Greyhound Tips: Derby First Round Best Bets

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The Greyhound Derby commences at Nottingham tonight

The Greyhound Derby boounds into action at Nottingham tonight. Watch it all live on Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky 175/Freesat 176) and first read Darrell Williams for the best bets.

"Heat four (20:12) Deanridge Rapid looks banker material 1.84/5 after a plethora of excellent trials and can dominate from an ideal make-up..."

There are eight first round heats (the remaining eight are tomorrow) as a reduced 96 runner field contest an autumn version of the Derby. There could be very testing weather conditions, especially on Saturday.

The Irish contingent is down on numbers if not quality but will a hurried preparation of a sometimes-tricky circuit count against them?

Check out my Guide to the Derby - including the ante post 'Four against the field' - for more on the trainers and greyhounds most likely to succeed.

Tonight all eight heats offer the usual win back and lay options, plus place (first and second) and forecast markets.

Heat one (19:26) is highly competitive. Jazzers Man is well drawn but the value has gone, while favourite Hiya Boyo may not be so effective from trap one. Churchill Holly is improving quickly, getting sharper at the start and can make all 7.413/2 - her cause is aided by reserve Chilli Akimbo now in trap three. Deerjet Sydney will cut to the rails, may not have the early toe of the selection, but is worth a saver 4.1

Heat two (19:41) Black Parachute was peerless in the Derby Plate in Ireland but got lost in his trial. He will undoubtedly improve for the look but is one to take on tonight 1.9110/11. He and Waikiki Lad are drawn the wrong way round, but the latter runs the track well and earns a tentative selection. Vixons Lad is potentially well berthed (three from six in red) and is one to save on 7.613/2.

Heat three (19:58) Irish Derby semi-finalist Glengar Bale trialled in well but is short enough at 1.814/5. Swift Lettuce should benefit from Deadly Storm edging in and with speed to lead makes most sense 4.216/5. Yarmouth Derby winner Kilara Lion is respected and is well boxed in trap one (four from eight).

>Heat four (20:12) Deanridge Rapid 1.84/5 looks banker material after a plethora of excellent trials and can domnate from an ideal make-up with Lastfortheroad and Sharp Darcy drawn the wrong way round. Savana Cody may clear them both but will also be edging in from trap four.

Heat five (20:27)Gonzo 2.01/1 is well drawn but short enough to pass 2.01/1. Few are more consistent over CD than Look Like Power who is better than recent from suggests and provided he misses Antigua Romeo - sharp trial midweek - can justify over-priced odds 4.84/1. Back him win and place. Geelo Josh has handled the track admirably in trials but has not fared well in the draw.

Heat six (20:46) Darbys Ranger is not ideally boxed in trap five but has a slow starter inside and should clear which should be enough for Kevin Boon's unexposed ex-Irish charge {2.42]. Ballymac Reece has offered mixed messages in trials but can prove best of the result in a weak heat.

Heat seven (21:01) Waikiki Keano reached the third round in the Irish Derby but offers limited appeal at 2.829/5 and Knocknaboul Syd 3.211/5 is preferred. Pat Buckley's charge has had little luck of late, but a sharp trial suggests his fortunes can change here.

Heat eight (21:16) Roxholme Kristoff 1.84/5 can prove too good, despite the lack of a trial, having totally dominated the 'Three Steps' at Sheffield including the six-bend final on Tuesday night. Catunda Logan's presence for John McGee is respected and he can chase the selection home.

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