Towcester’s proposed dates for the 2022 Star Sports & TRC Events & Leisure English Greyhound Derby have been approved by the GBGB Open Race Planning Committee as follows:

1st Round: 27th, 28th & 29th May 2022

2nd Round: Friday 3rd  & Saturday 4th June

3rd Round: Saturday 11th June

Quarter-Finals: Saturday 18th June

Semi-Finals: Saturday 25th June

Final: Saturday 2nd July

The Committee have requested that, as far as possible, this remains the approximate timeframe for the English Greyhound Derby in future years and that any changes beyond two weeks either side of these weeks of the calendar year be requested by the 1st September the year before any planned change.

Committee Secretary and GBGB Calendar Editor Amanda Duplock said:

“The Derby remaining within this timeframe will greatly facilitate the scheduling of the open race calendar and benefit owners, trainers and tracks by leading to a more stable open race programme where competitions take place at roughly the same time year on year.

“As greyhound racing’s premier event, the committee are keen to give the Derby the permanent home in the calendar that it deserves and to replicate the approach taken by other sports to their showpiece events.”