The British Bred Derby gets underway at Sheffield this evening with six first round heats. The category one event with a winners prize of £10,000 is always a competition which attracts most of the leading British Bred greyhounds in training and this year is no different.
As is usually the case in recent times and justifiably so based upon the kennels record Liz McNair and the KSS team are well represented at the head of the ante post betting with King Capaldi available at between 3/1 – 4/1 and kennel mate Queen Joni at between 4/1 – 5/1.
Capaldi is yet to taste category one success but it’s easy to see why he heads the betting outright having already reached the final of the Produce Stakes at Swindon in September and only narrowly touched off in the final of the Puppy Derby at Towcester a few weeks ago behind litter brother King Memphis. Joni meanwhile already has category one success on her CV having ran out a super winner of the aforementioned Produce Stakes at Swindon having set a new track record around the venue in her semi final.
There is strength in depth in this competition though and it’s not just about one kennel. Tom Heilbron has enjoyed his best year yet in the sport of that there is no doubt and he is doubly represented by Fearsome Enigma and Fearsome Quest available at best prices of 25/1 and 28/1 respectively. Tom share’s his thoughts on the pair here –
The funeral of Frank Wright will take place today at 11.30am at Sandwell Valley Crematorium, Newton Road, Forge Lane, West Bromwich B71 3SX.
The wake follows at Perry Barr Stadium, where Frank’s devoted partner Corren has sponsored the last two races on the card in memory of Frank, and his 2005 Blue Riband champion Tuttles Ronaldo. Tuttles Ronaldo also ran up behind Loughteen Blanco in that year’s Ladbrokes Gold Cup, and was a very talented hound.
Family flowers only, all donations will go to Home Run Hounds, based in Wombourne.
Entries for the Premier Greyhound Racing All England Cup Trial Stakes closed yesterday and there are two quality affairs pencilled in for this coming Thursday. The competition itself worth £20,000 to the winner gets underway exactly a week later on Thursday 14th December with the final scheduled for 28th December.
Nottingham’s Monday night meeting was abandoned after one race due to a waterlogged track.
ARC spokesman Dave Baldwin said “I am speaking to GBGB re rescheduling the first round and will speak to the trainers tomorrow”.