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

255 greyhounds set out on a mission to win the greatest race in the world and bag that mammoth first prize of £250,000. For 24 of them that dream is alive and well ahead of the brilliant quarter-finals. Ireland are flying with 8 Irish trained greyhounds left in and you can't help but be impressed with Farloe Blitz, Lenson Sanchez, Jaytee Jet, Droopys Nidge and co. The 'Derby King' Charlie Lister OBE has two runners Teds Last and Boyneside Fun and it would be fool hardy to write him off. The ace sprinter Geelo Vegas seems to be getting stronger, Viking Jack is still going......24 sets of connections still believe it's a real possibility of being crowned the 2015 William Hill Derby Champion. By the end of the night 12 of them will be in touching distance of realising that dream.

 

It's not just about the trainers or the owners; breeders in the UK and Ireland are dreaming of Derby success. Last year UK breeding got a badly needed shot in the arm when Salad Dodger landed the Derby. It's quite remarkable when you think of the numbers involved compared to Ireland but UK breeding is without question quality rather than quantity. 

 

There are two British Bred greyhounds left in this year's Derby; the sensational track-record holder Eden The Kid and the talented strong running performer Romany Rouge. Can we have a David v Goliath scenario once again in 2015? It really would be truly remarkable and lightening can definitely strike twice, this is the greyhound Derby and anything can happen. 

 

Richard Devenish on Romany Rouge 

 

'We are still in it and that's what it's all about qualification. He's a dog that needs luck in running he is not going to get involved early so needs the gaps to open at the right time. The race on Tuesday could be structured to our advantage with a lot of early in it. Hopefully he can get a clear run and power home to qualification. The quick runs won't bother him he's come out the race well and he will be able to run to his best in the quarter-final. I think he is definitely fast enough to win the Derby but we do need luck! 

 

He was bred here at home and we are taking his dam Milliesupreme to Head Bound for a repeat mating. It would be fantastic for British Breeding if a home bred can win the Derby for a second year on the trot after the heroics of Salad Dodger last year.

 

We will look to the Produce Stakes after the Derby but the long term goal would be a crack at the St Leger. 

 

Look out for Missed Moment his litter-sister we have had a few problems but she looks special and we are excited to get her on the track'.

 

Quarter-Finals Trap Draw

 

T1 Evanta Fantasy

T2 Farloe Blitz 

T3 Millwards  Davy (m) 

T4 Diego Flight (w) 

T5 Clares Wonder (w) 

T6 Romany Rouge (w) 

 

T1 Evanta Evita 

T2 Rio Quattro 

T3 Making Paper (m) 

T4 Eden The Kid (m) 

T5 Wotnofizz (w) 

T6 Boyneside Fun (w) 

 

T1 Gaytime Hawk

T2 Geelo Vegas (m)

T3 Teds Last (m) 

T4 Viking Jack (w)

T5 Jaytee Jet (w) 

T6 Roxholme Ted (w)

 

T1 Paradise Maverik 

T2 Blonde Nipper (m) 

T3 Lenson  Sanchez (m) 

T4 Tynwald Bish (w)

T5 Salonika (w) 

T6 Droopys Nidge (w)