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Racing Post Greyhound TV Scottish Derby - Shawfield 480m (£20,000)

RPGTV deserve huge credit for the sponsorship of this great race. It was done early and a massive winning prize of £20,000 was announced allowing trainers both sides of the Irish Sea time to put it into their plans and the excitement to build. The sponsors have been rewarded with an exceptional entry and this promises to be a competition that will have greyhound fans in a frenzy.

 

June McCombe attached to Belle Vue is looking to win the race for the first time with two entries; Cashen Maureen the 2014 Oaks winner and Metro Jack a finalist in this race last year then trained by Peter Cronin. You have to go back to 1981 for the last winner Marbella Sky trained by a Belle Vue trainer but the Lancashire handler will be hoping to end that wait here.

 

June's son-in-law Pat Rosney based at Leyland gives Lancashire an even stronger hand with Newinn Yolo 2014 Standard Greyhound Of The Year, the highly rated Swift Hoffman and Ascot Woodie. 

 

Ireland have a good record in this race having won it five times since the turn of the century and they arrive here this year in force. I will never forget the amazing scenes in 2009 when the Pat Buckley trained Cabra Cool grabbed victory. That was Pat's first Derby success and he looks hungry for more. His team of Lenson Sanchez, Paradise Silva, and Coolavanny Jap looks very strong.

 

Frazer Black a proud Scotchman operating out of Ireland knows what it takes to win this race having tasted success in 2005 with Droopys Marco and he is back again this year with Tyrur Arthur, Droopys Oddysey and Save The Don. 

 

Peter Cronin sends Twnwald Rodney, Indigojack and Twnwald Bish for a tilt at Derby glory and you have to say all these Irish entries really add to the occasion 

 

Of the home based runners you should never discount Pat Flaherty who sends out Greenwell Lark a finalist in 2013 and a semi-finalist last year and Greenwell Ace who looks to have an exciting career ahead of her.

 

Holdem Spy blew us away last year and I've no doubt we will see some magnificent performances this year in what looks the hottest Scottish Derby for many a year. It promises to be exciting and comes in the category must watch! Who do you think will win the Scottish Derby, will it be a greyhound from England, Ireland or Scotland? 

 

Heats - Saturday 11th April

Semi-Finals - Saturday 18th April

Final - Saturday 25th April