Andy Murray’s Gortkelly Nestor the outside bet for Irish Greyhound Derby

Gortkelly Nestor is being backed an an outsider to win the 2022 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby, after qualifying for the semi-finals.


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Stakes ranging from €5 to €20 have been placed on the Andy Murray owned and trained star who qualified for the same stage for the second year in a row.

The son of Droopys Jet – Dream Queen ran a huge race in his quarter-final heat to finish third behind Ballymac Finn and Skywalker Barry.

It was a blanket finish with just ¾ of a length between the first two and another ¾ back to Nestor who finished extremely strongly.

The four-year-old is one of the oldest in the derby, but he retains plenty of ability and is an attractive 66/1 to win the €125,000 prize on September 24th.

Nestor was only denied a final berth by a length last year and there is plenty of support gathering for him to go all the way. He has yet to win a heat of the derby, but won the Trial Stake by seven lengths, so he is being given a lively chance as an outsider.

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The Keeley McGee trained Maries Wedding is running out of her skin with her odds plummeting into 12/1 from 33/1 after her quarter-final win in 29.44.

Droopys Nice One qualified in the same heat finishing third but has been eased out to 33/1 from 25/1 in the latest betting.

The third bitch remaining in the competition is Crafty Kokoro for Peter Divilly who is 10/1 from 20/1.

Coolavanny Hoffa is 7/4 from 5/1 and remains the outright favourite after his sensational performance in 29.24.

Cryptopunk was second in that heat for trainer Graham Holland with his odds at 50/1 while Vincenzo grabbed third and is 10/1 from 12/1.

Heat winners Ballymac Finn and Callaway Pro Am have been backed into 5/1 and 7/1 respectively from 10/1.

Qualifier Born Warrior is 8/1 from 10/1 and Explosive Boy remains 14/1. Skywalker Barry remains 50/1 in the betting.

Sarah Kinsella, spokesperson for BoyleSports, said: “The BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby has been incredible and we have the semi-finals to look forward to this Saturday.

It was all about the smaller trainers on Monday with Andy Murray’s Gortkelly Nestor now 50/1 from 66/1 and Keeley McGee’s Maries Wedding 12/1 from 33/1.

The support is well spread, however with Michael J O’Donovan’s Coolavanny Hoffa the 7/4 from 5/1 favourite and he is a massive loser for us in the book along with Crafty Kokoro, who is 10/1 from 20/1 for the ladies.


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