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Sarah Kinsella’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Round 3 Preview

In this post BoyleSports PR Executive and greyhound racing expert Sarah Kinsella previews the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby third round.

There are 48 left dogs left as the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby gets down to the business end.

From Ballybrit to Ringsend

What a week that was! From the Galway Races in Ballybrit to Shelbourne Park in Ringsend, it was one of the busiest weeks I’ve ever had. Horse racing and greyhound racing are both such a massive part of our culture and it was wonderful to see so many racegoers attend the Galway Races Summer Festival with their attendance figures up year on year.

Covid had such a damaging effect in so many ways so to see more people attending racing is encouraging to say the least. The same can be said for Shelbourne Park, despite the bank holiday weekend. It’s more than just racing that people come to the dogs for.

The atmosphere at HQ is electric on any given Saturday night but derby nights are just special. I’m confident we will see more people visit the Dublin track over the next few weeks, especially derby final night itself. What’s not to love though, right? Great food, great racing, great facilities, Tote, bookmakers, the list goes on.

Anyone reading this knows what a night at the dogs means for them. For some it’s a long journey from County Kerry with one dog that runs in the last race! For others it’s loading the van with all your kennel stars to take part in the second round of the derby.

We parade our dogs; we drink our tea over at the kennels and we chat about potential stars we have at home but across the track we have our ordinary racegoers who might be attending Shelbourne Park for the very first time. These people don’t know anything about the long hours we put in, the heartbreak we endure and of course the joy we feel when we win. It’s all important though. Every bit of it.

There are many different aspects that make greyhound racing what it is. I enjoy both parts of it and I’m lucky I get to experience it too. We race in Dundalk mainly these days, but I love a night at the dogs with my one runner just as much as I enjoy heading into HQ working for BoyleSports and bringing all the action to followers across social media.

I’m a lucky girl and I appreciate everything that this sport has given me. I was working on Galway Bay FM all week and I got in loads of mentions about the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby so hopefully people listening might pop into their local greyhound track to get a glimpse of our wonderful sport.


Less of the heavy heartfelt stuff though as we have plenty to talk about with 16 wonderful heat winners last weekend, including the almighty outright favourite Coolavanny Hoffa. His odds have been trimmed into 11/4 from 5/1 and I’m not one bit surprised. What a powerhouse.

He is 78lbs of pure beauty. 29.31  he clocked from trap six and to be fair he looks to have another relatively easy heat again on Saturday night with just 1/4 available in the heat betting, which can be found below.

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Heat Odds

Round 2 Heat winners

Newinn Port – 29.53

Clona Duke – 29.55

Bobsleigh Dream – 29.36

Clonroosk Sydney – 29.61

Scaglietti – 29.26

Glengar Martha – 29.48

Storys Cashout – 29.68

Jetara – 29.69

Sober Glory – 29.42

Undulation – 29.53

Clonbrien Treaty – 29.57

Undisputed – 29.48

Ballymac Marino – 29.52

Coolavanny Hoffa – 29.31

Bens Teddy – 29.31

Halo – 29.72

Top Performers From Round 2

What a fantastic list of winners with Bens Teddy standing out considering he clocked the same time as Coolavanny Hoffa and won by six lengths. We must send best wishes to Sarah Buckley however as she broke her foot on Saturday night while parading one of her dogs so Sarah if you are reading this, speedy recovery xoxo.

Other stand out performances for me include Glengar Martha who overcame massive odds of 28/1 to win her heat while Undisputed was sublime when beating Another Holiday by five lengths at generous odds of 8/1. It was another fantastic weekend but I’m still uncertain about my outright pick so I’m going to put up Bobsleigh Dream each-way at 16/1. Aside from Hoffa, it really is a wide-open affair for me.

I’m looking forward to the third round as I love when it’s down to just one night. It’s live on RPGTV too so you won’t miss a single second of derby action. It’s going to be magic.

Stay safe and chat to you all on Saturday.

Sarah x

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