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It’s hard to believe that six weeks ago we started off with 144 greyhounds chasing the Derby dream. It was down to six finalists on Saturday evening at HQ but only one could be crowned the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby champion and secure the €115,000 prize. 

Newinn Taylor was awesome from start to finish. Massive congratulations to Graham Holland and his wonderful family, owner Simon Taylor and breeder Shari-Anne O’Donnell. This greyhound came into the Derby unbeaten with 12 wins from 12 starts. He added huge excitement with his powerful pace and all-round class. The videos today on Instagram made me smile with team Holland treating Newinn Taylor to a milkshake and chicken nuggets. I absolutely love to see stuff like that not to mention his favourite toy. The kennels are immaculate, the pens in which the dogs are kept are perfect patches of green and the standard to which their dogs run is always of the highest quality. I hope you woke up this morning feeling proud. You are all a credit to yourselves and the industry, well done. 

I must admit however, as one who has remained upbeat and positive since the return of racing, and since the start of this horrid virus, that was one of the strangest nights I have ever spent at Shelbourne Park. No Derby roars. No after-party in the Oaks suite, no hugs, no filling the winning trophy, no bookies. 

You almost feel guilty to celebrate such a wonderful winner and Newinn Taylor deserves the spotlight. The love story that we have all written over the past few months is no secret. We fell in love with Pestana and one of the worst things that could have happened, happened. 

Owen McKenna, Des Grace and Owen’s family, who I was standing a few metres away from on the stand on Saturday night, I’m so sorry. My heart is broken for you it really is. We all know how you feel, as greyhounds every day meet injury, just like people. But Pestana was the love affair that was brought to an abrupt end far too soon. I just hope you are all doing OK and more importantly I hope Pestana makes a fast recovery. He was in all our thoughts last night. Here is the latest update from GRI: 

https://www.grireland.ie/talking-dogs/pestana-comfortable-and-getting-best-care/ 

 Well done to team Holland for showing compassion after Newinn Taylor won. Your Derby dream becomes a reality, but the first thing Graham and his family think of is not the victory, but Pestana.  

This is a Derby we will never, ever forget. We have faced challenges this year. We had no racing for a while, but just as we have done numerous times before, we bounced back and we made this one hell of a Derby, one that will never be forgotten and for that I’m super proud. Yes, it has been a tough few months promoting the sport under these strange times. There were tears, late nights, tantrums, mistakes, losers, and broken hearts, but I wouldn’t change any of it, only Pestana. 

Massive congrats to all the finalists, especially Meenagh Miracle. What a race she ran, inches away from victory. We haven’t seen the last of her that’s for sure. Special mention for Liam Dowling getting three finalists through that he bred himself, take a bow. His son Shane too, you are a brilliant ambassador for our sport. There are so many people to thank, so many people to mention but John Boyle is the main one. Thank you for your generous sponsorship. You have given us all a glimmer of hope in these dark times and your dedication to the sport is unrivalled. Thank you for letting me take the lead on promoting our Derby, it has been a pleasure. 

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support, the messages, the engagement and the social media sharing. It has all meant the world to me. When you have people from Australia, America, India, Pakistan and the UK contacting you to tell you that I have made them fall back in love with greyhound racing, it makes you realise that you have done your job. I have a passion for this sport that will never leave me. I still dream of winning the Derby just like most of you and I hope and pray it will happen someday. The celebrations would last for months! 

Until next year my friends, thanks for everything but the biggest thanks go to all the greyhounds. They are the true stars. 
Stay safe.

Sarah x

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144 becomes 6

Sunday 13th September

Pestana and Newinn Taylor didn’t let favourite backers down as they obliged in their semi-finals and brought some sparkle to an empty HQ in these uncertain times.

The wonderful thing about this year’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby is that it’s not just greyhound people getting involved. Through social media, I have received an enormous amount of kind messages from strangers who have no background in greyhound racing, but they go out of their way to let me know they are really enjoying the action.

RPGTV

RPGTV has been a huge contributor to this as well as it’s brilliant to watch the live action. My mam and dad are racing their entire lives and are both now into their 70s. The RPGTV coverage has given them a great boost as they can enjoy the racing from the comfort of their own couch. Let’s hope RPGTV cover more of our brilliant classics in Ireland, the appetite is definitely there.

The interviews before and after racing keep us all up to date and even Tommy Bolton, the groundsman, was interviewed about all the brilliant work he does around the track. Greyhound racing is full of support, just look at the reaction on social media when BoyleSports Xtra was announced as a non-runner. Kevin Hennessy, son of trainer Paul, tweeted out the news and he received so many lovely messages. Little consolation for not being able to run but it shows you the solidarity of this industry.

Let’s take a look at both semi-finals:

Newinn Taylor justifies his short odds of 8/13

He was just perfect, wasn’t he? 29.13 Sectional of 3.32 to the first bend, his fastest ever around HQ. He has DERBY written all over him, just like his kennel buddy Lenson Bocko. Graham Holland and his team must be so proud, winning the Produce Stakes and reaching the Derby final is a HUGE achievement so well done. He was paw-perfect and with trap six in the final along with being chalked up as the 5/4 favourite to win, the Derby is now Taylor’s to lose.

What did I tell you all last week? Liam Dowling will have two finalists. What a trainer, take a bow. Ballymac Cooper finished second in this heat, beaten two lengths. He is still 8/1 to win the Derby from trap five. He will have to produce a fast start if he is to win the title for County Kerry and to give Barry Drake the honours of winning this year’s charity bet at 14/1 for the IRGT!!

Meenagh Miracle what a joy

The big trainers are always in the big finals, but Michael Corr is now joining the elite as Meenagh Miracle finished a strong third to make the final six, the Corrs’ first-ever Derby finalist. She has a big heart and always runs on strong and has secured €1,500 for being the ‘Last Bitch Standing’, a wonderful incentive. She races from trap two and is 33/1 to win the title for County Tyrone. The video posted online of the Corr family watching the race at home would bring a tear to a glass eye! Fantastic stuff, enjoy the moment guys as there are so many of us still dreaming of that feeling. They backed her each way at 120/1 so best of luck guys.

PESTANA – a joy to watch

Pestana flew from trap three as expected to justify his short odds of 4/11. He was backed heavy all day from 4/7 and with just five runners in this heat, the race was Pestana’s to lose. He didn’t disappoint. 29.39 however is his worst clock in the Derby so far but that doesn’t matter. He could be tired and can you blame him!? Winning the BoyleSports Champion Stakes and reaching the BoyleSports Greyhound Derby final UNBEATEN would make any athlete tired. He has a week of rest and he will come to HQ on Saturday bursting and ready for action. Plenty of punters are sticking with him to win with odds of 6/4 available, a slight drift from the 5/4 joint favourite with Taylor. I believe in you Pestana, trap four isn’t the worst draw, you have won from it before and should lead up the three dogs to your left. Like A Shot was Owen’s last and only Derby win, how aptly named as Pestana is like a shot from traps.

Ballymac Wild, it’s that fella Dowling again!

Ballymac Wild will be looking to get his revenge on Pestana by beating him in the final after finishing runner-up to him in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes. Wild finished two lengths behind Pestana in the semi-final and now has trap one in the final. Will he fly out and edge out to the middle of the track like he did before and cause trouble with Pestana looking for the rails? Who knows. Many are anticipating this will happen which will make the race for Taylor in trap six. Pestana is the fastest greyhound in the country, even the world. Let that sink in. If he leads, it’s to lose. I can’t see him coming from behind. He just needs to produce one more epic break and the title is his. Ballymac Wild however is a great price at 5/1.

Robert Gleeson in another Derby final.

Rob has done it before with Slippery Robert and Kilara Icon capitalized from a tiring Glengar Bale and Indesatchel to qualify for the final. He is 33/1 and races from trap three but owner Gary Hicks in Dubai will be cheering him home.

The fact that Pestana and Newinn Taylor avoided each other in the semi-finals means the final will be even more exciting. Two superstars. One wants the inside and one wants the outside. Both have incredible engines to the third bend and both enjoy winning. Oh man, what a final!!!

Let’s make the most of it

Yes, it’s hard walking into Shelbourne Park every week knowing there is no crowd, no ‘Derby Roar’, no buzz, no bar, no bookmakers, no restaurant. We must not let this take away from the final though. This is the biggest greyhound race in the world. The greyhounds don’t know there is a virus out there so we can’t let it take away our spirit. If the government announcement doesn’t allow us to have spectators for the final, then so be it. Moaning and complaining isn’t going to make them change their mind or make the virus disappear.

It will be live on the BoyleSports mobile app and I will be streaming it live on Twitter. All angles are covered. We will bring you interviews, news, results, and most importantly the post-race interview with the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby winning trainer and owner. We will never forget the 2020 Derby, how can we? Let’s hope we can welcome back the ‘Derby Roar’ in 2021 but for now let’s roar in our sitting rooms instead.

Join me LIVE

Join me on Saturday 19th September for the biggest live event of the year. My Twitter: @BoyleSportsSK - Instagram: SarahKinsella3 and Facebook Sarah Kinsella. I will be on Galway Bay FM on Monday night, CRY Cork radio on Friday and Radio Kerry on Saturday. I will also be recording my thoughts for all the BoyleSports shops broadcast, so keep an ear out the next time you are in our shops.

Stay safe.

Sarah x

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144 are now 12

Tuesday 8th September

144 greyhounds have become 12 at Shelbourne Park as the quarter finals of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby concluded on Saturday night and it was full of excitement.

Wild price

The opening heat saw Ballymac Wild improve yet again to remain unbeaten in this competition. Wild was brilliant from trap three, he broke well, made all and not only recorded a career best of 29.07 but he also clocked his fastest sectional to the 3rd bend in 17.04. The week previous he done 17.20. It’s no surprise to see the money coming for this Liam Dowling owned and trained star as his odds have crumbled into 5/1 from 8/1 to win another BoyleSports Derby for the Kerry man.

Girl Power!

Meenagh Miracle was an outstanding second for Michael Corr. She is running Shelbourne Park extremely well and is one of only two bitches left in the Derby. She might be 66/1 to win the title but she has done so well to get this far.

Catch me if you can….

Thomas Buggy qualified in third with Catchmeflying, a dog I highlighted before the Derby even started. This tough competition could be starting to take its toll on some of these greyhounds, and while he is lightly raced, he remains a dark dog in this Derby at 25/1.

 

Kilara Icon wins his first heat in the Derby

What a mad race this was, but my god did Kilara Icon show us all what he can do. He got up on the line by a short head to Glengar Bale, saving the bookies from a blood bath with the famous four-timer of all the favourites. 29.58, not the fastest clock but it doesn’t matter. He is now into the semi-finals along with his kennel buddy Toolmaker Sydney for trainer Robert Gleeson. That was Kilara Icon’s first heat win in this Derby. He is 33/1 from 40/1 to win the top prize of €115,000. Can Robert Gleeson do it again and win another Derby?

Glengar Bale 2nd

For the first time in this Derby, Pat Buckley’s star Glengar Bale was beaten but we still love him, he ran awesome. He has drifted in the outright betting however as he is 8/1 to win. We all know he can do a 16.93 to the third bend so he needs to break extra fast on Saturday to book his spot in the final.

Toolmaker Sydney won’t go away

He is one of those dogs that keeps qualifying and ticking over week after week. He is 16/1 to win the Derby, a slight drift from 14/1. He won his opening two heats coming from behind and wasn’t beaten far in the quarter finals. He deserves his spot in the final based on the work he has had to do coming from off the pace, but the semi-final heat he is in will be his biggest task to date.

 

Pestana, the 7/4 ante post favourite

He just keeps delivering, doesn’t he? What a greyhound. 29.07 the same time as Ballymac Wild from a tricky draw in trap five. It made no odds to Pestana, he didn’t break as fast as other weeks but wow, when the sand got beneath his paws it was all over. I just love him. 16.90 to the third bend. He now has trap three in his semi-final so it’s no wonder he is the 7/4 favourite from 9/4 to add another Derby trophy to Owen McKenna’s mantlepiece. Come on Pestana, we all want you in the final, you deserve it.

Ballymac Cooper serious value

I have said it before, and I will say it again. Ballymac Cooper is a brilliant price at 8/1 and I know plenty of his fans have backed him. Liam Dowling and his kennel are in fabulous form with Cooper running on strong to grab second place to Pestana. I can see him in the final, drawn in trap five against Newinn Taylor who is in trap six. Dowling should have two finalists it’s as simple as that.

Girl Power yet again!

Scooby Princess finished a brilliant third. Jennifer O’Donnell has seen more Derby greyhounds in her life than most of us. Her mother, father and aunty have all won the Derby so now it’s Jennifer’s turn. I hope she qualifies it would be brilliant for her, all Scooby needs is a clear run but she will need a career best effort too as it’s a tough heat.

Newinn Taylor, the next Lenson Bocko?

There is so much to admire about this greyhound. Well done to Graham Holland for keeping him sound throughout, especially after winning the Produce Stakes. Taylor’s journey through the Derby is remarkable really. He produced a 29.11 and 16.79 in the third round and won his quarter final with ease in 29.19. He is powerful and really loves what he does. He has similar credentials to Lenson Bocko, last year’s champion and he is the 5/2 second favourite to win the Derby.

John Boyle and BoyleSports Xtra still dreaming of the big win

I hope BoyleSports Xtra makes the final, can he lead up Pestana? He doesn’t even need to, he just needs to qualify. He ran brilliant behind Newinn Taylor and is another greyhound who has overcome some tricky draws. He is staying better this year and all of BoyleSports will be cheering for him on Saturday to make the final for John.

Indesatchel syndicate €1,500 richer!

I received a video on Saturday night of the lads celebrating after Indesatchel qualified in third, meaning they are the last syndicate standing with €1,500 coming their way. The Pillar Syndicate, well done lads. That was just his sixth career start and he could be running his eight career start in the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby final. He has trap four Saturday night and really needs to sharpen up at the boxes if he is to book his spot in the final.

 

There you have it, all four heats and all twelve qualifiers. It was a magical night. Best of luck too all the connections this Saturday and let’s hope we receive some good news from the government that we can allow some spectators to the final.

 

As well as the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby action on Saturday night, we were treated to four heats of the Michael Fortune Memorial Plate as well. €5,000 will go home with the winner and one of my favourite dogs is still going strong, Ballyhimikin Jet. He has returned as the ante post favourite too following his victory on Saturday night as he is now 9/4 from 5/1 to win it for trainer Graham Holland. Black Parachute his kennel companion is the 7/2 second favourite and although he didn’t win on Saturday night, he ran an absolute blinder to finish second. His 29.18 win the week previous makes it very hard to ignore him however an still represents great value.

Betting for the Derby and the Plate are below:

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020 Specials 21:00 ~ A Bitch To Win The Irish Greyhound Derby

 

28/1     Yes

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020 

7-4       Pestana

5-2       Newinn Taylor

5          Ballymac Wild

8          Glengar Bale

8          Ballymac Cooper

16        Toolmaker Sydney

16        BoyleSports Xtra

25        Catchmeflying

33        Kilara Icon

50        Scooby Princess

66        Meenagh Miracle

66        Indesatchel

 

Michael Fortune Memorial Derby Plate 

9-4       Ballyhimikin Jet

7-2       Black Parachute

6          Sweep The Yard

8          Lemon Ozzy

10        Doolin Prince

10        Oran Don

10        Razldazl Monarch

12        Bhoireann

20        Toolmaker Daddy

25        Ravenswood Mango

25        No Green Dye

66        Storys Derek

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48 Becomes 24

It was another thrilling night of action on Saturday night at HQ as the third round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby came to an end. 48 has now become 24 and on Saturday night we have four stunning quarterfinals to look forward to but who will make the semi-finals?

Let’s take a look at the 8 heats from the third round…

Still life in the old dog yet

Clona Blaze is great, isn’t he? He produced a brilliant break from trap six in the opening heat to cruise to victory in 29.48, managing to avoid the traffic problems at the first bend. He also produced the third fastest sectional to the third bend of 17.14, not bad for a greyhound who just turned four years of age! Clona Blaze has the most experience of all the Derby runners left, wouldn’t it be fantastic to see him make the final again? He was third to Ballyanne Sim in the 2018 final for trainer Graham Holland and judging by the way he ran on Saturday night, he could just make another final. He is 33/1 to win it. Newinn Sheedy was 2nd and Toolmaker Sydney 3rd. We had to say farewell to last year’s champion Lenson Bocko but hopefully we will see him back for Derby final night!

Great Name That

I’m sure the ‘Very Quiet Syndicate’ from Tralee were anything but on Saturday night as their Great Name That retained his unbeaten run in this Derby by landing heat 2 in 29.49 for Liam Dowling. He is running fantastic with 33/1 up for grabs for those of you who fancy him to go all the way. Catunda Logan was trying his best to get round the first bend but unfortunately, he was bumped and made his exit from the Derby. Liam O’Rourke’s Ropewalk Bhoy was a very good 2nd while Indesatchel was 3rd.

Newinn Taylor Sensational

Newinn Taylor done what we all knew he could do and he did it in style clocking the fastest time of the night. 29.11 with a 3.33 sectional but the most eye-catching moment of this wonderful display was his 16.79 sectional to the third bend, a new record. WOW. He really is a remarkable greyhound who is getting more accustomed to Shelbourne Park now and seems to be enjoying himself. BoyleSports Xtra ran a blinder in 2nd and is a dog who seems to be staying much better this year compared to last year when he used to empty out coming home. John Boyle could have another finalist here and maybe could go one spot better than BoyleSports King! Mustang Firmino was 3rd for Kieran Lynch, another dog that we haven’t seen the best of yet in this Derby. Taylor is 4/1 to win the Derby.

Ballymac is Wild for Winning

Liam Dowling had another good night at HQ, his kennel is flying. Ballymac Wild was awesome, showing serious pace into the first bend to go on and win in 29.31. by four lengths! A super display and another who is unbeaten in the Derby. I thought Deerjet Sydney ran a cracker, have been a fan of this dog since the start, he is 25/1 to win. Razldazl Annie was third for the man on fire Neilus O’Connell. Ballymac Wild is 8/1 in the outright and is fast becoming plenty of people’s top choice to be crowned this year’s winner!

Glengar Bale does it again

You won’t meet a nicer family at the dogs than Pat Buckley. Always so kind and friendly especially Emma, who was thrilled again with Glengar Bale. After a level enough start, this speedster set a gallop to take up the lead and in a matter of seconds, we all knew he was going to win. 29.45 and a 17.16 sectional, his slowest to date but still a solid performance. He is just 9/2 to win the Derby. Frankies Jet was 2nd and I was thrilled for his lovely trainer Brian Johnson who bred this dog himself and is his first ever Derby runner, I love stories like this. Frankies Jet is running well to qualify each week without winning and is 66/1 to make all of Brian Johnson’s dreams come true! Kilara Icon was 3rd for Robert Gleeson, this dog has serious pace down the back straight.

Waikiki Keano makes all for Peter Cronin

What a performance from Waikiki Keano who won in 29.53 for happy owner Tomas Wall. He showed beautiful early pace to lead up, but Meenagh Miracle put up a good battle to just finish half a length in second. It’s 16/1 for a bitch to win the Derby! Ballymac Cooper missed the kick and was in last place at the first bend. He managed to qualify and is 8/1 to win the Derby, after all he did do 29.10 the week previous so we all know what he can do when he hits the lids. A good result for the bookies this race!

Jennifer O’Donnell chasing the Derby dream

Scooby Princess ran a great race to clock 29.53, booking her spot into the quarterfinals! She flew out and wasn’t letting Great Eastern intimidate her at the first two bends as she shook him off and powered down the back straight. She stays so nothing was going to catch her. She won by seven and a half lengths, impressive. Catchmeflying for Thomas Buggy is still there and that man again Neilus qualified with Razldazl Peaky in third. But Scooby Princess, this was her moment. 33/1 to win the Derby!

Flawless Pestana!

What. A. Greyhound. Pestana you are adding more joy and excitement to this Derby week after week. I love him. He is a big loser for us in the outright meaning he is now just 3/1 to win the Derby after his 29.15 victory. He blasted from trap four, shot straight to the rails with a 3.32 sectional. He clocked 16.90 to the third bend and showed no sign of fatigue to win by seven and a half lengths. Sensational. He has trap five this Saturday so this will be a huge task for him, but I think he can do it! Owen McKenna and owner Des Grace were thrilled as you would expect.

So that’s the third round all done and dusted, the Derby is really flying now isn’t it. September 19th is fast approaching. Join me Saturday night again on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and RPGTV (sky channel 175).

Sarah x

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020 

3          Pestana
4          Newinn Taylor
9-2       Glengar Bale
8          Ballymac Cooper
8          Ballymac Wild
16        Newinn Sheedy
16        Toolmaker Sydney
20        Catchmeflying
20        BoyleSports Xtra
25        Deerjet Sydney
33        Newinn Lester
33        Clona Blaze
33        Da Bold Eagle
33        Great Name That
33        Scooby Princess
33        Kilara Icon
33        Razldazl Peaky
40        Indesatchel
50        Waikiki Keano
50        Mustang Firmino
66        Frankies Jet
66        Razldazl Annie
66        Meenagh Miracle
66        Ropewalk Bhoy

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Atmosphere at HQ

Tuesday 25th August

The atmosphere at HQ on Saturday night after Pestana broke the track record was wonderful. I was standing in the weigh room, ready for the opening heat of the night with just a handful of trainers and kennel hands watching the TV screen. Pestana broke from trap one and he came out that fast that the camera man almost couldn’t keep up with him! It was one of the most paw-perfect displays I have ever witnessed. Ian Fortune’s commentary added that extra bit of excitement. When he announced the 16.83 sectional to the third bend, I thought Ian was going to lose his voice!

The anticipation of waiting for the clock to show the time was brilliant. We all knew it was going to be fast but 28.99 just blew us all away. Rachel Hennessy was standing a few metres away and we just looked at each other and said OMG. It was certainly a jaw-dropping moment. Ah greyhound racing, you just have to love it. We were 5/4 initially for the track record to be broken. Damien Lonergan one of our greyhound traders at BoyleSports, cut it into Even money following all the support and then it happened. We are now offering 4/1 for it to be broken again. Can it be done?

Pestana was sensational for trainer Owen McKenna but so was Newinn Taylor who ran a cracking effort to finish second for Graham Holland. Waikiki Keano was third for Peter Cronin. A fantastic start to the night’s action and even though it was behind closed doors, over in the kennel area I never even noticed that the stands were empty. We made our own atmosphere and that is the beauty of our sport. Never a dull moment, that is for sure! Pestana is our new favourite at 11/2, cut from 8/1.

Ballymac Anton gets revenge on Wolfe

This was a cracking race for so many reasons. Ballymac Anton and Wolfe are the same age, born in November 2016 and have become huge rivals, a rivalry we all love to see. Wolfe led but Anton got into a beautiful position and took up the lead between the final two bends with great ease to cruise across the finishing line in 29.45 by three lengths. A superb performance from the Leger and Gold Cup hero for trainer Liam Dowling and it must be noted that he is one of the most stunning greyhounds I have ever seen. His size, colour and temperament. You can tell he knows how good he is. Wolfe was second and Soldier Spy put into some effort to finish third.

What a night for Kerry man Liam Dowling

Liam Dowling is some trainer. His son Shane Dowling has been doing all the work from Shelbourne Park and had a busy but successful night on Saturday with four winners. Oh and Liam bred Pestana too. Heat 11 was all about Ballymac Wild and I think this is one of the best races I have seen him run. He broke brilliant, accelerated into the first bend and drove on to win by 5½ lengths in 29.15. That is just five spots off the old track record of 29.10. You couldn’t have predicted the wonderful action from HQ for the second round, it just gets better and better. Indesatchel was a classy second with Iconic Rory third for Patrick Norris, both lightly raced sorts with huge futures. Ballymac Wild was runner-up to Pestana in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes and now he is through to the third round of the Derby, improving with every run.  Wild is 10/1 to win the Derby, cut from 16/1 after his 29.15 victory.

Ballymac Cooper gives Dowling quick-fire treble

You have to love Ballymac Cooper, a warrior of a greyhound and one of the fastest around HQ. This was evident on Saturday as he equalled the old track record of 29.10. He is also 10/1 to win the Derby. It’s all heating up now isn’t it! Razldazl Annie was second and Deerjet Sydney was third after breaking extremely well from trap three but diving over for the fence. We will see something special from him from trap one as he has already clocked 29.40 wearing the red jacket.

Neilus O’Connell absolutely flying

Razldazl Peaky ran a blinder to record 29.45 and after finishing second to Pestana the week before, there was no doubt he was going to run a big race on Saturday. He is a gutsy type who really battles hard when he is in front. Meenagh Miracle finished second and Calzaghe Sonic third for Martin Lanney and the UK syndicate, who are buzzin for the third round.

Great Name That strikes again

We thought he was lucky to win the week previous, but he wasn’t lucky to win his heat in the second round. He ran a stormer and is a massive stayer for the future. He picked up Da Bold Eagle who set a searing gallop into the first bend but was starting to run out of juice coming home. Great Name That monopolised on this and struck the front to score in 29.50. Scooby Princess was second for Jennifer O’Donnell and Da Bold Eagle third. This was Dowling’s fourth winner! Up Kerry!

BoyleSports Xtra ran great from what we could see!!!

The camera man missed most of the race won by the John Boyle owned BoyleSports Xtra. We seen the start from the traps and the remainder of the race from around the third bend so from what we seen it was awesome haha. A win is a win, so well done to team Hennessy. Xtra is so consistent at the traps he is like lightning quick. Mustang Firmino second and Traceys Bon third. 29.24. A career best for Xtra. Well done to the boss.

Feudal has serious Spirit

What a way to end the night. Pestana started off the night breaking the track record and Feudal Spirit ended the night clocking 29.29 on just his 10th race and blew them all away. He pinged out and nothing was going to catch him. He was 14/1 to win his heat! He is now 20/1 to win the Derby. Lenson Bocko the 2019 champ was second and Ballymac Tas third, meaning Dowling has six dogs through with Graham Holland having nine. Holland is 13/8 to become the winning trainer. Dowling at 11/4.

Sarah x

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BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 
Round-up of Friday night’s action

Sunday 23rd August

What a weekend.

Just when you thought last week could not have been topped, out jumps Pestana and not only breaks the 29.10 track record but smashes it to clock 28.99. The first ever greyhound to break the 29 seconds barrier over the 550 yards trip. Sensational. Well done Owen McKenna. Pestana is now the new 11/2 ante post favourite from 8/1 to win the Derby. Can he do it?

The track is certainly flying with massive clocks recorded over the two nights for the 2nd round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby with the fastest time of the Derby actually coming from Glengar Bale first on Friday. His 29.15 effort to place him as the fastest heat winner so far only lasted 24 hours, but it has seen his odds crumble into 7/1 from 12/1 to win the Derby for trainer Pat Buckley.

Let’s take a look at Friday’s action race by race...

Deadly Missile Explodes

Mark O’Donovan is a young trainer who is doing well for himself and he has a lovely kennel of dogs to be excited about. Deadly Missile is one of those dogs and he impressed in the opening heat on Friday to clock 29.51 coming from behind to pick up the leader Glory Kilara in trap one. Coming out of the second bend it was evident that Deadly Missile had a huge task on his paws but looked in a safe position to qualify. But he wanted more, and he got it. He got up on the line with ¾ of a length back to Glory Kilara who showed beautiful early for David Murray.

Missile justified his short odds of 4/9 to win his heat and certainly gave his punters a scare. Could he be the next greyhound to break the track record with a clear run? He already has 29.13 on his card so we will have to wait and see. Deadly Missile remains 14/1 in the outright.

Veteran Performer? Newinn Lester better than ever

Graham Holland got his first winner of the second round with Newinn Lester. An August 16 that showed no signs of fatigue being the old man at the party. He clocked 29.42 as he took the lead at the third bend clocking a 17.25 sectional. He chased down the early leader Jacks Solution and won by 1½ lengths with Frankies Jet third for Brian Johnson. Newinn Lester is 40/1 from 66/1 for the Derby.

Robert Gleeson strikes again with Toolmaker Sydney

Toolmaker Sydney clocked a 17.11 to the third bend to win in 29.47 obliging for favourite backers as he was 4/9. He didn’t lead but got a dream run down the back straight where he passed early leader Great Eastern and Clona Blaze with ease to win by ¾ of a length. Toolmaker is a lightly raced son of Droopys Sydney – Emers Ivy and is 14/1 to win the Derby for Robert Gleeson and owner William Hyslop.

Glengar Bale swooshes in 29.15

What a performance from this Pat Buckley trained star who skipped around HQ in 29.15, the fastest time of the night. He was paw perfect. 16.93 to the third bend. He opened up a nice lead down the back and was a short 2/11 to win. He is now a serious Derby contender with his odds cut into 7/1 from 12/1. Bit-Of-Craic syndicate are delighted with Rockburst Mike grabbing second with the pacey Ballydoyle Valor back in third. I interviewed Emma Buckley coming off the track and she was just over the moon with his performance. Pat Buckley her dad walked over to meet her and they gave each other a huge hug which was lovely to see, this is what it’s all about. Every win matters.

Our Surprise not a shock victory

It was absolutely fantastic to see this greyhound back to winning ways. You all know the story behind this greyhound so well done to the Jones’ family. 29.53 coming from behind to pick up Burgess Dakota, Laughil Josh and Ropewalk Bhoy. There was traffic at the first bend and it was an eventful race with Laughil Josh running a super race having taken a bump at the first. But Our Surprise deserves all the praise to win as the 5/4 favourite and is now 33/1 from 50/1 to win the Derby. Well done to Liam O’Rourke too with Ropewalk Bhoy finishing second.

Newinn Sheedy should be called Newinn Speedy

Newinn Sheedy took a flyer from trap two to make all in 29.29. He won his heat in the opening round in 29.47 and is a greyhound to keep an eye on for Graham Holland. His 17.09 to the third turn is eye-catching but what a race Beechview Cognac ran to finish second having received a bad draw in trap five for the second week in a row. He overcame the challenge with ease though and I grabbed a word with May Kearns as she came in off the track with her beautiful fawn superstar. Cash Is King was also fast from traps and finished third but Sheedy was another bad turn for the bookmakers as the 4/9 favourite.

Catunda Logan back-to-back wins for the Byrne Family

Catunda Logan was an excellent winner in 29.31, a career best. He broke well and set the pace with a strong gallop out in front to Catchmeflying trying his best to catch him. The staying bitches in behind were always a worry with Unlock Unlock and Coolavanny Chick in pursuit but they couldn’t catch Logan. 7/4 favourite Coolavanny Chick was second after making up a huge amount of ground with Catchmeflying third. Logan clocked a blistering 17.04 to the third bend, not bad at all!

Epic Hero Saves the Day for bookies at 6/1

Thomas O’Donovan and his champion Epic Hero landed heat 8 of the second round in serious fashion as he obliged at 6/1 in a fast 29.19. This Produce Stakes finalist is quickly becoming a Derby contender with a 17.06 to the third turn on just his ninth career start. The 11/8 favourite Newline Cody sadly made his exit from the Derby with Kilara Icon second after coming home strong and Antigua Sands third for Liam Dowling.

It was a brilliant night for the first batch of 8 heats so stay tuned for Saturday’s round-up coming soon.

The draw for the 3rd round is available here with our ante post prices.

Stay safe.

Sarah x

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020

11-2     Pestana

7          Glengar Bale

10        Ballymac Cooper

10        Ballymac Wild

12        Newinn Taylor

12        Lenson Bocko

14        Deadly Missile

14        Toolmaker Sydney

16        Newinn Sheedy

20        Epic Hero

20        Da Bold Eagle

20        Deerjet Sydney

20        Ballymac Anton

20        Catchmeflying

20        Feudal Spirit

25        Wolfe

25        Ballydoyle Valor

25        Coolavanny Chick

25        Jacks Solution

25        Razldazl Peaky

33        Our Surprise

33        BoyleSports Xtra

40        Scooby Princess

40        Indesatchel

40        Kilara Icon

40        Laughil Josh

40        Newinn Lester

50        Glory Kilara

50        Mustang Firmino

50        Great Name That

50        Catunda Logan

50        Razldazl Annie

50        Ballymac Tas

66        Waikiki Keano

66        Soldier Spy

66        Ropewalk Bhoy

66        Clona Blaze

66        Antigua Sands

100      Battle Cry

100      Beechview Cognac

100      Calzaghe Sonic

100      Iconic Rory

100      Meenagh Miracle

100      Rockburst Mike

100      Frankies Jet

100      Great Eastern

100      Traceys Bob

150      Cash Is King

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BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby
Saturday’s Round-Up

Monday 17th August 

As if Friday wasn’t enough excitement for us greyhound enthusiasts, we returned to HQ on Saturday evening for another 12 heats of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby and this time it was Coolvanny Chick who recorded the fastest time of the night in 29.39. Let’s take a look at the action race by race

Race card order…

Coolavanny Chick 33/1 from 50/1 for Derby

Noel Hehir’s bitch ran a patient race, waiting for her moment to chase down the leader Newinn Lester in trap six. Chick and Lester broke sharp but it ​was the latter who had more speed into the first bend. As he looked a winner heading down the back straight, Chick went back to third place with Razldazl Monarch going second.

However, it was evident at the third bend that Chick has plenty of fuel left in the tank and coming off the last bend Lester ran wide and Chick, as Coolavanny as she liked, powered up the home straight to grab the win by half a length. It’s worth noting th​at Newinn Lester recorded the third fastest sectional to the third bend across the weekend with a brilliant 17.09 but this win has earned Coolavanny Chick a move into 33/1 from 50/1 to become the Derby champion.

Degrom has it all

There was plenty to like about Degrom’s performance, clocking 29.63 with sectionals of 3.35 and 17.35. He opened up a nice lead to win by three lengths in the end, but it was a dominating victory from start to finish for owner Tom Quinn and trainer Pat Buckley. I have already mentioned Pat’s extremely talented young kennel of stars and Degrom is another to add to that list. That’s three wins from ten starts and this May 18 son of Pat C Sabbath – Cabra Fifi looks a nice type. 40/1 for the Derby. Coolavanny Kyser, Soldier Spy and Glengar Mary (another Pat Buckley youngster) all qualified.

Karol Ramsbottom in flying form

Bhoireann but in a gutsy effort to claim heat 15 for trainer Karol Ramsbottom with 29.68 clocked, a career best for the Gavin Johns owned black beauty. He broke well along with Manuka Mann in trap one but Bhoireann was fastest into the first bend and drove on with sectionals of 3.48 and 17.25. Ballymac Tas flew home for second while Sweetheart Deal was fourth.

Rathcoole Fox grabbed fourth, but he was the 4/6 favourite who was running his first ever 550 yards race. He has 28.12 around HQ for the 525 trip so there is more to come from him. Hugh Cahill from RTE has picked him as his charity bet so the best of luck Hugh, he is 33/1.

Feudal has Spirit

Graham Holland and Larry O’Rourke have a lovely dog in Feudal Spirit who won his heat in 29.72, sectionals 3.49 and 17.33. He broke brilliant but it was Ballymac Lowry who led. Feudal wasn’t going away that easy though and the pair were nip and tuck down the back straight. Between the final two bends, Feudal took the lead and ran on to score by 1½ lengths with Monbeg Zinzan, Traceys Bob and Calzaghe Sonic all qualifying.

Ballyhimikin Jet all class

This was the race I was most excited about, it was unfortunate that Holland had four in the same race as Newinn Session and Black Parachute didn’t manage to qualify. Ballyhimikin Jet was pure class to win in 29.58 after catching his kennel buddy Wolfe, who ran an absolute stormer. Wolfe had not been seen since his Easter Cup win in March and he led for most of the race but Ballyhimikin had a few runs under his belt and the writing was on the wall near the last bend as Jet powered on to win by three lengths. 20/1 for the Derby while Wolfe is also 20/1.

Great Name That has all the luck

Liam Dowling had his first winner of the night with Great Name That in what was an unusual race. Great Name That was 5th at the first bend and ended up first past the post. Lemon Boris led, Frankies Jet caught up with him down the back as did trap one Zingers and none of the three could pinch a lead. While these three were battling in front, they failed to see Great Name That in fourth place looming closer and he got a glorious run off the last two bends, creeping around on the inside to win in 29.94. As Ian Fortune put it, an eventful contest! Great Name That is 50/1 for the Derby.

Newinn Sheedy makes all but Run Happy is out

I really liked Newinn Sheedy’s performance, 29.47 with 3.40 and a very good 17.12 sectional. That was his 9th start and now has four wins. A beautiful blue coloured dog owned by Larry O’Rourke. Pat Buckley’s Knocknaboul Syd actually went off the 5/2 favourite and ran a good race in second but Sheedy done well and is 33/1 for the title. It was sad to see last year’s finalist Run Happy bow out early of the Derby and I hope we see him back soon.

Float Like a butterfly and sting like a Killer Bee

Killer Bee showed his staying power to win heat 20 in 29.92. The 4/5 favourite Outnumbered was slow away and was unable to get involved so he has made his Derby exit. Trap five Killahan Ganster was very fast into the first bend to take the lead with Ardrahan Pinokio. These two led down the back with Slippy Cian and Scooby Princess closing them down. While these four battling for the lead, Killer Bee was gaining all the time and he got up on the line by a neck to Ardrahan Pinokio, another eventful contest!

Ballymac is Wild

Ballymac Wild was Dowling’s next winner on the card as he showed incredible pace to win in 29.56 coming from behind. Great Eastern led, like he usually does but he doesn’t stay so he was the perfect candidate for Ballymac Wild to hunt down. He hit the front at the third bend and it was all over. Newline Cody in second was a bit unlucky I thought so he is one to watch, a speedy youngster for Robert Gleeson but it was all about the BoyleSports Champion Stakes runner-up who is 16/1 for the Derby.

Antigua Sands dominates

Liam Dowling recorded his third winner of the night with the beautiful fawn Antigua Sands. She was gutsy as the brilliant Clona Blaze led down the back and it’s hard to pass a dog of his calibre. It was easy for Antigua Sands though as she led out of the third bend to win in 29.75. A great effort. Well done Team Dowling and thanks to Shane for the video interview.

Marie & Skippy Gilbert qualify

The du​o of Marie and Skippy Gilbert are well known around the Dublin track and their Doolin Duke for owner and friend Pat Flanagan was just what they needed after Oran Don failed to qualify. Doolin Duke never came out of the boxes as fast with 29.61 clocked to Our Surprise in second. I was delighted to see Laurence and Brian Jones’s dog run a great race, a finalist last year that was unable to run with an injury, everyone is ro​oting for this dog.

The Eagle has landed

Da Bold Eagle is quickly becoming one of my favourites and is just 16/1 for the Derby. Mark O’Donovan is doing well for himself and has an exciting type here. Da Bold Eagle won in 29.82. He wasn’t great from traps but the burst of pace into the first was tremendous. 3.52 and 17.24 splits for his first trip over 550 is nothing to be sniffed at. Magical Jasper for Patrick Guilfoyle was second, with this trainer winning the Irish Sprint Cup final about an hour previous in Dundalk. Well done Patrick, how is my beloved Magical Bale I miss seeing him race and hope his stud career is flying.

So there you have it, a brilliant weekend full of high qualify winners and qualifiers with the odd bit of drama thrown in. This is Shelbourne Park. This is greyhound racing. This is the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.

See you all Friday,

Sarah x

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My Round 1 Stand-Out Performance is.....

Sunday 16th August

After all the anticipation and waiting, the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby kicked off at the weekend with 12 heats on Friday and another 12 on Saturday. To sum it all up in just one word…Ronseal. It did exactly what it said it would do and that was to give us some exhilaration whether you were at the track or at home. There were 24 incredible winners followed by numerous gallant efforts in behind for the qualifiers but the standout award of the week goes to……PESTANA.

Pestana the Star

Well done to Owen McKenna and his team; this BoyleSports Champion Stakes winner was electric into the first turn once he got going having dived towards the fence when he broke. The tough draw of trap five made no odds to this champ as he crossed the line in the fastest time of the opening round clocking 29.21 and has trap one in the second round which has seen him become the new 8/1 favourite for the Derby from 12/1. Blink and you will miss him. Razldazl Peaky ran on for second with Redzer Ardfert third and Laughil Josh grabbing fourth.

In card order...

Bess the Best

Roanna Bess was quite impressive to land the opener on Friday in 29.45, she showed plenty of pace on just her 7th career start bringing her tally of wins to four. Neilus O’Connell’s dogs always run well and consistent, with Razldazl Annie finishing second.

Pat Buckley’s future star

How eye-catching was Glengar Bale for Pat Buckley who is now 14/1 from 16/1 for the Derby with sponsors BoyleSports? 29.40 he clocked, with a strong sectional of 3.48 and 17.06 looking very strong as he pulled clear down the back straight. Burgess Puma was second and this lightly raced son of Skywalker Puma for Sheila Spillane and J. J. Fennelly looks like the type of dog who will improve plenty.

Toolmaker Sydney 16/1 from 20/1 for Derby title & Cheers for Paddy

Newinn Taylor lost his unbeaten record but that’s nothing to be negative about, this greyhound has just come up to HQ after winning the Produce Stakes so all he needed to do was qualify and secure his place in the second round. He led from the first bend after walking out of the traps, but this is where Toolmaker Sydney shone as he led from the last bend to win in 29.72 for Robert Gleeson with Waikiki Keano second for Peter Cronin. Taylor is still 12/1 in the outright. Model Margaret Bolton (whose father Tommy Bolton is the groundsman at Shelbourne Park) got her Towstar Paddy through to the next round and his syndicate have been on to me, they are absolutely buzzing, so best of luck lads I hope you go far.

Deerjet impresses

Deerjet Sydney was a greyhound I highlighted as one of the bigger priced dogs to look out for at 33/1. Pat Buckley has a fabulous kennel with plenty of bright stars and to clock 29.39 after a fast start was excellent. He definitely needs the rails, but he drove on in professional fashion and he is now 20/1, I really like this dog. The 2019 champion Lenson Bocko was third.

Catch me if you can

Catchmeflying was deadly for Thomas Buggy. I put up a video a few weeks ago when he won in 28.26 for the 525 yards and told you all to add him to your notebook. He was very good in his heat on Friday to clock 29.36, a powerful performance to win by five lengths to one of Shelbourne Park’s most loved greyhounds, Beechview Cognac for May Kearns, who overcame his tricky draw in five. But this heat was about trap six Catchmeflying who now has 11 wins from 7 starts.

Jack has the solution

There were plenty of people tipping up Jacks Solution in heat 7, the Produce Stakes runner up to Newinn Taylor. He won in 29.45 with a very fast sectional of 3.35 and ran HQ really well. Ballymac Cooper had his seeding changed to an inside, but it didn’t go to plan and he has been changed to a middle. He finished second with Knight Rocker for Ollie Bray third and Storys Derek in six fourth for Murt Leahy.

Anton is back

I love Ballymac Anton and just Liam Dowling’s kennel in general. They never fail in producing their stars in top order with the St. Leger and Gold Cup hero Ballymac Anton doing what he does best to win in 29.69. Ripley Lad was second four lengths back and there were HUGE cheers from John Durrigan as Ferdia in trap four grabbed fourth. Well done John!

Grand Slam Champ!

Gerwyn Price won the 2019 BoyleSports Grand Slam of Darts in Wolverhampton and now has a dog running in our Derby! His Grandslam Champ finished third in heat 9 for him and trainer Paul Hennessy but it was Liam O’Rourke who had the winner. Ropewalk Bhoy was gutsy and won in 30.03 from Cushie Wayne in second. I grabbed an interview with Debbie O’Rourke after the race so best of luck with him Debbie.

Catunda cruises

Catunda Logan was a 29.56 winner of heat 10 and was very fast from traps to make all from the inside draw. He opened up a nice lead but Unlock Unlock came from lengths off the pace to finish second beaten just one length and is a bitch to keep an eye on for the Matthews team.

Indesatchel has it in the bag

Graham Holland got onto the winner’s board with Indesatchel who recorded his first ever win in 29.51 on his fourth career start. A really nice type with a big engine as he chased down early leader Athlacca Zette from trap four for Noel Neenan from Limerick. I caught up with Noel after his race as this was his first ever runner at Shelbourne Park and he was thrilled with his dog’s performance. We look forward to seeing you back at HQ next week Noel, this lad took to the track very well indeed.

Missile launches for O’Donovan

The last heat from Friday went to Deadly Missile, the dog who nearly broke Tyrur Van Gaal’s 29.10 550 record with 29.13 the week previous. BoyleSports Xtra ran a stormer for the boss but Deadly Missile was too good and he clocked 29.60 for young trainer Mark O’Donovan. A fantastic race to end the night.

I will report back with Saturday’s round up soon!

Every heat winner got €300 and this coming Friday and Saturday we do it all over again as 16 heats will take place across the two nights. I can’t wait. Thanks for all the lovely comments on my social media, you are all so nice. If you want to follow me:

Twitter: @BoyleSportsSK

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Stay safe and join me next Friday where we will do it all over again!

Sarah

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A look at Saturday's 1st Round heats
11th August 2020

Let us take a look at some of the second batch of 12 heats for the opening round of the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby this Saturday.

Graham Holland is responsible for six of the top 13 in the betting for the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby and one that has perhaps gone under the radar is 16/1 shot Black Parachute who runs in a competitive heat on Saturday. Before the dreaded lockdown hit us, this impeccably well-bred son of Top Honcho – Ballydoyle Honey clocked 29.63 in March over the 550 yards after a wee layoff since December. Then back in June after the lockdown break, he bounced out and won by four and a half lengths in 28.23 which was followed by a decent effort to finish third to Ballymac Cooper last month in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes semi-finals.

Heat 17

Cork man Jimmy Barry Murphy has selected Black Parachute as his charity bet, placing €100 on him at 16/1 with all proceeds going to the Irish Retired Greyhound Trust (IRGT) and Jimmy Barry knows a thing or two about greyhounds. He runs in heat 17 on Saturday in one of the hottest races over the weekend. He faces Burgess Dakota (66/1) Newinn Session (14/1), Wolfe (33/1), Ballyhimikin Jet (20/1) and Lemon Ozzy (33/1). What a race.

I’m extremely giddy seeing the return of the Wolfe who was last seen winning the Easter Cup back in March is superior fashion to clock 29.89. I have always admired Wolfe and in the opening round of the 2019 Derby he blasted his rivals in 29.22 and I was convinced he was going to win it outright. A wonderful greyhound with superb pace but from trap four in this tough heat, he must come to HQ bouncing and fresh but all we want is to see him qualify as four go through to the second round. The winner will probably be Ballyhimikin Jet in trap five. A fourth runner in this race trained by Graham Holland.

The lockdown break done this fella the world of good as he won two races last month in 29.70 and 29.55 respectively. He was unlucky in the BoyleSports Champion Stakes, but he should show his class and fitness here. Newinn Session in trap two trialled at HQ last week in 29.43 which has earned him a short price for the Derby and who knows, Burgess Dakota in trap one is only having his fourth ever race but with 28.60 clocked here in a solo, anything is possible for this youngster who is just an October 2018 whelped pup. A tough heat but it’s Ballyhimikin Jet for me.

Heat 19

Ah the return of my favourite, Run Happy. What a cracking greyhound. I remember him winning a heat of the Derby last year and his kennel hand Emma Buckley was smiling from ear to ear and rightly so. This son of Tullymurry Act – Marlfield Taylor is coming up to Dublin this Saturday for his first race since February. I will be praying and lighting the candles that he qualifies safe and sound as he deserves another shot at the title. He led everywhere bar the line in last years Derby final, what a night that was but he will have to ping out like he can in this heat as he is drawn badly in trap five. His kennel buddy beside him in trap four could fly out, Knocknaboul Syd (50/1) so he isn’t without a chance. Newinn Sheedy (66/1) in trap three can go close too but must start on terms.

It’s going to be an epic weekend of action. Stay tuned for more content with all prices for the heats available on Wednesday afternoon including a zoom call with myself and Damien (Damo) Lonergan.

Sarah x

 

Charity Bets

Jimmy Barry Murphy - Black Parachute 16/1

Anthony Daly - Da Bold Eagle 16/1

Hugh Cahill - Rathcoole Fox 33/1

Ian Fortune - Newinn Session 16/1

Pat Healy - Glengar Bale at 20/1

Jonathan Hobbs - Pestana 14/1

Wayne McCarthy - Newinn Taylor 10/1

Barry Drake - Ballymac Cooper 14/1

George McDonagh Ballyhimikin Jet 20/1

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020 

10        Lenson Bocko

12        Pestana

12        Newinn Taylor

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Newinn Session

16        Toolmaker Sydney

16        Deadly Missile

16        Glengar Bale

16        Da Bold Eagle

20        Black Parachute

20        Ballydoyle Valor

20        Ballyhimikin Jet

20        Ballymac Wild

25        Outnumbered

25        Doolin Duke

33        Ballymac Anton

33        Wolfe

33        Oran Don

33        Newline Cody

33        Lemon Ozzy

33        Deerjet Sydney

33        Rathcoole Fox

33        Run Happy

33        Ballymac Kingdom

33        Unlock Unlock

40        Jacks Solution

40        Feudal Spirit

40        Catchmeflying

50        Mustang Firmino

50        Laughil Josh

50        Realt Rabach

50        Ripley Lad

50        Ballyhooly Cian

50        Roanna Bess

50        Indesatchel

50        Lemon Boris

50        Buttsys Bengal

50        Coolavanny Chick

50        Deelish Luke

50        Glory Kilara

50        Iconic Rory

50        Redzer Ardfert

50        Scooby Princess

50        Ballymac Juliet

50        Ballymac Tas

50        Degrom

50        Knocknaboul Syd

50        Razldazl Monarch

50        Razldazl Peaky

50        Skywalker Logan

50        Slippy Cian

50        Sweep The Yard

50        Allaghaun River

50        Swanley Chick

50        Priceless Blake

50        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Soldier Spy

66        Clona Blaze

66        Kilara Icon

66        Doolin Prince

66        Epic Hero

66        Ropewalk Bhoy

66        Coolavanny Kyser

66        Deadly Do Lago

66        Deadly Dynamite

66        Droopys Wyatt

66        Lotus Percy

66        Monbeg Zinzan

66        Priceless Squire

66        Thunder Blue

66        Ballymac Lowry

66        Ballymac Notisme

66        Ballymac Wisdom

66        Burgess Dakota

66        Burgess Puma

66        Great Name That

66        Jirano Jet

66        Killahan Ganster

66        Lenson Blinder

66        Magical Jasper

66        Manuka Man

66        Newinn Sheedy

66        Our Surprise

66        Patricks Machine

66        Razldazl Annie

66        Romeo Speedy

66        Beechview Cognac

100      Rockburst Mike

100      Battle Cry

100      Bhoireann

100      Calzaghe Sonic

100      Fainne Chiarrai

100      Freedom Whiskey

100      Grandslam Champ

100      Kilgraney Vegas

100      Meenagh Maestro

100      Meenagh Miracle

100      Priceless Jet

100      Uncle Bertie

100      Vigorous Luke

100      Vigorous Scooby

100      Benman

100      Antigua Sands

100      Beechview Elsie

100      Gaytime Milo

100      Glengar Mary

100      Gut Feeling

100      Jaytee Havana

100      Killer Bee

100      Ravenswood Mango

100      Tullovin Duke

100      Waikiki Keano

100      Whitewood Axel

100      Zingers

100      Butts Bound

100      Cabra Ava

100      Early Rise

100      Florican Velvet

100      Frankies Jet

100      Glencorbry Duke

100      Highview Landing

100      Knight Rocker

100      Pacemaker Ted

100      Sweetheart Deal

100      Traceys Bob

100      Upward Pearl

100      BoyleSports Xtra

100      Great Eastern

100      Newinn Lester

100      Catunda Logan

100      Ardrahan Pinokio

100      Awesome Alfie

100      Towstar Paddy

150      Cushie Wayne

200      Super Vic

200      Ferdia

200      Drumdoit Casper

200      Storys Derek

200      Onthecards

200      Athlacca Zette

200      Drumdoit Bermuda

200      Dromrich Antares

200      Dromrich Altair

500      No Green dye

500      Lord Rusty

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BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Draw reaction
10th August 2020

And just like that, we are days away from the start of the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby with the live draw done and dusted.

The year has absolutely flown by and it feels like just a few weeks ago we watched Lenson Bocko cruise to victory to land the 2019 contest and suddenly, we are back in the Oaks Suite with the 2020 version kicking off. 144 names went into the drum on Monday afternoon at Shelbourne Park with 12 heats on Friday and 12 heats on Saturday to look forward to.

What a cracking weekend of action to get stuck into, there hasn’t been many changes in the outright prices but our ante post favourite Lenson Bocko has been eased to 10/1 from 8/1, while Newinn Taylor remains the 12/1 second favourite followed by Ballymac Cooper, Pestana and Newinn Session at 14/1.

These top five leaders in the betting are all exceptionally talented greyhounds and have all avoided each other in their opening round heats. Let’s take a look at some of the mouth-watering clashes in store on Friday night.

Heat 12

Deadly Missile. Most of you probably never heard of this greyhound before Saturday night but he is now one of the main contenders to claim the €115,000 prize for trainer Mark O’Donovan following his exceptional run for the 550 yards. He clocked 29.13, that’s just three spots off the 29.10 track record set by Tyrur Van Gaal back in 2015. What a run. He turns two years of age next month and is by the 2012 Derby winner Skywalker Puma out of a bitch called Coolavanny Ella. That was just his 8th career start and to clock 29.13 is simply stunning, so I’m really looking forward to his heat. He has a big future and has already seen his odds plummet into 16/1 from a massive 50/1 for the Derby.

In trap order we have the wonderful stayer Skywalker Logan in trap one, the 2019 Corn Cuchulainn 750 and Cesarewitch champion, not to mention a finalist in the English Greyhound Derby final. This greyhound has an impressive CV and should qualify for the next round. Beechview Elsie is in trap five for May Kearns and has a terrible draw along with BoyleSports Xtra out in six. But all eyes will be on trap two Deadly Missile.

1 Skywalker Logan, 2 Deadly Missile, 3 Glencorbry Duke, 4 Ballyhooley Cian, 5 Beechview Elsie, 6 Boylesports Xtra

Heat 5

Pestana doesn’t have a perfect draw in trap five in heat 5 so he will have to work extra hard to secure his spot in the second round, but his early pace should see him through. Lenson Blinder in trap three has been one of the country’s best for some time now and can easily set the pace. The terrific six bend maestro Redzer Ardfert in trap six, the 750 yards track record holder, can work his magic over this shorter trip but the dark dog for me is Razldazl Peaky in trap two with the blue jacket sure to help him get a nice run. A tough little heat but too hard to oppose Pestana with his electric early pace and you can back him at 14/1 for the Derby from 20/1.

1 Laughil Josh, 2 Razldazl Peaky, 3 Lenson Blinder, 4 Meenagh Maestro, 5 Pestana, 6 Redzer Ardfert

Heat 3

This heat looks all about the ante post 12/1 second favourite Newinn Taylor. I can’t wait to see this greyhound back at HQ. He won the Produce Stakes in Clonmel and is coming up to the big smoke to try and continue his unbeaten record of 12 wins. What a sensational talent. Toolmaker Sydney in trap three will be the danger.

1 Ballymac Juliet, 2 Waikiki Keano, 3 Toolmaker Sydney, 4 Towster Paddy (m), 5 Drumdoit Casper (w), 6 Newinn Taylor (w)

Heat 4

Oh wow what a heat. The 2019 champion Lenson Bocko is now an inside seed and runs from trap three. He won’t have it easy with the pacey Oran Don in five and the talented youngster Deerjet Sydney in four. This will be a good test for Bocko to see if he is up to the task of defending his title. On his comeback run last month he clocked a blistering 29.56. It was a serious display as he had not raced since the Night of Stars in November where he won in tremendous style. He is the Derby favourite for a reason and he will have plenty of fans watching him this Friday.

1 Buttsys Bengal, 2 Deadly Dynamite, 3 Lenson Bocko, 4 Deerjet Sydney, 5 Oran Don (w), 6 Priceless Squire (w)

I’m looking forward to seeing some of you there on Friday and remember I will be grabbing plenty of you for quick interviews and we will be having a presentation for all the heat winners.

€100 Charity Bets in aid of the IRGT

Jimmy Barry Murphy - Black Parachute at 16/1

Anthony Daly - Da Bold Eagle 16/1

Hugh Cahill - Rathcoole Fox 33/1

Ian Fortune - Newinn Session 16/1

Pat Healy - Glengar Bale at 20/1

Jonathan Hobbs - Pestana 14/1

Wayne McCarthy - Newinn Taylor 10/1

Barry Drake - Ballymac Cooper 14/1

George McDonagh – Ballyhimikin Jet 20/1

Stay safe and enjoy the action in the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. All heats and the betting are below.

Sarah x

 Picture: the first round draw of the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby in Shelbourne Park

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020

10        Lenson Bocko

12        Newinn Taylor

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Newinn Session

14        Pestana

16        Glengar Bale

16        Da Bold Eagle

16        Toolmaker Sydney

16        Black Parachute

16        Deadly Missile

20        Ballymac Wild

20        Ballyhimikin Jet

20        Ballydoyle Valor

25        Outnumbered

25        Doolin Duke

33        Oran Don

33        Unlock Unlock

33        Ballymac Anton

33        Wolfe

33        Lemon Ozzy

33        Laughil Josh

33        Ballymac Kingdom

33        Deerjet Sydney

33        Rathcoole Fox

33        Newline Cody

33        Razldazl Monarch

33        Run Happy

40        Jacks Solution

40        Lemon Boris

40        Catchmeflying

40        Deelish Luke

40        Buttsys Bengal

50        Priceless Blake

50        Swanley Chick

50        Mustang Firmino

50        Realt Rabach

50        Beechview Cognac

50        Ripley Lad

50        Ballyhooly Cian

50        Kilara Icon

50        Roanna Bess

50        Indesatchel

50        Coolavanny Chick

50        Glory Kilara

50        Iconic Rory

50        Redzer Ardfert

50        Scooby Princess

50        Ballymac Juliet

50        Ballymac Tas

50        Degrom

50        Feudal Spirit

50        Knocknaboul Syd

50        Razldazl Peaky

50        Romeo Speedy

50        Skywalker Logan

50        Slippy Cian

50        Sweep The Yard

50        Allaghaun River

50        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Clona Blaze

66        BoyleSports Xtra

66        Doolin Prince

66        Epic Hero

66        Ropewalk Bhoy

66        Bhoireann

66        Calzaghe Sonic

66        Coolavanny Kyser

66        Deadly Do Lago

66        Deadly Dynamite

66        Droopys Wyatt

66        Lotus Percy

66        Monbeg Zinzan

66        Priceless Squire

66        Thunder Blue

66        Uncle Bertie

66        Ballymac Lowry

66        Ballymac Notisme

66        Ballymac Wisdom

66        Burgess Dakota

66        Burgess Puma

66        Great Name That

66        Jaytee Havana

66        Jirano Jet

66        Killahan Ganster

66        Lenson Blinder

66        Magical Jasper

66        Manuka Man

66        Newinn Sheedy

66        Our Surprise

66        Patricks Machine

66        Razldazl Annie

66        Glencorbry Duke

66        Soldier Spy

100       Rockburst Mike

100       Battle Cry

100       Fainne Chiarrai

100       Freedom Whiskey

100       Grandslam Champ

100       Kilgraney Vegas

100       Meenagh Maestro

100       Meenagh Miracle

100       Priceless Jet

100       Vigorous Luke

100       Vigorous Scooby

100       Benman

100       Antigua Sands

100       Beechview Elsie

100       Gaytime Milo

100       Glengar Mary

100       Gut Feeling

100       Killer Bee

100       Ravenswood Mango

100       Tullovin Duke

100       Waikiki Keano

100       Whitewood Axel

100       Zingers

100       Butts Bound

100       Cabra Ava

100       Early Rise

100       Florican Velvet

100       Frankies Jet

100       Highview Landing

100       Knight Rocker

100       Pacemaker Ted

100       Sweetheart Deal

100       Traceys Bob

100       Upward Pearl

100       Great Eastern

100       Newinn Lester

100       Catunda Logan

100       Ardrahan Pinokio

100       Awesome Alfie

100       Towstar Paddy

200       Athlacca Zette

200       No Green dye

200       Super Vic

200       Ferdia

200       Drumdoit Casper

200       Onthecards

200       Storys Derek

200       Drumdoit Bermuda

200       Dromrich Antares

200       Dromrich Altair

200       Lord Rusty

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The Derby is just a week away!

7th August 2020

The 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby is just a week away and although things will be very different this year, you can guarantee that greyhound enthusiasts will be living for the next six weeks of top-class action. But who will be crowned the 2020 champion?

Fair Play BoyleSports

BoyleSports announced their official sponsorship of the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby at Shelbourne Park on Monday bringing their association with the race to its seventh year in a row. A jaw-dropping amount of €255,460 is the total prize fund, this is marvellous considering prize money across the globe has had to undergo massive reductions. John Boyle is a tremendous ambassador for this sport and what a fairy-tale story it would have been had his dog BoyleSports King landed the title last year. It was one of the best finishes I have ever seen in a Derby final.

Last year’s event was won by Lenson Bocko, for trainer Graham Holland and the Lochead-Ponder-Whelan syndicate, who took home the €140,000 winning prize in a time of 29.40 seconds. Lenson Bocko was subsequently named ‘Dog of the Year’ at the 2019 National Greyhound Awards.

Market Leaders

The early market with BoyleSports has Lenson Bocko as the 8/1 favourite while his brilliant kennel mate Newinn Taylor is the 10/1 second favourite, trimmed from 12/1 following his excellent victory in Clonmel last Sunday to win the Produce Stakes. Newinn Taylor remains unbeaten with 12 wins from 12, an incredible record and an outstanding training performance from Graham Holland who boasts a terrific kennel of stars heading into this year’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby. Newinn Taylor will be bringing extra excitement coming into this year’s event and I hope he can remain unbeaten, what a story that would be.

Can Lenson Bocko win back-to-back titles for Graham Holland? Something that hasn’t been done since 1955 when Spanish Battleship won not only his 2nd title but his 3rd derby trophy. What about Liam Dowling, David Murray, Patrick Guilfoyle, Owen McKenna, Thomas Buggy, John A. Linehan, Robert Gleeson, Karol Ramsbottom, Paul Hennessy, Mark O’Donovan, Marie Gilbert or Kieran Lynch? The Derby is the dream but whose dream will become a reality?

May Kearns, What a Woman!

This is the beauty of our sport, anything can happen. May Kearns, who has been attending Shelbourne Park longer than most of you reading this blog, could win her first Derby title. What May has given to the industry over 70 or more years is something that we can only hope to continue for many years to come and it would be amazing if she was to win it this year with her consistent and brilliant Beechview Cognac who is 50/1.

The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby this year will not be as we know it. We have to wear masks, we have to keep our distance, we can’t hug each other when we win a race and we can’t have thousands of greyhound fans flock through Shelbourne Park’s doors to fill the stands and cheer home their favourite greyhound.

Stop with the Negativity

Now is not the time for self-loathing, for negativity, for feeling sorry for yourself. It’s going to be hard for thousands of people that won’t be allowed attend the Derby this year but myself, BoyleSports and Greyhound Racing Ireland will do everything we can to make sure we bring the action to all of you watching from home on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. SIS will be showing all the heats along with RPGTV who will be showing it live from the third round. Now is the time to stay safe, respect the rules and realise how blessed and lucky we are that we can race our dogs and attend our local tracks. Other industries can look at ours and admire our ambition, dedication and above all, passion. Everyone played their part to get the industry up and running, an industry that most people would have thought would be last to come back. We are a resilient bunch so rather than complaining about the current restrictions, be thankful that we have any restrictions in the first place. We are racing safely, that will remain the priority. This is a hard time for everyone and we are all trying to adapt for a new way of life and a new way at the dogs, including the staff so be kind.

Well done Shelbourne Park

Shelbourne Park has outdone itself with the measures taken to ensure their restaurant can open. I’m lucky enough to be in a position where I can promote the industry and attending HQ over the last six weeks or so has really gotten me through these strange few months. I missed the racing so much, I got used to not going to pubs or shopping centres, that was the easy part, the hard part was not being able to head into Shelbourne Park. It’s a part of who I am, it’s what I love, it’s what I know, and my Derby dream is still alive, COVID-19 or not! I hope yours is too.

Derby Draw

The draw for the Derby takes place in Shelbourne Park this Monday August 10th, there will just be a handful of us there to carry out the draw, but it will be streamed live so the link is here:

www.facebook.com/irishgreyhoundboard/live

Or head over to the Draw page to watch it on the website. 

No Tickets, Get onto the Waiting List

The GRI Sales team are currently operating a wait list for Derby customers and once they have received further confirmation on the numbers, they will offer these customers the opportunity to purchase a ticket based on their place in the list. Give the Sales team a call on 061448080 or email sales@grireland.ie.  

I will be back with more content after the draw where we can take a look at some of the most competitive heats and I will cover the prices in more detail. I hope to see some of you there for the opening heats on August 14th. I know it’s going to be really hard for most of you who can’t attend with the COVID-19 restrictions but as I mentioned, I will do everything I can to bring the action to you at home. Stay safe and enjoy the 2020 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby.

Key event dates:

First Round – Friday, August 14th & Saturday, August 15th

Second Round – Friday, August 21st & Saturday, August 22nd

Third Round – Saturday, August 29th

Quarter Finals – Saturday, September 5th

Semi Finals – Saturday, September 12th

Final – Saturday, September 19th

 

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2020 Outright

8          Lenson Bocko

10        Newinn Taylor

14        Ballymac Cooper

14        Newinn Session

14        Ballymac Inspeed

16        Da Bold Eagle

16        Black Parachute

16        Toolmaker Sydney

16        Glengar Bale

20        Ballydoyle Valor

20        Ballymac Wild

20        Pestana

20        Outnumbered

20        Ballyhimikin Jet

25        Doolin Duke

25        Lemon Ozzy

25        Rathcoole Fox

33        Wolfe

33        Jaytee Taylor

33        Ballymac Kingdom

33        Broadstrand Bono

33        Ballymac Anton

33        Oran Don

33        Deerjet Sydney

33        Patterdale Greg

33        Run Happy

33        Ballymac Petsy

33        Laughil Josh

33        Jaytee Japan

33        Newline Cody

40        Sevenheads Rock

40        Rannoch Moor

40        Lemon Boris

40        Buttsys Bengal

40        Catchmeflying

40        Ballymac Arminta

40        Droopys Curio

40        Lenson Austin

40        Mustang Firmino

40        Malachi

40        Brinkleys Kid

40        Doolin Princess

50        Ripley Lad

50        Beechview Cognac

50        Congress Thunder

50        Kilara Icon

50        Roanna Bess

50        Ballyhooly Cian

50        Realt Rabach

50        Antigua Boy

50        Bockos Doomie

50        Unlock Unlock

50        Priceless Blake

50        Grangeview Ten

50        Scooby Princess

50        Redzer Ardfert

50        Indesatchel

50        Epic Hero

50        Jacks Solution

50        Doolin Prince

50        Deadly Missile

66        Thunder Blue

66        Magical Buddy

66        BoyleSports Xtra

66        Cabra Firmino

66        Glenlara Ace

66        Priceless Jet

66        Droopys Wyatt

66        Calzaghe Sonic

66        Bhoireann

66        Battle Cry

66        Muckinish

66        Toolmaker Me Dad

66        Toolmaker Daddy

66        Clona Blaze

66        Soldier Spy

66        Magical Cormie

66        Uncle Bertie

100       Ropewalk Bhoy

100       Rockburst Mike

100       Fainne Chiarrai

100       Priceless Squire

100       Vigorous Luke

100       Vigorous Scooby

100       Benman

100       Great Eastern

100       Worseforwear

100       Newinn Lester

100       Catunda Logan

100       BoyleSportsBingo

100       Newline Darn Hot

100       Costa Plenti

100       Towstar Paddy

200       Super Vic

200       Knockboy Jet

500       Lotus Raider

500       Lotus Percy

 

Thanks,

Sarah x