Jaytee Jet leads Irish assault on Wimbledon
Published 04/05/2016 | 02:30
Glancing through the latest ante-post betting on the William Hill English Derby, the Irish domination of the betting lists is hugely significant.
The top two in the betting are the Irish pair Jaytee Jet, now the clear 14/1 first choice, and Droopys Roddick, which is best priced 16/1.
But there is further Irish influence in the top eight, with reigning Irish Derby champion Ballymac Matt at 25/1 and both Lenson Panda and Droopys Latina at a biggest price of 33/1.
On the home front, the BIF Produce Stakes at Clonmel is the top event and all the talk this week has concerned that sensational 28.87 run from Clares Rocket on Sunday.
He is a best-price 2/1 to win the classic while his kennel companion and previous track record holder Jo Jo Fantasy is at 4/1. The only other dogs in single figures are Escapism at 7/1 and Slipalong Champ at 8/1.
But if Clares Rocket continues performing to the same level as Sunday night, then the only question is what will finish second behind him in the final?
We are now into the 'major season' in Irish greyhound racing. Entries will close next Tuesday for the Sporting Press Irish Oaks and all the signs are that it is going to be a fabulous competition with a high-class team of females lighting up our tracks.
Graham Holland will have a huge hand with his team including six bitches which contested last weekend's Oaks finals at Shelbourne and Limerick.
He also has Ballydoyle Honey coming back from season to defend her title. She moved satisfactorily in her trial and, while no definite decision has yet been announced, it is pretty safe to assume that she will be in the first round entry.
Many young stars have been introduced to the game over the years in the Red Mills Champion Unraced at Kilkenny and this year's competition starts on Friday night. The draw will be made this morning and a full entry of 48 has been achieved.
The talking dog has been Tony Gould's Holycross Super, which is making a belated racing debut as a July '13 whelp. He clocked 28.87 in a trial around Kilkenny and a 15.96 at Clonmel.