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Rupert Wyman 25th Apr 2010 - 16:11

The williamhill.com Greyhound Derby

Here at William Hill we're proud to put our name behind the very best greyhound event in the country, the williamhill.com Greyhound Derby.

The williamhill.com Derby first round starts Thursday 29th April and the opening round takes place over Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

It is the most prestigious race in the greyhound calendar, with a history stretching back to 1927. The classic has been at Wimbledon Stadium since 1984.

Wimbledon was delighted to announce that they had counted up 207 entries for the draw earlier today after eight withdrawals from the original field of 215. The maths involved has led to thirty two heats of six runners, and three heats of five runners.

The first three will qualify from 26 heats, and the first two from nine.  But those nine heats will also include the three five-runner affairs.

The massive increase in expected entries means that there could be a variety of different outcomes.

The favourite is Eye on the Storm (7/1), the John Keefe owned magnificent Eclipse winner landed 'Best Newcomer' at the Greyhound Board of Great Britain awards held at London in January.

Not only did he destroy his rivals in the Eclipse in 2009, he also won the Caffrey's Puppy Classic that year.

This year Eye on the Storm won the Blue Riband at Hall Green in record breaking time, he dashed out of trap one to smash his own track record.  It was a great run and it augurs well for the William hill Greyhound Derby.

In his last twenty races he has only lost three, he is definitely the dog to beat!

In the Wimbledon trials last week Eye on the Storm was pretty average, clocking a time of 28.84sec, but trainer Wallis merely claims the track was running slower than usual.

Mark Wallis trained Kinda Ready the 2009 English Derby Champion, he cannot defend the title due to fitness issues.

The main danger to Eye of the Storm could be the Charlie Lister trained Fear Zafonic (14/1), connections of Fear Zafonic will be hungry for the title as he was pipped near the line in the final last year.

Bandicoot Tipoki (20/1) is another on the 'dogs to follow list', he clocked an impressive 28.64secs around the 480m in the Wimbledon trials recently.

On William Hill TV, we're giving you the perfect opportunity to catch up with the canines via our live streaming service from Wimbledon, including the first round of the william hill.com Greyhound derby.

You can watch every race from selected meetings, live from the comfort of your own home!

Whatever takes your fancy for the event, keep a check on the promotions page for upcoming William Hill specials on the Greyhound Derby.


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