Star Sports Greyhound Derby THIRD ROUND BLOG

first_imgSIMON NOTT: Third Round heats (SATURDAY) You wouldn’t believe it was only a week ago rain forced the bookies under cover into the bar. Tonight saw us bathed in glorious sunshine. LOFTY: I caught up with Star Sports’ greyhound expert Lofty (AKA Martin Chapman AKA Prince Harry) ahead of the third round heats.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>HEAT 1The betting on the first was steady with jolly Bombers Bullet easing from 5/4 to 6/4 before a punter came in with £3,000 at the price at the off. T2 Bubbly Bluebird went off at 3/1 and won like a rocket making all. The jolly came with a late rattle to force a photo, the sunshine making it difficult to see who won with the naked eye. Luckily the bogie didn’t quite get there.HEAT 2Heat 2 didn’t take as long to get going with a punter straight in for a £4,500 – £2,000 Trap 4 Knockard Spring then another £1,100-£800 T6 followed by £2,500-£500 Trap 5 then another £400 at 11/8 Trap 6, in short a good betting heat topped up with plenty of £70 and £80 punters.Once they were off it looked like 8/1 ‘result’ T2 Noelles Phelpso would make all but the cup of plenty was snatched from our lips as jolly Trap 6 Dorotas Vic got up to win in a photo.HEAT 3Heat 3 saw the biggest single bet of the Greyhound Derby so far when Ben laid a £6000 – £4000 Whoops Jack, and left it there.This time fortune favoured the bookies when 7/1 Trap 4 Crossfield Will won the race (in the fastest time so far) the jolly back in third. Surprise of the heat was Sporting Dave not qualifying.HEAT 4Heat 4 was the race of the night for many with Bruisers Bullet and Rising Brandy taking each other on, Ben was keen to get Rising Brandy in the book screaming 2/1 a knock over ensued with a £4,000-£2,000 laid in the melee. When the dust settled the bottle was still there after a punter nipped in for £1,500 – £1,000 Bruisers Bullet. Got that wrong. T2 Rising Brandy won the race knocking a huge dent in the night’s winnings.HEAT 5There were only five dogs in heat 5 with King Elvis the opening show favourite from trap 2 at 7/4. It stayed there a while then a punter came in with £6,000 at the price. Elvis proved to be the King. The brave got clobbered. There were plenty of other good bets but the winner was a terrible loser and after all looked rosy just two races ago we were now on the back foot.HEAT 6Heat 6 looked to be a non-event with Trap 2 Dorotas Wildcat opening a prohibitive 1/6, so we also bet without the favourite. That market proved popular with T1 Welloiledmachine attracting £550 at 6/1 and £300 at 5/1. Then we laid £1,000 T6 Newinn Shadow at 11/10 without. The 1/6 looked generous the way Dorotas Wildcat won with Trap 6 getting up to be second and land the without bet.HEAT 7Heat 7 started with a single bet of £2,200 at 11/10 Droopys Biker running from Trap 6. Ben did well as it was 5/4 hawking as the dogs were being led out.A punter came in with £2,700 followed by another with £1,000 at 5/4.This time luck was on the side of the layers, the jolly missed the break and was the the victim of some bumping leaving Trap 5 Innocent Times to win the race and scrape a few quid back.HEAT 8The 8th and last heat saw Droopys Verve open at 2/5 running from Trap 5, we bet without again with T4 Oi Oi Penalty even money in that market. A punter came in with a grand on the jolly straight at 2/5.Then another £1,100 at 4/9 which was the biggest bet of the race though the without market was lively. It was easy money for the odds-on backers, Droopys Verve the winner the rest nowhere the without book losing £200 too.28.76 – the fastest time of the Derby so far !!! Was the best saved until last ?BEN’s END OF DAY SUMMARY: I caught up with Ben after the last to reflect on the night’s business.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span><span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>We’re back on Tuesday for the Quarter Finals.Simon Nott is author of:Skint Mob! 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