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

William Hill Greyhound Derby Final - Saturday 27th June (Sky Sports & RPGTV)

255 Greyhounds chased that Derby dream and now we are left with just six who will bid to land the ultimate prize of being crowned 2015 William Hill Derby Champion and bank the £250,000 winners prize for connections.

 

Meet The Finalists 

 

T1 Rio Quattro, (Ace Hi Rumble - Droopys Geneva, June 2012), owned and trained by Daniel Riordan. He burst on to the scene in the Monmore Puppy Derby but he's had a start-stop career due to injuries. It's been a marvellous training feat by Danny Riordan to not only get him back but keep him performing well. 2 heat wins and 3 2nds have got him to the final. He is a classy performer and more than capable on his day.

Best Derby Time: 28.29, Fastest Sectional: 4.82

 

T2 Farloe Blitz, (Premier Fantasy - Final Oyster, October 2012), owned by Mr P Ellis and trained by Owen McKenna. He will be the toast of Ireland if he can win the world's greatest race on Saturday. Owen is looking to emulate his father Ger McKenna who won this race in 1981 with Parkdown Jet and 1989 Lartigue Note. Farloe Blitz if he wins on Saturday will be one of the greatest ever champions, he's unbeaten and is a greyhound with massive wow factor.

Best Derby Time: 28.09, Fastest Sectional: 4.67

 

T3 Making Paper, (Hondo Black - Quarterland Hope, November 2012), owned by the Thanks For Coming Syndicate and trained by Diane Henry. Few would have predicted he would be lining up for the final. He was beaten at Perry Barr in his race prior to the Derby. It's been somewhat of a fairy-tale but he's got a great attitude and he's come through some tough heats. His sole victory came in the semi-final and what a journey he's taken connections on.

Best Derby Time: 28.33, Fastest Sectional: 4.83

 

T4 Eden The Kid, (Westmead Hawk - Cabra Jade, August 2013), owned by the K.S.S Syndicate and trained by Elizabeth McNair. In a remarkable turnaround from getting beat in a handicap at Newcastle in February to lining up in the world greatest race with the track-record on his CV. The sole British Bred has gone from strength to strength and he's shown everyone what he can do from the front but he also possesses great battling qualities that have seen him qualify when the chips are down. 

Best Derby Time: 28.15, Fastest Sectional: 4.79

 

T5 Millwards Davy, (Black Shaw - Mums Girl, November 2012), owned by Mr D Conway, Mr M Millward, Mr S Ryan and Mr P Young and trained by Paul Young. What a story this is Paul Young has finished the runner-up in the last two Derby finals and he will be hoping this time he can go one better. Millwards Davy has run tremendous in the Derby winning once and finishing second four times. He's had to ride bumps and sometimes do it the hard way but he's a tough greyhound with an amazing attitude and is a very worthy finalist.

Best Derby Time: 28.25, Fastest Sectional: 4.83

 

T6 Tynwald Bish, (Vans Escalade - Bish Bash Bosh, July 2012), owned by Mr T Corden and trained by Peter Cronin. He is yet to win a heat but that can be deceptive because he's been running really well. Three of the winners he's been behind are not in the final and that speaks volumes. He's ultra-consistent and on his day he is a match for most greyhounds. Connections will be hoping he can come away in his best fashion from a great draw in trap-six.

Best Derby Time: 28.39, Fastest Sectional 4.79

 

The Final 

 

So many questions that will be answered in this final; which new name will go on the Greyhound Derby trophy? Who will handle the Derby roar? Which greyhound will benefit the most from the week off? For one greyhound they will cross the line to a hero’s welcome and make their owners’ and trainers’ dreams come true. There is no other race like the William Hill Derby and this is going to be simply amazing - Who do you think will come out on top and be the headline in the Derby report? One thing that is for certain you do not want to miss this spectacular race.

 

Danny Riordan on Rio Quattro

 

'This is what you’re in the sport for to make the Derby final. I've been close before but stumbled at the semi-final stage three times so to make it really is a dream come true. It's the ultimate goal to win this great race but it won't be easy Farloe Blitz looks a really special animal but we will give it a great shot. Our dog missed an awful lot of time including have two tendons removed. I laid him out for the Derby and every round he's kept obliging and I'm so pleased with him. I've won on Derby night before including two Consolation Derby wins but to add this title would be the pinnacle for me. The dogs really well, he's getting older and seems to be a stronger greyhound who can take his racing. He's come out of the semi-final really well and fresh. It's a great draw and I'm just hoping he can do it but it's the Derby and it's going to be tough but he's got a chance'.

 

Jack Murrell (Assistant to Paul Young) on Millwards Davy

 

'It's Paul's number-one aim to win the Derby. There will be a new name on the trophy this year and let's hope it is Paul Young. It is weird coming second in this great race your thrilled to have got here and run so well but at the same it's a massive blow. We've felt that the last two years, it would be amazing to feel what it's like to win it. On paper it does not look like we can but it’s not run on paper and you never know. The dogs not really got the credit he deserves, he's run some incredible races to qualify. We would have preferred trap-three or trap-four but it's a Derby final we will take anything. His routine will be the same; walking and then a gallop in the week and a full check over. We are really proud of him and so pleased for all the owners, he's very well and we are just hoping for the best'.