Wolfe stakes strong claim for Derby
The Boylesports Derby got underway at Shelbourne Park over the weekend and the marathon opening round, compromising of 26 heats, provided some incredible action. After an initial entry of over 160 runners, only 96 remain and there will be no room to hide from this point.
Wolfe was the star of proceedings, both on the clock and visually, as he stormed to a brilliant victory on Saturday. Graham Holland's star had a nightmare in Nottingham during the English Derby, but a return to Shelbourne has seen him return to his best.
He posted a fastest-of-the-round 29.22 in a wide-margin success. The sponsors were clearly impressed as he is now as short as 7-1 and clear favourite to claim outright glory on September 21.
A number of established performers, including the aforementioned Wolfe, Jaytee Taylor, Magical Bale, Killmacdonagh and Ballymac Anton impressed, but the notable trend over the weekend was that the younger, less exposed greyhounds came to the fore.
On Friday, two puppies in the form of Deadly Dynamite and Droopys Hunch impressed and heat winners Sophies Man, Run Happy, Droopys Pension, Worseforwear, Toolmaker Me Dad and Great Eastern aren't long gone two years of age.
Lenson Bocko and Grangeview Ten led the charge for the younger generation. The former was impressive as he made all in 29.47, while Grangeview Ten displayed early speed to win in 29.59. It's safe to say the 2019 Derby will be a memorable one.