Almost a week has passed since the final of the English Greyhound Derby and now the Produce Stakes greyhound competition looks to pick up where the Derby left off with some exciting competition racing. The Produce Stakes is a competition for 2 year olds ran over the 480m trip at Swindon and it has gathered some quality dogs to compete with 10 first round heats on Friday the 5th of July. The competition has 4 rounds with the final on the 20th of July and we have one selection in the competition at 10/1 with PaddyPower that we think can use excellent early pace to win.

The Arc is one of the most prestigious greyhound competitions in the UK racing calendar and this year that competition was won by Shaneboy Alley.

This is relevant because The Arc, like the Produce Stakes, is ran over the 480m of Swindon with the difference being it is an open competition with no restrictions. However, it is even more relevant as Shaneboy Alley went into the competition known for his early pace and our selection for this year’s Produce Stakes has a similar profile which should set him up nicely for a big run at the title.

Our selection for the 2013 Produce Stakes is Son Of Delboy who is available to back at 10/1 with, the only bookmaker to have priced the competition up, Paddy Power.

Son Of Delboy, trained by Stuart Buckland, started his career running at Hall Green last summer and since then he has shown steady improvement in both his early pace and timings. Since May, he has travelled a bit more trying out other tracks and most recently has impressed at Coventry.

The main constant with Son Of Delboy is his early pace and he has shown real consistency wherever he has raced. To go with that early pace he has been winning races in solid times – most recently he ran 27:09s around Coventry’s 450m which is the 2nd fastest time of the year around there.

The 480m of Swindon should suit, as he handles the 480m of Hall Green, and in a trial last week he showed what he can do at Swindon when he ran a sectional of 2:32s which would lead every race there and is, in fact, faster than Shaneboy Alley’s sectional when he broke the track record. There is nothing to suggest he can’t repeat that early pace.

Son Of Delboy may have a bit to find on one or two of the market prinicipals, namely Johnnys Boy, but he is open to improvement around Swindon and also you have to take into consideration that it is likely that he will lead every race he is part of.

Recommendation: Son Of Delboy to win the Produce Stakes @ 10/1 with Paddy Power.