Take on Toolmaker in the Puppy Derby

I love YouTube, particularly the SIS Betting channel which lets you catch up with big-race greyhound action. Having seen enough of the Ladbrokes Puppy Derby heats and semis, I’m convinced the Irish-trained Toolmaker Me Dad is a ridiculously under-priced favourite for next Saturday’s decider (he’s 4/5 across the boards).

He has a minefield of a draw in 3 and having just five lifetime starts, it is very unclear how Toolmaker Me Dad will cope with some meaningful interference. Yes he holds sway on the times he has clocked in both the opening round and semi-final but most of his rivals improved dramatically between heat and semi-finals – and could do so again.

For my two-penneth, Roman Empire looks the fastest dog in the race. He’s won all three lifetime starts by wide margins but he is slow starting and scrapes the paint off the inner rail meaning his draw in 5 is a nightmare. Then again Toolmaker Me Dad swings off the second and fourth bends like a wide runner and he will offer-up plenty of racing room for any of the four other genuine railers in the field. They include Janssens’ Seaglass Tiger who is the most experienced finalist in the field and is housed on the favourite’s right-hand shoulder. With some zip from trap-rise, he can play his part in getting the favourite beaten. Janssens’ finalists have been running exceptionally well for months.

Troy Zico (a whopping 12/1 at BoyleSports) is the most likely early-leader in the final and being the only wide-seed (or middle) he could escape at the opening bend if/when the predicted crowding happens.

Ultimately you can back a few against Toolmaker Me Dad in this £12,500 race or simply lay him on the Betfair machine. Naturally he has a good chance of winning but he is never an odds-on shot, far from it in a field lightly-raced puppies.