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GREYHOUNDS: English Derby Round Three Tips

GREYHOUNDS: It’s Round 3 of the Greyhound Derby on Saturday and below we have previews and picks for each of the night’s eight heats.


Heat one

1️⃣ Swift Iconic
2️⃣ Deelish Frankie
3️⃣ Kilkenny Santy
4️⃣ Kildare
5️⃣ Bockos Vieira (m)
6️⃣ Coppice Brewer (w)

Verdict: On first glance it may look as if Kildare has a tricky enough draw in box four, however, he has much more early pace than Kilkenny Santy in three and Deelish Frankie in two. Peter Cronin’s youngster is still relatively lightly raced and looks to be improving as the competition progresses. Bokos Vieira was a good winner in round one but missed the kick from box six last week. He should break better from five and with the possibility of Kildare moving inwards on the run to the corner he could get a dream run in the early yards. Like Kildare, Bockos Vieira is lightly raced and may yet improve further. Swift Iconic should not be too far away with an ideal draw in red.

Selection Bockos Vieira.


Heat two

1️⃣ Ballymac Fairone
2️⃣ Romeo On Tilt
3️⃣ Ballymac Belvult
4️⃣ Romeo De Niro
5️⃣ Droopys Goodtime (m)
6️⃣ Priceless Jet (w)

Verdict: Last year’s beaten finalist Ballymac Fairone ran a blinder in defeat behind the impressive Singalong Sally and he has the perfect draw in one this Saturday. Liam Dowling’s son of Ballymac Matt (Irish Derby winner in 2015) seems to run the Towcester venue extremely well and that is a huge asset to have around here. His form figures at the track read 31121422. Another dog who runs Towcester well is former track record holder Priceless Jet. It was a bit of a rush to get him here in time but speaking to connections at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night they expect him to improve with every round as his fitness progresses. Last weekend’s appearance was only his second race since March, and you can see why he is expected to improve. Romeo On Tilt was a good winner last week but I find it hard to see him leading up Ballymac Fairone.

Selection: Ballymac Fairone


Heat three

1️⃣ Farneys Maestro
2️⃣ Makeit For Waz
3️⃣ Romeo Magico
4️⃣ Jaytee Wexford
5️⃣ Signet Goofy (m)
6️⃣ Faughan Rebel (w)

Verdict: Romeo Magico is expected to go off around about even money in heat three, but you should beware of Jaytee Wexford in four. Although Romeo Magico is the better of the two its worth noting that Jaytee Wexford can take a mighty step to his left at box rise. This might not be evident to many yet because Wexford has run from trap one on both occasions in the competition thus far. Cast your mind back to Shelbourne Park on May 6th when he ran from box four, on that occasion he broke well but immediately went for the rail. The race comments for the three runners on his inside that night read – baulked run-up, bumped-run-up and baulked run-up. They finished 4th 5th and 6th. Romeo Magico will need to be on his toes early. Signet Goofy is unbeaten in the competition and both his wins have come from box five where he finds himself again on Saturday. It may be worth taking a chance that there could be some trouble on the run-up.

Selection: Signet Goofy


Heat four

1️⃣ Headford Mike
2️⃣ Singalong Sally
3️⃣ Signet Ace
4️⃣ Glengar Scholar
5️⃣ Derrinasafa Boss (m)
6️⃣ Thorn Falcon (w)

Verdict: Defending champion Thorn Falcon will be popular here with the locals. He has yet to really hit the lids like we know he can, but he has displayed huge pace and power to qualify comfortably in both rounds to date. We have seen him fly from boxes on plenty of occasions its just a case of when. If he does produce one of his flying starts, he will be hard to contain. Last year’s Irish Derby runner-up Singalong Sally was an impressive all the way winner last week and should have no issues from box two. Signet Ace holds the key to the race, a dog blessed with serious early pace, he will try to get loose early and hope for the others in behind to encounter some traffic. I just get the feeling Thorn Falcon is due one of his better breaks, if that is the case, he can pick up the front runners.

Selection: Thorn Falcon


Heat five

1️⃣ Make Noise
2️⃣ Barefoot Supremo
3️⃣ Spinosaurus
4️⃣ Cape Cloud
5️⃣ Mickys Barrett (m)
6️⃣ Ninja Kerry (w)

Verdict: An intriguing heat. Mickys Barrett is unbeaten in the competition to date and has displayed huge courage and power to do so, you sense this is his toughest assignment to date and he may need to show more. Barefoot Supremo has really taken to this place, he powered home in the first round to nab Bubbly Apache late and ran well behind kennel mate Jaytee Wexford last week. He will need to avoid Spinosaurus in three who tends to move for the rail. Cape Cloud has the competitions fastest sectional to date and will try to make all. The lead is all important in this heat, so I’ll side with Cape Cloud to make all.

Selection: Cape Cloud


Heat six

1️⃣ Droopys Cavalry
2️⃣ Signet Denver
3️⃣ Innfield Trojan
4️⃣ Savana Beau
5️⃣ Milton Noah (m)
6️⃣ Lautaro (m)

Verdict: Lautaro is currently odds on to win heat six but its worth noting that we have only seen two dogs win from trap six in the entire competition (48 races). He is the current track record holder and if the truth be told he has drawn one of the easier heats. Signet Denver looks the main danger. He has won seven from his last seven when running from box two and is unbeaten in his last five starts. The last dog to beat him in a trial was, you guessed it, Lautaro.

Selection: Lautaro


Heat seven

1️⃣ Aussie Captain
2️⃣ Bockos Belly
3️⃣ Bobsleigh Dream
4️⃣ Narcos The Great
5️⃣ Ballinabola Ed (m)
6️⃣ Blackrose Tadhg (m)

Verdict: Current Derby favourite Ballinabola Ed will be all the rage here, Pat Buckley’s youngster has been incredible in the competition thus far. He is highly likely to be the shortest favourite of the night and its easy to see why. He hasn’t made a flying exit in the event so far, but his excellent early speed has carried him to the front before the first bend in both rounds. Not only should he take this, but if the track is going well on the night, he could give the track record a real shake. Last year’s semi-finalist Bockos Belly and Ed’s own kennel companion Bobsleigh Dream should follow him home.

Selection: Ballinabola Ed


Heat eight

1️⃣ Global Vision
2️⃣ Hello Hammond
3️⃣ Antigua Cuddles
4️⃣ Burnchurch Mick
5️⃣ Coppice Fox (m)
6️⃣ Trumps Benefit (m)

Verdict: Hello Hammond took a while to get accustomed to the unique Towcester venue but judging by his last two runs the penny has finally dropped. He put in an eye-catching display in the semi-finals of the Shelbourne Open 600 prior to this event and if he can keep trapping like he has been he will be hard to keep out of the frame going forward. Antigua Cuddles and Coppice Fox will look to make early bids for glory and do not rule out Burnchurch Mick who is very capable on his day.

Selection: Hello Hammond


Derby Winning Traps (Rounds 1 & 2 combined)

1️⃣ 10 wins
2️⃣ 11 wins
3️⃣ 9 wins
4️⃣ 8 wins
5️⃣ 8 wins
6️⃣ 2 wins


Weekend’s Best bets

Towcester Saturday

18:35  Bockos Vieira. One unit win

20:26 Ballinabola Ed. Three units win

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