BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby – Sharon McHugh

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final Preview & Odds

In this post, you can find our BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Preview and Prediction as we look forward to the biggest night of the year.

We also have a full preview detailing the history of the Irish Greyhound Derby here.

One of these Six Greyhounds will enter themselves into Greyhound Racing folklore on Saturday Night!

In a previous post, I spoke about some of my favourite former winners here.

How did the Semi-Finals go?

Semi-Final (1)

The first semi-final was won by Trap (6) Music Glideaway (who I tipped at each-way for the heat), The Patrick Guilfoyle trained son of Newinn Taylor/Glideaway Magic for the Pension Plan Syndicate has progressed practically with every round in the competition and in this race he led to the third turn for the first time in the competition with a 17.06, he strong running sort would always prove difficult catch and he would go on to win by four lengths in 29.32 a career best!

Despite favourite from Trap (1) Well Met posting his joint best sectional of the competition so far with a 3.46, he didn’t find the early for the first time and so had to settle for second. The strong running Threesixfive keeps doing the business to qualify and finish 0.5 lengths back from Well Met to qualify for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final.

  1. (6) Music Glideaway– 29.32
  2. (1) Well Met– 4 lengths
  3. (2) Threesixfive– 0.5 lengths
  4. (5) Clonroosk Sydney– 5.5 lengths
  5. (3) Seven Beach– 1.5 lengths
  6. (4) Trinity Junior – 2 lengths

Semi-Final (2)

The second semi-final was won by Trap (2) The Other Kobe (who I tipped to win the heat), The Jennifer O’Donnell trained son of Ballymac Best/Mountaylor Queen for Mr. B. Clarke and Mr. David Lestrange has been like a bullet from traps throughout the competition and the semi-final was no different The Other Kobe set the pace for the third time in the competition after to a 16.88 to the third-bend in the Quarter-Final he did a 17.09 in the semi, finishing up with a 29.58 to beat a classy field including competition favourites Coolavanny Hoffa and DE Lahdedah.

Bens Teddy and Bockos Crystal stayed on after crowding to hold off the challenge of the widely fancied duo Coolavanny Hoffa and De Lahdedah along with former Bitch of the Year Raha Mofo to qualify for the  BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final.

  1. (2) The Other Kobe– 29.58
  2. (4) Bens Teddy–  75 length
  3. (3) Bockos Crystal– 1 length
  4. (6) Coolavanny Hoffa– 0.75 lengths
  5. (1) De Lahdedah– 3.5 lengths
  6. (5) Raha Mofo– 0.5 length

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Final Preview

Trap (1)  Well Met –  4/1

The consistently early-paced son of Ballymac Best/ Corduff Flame has never been outside of the first two throughout the competition with two heat victories and three second-placed finishes.

Round (1) From his favoured Trap (1) Well Met came away in 3.46 and doing a 17.23 to the third turn he held on to establish himself into the Derby with a 29.67 beating fast finishing Mr Chelm by a length

Round (2) He did sectionals of 3.48 and 17.12  but was just beaten a HD by the strong-running Bobsleigh Dream to come second.

Round (3) From an awkward draw in Trap (4) he did a 3.49 and 17.23 to make all and beat The Other Kobe by two lengths in 29.76.

Round (4) Well Met was again drawn awkwardly in Trap (4) but despite a slower break with a 3.51 and 17.25 he managed to qualify  only being beaten a HD by Clonroosk Sydney

In the Semi-Final, Well Met was quick away but Music Glideaway was faster! Eventually finishing four lengths back in second and crucially qualifying for the Final.

This is hilarious too!


Trap (2)  The Other Kobe  –  2/1

The Jennifer O’Donnell trained hound son of Ballymac Best/Mountaylor Queen, will be the likely favourite on Saturday Night and if so doing would repeat the feat achieved by full litter brother Born Warrior last year.

Round (1) The Other Kobe opened his Derby campaign with a 29.58 victory coming two lengths ahead of  Burj Khalifa posting a sectional of 3.51 and a 17.09

Round (2) Despite a rare, missed break, he ran a big, big race to come from behind and qualify in third place.

Round (3) Another week where he was gotten the better of with Well Met from Trap (4) beating him for early pace to beat him by by two lengths in 29.76.

Round (4)  This run is why he goes off favourite a 3.38 and 16.88 to the third bend had him putting in his fastest clock of the competition stopping it in a breathtaking 29.15

In the Semi-Final, The Other Kobe (who I tipped to win) did what he had to, got the break with a 3.46 and 17.09 stayed ahead to stop the clock in 29.58 helping knock out two of the favourites in the process!

Kobe in Blue!

Trap (3)  Bens Teddy –  7/2

The Pat Buckley trained son of Droopys Sydney/Beechgrove Bell trained for Kim Prichard is unlikely to be quickest from traps but has kept qualifying and but he did lead to the third turn in the second round with a 17.24 and will be finishing fast.

In Round (1) he was also in Trap (3) doing a 3.56 sectional, Teddy finished well as he always does to qualify in third place.

Round (2) he put in an exceptional performance, putting up a 3.51 and 17.24 to beat Tommys Hewick and Raha Mofo in a 29.31 the joint quickest time of the night!

Round (3)  He did what he had to do qualifying behind a rapid De Lahdedah and Clonroosk Sydney in third place, but still doing a clock of 29.37/

Round (4) They say you can tune your clock to this dog and he showed that again this time winning in 29.39 from a sectional of 3.59 ahead of Bockos Crystal and Threesixfive (both finalists)

In the Semi-Final,  despite well fancied trackers De Lahdedah and Coolavanny Hoffa with him he did the business to qualify for the final in second place.

Up the Teddy Bear!

 Trap (4) Threesixfive – 33/1

What a story this is! Threesixfive is trained by Scott Phelan for the Pints of Heino Syndicate and the daughter of Droopys Sydney has kept qualifying throughout the competition and is more than deserving of a place in the final

Round (1) She ran a cracker to finish two lengths back from Ballyhimikin Rex  she was still clocking a fast 29.47

R0und (2) She was second for the second successive week only beaten a length by Storys Cashout

Round (3) Probably her most fortunate week, a withdrawal meant it was a five dog affair and she finished in third place to again qualify.

Round (4) This bitch just can’t be kept outside the qualifying places! Third again

In the  Semi-Final she ran on again for that final qualifying spot and she has every chance in the final! Certainly no nerves anyway!

I got a feeling!

Trap (5)  Bockos Crystal – 5/1

Graham Holland is no stranger to winning a  Derby final, and he has every chance of landing another with this early-paced daughter of Droopys Sydney/Vigorous Hilary for Mrs Beverely Lochead. Bockos has 18 wins from 33 races which is nothing short of exceptional.

Round (1)  Coming fresh out of her seasonal break, she did brilliantly to win in 29.58 from a 17.09  in what was an exceptional training performance also.

Round (2) she was much slower away and baulked on the run-in but did enough to qualify behind Coolavanny Hoffa and Freeway Charlie in third place.

Round (3)  Back to her brilliant best though in Round (3) blitzing from traps to shock everyone (except me who tipped her) beating Coolavanny Hoffa and hitting her coincidental 3.46 and 17.11  to beat Coolavanny Hoffa by 0.75 of a length.

Round (4) She didn’t flash from traps but stayed on well to qualify in second-place.

In the Semi-Final,  Bockos Crystal repeated her 29.70 from the previous round to come third and qualify for the Final.

“All that she wants is to lead early, she’s Bockos Crystal, all that she wants is to lead early whoa oh”

Trap (6)  Music Glideaway

The  Patrick Guilfoyle trained son of Newinn Taylor/Glideaway Magic, for the Pension Plan Syndicate has progressed throughout the competition and a phenomenal run last week in the semi-final shows how good this dog is!

Round (1) Perhaps fortunate with his heat from a slow 3.68 away he finished as he always does so well to land the spoils in 30.09.

Round (2) he progressed again coming away in a 3.59 he was beaten three lengths back in second place to Ballymac Marino in 29.52.

Round (3)  Progressing AGAIN with a 3.54 away he ran superbly behind Bobsleigh Dream who won in 29.29 coming three lengths back.

Round (4) Glideaway did what he had to coming slightly better away again doing a 3.51 and clocking 29.58 in third to qualify for the next round.

Semi-Final He announced himself as a real Derby contender with a flying run!

Glideaway to win!

My Pick!

Music Glideaway has bene a favourite of mine throughout the competition, constantly finding herself in the placing and improving every week! A week ago she was 33/1 to land the competition and there is no way you will get that now.. I think he will pop out, make all and win.

I also did a piece on the future of Greyhound Racing which can be found here

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