The popular Greyhound Trader online auction platform will return for April having had a couple of months off for general website maintenance. 

Intent on returning with a bang, the April instalment has been dedicated as a Pre-Derby online auction having had huge interest shown by some of Irelands top vendors wanting to enter quality greyhounds for sale to the public.

For those intending to bid, it is important to note a small set of changes for this particular auction which will be reviewed for further auctions in the future:

  • Each auction will now start at a set-price, rather than the standard £200.
  • Overtime will remain, but instead of 5 minutes being added following a bid in the final 5 minutes, it will now only be 2 minutes added in case of a bid in the final 2 minutes. This should reduce the occasional long overtime periods whilst still protecting potential purchasers from being ‘sniped’ at the last second.

The intention of the above is to speed up the process both in the sellers’ and bidders’ interests.

Looking ahead, we can now preview the greyhounds which will be available in this weekends online auction which will commence from Friday 6pm until Sunday 6pm. 

  1. BALLYMAC WALT (50/1)

A June 2021 dog who has competed only at the very top level since winning on debut during the famed Tralee Juvenile Classic competition in 28.12. A wide-running fast starter, this son of Ballymac Cashout has an incredible CV which includes Champion Plate winner, Night of Stars winner and also Kingdom Derby finalist. He has a 29.08 trial recorded at Towcester and could be a key player in this years English Derby with experience on his side. He is sure to make his way again to Towcester this year whether he is sold or not. 


A July 2021 son of Droopys Sydney and Droopys Matilda who made the Semi-Finals of the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby last year. Noted for his powerful running style, he should be well equipped for the strong test of Towcester and could be another key contender for the £175,000 English Derby at Towcester. Back to form with a recent 18.91 trial in Limerick which was sure to blow the cobwebs away, the Shelbourne 600 worth €15,000 could be an immediate target for someone looking to experience the thrills of competing at Shelbourne Park. 

  1. BALLINABOLA UNA (100/1)

A December 2021 bitch who not too long ago lined up in the Irish St Leger final at Limerick alongside recent Easter Cup winner Clonbrien Treaty. She, like most of these, boasts another impressive CV having gone off favourite for the Irish Derby Plate before winning the bitches 550y race during the Winter Racing festival at Shelbourne in a fast 29.66. Could be one to keep qualifying throughout the Derby and as a half-sister to Ballinabola Ed, her initial price tag could quickly look cheap with her pups sure to fetch top dollar. 

  1. GOOD HOPE (66/1)

A February 2022 dog who is in notably good form having recorded 28.23 in his most recent official trial at Limerick which would put him towards the very top of the ongoing Con & Annie Kirby Memorial competition. Before this, he was beaten just 3 lengths in 17.54 at Cork by Jaytee Craze (who subsequently clocked 29.17 Towcester) and further back in his form is an eye-catching 30.00 victory over 550y at Shelbourne Park which suggests the conditions of Towcester should play into his strengths.


A strapping 90lb son of Good News who just recently made the Quarter-Finals of the Con & ANNIE KIRBY Memorial Stake in Limerick. Seeded wide throughout his career, Jim’s racing career is full of comments as “FINWELL”, “RNON”, “STRFIN” which makes him an ideal candidate for the upcoming English Derby at Towcester. His victory over 575y at Shelbourne Park is easily the best time of the year over the distance and he should be a proper competition dog beyond the Derby too. 

  1. BALLYMAC REBEL (66/1)

A July 2022 younger brother to Ballymac Walt who won last time out in Limerick in 28.55 when showing huge finishing pace. A wide runner, this son of Ballymac Kingdom looks to have always impressed at home since beating Ballymac Nova in his qualifying trial (subsequent 29.44 Towcester performer) and his own 28.49 performance on debut at Tralee behind Coolavanny Otto was no disgrace. 

  1. BALLYMAC SARGIE (100/1)

An August 2022 full-brother to Ballymac Wild who looks to be a superstar of the future having won on debut in the recent Enniscorthy ON1 in 28.84. A strong running dog as his breeding would suggest, his sprint trials of 17.53 Tralee and 17.78 Cork (both S0) indicate that this is a greyhound who has everything. Due to run in a A2 600y race at SPK tonight, watch out for him with a big run expected.

  1. ITSALLABOUTED (100/1)

An August 2022 full-brother to Ballinabola Ed who, similarly to Ballymac Sargie, ran in the recent Enniscorthy ON1 stake having qualified in 18.76 at the tough running circuit. Impressing on debut when winning in 28.97, he improved for the first sighting over 525y when hacking up in 28.76 the following week. Ed comes from a fast litter which includes Flashing Jack (28.62 Tralee), Ballinabola Bill (28.48 Limerick) and Ballinabola Ted (17.59). 

  1. RADICAL COURT (100/1)

A May 2022 dog who went 3 for 3 in Cork when winning a recent ON2 stake. In the final, he showed electric early pace to make the bend first and from there he drew away from the field to pass the line 12.5 lengths clear in 28.65. By Droopys Sydney out of Droopys Matilda, this dog is a repeat mating brother to Clonroosk Sydney who fairs better over the extended 550y trip which suggests Radical Court could be the real deal. 

  1. BALLYEA BUCK (100/1)

An April 2022 son of Burgess Bucks who was last seen in Limerick winning in 28.56, which was actually faster than some of the Kirby heats on the same night. Having always shown promise since his 12.5 length debut 28.79 win in Galway, this sort of run came as no surprise and it would be no surprise to see him go well in the English Derby. 


An unraced April 2022 son of Droopys Sydney and Hail Cleopatra who is a full-brother to the super pup Da Bold Falcon (28.13 debut Tralee). Weighing in at a strapping 87lb for his only trial to date, Seabird absolutely blitzed his trial opponent by 13 lengths to stop the clock in a fast 28.83 at Tralee for a novice pup. Undoubtedly talented, this looks like an Open class prospect of the highest standard.


An August 2022 bitch who was last seen competing in the €10,000 Puppy Oaks at Shelbourne Park. Whilst not progressing through to the next round, Queen was up against some talented ladies in Crafty Bondi and Droopys Wriggle. Recording 28.82 on the clock, this was another step in the right direction following her 28.87 race victory in Cork.


An October 2022 daughter of Ballymac Cooper and Ballymac Meena who is well regarded at home for her incredible early speed. A winner of her 2nd round heat in the same Enniscorthy ON1 stake which has introduced us to Thorn Falcon amongst others, Kinga beat the hot-favourite and kennel companion Ballymac Gizmo in a good time of 29.18. From the same dam as UK open performers Ballymac Astra, Ballymac Diverse and Meenamoynamona. 


A June 2022 dog who has won his last two outings at Shelbourne Park, both in 28.89. Whilst showing nice early dash in both attempts, it is his speed coming home which has won him his races and perhaps that should not come as a surprise being a half-brother to last years English Derby finalist Cochise. 


An October 2022 son of Crash and Blundel Spark who got caught in a red-hot A5 at SPK when beaten 5 lengths in a fast 28.49. However, don’t let that put you off as Boss was a clear 16 lengths ahead of the 3rd place finisher and recorded 28.84 himself. For an October pup at Shelbourne Park, this was a good run with connections believing that he will only show his true ability over 6-bends. Perhaps they could be right as he is a half-brother to Dana Point, Savana Heross and Baywatch Bullet.


A July 2022 son of Ballymac Bolger and Bull Run Banter who is a one-time race winner in Clonmel in 28.95. Has subsequently found life difficult in Thurles but looks as if he will make the higher grades within the UK racing circuit. 


A September 2022 bitch who is closely related to the 2021 Irish Greyhound Derby champion Susie Sapphire. To date, Ada has had just the one official trial on her book which was a commendable 29.64 in Cork. As with all greyhounds that come from the “Gaytime” kennels, there is very little work put on them early and it is expected that Ada could progress into a nice Open racing prospect before hitting the brood paddocks. 


Born 07/10/2023, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a dog and bitch from a proven dam. In her latest litter, dam Ballyverry Sarah produced Stonepark King (28.03 heat winner in the Kirby) and Ivy Hill Thunder (Qualified 29.19 Towcester). A producer in other litters too, other progeny of Ballyverry Sarah include Stonepark Champ. These pups are currently being reared at the famed Stonepark Kennels in Co.Limerick and promise to be a great attraction for someone looking for some well-bred pups.


Born 05/01/2024, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a dog and bitch from a proven dam. In her latest litter, dam Beaming Smasher produced Irish Laurels champion High Trend, as well as Aero Sacundai and Tullymurry Jenga. A producer in other litters too, other progeny of Beaming Smasher include Beepers Lariat. These pups are currently being reared at the famed Beaming Kennels in Co.Tipperary and promise to be a great attraction for someone looking for some well-bred pups.


Born 18/06/2023, this is a rare opportunity to purchase a bitch pup from the proven dam of two Irish Derby finalists. Dam Ballymac Petsy, who herself was a Christmas Oaks winner in 28.28 at Shelbourne Park, produced Ballymac Finn (28.17 SPK) and Maries Wedding (27.99 SPK) in her litter to Droopys Sydney. A producer in other litters too, other progeny of Ballymac Petsy include Boylesports Dazl. This beautiful fawn bitch is currently being reared with Michael Moloney in Co.Tipperary and promises to be a great attraction for someone looking for a well-bred pup.