Roy The Boy looks at the 3rd round of the William Hill Greyhound Derby and he thinks Jaytee Dutch will take an awful lot of beating from his trap 1 draw.
No Need to Go Dutch with Jaytee at Wimbledon
Irish greyhound trainer Paul Hennessy has tasted plenty of big race success although the man best known for the exploits of his ‘Late Late Show’ has yet to land an English Greyhound Derby.
He has a strong arm in the competition this year – as have Ireland per se being quoted at just 5/4 (Ladbrokes) to claim the prize – and we fancy one of his runners can give us 6/4 winner on Saturday in Derby heat which is broadcast live in the betting shops and on Sky Sports.
Jaytee Dutch is the dog’s name and, like his illustrious former kennel-mate, in winning last time he showed track-craft and the ability to win from off the pace despite suffering momentum shattering trouble in running. If Lance Armstrong was not a cyclist..
Considered good enough to contest last year’s Wimbledon/English Derby Jaytee Dutch was despatched in the opening round but he returned to Ireland to make the Puppy Derby final (called the Juvenile Derby for political correctness) where he went off the odds-on favourite. Alas he was beaten a length in that decider.
Admittedly his autumn and winter form in Ireland’s premier circuit, Shelbourne Park, may have been disappointing but there can be no denying as to how visually impressive he was in the second round of the Derby, his second run and second win in the competition.
Of course his trouble prone passage means the clock does not support his cause and, if backing purely according to the stopwatch Droopys Latina, the trap 3 runner from the Dunphy brothers’ Waterford greyhound breeding factory, would be the automatic call.
But Jaytee Dutch looks like a new dog around Wimbledon’s relatively tight contours and what’s more our trawl through the formbook shows this is a greyhound that has never been beaten from trap 1. He has a five-from-five win record in the red jacket.
In a race that features four railers and runner in the blue jacket that cannot lead A1 graders to the bend at his home track (Monmore), Jaytee Dutch simply has a dream draw.
So does Mark Wallis’ former Irish trained California, well housed in 6 as the only wide runner in the race, but he has plenty to find on his form on either side of the Irish Sea.
Jaytee Dutch (Trap 1, 7.26pm Wimbledon, Saturday) at 6/4 with Betfair Sports