The English Greyhound Derby is the greatest greyhound racing competition in the world with all of the best four-bend dogs from the UK and Ireland competing. The competition takes place over Wimbledon’s 480m track and has six rounds, with the first round beginning on the 31st of May and the final on the 29th of June. For greyhound racing enthusiasts, it is the best month of the sporting year.

In the build-up to the start of the competition we will provide some ante-post selections and pre-competition analysis. Our first selection comes in the shape of a 33/1 chance with William Hill who at the beginning of March was the favourite for the competition.

Ballymac Eske heads up the market and is as short as 6/1 and whilst it is without a doubt a fantastically high class animal the price is far too short for anything in this competition and we will be looking to oppose the dog.

In March, Eske was joined at the head of the market by Barrie Draper kennel-mate Farloe Warhawk at 14/1, when both were considered the elite 4-bend dogs in the UK. Since then the two dogs have had vastly differing fortunes but it is with Warhawk we wish to place our first ante-post English Greyhound Derby bet, at the 33/1 offered by William Hill.

Eske has recently won the Racing Post Juvenile and trialled well at Sheffield and Shawfield, where he is currently competing in the Scottish Derby having won his semi-final on Saturday past. Those achievements have seen his price cut, whilst a 4th in the Racing Post Juvenile and a 1st round exit from The Arc have seen Warhawk’s price inflate.

However, Farloe Warhawk at his best is Eske’s equal, having won the Puppy Derby around Wimbledon in August of 2012, beating Eske in the process. Warhawk seems to love Wimbledon, home of the Derby, and times of 28:35s, 28:32s and 28:32s during that competition are supremely fast. He would also look to have amongst the best early pace in the competition, something which is a benefit in any greyhound race.

The reason for offering the bet at the present time is that there is little to no chance his price increases further and it is likely to contract as we near the competition’s start date. Barrie Draper will have Warhawk on point and recent trials at Sheffield and Coventry have shown he is close to being back to his best on the clock.

English Greyhound Derby – Betting Tip

Farloe Warhawk @ 33/1 William Hill