Greyhound expert Paul Millward has previewed the 2020 English Greyhound Derby and gives two ante-post tips.
English Greyhound Derby 2020
Every now and then, an extraordinary performer comes along and ROXHOLME KRISTOV (best price 20-1) is right up there with the best of them. He showed ability in Ireland earlier in the year when he was still a baby, but what he has done in his only three races since joining the Hayley Keightley team has been nothing short of astonishing.
Entered for the always competitive £10,000 to the winner Gain Three Steps, he had plenty to prove. But prove himself he did, and in devastating fashion. The heats were over 480 metres – bang, he left his rivals for dust going into the turn and on his way to setting a track record. Next up, the semis over 500 metres – bang, he blew his rivals away with a supreme show of middle pace – fastest time of the year. The final on Tuesday was over 660 metres, bang, he led at the second and just went further and further away – fastest time of the year.
Not a bad start really!
Is he a Derby dog? Does he have that killer early speed? They hard questions to answer, but things will become a lot clearer after the heats. He could do another Sheffield or give the clock a good shaking – it depends on how well he runs the track the first time of asking. If he puts in another impressive performance, he will shorten drastically in the ante-post market and the current prices will look more than a little generous.
The other greyhound that takes the eye is the win machine that is BOCKOS DOOMIE (best price 20-1). He was knocked out in the third round of this event last year, but in this country since then, he has been out of the first three just once and has amassed 20 wins from 26 races in his career so far. He is in a very tough looking first round heat, but if he comes through that, and he may well win it, he should have every chance of making it all the way to the decider.
Each-way terms are a quarter the odds 1-6. Making the final means an automatic pay-out and these are two greyhounds that, with a slice of good fortune, can go all the way.