The 2011 Ladbrokes Irish Greyhound Derby was launched at Shelbourne Park last Thursday and it affords owners, trainers and breeders throughout the country the opportunity of winning a first prize of €120,000. Sportsnewsireland has been looking at the early betting for this race in an attempt to put readers onto some solid bets for the competition.
Sponsors Ladbrokes have put in Tyrur Big Mike and Razldazl Jayfkay as their 14/1 joint favourites. Most bookmakers have followed suit but early market mover Broadstrand Lad is favourite with a number of firms. This dog ranges in price from 14/1 to 16/1 after being well backed in recent days. Paddy Powers initially went 40/1 back in March but the latest firms to price up the race earlier this month went a more conservative 25/1.
Dolores Ruth, trainer of joint favourite Razldazl Jayfkay has another strong contender in the shape of Razldazl George. The latter is a thorough stayer and Shelbourne Park should suit him much better than the tight bends of Wimbledon. He may just have the edge on his stable companion in this competition and represents fair value at a best priced 16/1. He will certainly be staying on when others have cried enough.
Paul Hennessy is one of the country’s top trainers and his English Derby finalist Barefoot Bullet is available at a rather generous looking 33/1. He is another that is certainly capable of making his presence felt in this competition. However, another Hennessy dog, What A Tornado caught the eye on his recent return at Limerick and could be on his way back to form. He has qualified for the St Ledger final this weekend and Paddy Power’s quote of 50/1 for the derby looks way too big.
Makeshift is another Dolores Ruth inmate that looks set to go along way in this event. He did a good trial around the Shelbourne Park circuit recently and is one of a number of dogs around the 25/1 mark that could be unexposed. Paradise Casino and Slick Seattle are two others that also fall into this category. The former is still involved in the St Ledger at Limerick and is a young dog on the upgrade.
At much bigger prices, two that could give readers a sporting run for their money are Croom Star and Rattling Tank. The former is trained by Neilius O’Connor and bred by Kerry man Tom Lynch,while Maurice O’Connor is the handler of the latter. He broke the track record in Tralee on his latest start and changed hands after the race for €30,000. This very fast dog cannot be left out of any antepost portfolio.
Most bookmakers are only going a rather miserly quarter the odds first four, but both sponsors Ladbrokes and Bet365 are paying out once your selection reaches the final(six places). It would be crazy for punters to take prices with any of the other layers as they are offering little in the way of value.
Razldazl George 16/1
What A Tornado 50/1
Tyrur McGuigan 20/1
Razldazl Jayfkay 20/1
Ratting Tank(no price available)
Croom Star(no price available)
(all bets e/w with money back if 1/2 reach final).