Kereight King to rule after conjuring up McCoy magic
Our own Tony McCoy won't be winning any derbies in the saddle – wrong racing game – but he has every chance of Classic glory in the William Hill English Greyhound Derby, starting at Wimbledon on Saturday night.
AP, back in action after injury and chasing a 19th consecutive championship title, has Kereight King running for him and the dog is best priced at 14/1 to reign surpreme.
Tony owns the black son of Droopys Maldini in partnership with trainer Ted Curtain – he had a quarter-finalist last year in Shelbourne Geoff – and two Galway men Gerry Hughes and Jonathan Newell who have already snapped up prices of 40/1 and 33/1.
Well known on this side of the pond for his pace and ability, having won nine of his 15 races including clicking a phenomenal 27.82 over Shelbourne's 525 yards, he certainly should give a good account of himself around the tight Wimbledon circuit.
But the principal Irish hope is Liam Dowling's Ballymac Vic who has already beaten Kereight on home soil and is also on offer at 14/1.
Vic, runner-up in the Easter Cup, did a very solid trial at the south London track last weekend (28.54) over the 480 metres on a slow surface.
The fast-starting Isabels Boy (25/1) carries the hopes of Lurgan's Gary Silcock while Newry's Plunkett Matthews (40/1) has confidence in his Ballyhill Sub who set some tremendous times in the Irish National Sprint at Dundalk last summer.