Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Irish Greyhound Derby and he is very strong on the chances of Droopys Verve.
Will Boylesports €5,000 Greyhound Derby prize be ‘won’?
The Boylesports Irish Greyhound Derby gets underway this Friday, it concludes on Saturday September 22nd. To quote the sponsor’s blurb: “This is the fifth year of BoyleSports’ sponsorship of the classic event, which has been running since 1928, receiving classic status in 1932. The competition, which is run over a distance of 550yds, takes place in Shelbourne Park, Dublin, and was won in 2017 by Good News.
“The total prize fund for the BoyleSports Irish Greyhound Derby 2018 is €300,000. Of the €300,000 the winner will receive €140,000 and a commemorative trophy. Under the Irish Greyhound Board’s innovative prize money scheme, the breeder of the winner will receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize) and if the winner is trained by a licensed public trainer he or she will also receive €14,000 (10% of the winner’s prize).
All’s find and dandy albeit I’m not won over by this item, listed under ‘Incentives’: “€5,000 to last standing UK Greyhound (T & Cs apply: only paid if 10 or more entries travelling from England/Scotland/Wales). This is confined to greyhounds travelling from mainland UK and not open to greyhounds based in Northern Ireland.”
Where’s the incentive in being at the mercy of what other trainers decide to do when contemplating if to enter a dog into the Irish Greyhound Derby? It kind of reminds me of those poker tournaments that carries the headline “€25,000 Guaranteed Prizemoney” with small print underneath the headline stating “subject to fulfilment”.
Got some Verve
Anyway, I’m all over Droopys Verve. It’s amazing to think he made the English Derby final just two days past his second birthday. He’s never finished out of the first two in his career and landed the Dundalk International when last seen in competitive action.
There was nothing wrong with his 29.64sec trial over Shelbourne’s 550 yards on Saturday and we have surely not seen the best of him. Suffice to say I like the 16/1 available about the greyhound with the sponsors, Ladbrokes, Betway and others.
Irish Greyhound Derby Droopys Verve 16/1 Boylsports