THERE will be plenty of local interest in the second round heats of the English Greyhound Derby in Wimbledon tonight as ‘Farloe Blitz’, owned by Derry butcher, Paul Ellis runs in heat seven.
The October ‘13 dog won his first round heat last week in 28.21 as he blitzed the field, leading from trap to line to clinch top spot.
It’s great to see him go around the bend in front and get this tricky step out of the way. So it’s great to be in the final.Owen McKenna
He runs from trap three tonight and looks to have a great chance of going through to next week’s third round.
All the derby heats from Wimbledon will be shown on Sky channel 212 tonight and tomorrow night from 7pm.
‘Farloe Blitz’ is trained by Owen McKenna from Co. Tipperary and although delighted with the first round victory, he was disappointed with the way in which it came out of the traps.
“I’m delighted,” said McKenna. “It didn’t come out (of the traps) again like he can. This dog can ping out of the box. He’s won some unreal trials at home for us.
“If he puts that together here (at Wimbledon) he’ll be a big player,” he predicted. “It’s great to see him go around the bend in front and get this tricky step out of the way. So it’s great to be in the final.”
See www.derryjournal.com for highlights of ‘Farloe Blitz’ first round heat.
Two Finals at Lifford
Meanwhile there will be two big finals down for decision at Lifford Stadium tomorrow night with the finals of the Foyle 525 and Finn 525 the main attractions on the night.
Both finals look very open on form after last week’s semi-finals and it should be very open betting with the bookmakers.
In the Foyle 525 final ‘Lisneal Tommy’ from trap one is highly fancied. The March ‘13 dog, trained by Willie Mullan, was impressive when winning its semi-final last week from trap to line in 29.33. He is the best drawn dog in the final and he looks the safest bet.
‘Moyola Gearr’, owned by Colleen Bradley, from trap four would be a major danger to ‘Lisneal Tommy’ if it can start better from trap four.
The Finn 525 again is a very tricky final on semi-final form. ‘Townsend Kid’, owned by John Porter, will likely start as favourite. The July ‘13 dog won its semi-final last week in a time of 29.38 but ‘Stephanie’s Glory’, owned by Anita O’Hanlon could be a major challenger. The November ‘11 bitch looked a bit unlucky in her semi-final last week when she was a fast finishing third, beaten under a length in 29.48.
‘Stephanie’s Glory’ looks the value bet to win this final for her Lurgan based owner.
There will also be racing from Shelbourne Park on the track’s TVs. The quarter-final of the Sporting Press Oaks will be the main races on the card.
‘Ballydoyle Honey’, trained by Graham Holland, is one of the best bitches to ever run around Shelbourne Park and she is unbeaten in the competition. It will be a real shock if she does not win her heat tomorrow night and she is already an odds on shot in the long odds betting for outright victory in this competition.
Gala Night of Racing Heats in Derry
There was no racing at Brandywell last Monday due to the weather but there will be a good card of racing this Monday night when heats of all the competitions for the upcoming gala night of racing will be run. The gala night will be on June 29th.
The final of the Gerry Whyte 500 will also be run on Monday night’s card. The semi-finals of this competition were due to be run last night at the track.
The track Lotto on Monday night now stands at £2,150 and tickets can be bought at the track before the first race at 8pm. There will also be racing next Thursday night at the track.