Frazzled has an early bet for the 2016 William Hill Greyhound Derby after watching the final of the Champion Unraced Stakes at Enniscorthy in the shape of Droopys Nine.
William Hill English Greyhound Derby:
The Red Mills Future Champion Unraced Stake concluded in Enniscorthy on Monday night and the finish was fought out between two very high class pups, who look destined to challenge for the major honours in 2015.
Droopys Roddick finished runner up in last night's decider and looks a super prospect for next year, with his future likely to be over 550 yards or possibly further, given the manner in which he finishes his races, the lack of real early pace and the fact that he is closely related to the likes of Touch Tackle and Billys Bullet, from a Dunphy brood line that seems to transmit plenty of stamina. The Irish Derby looks the likely route for him, but if 2015 is anything to go by the early ante post lists produced by bookmakers are likely to be available about 20 minutes before the draw is made in August next year, so we will sit tight on anything with him for the moment.
The winner of the event was Droopys Nine and this February 2014 son of Central City and Droopys Solange looks a potential superstar for next year. He is a member of a brilliant litter, but many of the litter are suggesting that their future will lie in the sprinting division as they look like they will be lacking sufficient stamina to truly see out the 525 or 550 yard trips that the Derbys are run over.
It is far from certain that Droopys Nine will get the 550 yards around Shelbourne, but he looks the perfect dog at this stage for Wimbledon. He seems to have all the early pace that the rest of the litter possess and he has been progressing rapidly with his racing. His times in the Unraced stake were 28.63, 29.17 (missed break), 28.71 and 28.41 and while he is not the strongest stayer, he is seeing the stiff 525 yards out well at Enniscorthy, which suggests that he will have no problem with the distance next June at The Don. His early pace is a huge weapon in these races and unless he fluffs the start and finds trouble, it is easy to see him progressing through the competition like Farloe Blitz this year.
Obviously we have a long time to wait until next June and injury etc could be a factor. However we have a number of things in our favour.
- He is the ideal type for Wimbledon with his blend of early and stamina.
- His ownership suggests that this will be the big race target next year and he is far from certain to appreciate the Irish Derby trip.
- He is almost certain to be targeted at the Puppy Derby at Wimbledon and a few big runs in that event will see his price slashed.
The fact that he remains untouched in the ante post market after last night is a mystery, and we can only assume that the compilers are asleep or that they have closed all the accounts that would have witnessed last night's display, so will have no takers for these inflated prices. However if you can get on the 66/1, this looks a very good bet at this stage and one that is destined to shorten significantly. In fact it is likely to be 40/1 at best before the close of business today or by the end of the week.
1.5 points each way Droopys Nine to win 2016 English Greyhound Derby at 66/1 with Stan James and Boylesports