We keep the same teams in place for tonight’s SKY card featuring the third round of the Star Sports Betting English Derby.

The bookies are represented by Sam and Martin of the sponsors. The pair had a gloriously profitable Regency meeting, followed by a disastrous Gymcrack. It appears that they are taking turns and the Regency tipster is back in harness tonight. As to who is the George Michael, and who is the Andrew Ridgley in the duo. . . . 

Trainer Patrick Janssens who also made a small profit last time out and the shrewd Belgian is taking an ultra cautious approach to tonight’s card.

The star of the last punter’s challenge was debutant Paul Ephremsen with a £57 profit and a near miss on a massive treble. Paul’s is a studious approach, much as with his poker playing. The media representative Hobbsy employs the type of bold strategy that would normally emerge after a long writer’s lunch ‘Treble! Get on! BOSH!

The rules remain unchanged – the placing of a fictional £100 on the SKY card, singles or multiples.

Full form is below tips

SAM & MARTIN (Star Sports – bookmakers)

7:48 – King Eden. Our worst Ante Post liability left in the Derby its possible to see him leading round on the bunny outside and with doubts over Droopys Buick at odds on, (not sure to clear Cloran Paddy, who seems to go to the bend better at Towcester) he looks set for a solo, and with no Priceless Brandy to catch this time can produce the goods.

8:04 – Swithins Brae. With College Paradise and Jaytee Jet locking horns again (or whatever else College Paradise locked on last Saturday) a slightly better start could prove Peter Cronin’s dog is as good as his impressive 1st round win looked, and he’s a value bet for me..
8:38 – Ballymac Matt. Capable of a better start, even a tardy break saw him flying late to nearly nab Forest Con and Carn Brae last week, with a slow starter outside and huge doubts whether Tyrur Shay can fly out again, he can turn handy and prove strongest

PUNTING: £25 Win King Eden, (betting 4-1) £25 win Swithins Brae, (betting 6-1) £50 win Ballymac Matt (betting 7-2),



My strategy is three fold with this £100 – I’m going to have a £50 win bet, a £40 double and to hit the jackpot, a £10 acca on a few decent priced runners

7:16 – Carn Brea My original plan was to go for Garryvoe Bobby, who has unfortunately been withdrawn. I am now siding with Carn Brae in this battle for early pace supremacy. He has posted some great sectionals and also has a good draw so I will take him to lead all the way.
7:31 – Bruisers  Bullet The first leg of my double. This dog seems to have everything and seems to give his absolute all at every stage of the race. There may be an early pace battle between Shaneboy Freddie and Droopys Who but if the Bullet can tuck in on the rails and get a clear run I think he can take the race up at the final bend and win this heat.

8:04 – Jaytee Jet The second leg of my double is last years outright winner Jaytee Jet. He has been impressive so far and will only keep improving. I see him getting a clear passage on the outside and being too strong for these on the run for home.

PUNTING: £50 Win Carn Brea  (betting 7-4), £50 double Bruisers Bullet (betting 11-10) and Jaytee Jet (betting 5-1) £10 accumulator 7:48 King Eden (betting 4-1), 8:21 Fweshfromthesesh (betting 7-1), 8:38 Ballymac Matt (betting 7-2), 8:58 Hiya Butt (betting 6-4)


7:31 – Bruisers  Bullet His clash with Hiya Butt in the second round was one of the major talking points – and for us neutrals the seeding row certainly livened up proceedings! What cannot be questioned, however, was the performance again of Bruisers Bullet. He has run two good races in the Derby, both arguably tougher than Mark Wallis’s dog takes on tonight in heat two. The wonderfully evergreen Shaneboy Freddie could well lead again, but the Bullet can soon be handy ready to fire.

8:04 – College Paradise Another great story from the first round, perhaps for the wrong reasons but nevertheless a headline-grabber, centred around Liam Dowling’s dog. He escaped punishment after taking an unhealthy interest in Kevin Boon’s Shaneboy Style – and will be keenly watched tonight, probably by the Towcester stewards. Chances are, however, he leads this evening in heat four and the Irish runner might not be for stopping.

9:13 Coolavanny Mason The final three places in Tuesday’s Derby quarter-finals are up for grabs – and Coolavanny Mason can take the first one! Pat Buckley’s dog is the Scottish Derby runner-up, might break better from a trap three slot and could turn closer and track the likes of Pat Rosney’s impressive pup The Other Reg. He may prove too strong, and might well be ‘under the radar’. He could be tough to keep out of the frame hereon in.

Hobbys says: Myself and ‘DW’ – you know him as Darrell Williams! – will be previewing the Derby third round on At The Races (Sky Channel 415; Virgin Channel 535) from 10am on Saturday, in between live action from Towcester’s eight-race, eight-runner morning meeting.  Follow me on Twitter @Hobbsy67

PUNTING: £100 Treble Bruisers Bullet (betting 2-1)  College Paradise (betting 2-1) Coolavanny Mason (betting 9-4)



I think this is a very tough night. There are quite a few I fancy but see complications with most of them. I like Mark’s dog (Bruisers Bullet) but am not sure about trap one. Tyrur Shay is a very fast dog but there is a lot of early pace in the race. I expect him to qualify but not necessarily win. Shaneboy Freddie almost got into my tips, but Droopys Who is running well too . .

7:48 – Droopys Buick He is drawn where he wants to be. The danger is Charlie’s dog (Cloran Paddy) but I don’t think he has the early pace to go with Buick and although the two will be running on, I don’t see Buick being caught.

8:04 – Jaytee Jet He is running really well but can trap better than he has done in his last couple of race. Jet is a very fast dog and I can see him running around the outside from a perfect draw

PUNTING: £50 Win Jaytee Jet (betting 5-1), £50 double Jaytee Jet and Droopys Buick (evens)