Ian Fortune

Derby sponsors for the past decade, BoyleSports have already priced up the 2023 renewal and, while the market has only been live for a matter of hours, greyhound trader Damien Lonergan reported on Sunday evening that there has already been strong support for one greyhound.

The dog in question is Callaway Pro Am. The beaten favourite in this year’s renewal, he was introduced at 40-1 for the 2023 blue riband but his price has already been halved after a couple of significant bets. It means he is now 20-1 alongside his fellow co-favourites Ballinabola Ed and Coolavanny Hoffa.

Of course, Ballinabola Ed is currently engaged in the Leger at Limerick, while Coolavanny Hoffa is currently serving bitches. Callaway Pro Am was also in action over the weekend. He took his chance in the semi-finals of an Open 525 at Shelbourne Park on Saturday night and clearly needed the run in what was his first outing since the Derby decider.

Of course, this year’s Derby was won in brilliant fashion by Born Warrior and the Jennifer O’Donnell trained star has been introduced at 33-1 to defend his crown. He is an intended runner at the Winter Racing Festival.

Other big names on the 33-1 mark include this year’s Kirby Memorial champion Swords Rex, Juvenile Derby finalist Droopys Got It, current Leger challenger Vincenzo, Juvenile Derby champ Clona Duke and the UK based Coolavanny Shado.      

Coolavanny Shado is not the only UK based runner on the list as the hugely exciting Fromposttopillar is quoted at 40-1. He is joined on that mark by 2022 Derby runner-up Ballymac Finn, Boylesports Vic, Garryvoe Joe, Droopys Rocker, Raha Mofo, Here Comes Syd and Magical Kuba. 

2023 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby

BoyleSports Bet:

20           Ballinabola Ed

20           Callaway Pro Am

20           Coolavanny Hoffa

33           Swords Rex

33           Coolavanny Shado

33           Droopys Got It

33           Born Warrior

33           Vincenzo

33           Clona Duke

40           Ballymac Finn

40           Fromposttopillar

40           Boylesports Vic

40           Garryvoe Joe

40           Droopys Rocker

40           Raha Mofo

40           Here Comes Syd

40           Magical Kuba

50           Bockos Budsit

50           Mr Chelm

50           Mustang Jet

50           Trinity Junior

50           Romeo Magico

50           Ballymac Run

50           Ballymac Whispa

50           Droopys Edison

66           Ballymac Johnjo

66           Illnotbeback

66           Another Holiday

66           Droopys Nice One

66           Droopys Pointer

66           Velasco

66           Romeo Command

66           Crafty Kokoro

100         Cryptopunk

100         Bens Teddy

100         Bogger Hunter

100         Three Canons

100         Bobsleigh Dream

100         The Other Kobe

100         Maries Wedding

100         Wi Can Dream

100         Bockos Crystal

150         Hoodoo Brown

150         Ballymore Border