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

12 greyhounds chased the ultimate prize; a place in the 2015 William Greyhound Derby Final and a chance to race for that wonderful first prize of £250,000. It was a truly fantastic night and you could see just how much it meant to not only connections but also greyhound fans.

 

First Semi-Final 

 

Owen McKenna told us in an earlier interview 'This is the best greyhound I've ever sent to England for the Derby'. You simply can't argue with that statement because this stunning greyhound produced arguably the performance of the Derby thus far in taking his semi-final in style. He showed a burst of speed that quite frankly none of his opposition could match, not even Sprinter Of The Year Geelo Vegas could live with him around the first two bends. His unbeaten run was never really in question and he made it 5 wins from 5 during the Derby and will go off a hot favourite to land the £250,000 to-the-winner prize next Saturday. Rio Quattro showed battling qualities and ran on strong to ensure he will line up in the world's greatest race and Eden The Kid took the final qualifying spot.

 

Result; 1st T2 Farloe Blitz, 2nd T1 Rio Quattro, 3rd T3 Eden The Kid

Time: 28.24 N, Dist: 1.5L, NK.

 

Second Semi-Final 

 

Ireland looked to have a very strong hand here with Paradise Maverick, Lenson Sanchez and Tynwald Bish. Only the latter would qualify after a magnificent performance from Diane Henry trained Making Paper. He showed superior early-pace to his rivals here and made every yard of the running to win comfortably. Paul Young's finished runner-up in the last two Derby finals and he will once again be represented in the final after Millwards Davy recovered from being bumped on the run up to come home strong in second. Tynwald Bish held on for third from a fast finishing Paradise Maverick.

 

Result; 1st T2 Making Paper, 2nd T3 Millwards Davy, 3rd T5 Tynwald Bish

Time: 28.33 N, Dist: 3.25L, SH

 

Final Draw 

 

T1 Rio Quattro

T2 Farloe Blitz

T3 Making Paper (m)

T4 Eden The Kid (m)

T5 Millwards Davy (m)

T6 Tynwald Bish (w)