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William Hill Greyhound Derby - Wimbledon 480m (£250,000)

Third-Round Preview

 

We are now down to the last 48 greyhounds and the excitement levels have been cranked up a notch with all the greyhounds in action for the first time on the same night. There is no hiding place in the draw, it's champion v champion and your guaranteed to be taking on top-class opposition. 

 

There are no easy heats but heat 5 is completely off the charts and is without question the race of the 2015 Derby so far. Heat 5 20.19; T1 Farloe Blitz, T2 Coolavanny Gooch, T3 Newinn Yolo, T4 Eden The Kid, T5 Ballymac Loch, T6 Boyneside Fun. Eden The Kid is the new track-record holder posting a marvellous 27.95 +20 and became the first greyhound in history to break 28.00. Farloe Blitz showed what a talent he is in the second-round becoming the second greyhound to break that barrier posting 27.99 +10. Newinn Yolo has been ultra-impressive and he posted 28.03 +10 beating a top-class field last time. Those are the big three but Boyneside Fun, Ballymac Loch and Coolavanny Gooch are here on merit and they will be hoping to pull off a shock. This race is a must see and it's got me super excited, who do you think will come out on top?

 

That is the attention grabbing heat for sure but the other seven heats are mouthwatering propositions for sure. Greyhound fans can look forward to seeing Geelo Vegas the National Sprint Champion taking on Quietly in the first heat. 

 

You won't have time to grab your breath because up next is three big guns from Ireland; Paradise Maverick, Coolavanny Jap and Droopys Nidge but Charlie Lister OBE is nicknamed the 'Derby King' for a reason and he will be hoping to prevent Irish celebrations with the talented Teds Last. 

 

Up next Swift Keith, Jolly Tricks and Leamaneigh Turbo go to traps but don't write off the talented ladies Evanta Fantasy and Evanta Evita. It promises to be some race this to the corner.

 

The Irish duo are set to do battle in heat 4; Lenson Sanchez and Clares Wonder both have set tongues wagging already at Wimbledon but which one will have greyhound fans talking on Saturday night?

 

Hayley Keightley will be cursing her luck in heat 6; Roxholme Kid and Roxholme Ted have been drawn together. It looks another intriguing encounter and wide open for the three qualifying spots.

 

Heat 7; sees the talented Rio Quattro in action but Shotgun Harley is an emerging star and  Ireland are represented with Tynwald Bish. It would be fool hardy to discount Blonde Nipper who's been touted for the Derby for what seems like months now and he's running well.

 

Last year's runner-up Droopys Ward goes in heat 8. It's a hot contest with Viking Jack, Jaytee Jet and the fast improving Jet Stream Sound sure to give him plenty to think about.

 

Kevin Hutton on Ibiza Rocks, Jolly Tricks and Jet Stream Sound

 

'Ibiza Rocks goes in the first heat and I'm happy with the draw. He must try to keep tabs with Quietly to the bend but I'm not sure if he can because he looks very fast. He will only get better with more runs, we've had our problems but he is well and just needs runs to hit top form. Delighted he's kept qualifying and I'd take 3rd place now.

 

Jolly Tricks goes in heat 3 and again I'm very happy with the draw it could have been far worse. He showed terrific early-pace last time and he needs to show that again here. Seems to be getting better around Wimbledon. I was so pleased he qualified after a bump at the first bend last time and if he can avoid trouble he looks to have a decent chance of staying in the competition but he must come away.

 

Jet Stream Sound is in the last heat and I'm excited about the way he is developing. He is really starting to show what he can do. He is improving all the time and I'm so pleased he is going well. I'm happy with the draw and hopeful he can make it through his heat.

 

I will snap your hand off now for three 3rd place finishes but the dogs are well and have been checked over by physio and there are no problems to report'.

 

Paul Hennessy On Jaytee Jet

 

'I've seen him come away an awful lot better than he's done so far in the Derby. You can't give these top-class greyhounds a start and a beating. He is well and if he can trap better then he gives himself a lot better chance. He's a very good young dog with bags of potential he does not turn two till September and is a real nice dog. He showed how good he was at Enniscorthy making the final of the unraced competition and not being beat much in the final. This will only be his eighth race and he's yet to finish out the first-three so I'm hopeful he can qualify'.

 

 

Upcoming Dates

 

Third-Round - Saturday 13th June (RPGTV)

Quarter-Finals - Tuesday 16th June (Sky Sports 1)

Semi-Finals - Saturday 20th June (Sky Sports 5)

Final - Saturday 27th June (Sky Sports 2/RPGTV)