After 3 weeks and four rounds, we have reached the semi-final stage of the 2013 Greyhound Derby which means we are left with only 12 dogs in the competition, each holding their own hopes that they can become the 2013 Champion for their owners and trainers. There are two semi-finals on Saturday 22nd of June with the top 3 from each semi-final progressing to the final on Saturday the 29th. Betpal followers will be pleased to see Holdem Spy and Airlie Impact still in with a chance as they were antepost selections pre-competition.
Below we’ll look at both semi-finals in a little detail and pick out our best bets for the two races, including what we think is the best bet at 11/8 with bet365.
In the first semi-final at 8:45pm we see the new competition favourite Droopys Jet take on the dog he disposed at the top of the market, Ballymac Eske, in what is sure to be an intriguing race. They will be challenged by the fancied Screen Critic and the eye-catching Holdem Spy, amongst others.
Ballymac Eske is the only unbeaten dog left in the competition after showing great heart to win each race thus far but his run looks set to end at the semi-final round with Droopys Jet the dog to side with at the 11/8 available with bet365.
Droopys Jet is drawn in trap two, one outside Ballymac Eske, and should have the early pace to lead up on the inside. This will instantly leave the Scottish Derby Champion Eske with a lot to do as although he has came from behind to win in all 4 rounds to date this will be entirely different as he will be chasing down a dog who has recorded times of 28:32s, 28:46s and 28:28s in his last three races.
Out wide Screen Critic can lead and perhaps turn level with Droopys Jet but may find trouble going past the Irish-trained dog which if he is held up should leave a good run for the impressive Holdem Spy who comes from trap 6 and has been running on well in all his races.
Not only do I envisage Holdem Spy going past Critic, I also see Eske tracking cleverly enough round to secure a top 3 place and, with it, a place in the final.
Bittles Bar won’t come away well from trap 4 and with that his chances will evaporate and this should also be the end of the road for Charlie Lister’s Hather George.
Droopys Jet looks the bet in the first semi-final at 11/8 with Holdem Spy and Ballymac Eske qualifying in behind.
When you think about a Greyhound Derby around Wimbledon you instantly think about early-paced types who storm out the traps to win but this year has been different with the slower starting, strong running types really putting up a good showing and that is evident in the second semi-final at 9:05pm.
All of the early pace in the race will come from the dogs in traps 3 and 4, Sidaz Jack and Ballymac Vic respectively, with the other 4 dogs known for being lacking in the early pace department with strong finishes.
Charlie Lister claims it isn’t, but having Sidaz Jack drawn in trap 3 looks a negative to me and I can see him not breaking as well as he has in the earlier rounds whereas Ballymac Vic in trap 4 looks perfectly housed to continue his snappy trapping and lead the race early.
Ballymac Vic is definitely the most likely winner of the race and of course his current odds represent that, with a best price 8/13 available at bet365, but for me that is a price I want to take the dog on at and thus we need to look at what can get close.
We can discount Sidaz Jack if we believe he won’t break well. Out wide, Airlie Impact can lead Bouncy Bocko but just isn’t fast enough to get near Vic, and that leaves us looking to the inside where Tyrur Sugar Ray has his draw in trap one and can lead the dog in trap 2, Teejays Bluehawk.
From there he will have first run in behind Ballymac Vic and whilst it is debatable whether he can challenge Vic I’d still rather back him at the 6/1 available with Paddy Power.
Greyhound Derby Semi-Finals Betting Tips
8:45pm: T2 Droopys Jet @ 11/8 bet365
9:05pm: T1 Tyrur Sugar Ray @ 6/1 Paddy Power