Ian Fortune

The third bend clocks are one of the great innovations of the Irish track scene in recent years and, more and more, punters and form watchers are taking notice of the sectionals.

The table of fastest third bend clocks through this year’ Derby tells its own story.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s Derby decider, four of the six finalists feature in the top five runs to the third bend. Of course, Ballymac Ariel who posted a fastest of the Derby 16.88 to the third bend in the third round failed to make the final but Susie Sapphire and Jackslittlething will be there.

They have both posted 16.96, making them the joint second fastest runners in the classic to the third bend. Jackslittlething posted his mark in the opening round, while Susie Sapphire recorded her best run in the semi-finals.

Explosive Boy has a 16.98, making his mark the fourth fastest return of the stake, while All About Ted is joint fifth fastest with his 17.03 semi final return. It’s worth noting that Susie Sapphire has three of the top ten fastest third bend clocks of the Derby. A full list of the ten fastest times can be seen below.   

Top 10 times to third bend through the Boylesports Derby





Greyhound (Number of top 10 appearances)

Time (Round)





Ballymac Ariel (1)

16.88 (3rd Round)


Jackslittlething (1)

16.96 (1st Round)


Susie Sapphire (1)

16.96 (S-Final)


Explosive Boy

16.98 (Q-Final)


All About Ted

17.03 (S-Final)


Jackslittlething (2)

17.03 (Q-Final)


Ballymac Ariel (2)

17.03 (2nd Round)


Susie Sapphire (2)

17.04 (3rd Round)


Susie Sapphire (3)

17.04 (Q-Final)


Romeo Magico

17.06 (1st round)

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