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Good News 13/8 Favourite For BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby

Buckos Dream Strongly Supported At 5/1

With the six finalists for Saturday’s BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby now known it is the Patrick Guilfoyle trained Good News that is the warm 13/8 favourite. He goes from Trap 2.

Graham Holland has two strong contenders for the €150,000 prizemoney with Sonic the 15/8 second favourite and Black Farren priced at 6/1. They will run from Trap 6 and 3 respectively.

Michael J O'Donovan’s Buckos Dream, who goes from Trap 5, is ahead of Black Farren however at 5/1 after he was cut in from 20/1 after his runner up place to Black Farren in the semi-finals.

Jaytee Jet, who finished third to Good News and Sonic in the second semi-final, is priced at 10/1 whilst Peter Cronin’s Hey Bound who will race from Trap 1 is the 20/1 outsider.
Aoife Heffron, Spokeswoman for BoyleSports commented “We have taken a stance going best price at 13/8 on Patrick Guilfoyle’s Good News as punters set their sights on the likes of Buckos Dream and Black Farren (6/1) .”

She added “Buckos Dream has seen a lot of support following his semi-final performance last Saturday, which resulted in his odds being cut to 5/1 from 20/1, with punters suggesting that he might just give trainer Michael O’Donovan his third win in the race and first win since 2014. Buckos has a similar style of running as O’Donovan’s 2014 winner Laughil Blake, his supporters will be looking for a smash break as he will be applying the catch me if you can tactics. We would like to wish connections of all six finalists the very best of luck on Saturday night. May the best dog win! ”

BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby
Good News 13/8
Sonic 15/8
Buckos Dream 5/1
Black Farren 6/1
Jaytee Jet 10/1
Hey Bound 20/1

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive, BoyleSports


11th September
Sonic (9/4) now sits at the top of the betting in the Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby following the withdrawal of kennel companion Clares Rocket on Monday morning. The rumour mill kicked into action on Sunday evening about the Rocket and early on Monday, the word was confirmed that he had been withdrawn by manager Daniel Creech. This is a huge blow for connections.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesport’s said “This is a huge blow for the Derby, you always want to see the best dogs in action come the business of the competition. Sonic now takes over as favourite at 9/4, followed by Good News at 4/1. This throws a whole new light on the Derby, a number of runners now come into play. Native Chimes really caught the eye last week from a bad draw, he is perfectly drawn this week in 3 in the opening semi-final. He got a serious cut in the outright market following last week’s win.”

She added “Sonic is an extremely healthy result in the ante-post book and we tend to keep it that way! With the Rocket now a non-runner our traders think Sonic will get a lovely run up to the bend with both Kilgraney Ace and Jaytee Jet keeping out wide”

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive, BoyleSports


4th September
Clares Rocket continued to dominate things in round three of the BoyleSports Irish Derby, winning the first three rounds by a combined distance of 29.5 lengths! His price in the ante-post market didn’t shorten much this week however, our traders just gave him a slight clip to 2/1.

His trainer Graham Holland is a 1/2 chance to win the Derby for the second year in a row. With eight runners remaining in the classic it’s hard to argue with the price.

Tyrur Harold also remains unbeaten for PJ Fahy, this son of Tullymurry Act has been making light for of the opposition this past few weeks, but he faces his toughest test yet this weekend in heat three. He is now down to single figures at 8/1.

Kilgraney Ace was the biggest mover in the ante-post book this week following his stylish win in 29.70, 14/1 from 33/1.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesport’s said “It was another tough week for bookmakers following the 3rd round results. Luckily enough we got Good News turned over or we could be looking at the worst results in recent years. Speaking with our traders after the draw they seem to think that Clares Rocket won’t get it all his own way in the last quarter final. Buckos Dream can be joker in the pack, he looks to be flying to the bend so there could be a chance that the Rocket will have to try run around him.”

She added “Sonic is the dog we are all behind here in HQ as he is a very healthy result in the ante-post book. He will be kept onside as long as possible.”



With two rounds down in this year’s Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby the talking dog Clares Rocket is only a 9/4 shot to race to glory. He has to be the lowest priced greyhound at this stage in living memory?

Owned by the Full-House-Syndicate and trained by Graham Holland, the Rocket gave the record (29.10) a rattle this passed two weeks recording 29.16 and 29.15. He looks to have heat 6 this coming weekend at his mercy so expect fireworks yet again. Our traders have him pencilled in at around 1/4 to make it three from three.

Graham Holland has no less the 11 runners remaining in the Classic. It is the first time ever that a trainer will have a runner in each of the eight third round heats. Sonic is just behind Clares Rocket in the ante-post betting at 5/1, he ran an amazing race last week to get up close home after getting no run early. We can’t see this fellow not making the final the way he is running at the moment. Clonbrien Hero, Drive On Tipp and Droopys Cabaye give Holland extra armour in his bid to win the Derby for the second year in a row.

Tyrur Harold has been very popular in the ante-post book since Saturday night. He has been clipped into 16/1 for outright honours and like the Rocket he will go off odds on in his third round heat.

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive at Boylesport’s said “We have taken a bit of a battering in the first two rounds with all the jolly’s going in, but our traders are hoping to get a few results this week as there seems to be a few fairly competitive heats. Clares Rocket looks bullet proof at the moment the way he is running, Towcester looks to have made a man out of him. Dare I say it he is a better dog then last year? Those who backed Graham Holland at 3/1 to win the Derby before the start are sitting pretty at the moment with 11 runners still standing”

She added “The ante-post book is fairly top heavy at the moment. We may need a miracle to get a result this year. Our money back offer finished up last weekend, we paid back on some high profile runners like Whoops Jack, Droopys Wilbury and Jaytee Yankee.”

Aoife Heffron, PR Executive, BoyleSports

Odds August 27th 2017

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Clares 8/1 to Rocket to success in BoyleSports IGD

Moneyback as a Freebet if your antepost dog is knocked out in 1st or 2nd Round
The draw for the 2017 BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby Is due to be made on Monday lunch time in Shelbourne Park and already the firm can report a massive liability on current 8/1 favourite Clares Rocket.

Trained by Graham Holland, who bids to win the classic for the second year in a row (Rural Hawaii 2016 winner), Clares Rocket was sent off favourite for the final of the English Derby in Towcester back in June but finished 3rd after a messy start.
English Derby runner up Tyrur Shay is next up in the betting at 12/1, with this fellow having nice form over the Derby trip in Shelbourne and his recent record breaking spin over the 525 distance at Galway shows us he is in fine fettle since his exertions in the UK. Tyrur Harold is the second string for the Fahy team, he was ultra-impressive in his debut in Shelbourne Park but disappointed a little in the semi-finals of the BoyleSports Champion Stakes. He has very little mileage on the clock in his career so far and could well out run his price of 20/1.

A number of UK trainers have expressed interest in this year’s Derby. We were delighted to see Kevin Hutton trial the star of his kennel, Dorotas Wildcat, over the Derby trip before racing on Saturday night posting a very pleasing 29.79. Have no doubt he can knock chunks off this time if he is lucky enough to stay in the competition. He is currently a 14/1 shot.

Yet again BoyleSports have an excellent offer on all ante post bets placed after 9am on Thursday the 10th of August. Ireland’s largest Independent Bookmaker will refund your bet back as a free bet if your dog is unfortunately knocked out either in the first or second rounds of the competition.

Leon Blanche, Head of Communications at BoyleSports’ said: “We are yet again delighted to be associated with Ireland’s most prestigious greyhound race and already we have a warm ante post favourite in the shape of Clares Rocket who is bidding to give his trainer Graham Holland his second Irish Derby after taking it last year with Rural Hawaii. This time last year the Rocket was as low as 5/1 favourite after winning the Champion Stakes. He gave it a skip this year but showed us he is back to his very best with his win on Saturday night. He looked really at home again with the wide tag back on him”

He added “Our Money back offer kicks into play on Thursday morning and we wish all connections with entries the very best of luck in the competition and may the best dog win come final night on Saturday September 23rd.”

As we near the Irish Greyhound Draw watch this space for the most up-to-date betting odds

-Damien Lonergan (BoyleSports)

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