Killmacdonagh Is The New BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Favourite
There are now 48 girls and guys remaining in the BoyleSorts Irish Greyhound Derby at HQ with the ante post market seeing a huge change with top bitch Killmacdonagh the new 7/1 favourite, cut from 10/1.
Cork man Kieran Lynch and his tremendous superstar stole the show at HQ on Saturday night as the Dundalk International champion landed her 18th victory in 29.45 in a performance that was nothing short of sensational.
The Cork and Shelbourne Park Oaks winner won the first round of the derby beating the boys in 29.39. She then came out again in the second round to run past the leader Magical Bale down the back straight with great ease to take up the lead at the third turn for a four-length victory.
Magical Bale has been trimmed into 10/1 from 16/1 having ran so well to overcome a tricky draw from trap four.
Patrick Guilfoyle’s kennel star is only starting to get going and will improve as the derby goes with a bonus of him securing trap one in the third round, the trap he won from in the opening round when making all in 29.62.
Wolfe was dramatically cut into 7/1 from 16/1 after his epic 29.22 victory in the opening round but he failed to follow that up with a win in the second round. Wolfe was beaten two lengths by Toolmaker Me Dad in 29.60 who remains unbeaten in this derby. As a result, Wolfe has been eased out to 8/1 and Toolmaker Me Dad is 25/1 from 40/1.
It was a good night for Liam Dowling as Ballymac Cooper was an impressive heat winner in the second round as he tracked down Music Toour Ears, who returned to form, and led early wearing the red jacket. Cooper had a mission to complete however and he got up on the line by half a length in 29.49 justifying his short odds of 4/9. BoyleSports have cut his odds into 10/1 from 14/1 as he joins Magical Bale as the joint third favourite.
It was a lovely double on the card for Dowling as Ballymac Anton won heat 14 comfortably by three lengths in 29.57, 20 spots off his clock from the week previous. Anton is a fabulous big fawn 81 lbs dog with his price now 12/1 from 14/1. Jaytee Taylor was unable to catch Anton but he had plenty of ground to make up as usual.
Taylor has also been trimmed into 12/1 from 14/1. Laughil Josh who ran on well is 40/1, cut from 66/1.
The amazing Grangeview Ten has serious early pace and he went even faster to the third bend than last week with a 16.94 sectional recorded, which is the fastest so far in this competition. The Patrick Guilfoyle trained talent has been slashed into 12/1 from 20/1 following his 29.41 victory on Saturday in a three-dog race, improving almost three lengths on his opening round win.
Droopys Pension caught the eye on Friday night after he won heat one in 29.44 beating the 4/7 favourite Ballymac Arminta, who was eliminated. Pension won’t be retiring anytime soon with his odds now 20/1 from 25/1. Trained by John A. Linehan, this black beauty is bred by top sprinter Quietly and is one to keep an eye on.
Droopys Hunch trained by Murt ‘Sexy’ Leahy was awesome when landing the concluding heat of the second round in 29.43. Hunch doesn’t turn two until next month with a bright future in store for her. Her odds have been cut into 16/1 from 25/1 as she held off a challenge from the fast Ballyhimikin Jet, who ran on very well.
*Prices correct at time of publication