Brookside Richie is the ante post favourite but Candy Man and Thorn Falcon were the early movers in the BresBet market on the Premarket Pets Blue Riband, which starts at Towcester on Sunday and kicks off greyhound racing’s Category One season.

BresBet, the UK’s newest bookmaker, was the first out of the traps with prices for the 500m event over the English Derby trip – and Carl Perry, the Sheffield firm’s head of trading, says the Classic will be very much in the company’s thoughts as the Blue Riband progresses.

Perry said: “Any standout performances will be reflected in our Derby prices, but the Blue Riband itself looks a brilliant event. We’ll be doing heat specials and matches – and were delighted to have released on social media our prices just a few hours after the entries were known and draws made for Sunday’s heats.

“We have just launched our new app and, as company which very much has greyhound racing at its heart, are hoping customers who enjoy their greyhounds join us. Our 110 per cent final show pledge for Romford’s Friday night opens remains one of the most popular things we do!”

BresBet – Premarket Pets Blue Riband: 7-2 Brookside Richie, 9-2 Thorn Falcon, 11 Aussie Captain, Forest Gold, 12 Fabulous Azurra, 14 Candy Man, 16 Callmesteve, Chelms Fred, Drumcrow Brent, Lights Out, Romeo De Niro, Signet Denver, Signet Otis, 20 Ballymac Conti, Bull Run Norris, Gymstar Elusive, 25 Abigails Buddy, Boca Junior, Chelms Switch, Russian Sammy, 28 Sleek By Design, 33 Chelms Yes, Faughan Rebel, Ivy Hill Skyhigh, Savana King, 40 Jet Stream Chief, Jetstream Vic, Kantoher Jack, Nealyagertime, Perfecto Storm, Point Of Law, Savana Scrapper, 50 Kaiser Kubrick, Signet Goofy, 66 Drumcrow Bruce, Getwiththetimes, Kirabilly Kathy, Million Wink, No Worriess, Prince Of Troy, 80 Bryce Canyon, Hazelhill Hare, Lemon Tossy, Moments Of Magic, Swift Addition, 100 Alana Pet, Frostys Ten, Mallogs Stormzy.