unbeaten i꧃n the competition so far. Gaytime Nemo recorded 28.76 for a two and a half length win and is around a 25/1 shot for outright victory.

Maxine Locke’s Cooliogold also maintained his unbeaten record in this year's Derby when recording exactly the same time in Heat 5 that he returned i𝓰n the first round of 29.14. Cooliogold got the better of some early scrimaging with the well fancied Road Exile and, once in front, he looked unlikely to be caught.

Heat 6 was billed as head to head between King Capaldi and De Lahdedah but when 40/1 outsider Coppice Trophy and Churchfield Syd led up out of the traps, a shock looked like it could be on the cards. Churchfield Syd kicked into a four length lead on the back straight but the two favourites had managed to negotiate past the rest of the field to be the nearest pursuers. King Capaldi looked to be sure of qualifying when he moved into second place but the Even money favourite weakened disappointingly approaching the last bend and did not qualify for the next round. By contrast, De Lahdedah was obviously getting stronger but still only managed to collar the long-time leader near the post for☂ a halౠf-length victory. Bookmakers were impressed with the strength and track-craft of the winner and he is now vying for overall favouritism for the 2024 Derby.

Superfast Gorden was an impressive winner of Heat 7. Eventually running out a four and a half length winner in a quick 28.71. Pat Buckley’s dog was initially led up by Clonbrien Treaty and the two had a good battle until the third bend where Superfast Gorden powered away. The bookmakers were impressed with the winner and one bookmaker cut him to 8/1 joint favourite bu🙈t 12/1 is still available from a number of other bookies.

Irish Derby winner The Other Kobe again demonstrated his lightning fast early pace when cracking out of the boxes in 3.97. Graeme Holland’s dog eventually won by just under two lengths but was as much as three times that distance in front on the back straight and his stride did seem to shor🤡ten noticeably approaching the line. The Other Kobe recorded a time of 28.99 and his supporters must have hoped for a quicker time given his very fast sectional. He looks vulnerable to a strong finisher in the upcoming rounds.

Saturday 1st June:

Heat 9: Azurite 29.09 (4.15)

Heat 10: Ballinabola Ed 28.91 (3.99)

Heat 11: Antigua Hawk 28.77 (4.04)

Heat 12: Crafty Shivoo 28.59 (3.98)

Heat 13: Edwards 29.10 (4.14)

Heat 14: Ballymac Finn 28.99 (4.08)

Heat 15: Whyaye Man 29.01 (4.09)

Heat 16: Never Say No 29.03 (4.13)

Saturday’s heats began with a cracking battle between Coss Tokyo and eventual winner Azurite. The winner trapped well but was headed at the first bend by outsider Clona Kody but Azurite manage🌟d to get past that opponent down the back straight. ꦛImmediately though the winner was challenged by Coss Tokyo who appeared to slightly stumble as he tried to get past Azurite. The two battled it out around the third bend and then Azurite drifted wide and allowed Coss Tokyo to challenge on his inside. They had a great tussle up the home straight with Azurite just holding on for a short-hear victory. The runner-up looked unfortunate and would be fancied to overturn the defeat if the pair were to meet again. 

Heat 10 saw another fine display of early pace when Ballinabola Ed also dipped below 4.00 in his sect🍸ional. Pat Buckley’s dog is a couple of weeks off his fourth birthday and was⭕ the oldest in this heat by nearly a year but he certainly gave his younger rivals a lesson in speed from the traps. Eventually he came home a length ahead of Singalong Dolly when recording 28.91.

Antigua Hawk impressed in the first round when recording an alꦆl-the way win in 28.81 and it was more of the same here in Heat 11 when bettering his earlier time by four hundredths of a second. Antigua Hawk had failed to record a victory in his three previous races in Ireland but is certainly making up for it now in the UK. His fine early pace allowed him to get over to the rails from Trap 5 but he may not always be able to do that as the competℱition progresses and as he has the same trap in Round three it will be interesting to see if the outside draw proves to be a drawback.

Irish dogs have been dominating the Derby so far so the home team were pleased to get a winner on the board when Crafty Shivoo got within 0.01 of the Towcester track record in Heat 12. Mark Wallis&🌌rsquo; bitch scraped home in 29.33 in the first round but this was a different story as she dominated her rivals for a near five length victory and 📖a time of 28.59. She looks one of the UK’s best hopes of fending off the Irish challenge.

It was surprising to see Heat 13 winner Edwards return an SP of 9/1 given his excellent form at the track but he was perhaps a shade fortunate to hold on by a short-head from Boylesports Bob. The runner-up found a heap of trouble, first getting pushed out wide at the first bend and then checked in his run by Trap 5 Aero Convey at the start of the back straight. Further traffic problems ensued at the final bend but once Paul Hennessy’s dog negotiated a clear run, his finishing kick was most impressive. Boylesports Bob will continue to be a popular 🍸selection in the Derby given his fast-finishing style and if he can continue to manoeuvre his way through the fields he will be hard to beat.

Ballymac Finn was another winner for Ireland when leading all the way in Heat 14. Liam Dowling’s dog has had a f🍃rustrating run of nine consecutive defeats but this was a good performance to win by three and a half lengths in 28✨.99

Mark Wallis had a double on the night when Whyaye Man overcame troౠuble in running to get the better of Grouchos Duke in Heat 15. 💯;

2017 Greyhound Derby winning trainer Seamus Cahill kept his hopes alive of another Derby win when his Never Say No got up near the line to get the better of Miracle by a neck in 29.03. The pa🤡ir were nearly nine lengths clear of the rest of the field so this looks a decen🐻t effort.

Greyhound Derby 2024: First round winning times and race reviews

Round🔥 One heat winners and times. Sectionals in brackets.

Thursday 23rd May:

Heat 1: Jaytee Etienne 28.85 (4.17)

Heat 2: Crafty Shivoo 29.33 (4.08)

Heat 3: Edwards 28.98 (4.08)

Heat 4: Unreal Bruiser 28.91 (4.10)

Heat 5: Kilara Roberto 29.03 (4.05)

Heat 6: The Other Kobe 29.23 (4.09)

Heat 7: Nowitsmyturn 29.17 (4.08)

Heat 8: De Lahdedah 28.78 (4.24)

Heat 9: Cooliogold 29.14 (4.07)

Heat 10: Boylesports Bob 28.87 (4.22)

The first ten heats of the Greyhound Derby on Thursday saw the fastest time of the night (28.78) recorded by De Lahdedah, who romped home by seven and a half lengths. That doesn't tell the whole story though as Liam Dowling's October 21 dog looked extrem💟ely fortunate to gain a clear run after being only fourth out of the t﷽raps. The three dogs in front of De Lahdedah had a coming together approaching the first bend and this left a huge gap for the winner to charge through. Punters could be drawn to him given the time and the wide margin success but he will need to trap better than his sectional on Thursday of 4.24 if he is to progress through the competition.

The first heat was won impressively by Maiden Derby winner, Jaytee Etienne, who showed great track craft to t⛎ake get past three early paced dogs who were in front of him approaching the first bend. Paul Hennessy's dog took up the running and then never looked like being caught, winning by over two lengths in the night's second quickest time of 28.85.

The second heat saw an early pace war between eventual winner Crafty Shivoo and Grouchos Duke who swapped the lead up to the run-in where Crafty Shivoo went on to win in a slow 29.33. The eyecatcher though was Paul Hennessy's Mcneill who was last off the first bend but was making ground hand over fist up the run-in and was only denied in the end by three-quarters of a length. The September 2020 dog has winning form over 686m at Shelbourne Park and will be a danger to all throughout the competition if he continues to get clear runs. His post race price of 150/1 could be worth a small each-way play.

The third heat saw an excellent performance from all the way winner, Edwards. Devastatingly quick from the boxes in a 4.08 sectional he was a length clear before the first bend and powered away fr꧃om the field, even increasing his distance ahead as he neared the line. Already a four-time winner over the 500m trip at Towcester this was a major step up on his previous times at the track and he could well play a part deep into this competition. 

Heat four saw Unreal Bruiser get the better o🤪f an early tussle with Whyaye Man to eventually win by just under three length🍰s in 28.91.

The fifth heat saw the fastest winning sectional of the night when Kilara Roberto blasted out of the traps in 4.05. Given the lightning fast sectional, the winning time of 29.03 was a touch disappointing and it could be that this 500m trip is probaಌbly about as far as Richard Rees' dog wants to go. He could be vulnerable to a fast finisher in the second round.

The Other Kobe was a clear winner for Graeme Holland in heat six but will need to step up on the time of 29.23 if he is going to go further in the compet💛ition.

Similar comments apply to Nowitsmyturn who was an all 🅰the way winner in heat sevꦗen in 29.17.

Cooliogold did well to hold off the 4/ꦚ7 favourite King Capaldi, one of the Liz McNair batallion in heat nine. The winner was quick away in 4.07 and recorded 29.14 despite being crowded at the first bend.

Perhaps the most impressive performance of the night was reserved for the final heat where Boylesports Bob came from a mile back early on to gun down the early leader Miracle and won going away in an impressive 28.87. This was only the second look at the track for Paul Hennessy's October 21 dog and the 25/1 available after his victory definitely appeals as an each-way wager.

Friday 24th May. Times displayed are calculated times - the first fou🎉r heats had a going allowance of +10

Heat 11: Clonbrien Treaty 29.22 (4.08)

Heat 12: King Memphis 28.68 (4.๊03𓃲) Equalled track record

Heat 13: Hawkfield Blue 28.92 (4.06)

Heat 14: Droopys Supply 29.21 (4.18)

Heat 15: Romeo Steel 29.07 (4.10)

Heat 16: Swords Rex 28.99 (4.08)

Heat 17: Wrighty 29.11 (4.14)

Heat 18: Antigua Hawk 28.81 (4.04)

Heat 19: Faypoint Susie 29.03 (4.07)

Heat 20: Gaytime Nemo 29.14 (4.06)

In the biggest shock of the Derby so far, ante-post favourite Queen Joni crashed out of the competition when finishing last in Heat 11. Liz McNair’s bitch missed the break, then found trouble at the first bend and never looked like qualifying. Graeme Holland’s Clonbrien Treaty was the beneficiary from Queen Joni’s flop, leading all the way for a four and three-quarter length victory in ꦐa calculated time of 29.22. The bookmakers appeared to over react to Clonbrien Treaty’s win by cutting him into a best price of 12/1 for outright Derby victory. He will need to run considerably faster than 29.22 if he is to justify that level of confidence.

By contrast, Heat 12 saw a spectacular performance from one of the other early favourites for the Derby when McNair’s King Memphis equalled the track record when scorching home in 28.58 (28.68 calculated). Understandably, the bookmakers cut the December 2021 dog into the clear 8/1 favourite for the Derby f💫ollowing that impressive victory.

Heat 13 saw another all the way winner when John Magee’s Hawkfield Blue kept on well to hold off Maxine Locke&rꩵsquo;s Droopys Pivotel by two and a hal♒f lengths. Hawkfield Blue’s calculated time of 28.92 was fair and if he keeps recording sectionals of 4.06 he could go deep into the competition.

Droopys Supply won Heat 14 in 29.21, while Heat 15 saw a great tussle between Ballymac Dapper and the 4/6 favourite Romeo Steel. The latter held on by a short-head, recording a calculated time of 29.07, but the runner-up wou💦ld be fancied to turn the tables if the pair met again as Liam Dowling’s July 22 pup was forced to check at the third bend and still nearly got his head in front at the line.

Heat 16 saw the former Towcester track record holder Swords Rex get the best of the running, holding off the game Druids All Go by a diminishing half a length. The ½ favourite took till near the first bend to hit the front ꧅and managed to close the door on the runner-up on three occasions to take the win. The runner-up would be a strong fancy to win a rematch and the favourite is just a month of his fourth birthday so it is hard to see him improving on his first round performance. 

John Mullins’ Wrighty won Heat 17 in 29.21 and Pat Buckley’s Antigua Hawk recorded the second fastest opening sectional of the night (4.04) when winning impressively in Heat 18, taking the race by three and a quarter lengths in a calculated time of 28.81. This was only the fourth race in the career of the April 2022 dog and bookmaker prices of 33/1 to win the Derby look most attractive.

Graeme Holland had another two winners when Faypoint Susie won Heat 19 in 29.07 and Gaytime Nemo took the following heat in 29.14. The latter had to 🌌🅠battle early to maintain a good position and only hit the front on the final straight but pulled away impressively for a two and three-quarter length victory. 

Saturday 25th May Times displayed are calculated times - All Saturday heats had a going allowance of +10

Heat 21: Road Exile 29.24 (4.09)

Heat 22: Savana Top Cat 29.30 (4.09)

Heat 23: Droopys Priority 29.47 (4.24)

Heat 24: Glengar Martha 28.85 (3.90)

Heat 25: High Trend 29.19 (4.04)

Heat 26: Barntick Bear 28.78 (4.16)

Heat 27: Ballymac Slick 29.24 (4.30)

Heat 28: Clona Kody 29.41 (4.05)

Heat 29: Clona Curly 29.24 (4.27)

Heat 30: Ballymac Senan 28.90 (4.05)

Heat 31: King Combs 28.96 (4.10)

In the opening heat of the evening, the Even money favourite Road Exile paced up nicely from the traps and quickly put daylight between him and the rest of the field. Down the back straight he opened up at least a six lengths lead so it it perhaps a worry for connections that h🐭is distance of victory was just one length. Road Exile was being closed down rapidly by second favourite Droopys Vivacity with that dog in front just after the line. 

Heat 22 saw another odds-on favourite crash out of the competition when the 8/13 jolly Romeo Command was badly crowded at the first bend and had little chance of qualifying after finding that level of trouble. Chris Hamblin's experienced Savana Top Cat was the m💟ain beneficiary of the favourite's demise and recorded a one and a half lengths victory over Jet⛦stream Breeze.

Another shock in Heat 23 as 14/1 Droopys Priority held on for a head victory over 33/1 shot Beatties Sparkle. In a trouble packed race, Mike Burton's August 22 pup very gamely held off t🍷he strong finish of the runner-up and as this was only the dog's fifth ever race he surely has a big future ahead of him.

Heat 24 saw the performance of the evening with Glengar Martha producing an amazing sꦍectional of 3.90 which was the fastest sectional of the whole competition so far. The second fastest sectional recorded was 4.03 and at this level that really is a huge amount of difference. The speed of Glengar Mꦺartha's break is even more remakable given she did a 4.29 break in her trial! It will be intriguing to see if Pat Buckley's bitch can keep up that level of opening speed in the second round.

High Trend got the better of a protracted battle with Ballinabola Ed in Heat 25 and in Heat 26 Patrick Janssens' Barntick Bear r💯ecorded the fastest time of the evening with a calculated 28.78 when impressing with a comprehensive five and a half lrnꦐgth victory.

Ballymack Slick proved to be one of the few heat winners who did not win based on early pace when the July 22 pupཧ got up near the line to collar the early-paced heat favourite, Keefill Goose in Heat 27. The winner did well to win given his 4.30 sectional but will nꦿeed to improve his trapping to keep making it through the upcoming rounds.

Clona Kody provided a 12/1 shock in Heat 28 when blasting from the boxes in 4.05 and eventually held off heat favourite Jaytee Craze for a one length victory. His cal𝐆culated time though of 29.41 was the second slowest winning time out of all thirty-one heats and this suggests that the winner may have been fortunate to pick up a win.

Drew Henry's Clona Curly justified favouritism in Heat 29 but looked fortunate to get round the first bend unscathed and seemed to take an age to get to the head of the pack. He will continue to need things to go his way as we get deeper into the competition൲.

Heat 30 went to Ballymac Senan in a useful 28.90 where the well-fancied Bens Teddy app💙eared to hit the rai🍌l and trailed home a distant last.

The final heat went the way of the strong running King Combs who was only having his third race since December when claiming Superfast Gorden on the run-in with the pair nearly eight lengths clear of the rest of the field. The winner can 👍improve with racing and he looks a useful challenger for the McNair sta꧟ble.

Where Can I Watch the Greyhound Derby?

The Greyhound Derby will be televised on pay-per-view chan🐠nel who 🌺will show every race live.

All 𝓀Derby heats will also be streamed live by most m🎉ajor bookmakers.

If you are new to betting on greyhound racing or if you just want to check up on greyhound racing knowledge, OLBG has provided a Greyhounds Betting Advice page which outlines the different typ🗹es of bets available and important coꦚnsiderations to remember when betting on greyhounds.

Greyhound Derby Preview 2024

This year🎐'🔥s Greyhound Derby is to be run at Towcester and gets underway on Thursday 23rd May and concludes with the final taking place on Saturday 29th June.

The 2024 Greyhound Derby schedule is as follows:

  • Round One: 23rd, 24th and 25th May (31 heats in total)
  • Round Two: 31st May and 1st June
  • Round Three: 8th June
  • Quarter Finals: 15th June
  • Semi Finals: 22nd June
  • Final: 29th June


193 dogs were entered for the 2024 Greyhound Derby where the winne🐼r will pick up a cool £175,000 and the most coveted trophy in greyhound racing: Th⛦e English Greyhound Derby.

Puppy Derby winner King Memphis and Brighton Belle heroine Queen Joni (both trained by Liz McNa🙈ir) are the ante-post favourites at around 16/1 for the 2024 Derby. 

King Memphis is a previous track-record holder at Towcester and has five wins to his name this year already, although he has been beaten at 2/7 and 4/9 in his last two races. The December 21 dog is extremely versatile though when it comes to adapting to trap placement and has won from all trap numbers from one to five. Being able to win from any draw is a skill that ⛦could come in very useful as the competition progresses in what is always an event where railers tend to outnumber middle and wide se🐲eds. 

Queen Joni hasn't been beaten in her last nine runs and holds a victory over joint-favourite King Memphis when her blistering early pace saw her dominate her kennelmate over 491m at Central Park back in March. Liz McNair's bitch was also mightily impressive on her first look at Towcester recently where she won by over eight lengths in an extremely quick time of 28.67. She ꧑looks the bitch to beat in this year's Greyhound Derby where she is trying to be the first of her sex to win the event since Farloe Verdict in 2003.

Bens Teddy is the sort of dog who will appeal to each-way punters as this powerful February 2021 dog loves to weave his way through the field with 🌱a late kick of speed. He finished third in the Irish Derby and has been well-backed into 25/1 to provide another Derby win for Irish trainer Pat Buckl♒ey who won this event in 2020 with Deerjet Sydney.

Greyhound and horse trainer Paul Hennessy (he won the Coral Cup at Cheltenham with Heaven Help Us in 2022) has also previously won the Greyhound Derby twice with Jaytee Jet in 2016 and Priceless Blake in 2019. The dual-purpose Irish trainer sends over a big team once again headed by Jaytee Craze who is available before t𓆏he start of the competition at 25/1.

Easter Cup victor Clonbrien Treaty won a Derby trial Stakes a couple of weeks ago and has also come in for𝓀 noticeable support to a best price 𒊎of 22/1.

Last year's winner Gaytime Nemo♚ has failed to win a race since his victory in the Derby last year and crashed out in the first round of the Irish Derby. Graeme Holland's three-year-old dog is rated a 100/🃏1 shot by the bookies to record back to back English Derby victories.

Pay s🔴pecial attention to the Irish raide꧅rs as Irish based dogs have won four of the last five Derbys.

Most book💝makers are betting 1/4 odds 1-2💟-3-4-5-6 so you will get a nice return if your dog makes it to the final.

The bookmakers tend to over react to flashy first rou꧃nd performances so keep a l🌌ook out for any dogs that find trouble in Round One but still manage to qualify as a better draw in Round Two may bring about masses of improvement.

Don't get carried away with dogs who open up with a couple of easy wins. Remaining unbeaten throughout the Derby is remarkably difficult, a point underlined by one bookmaker going as big as 5/1 before the competition started that any dog managed that feat in the 2023 Derby. The last dog to go unbeaten through the competition was the great Westmead Hawk who completed his Derby double in 20🎀06 withouꦚt tasting defeat.

The Greyhound Derby is a gruelling competition and it's very difficult for dogs to be at their best all through the competition. Navigating a clear run in six races in the space of just over a month is a hard tas♍k in itself so winning multiple races in that time takes a very special performance.

Don't despair if your selection gets beat but still manages to qualify from the semi-finals. 2022 winner Romeo Magico was the first dog since Mark Wallis' Blonde Snapper in 20♍12 to win his semi and the෴n go on to win the final.

The 500m Track Record at Towcester is currently held by Droopys Clue who registered 28.58 in a D🌟erby Trial Stakes in 😼April.


Greyhound Derby 2024: Full details of prizemoney

  1. £175,000
  2. £25,000
  3. £12,500
  4. £10,000
  5. £7,500
  6. £5,000

Winning Breeder: £4,000

Winning kennelhands: £2,000

British-bred bonus: £2,000 (for British-bred greyhound who progesses furthest in the compeꩵt🤪ition).

2023 Greyhound Derby Final Result

Placing
Trap Dog Name SP
Trainer
Time and distance beaten
1st
Trap 2 Gaytime Nemo 9/1
G Holland
28.89
2nd
Trap 3 Romeo Command 4/1
P Janssens
3 1/2L
3rd
Trap 1 Cochise 14/1
R Rees
6 1/2 L
4th
Trap 4 Sword Rex 4/5f
G Holland
6 1/2 L
5th
Trap 5 Clona Duke 11/2
G Holland
10 L
6th
Trap 6 Ninja Kerry 33/1
B Green
12 1/2 L


Greyhound Derby - Last Ten Winners

Year
Track and Race Distance
Winner, SP and Trap Number
Trainer and Home Track
2023
Towcester 500m
Gaytime Nemo 9/1 Trap 2
Graeme Holland, Ireland
2022
Towcester 500m
Romeo Magico 5/2 Trap 4
Graeme Holland, Ireland
2021Towcester 500mThorn Falcon 7/2 Trap 6Patrick Janssens, Towcester
2020
Nottingham 500m
Deerjet Sydney 11/4 Trap 2
Pat Buckley, Ireland
2019
Nottingham 500m
Priceless Blake 6/1 Trap 3
Paul Hennessy, Ireland
2018
Towcester 500m
Dorotas Wildcat 2/1 Trap 3
Kevin Hutton, Towcester
2017
Towcester 500m
Astute Missile 28/1 Trap 4
Seamus Cahill, Hove
2016
Wimbledon 480m
Jaytee Jet 15/8F Trap 6
Paul Hennessy, Ireland
2015
Wimbledon 480m
Rio Quatro 5/1 Trap 1
Danny Riordan, Harlow
2014
Wimbledon 480m
Salad Dodger 16/1 Trap 2
Bruno Berwick, Private

The Greyhound Derby - A bad race for favourites?

Favourite backers have had a lean time of it recently in the Greyhound Derby with only two winning favourites in the last fifteen years.

Since 1985 there have been 39 Greyhound Derby finals and the favourite (or joint-favourite) have won fourteen of those races.

The longest run of consecutive winning favourites in the Greyhound Derby was five and came betw🍷een 1996🗹 and 2000.

Backing every favourite since 1985 to level stakes would have returned a loss of £9.46 for every £1 staked. 

The shortest price winning favourite in the history of the Greyhound Derby was the winner of the very first renewal,ꦿ Entry Badge, who won at odds of ¼ for trainer Joe Harmon in 1927.

The biggest odds of any Derby winner was 28/1 when Astute Mi🔜ssile won for Seamus Cahill in 2017. 

If you would like more information on who to bet on the dogs with why not check out our guide to the best bookmakers for greyhound racing.

Which is the most successful trap number in the Greyhound Derby Final?

Form punters may scoff at the idea of a trap♈ bias ♎and will say that the best dog usually triumphs. However in the Greyhound Derby we definitely see an anomaly with regards to the amount of winners returning from Trap 1. Here is the breakdown of the number of winners from each trap over the last thirty-nine years:

  • Trap 1 = 3 wins
  • Trap 2 = 7 wins
  • Trap 3 = 7 wins
  • Trap 4 = 9 wins
  • Trap 5 = 5 wins
  • Trap 6 = 8 wins


Trap 1 is usually seen as a positive in most greyhound races but with just three wins out of thirty-nine races the inside box appears to be a negative in this race. Compare the three wins for Trap 1 to seven for Traps 3, eight wins for Trap 6 and nine wins for Trap 4 and you might want to reconsider your fancy if it draws Tra𝓰p 1 i🐻n the final. 

Is there any reason for the poor return from Trap 1?  When the Greyhound Derby was run at Wimbledon and attended by very large crowds there was a train of thought that the noise from the crowd as the traps open would mean that the dog furthest from the noise of the hare (Trap 1) 🤪would be at a disadvantage as they may not hear the approach of the lure. This has seen a change in the type of starting traps used to try and compensate for the perceived disadvantage of a Trap 1 draw. It will be interesting to see if this change makes any difference but even with the new traps if your fancy is situated in Trap 1 and if your selection is a very short-price you may want tread carefully.

If your fancy draws Trap 5 then the orange jacket is certainly due a win as it is fourteen yea🉐rs since Kinda Ready triumphed from Trap 5 in 2009.

You may be fairly new to having a bet on Greyhounds but not to worry, check out our Greyhound Betting Advice page before placing any bets.

The Greyhound Derby: Is there a trap bias at Towcester?

Winning trap statistics are available for the 500m trip at Towcester but these figures are not split down intoꦜ graded race aℱnd open race specifics. 

Trap Number
20242023
2022
2021
Trap 1
18%19%
18%
19%
Trap 2
14%17%
16%
15%
Trap 3
17%19%
21%
21%
Trap 4
14%18%
19%
18%
Trap 5
18%13%
13%
11%
Trap 6
18%15%
13%
16%
Total Races
576*147516871436

Stats for 2024 correct as of 6th May.

Looking at the above figures, Traps 3 and 4 seem to have a significant advantage over the other four traps, prior to 2024. The poor performance in that timeframe of the two outside traps (5 and 6) looks evident with as much as a 10% difference between the percentage of winners coming from Trap 3 (21%) and Trap 5 (11%) in 2021.

Towcester has obviously been aware of this bias towards the middle🎀 traps and there appears to have been a marked change to the stats in 2024. This year there seems to be a much more wider spread of winners with Traps 1, 5 and 6 all currently showing an 18% success rate. 

Greyhound Derby 2023: Winning Times

Winning Times from the 2023 Final:

  • 28.89 (28.79) Gaytime Nemo T2 

Winning Times from the 2023 Semi Finals:

  • 28.69 (28.69) Clona Duke T2 SF1 Track Record
  • 28.76 (28.76) Swords Rex T5 SF2

Winning Times from the 2023 Quarter Finals:

  • 28.93 (28.93) Swords Rex (T3) QF4
  • 28.94 (28.94) Gaytime Nemo (T5) QF3
  • 29.04 (29.04) Romeo Command (T5) QF1
  • 29.25 (29.25) Mystical Mario (T4) QF2

Fastest Winning Times from the 2023 Third Round Heats:

  • 28.75 (28.75) Romeo Command (T2) Heat 3
  • 28.79 (28.79) Brinkleys Magic (T3) Heat 2
  • 28.93 (28.93) Swords Rex (T4) Heat 1
  • 28.96 (28.96) Distant Podge (T5) Heat 6
  • 29.14 (29.14) Burj Khalifa (T6) Heat 7

Fastest Winning Times from the 2023 Second Round Heats:

  • 28.95 (28.95) Swords Rex (T4) Heat 10
  • 28.97 (28.97) Romeo Magico (T2) Heat 7
  • 29.05 (29.05) Romeo Command (T3) Heat 4
  • 29.11 (29.11) Boylesports Gift (T1) Heat 8
  • 29.12 (29.12) Maree Champion (T1) Heat 3
  • 29.13 (29.13) McNeill (T3) Heat 13
  • 29.17 (29.17) Ballymac Marino (T3) Heat 16
  • 29.19 (29.19) Signet Goofy (T5) Heat 1
  • 29.21 (29.21) Ballyhimikin Leo (T4) Heat 11

Fastest Winning Times from the 2023 First Round Heats (calculated time in brackets i.e. taking going correction into account):

  • 28.73 (28.73) Clona Duke (T1) Heat 12
  • 28.76 (28.76) Ballymac Marino (T5) Heat 20
  • 28.84 (28.84) Brookside Richie (T1) Heat 18
  • 28.93 (28.83) Swords Rex (T2) Heat 10
  • 28.94 (28.94) Romeo Hanzo (T4) Heat 3
  • 28.94 (28.94) Maree Champion (T3) Heat 4
  • 28.94 (28.94) Cochise (T3) Heat 24
  • 28.95 (28.95) Ballyhimkin Mel (T5) Heat 6
  • 28.95 (28.95) Gaytime Nemo (T2) Heat 21
  • 28.96 (28.96) Whyaye Man (T2) Heat 30

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The has a wonderful record of finding homes for ex-racers and the charity has 💜found new forever hom♑es for over 75,000 dogs!

Full details of the OLBG Charity Scheme can be found here.

Article Author

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to create and maintain this Greyhound Derby Betting Tips and Guide is Darren Brett our tipster competition manager who has previously worked in the greyhound industry and still watches the form and regularly bets on Greyhound Racing as well as settling our greyhound tips section.

Darren manages the Greyhound racing content on site including updating the results and preparing for the next iteration of the dog racing betting previews and provides essential insight and knowledge in helping us outline the best greyhound betting sites.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren Brett is a regualr punter on greyhound racing and has formerly worked at various greyhound track in the betting ring. With decades of sports betting experience and a passion for greyhound racing, he is our touch-point for all of our greyhound racing content.
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