Monday, 2 September 2013

ETS Irish Greyhound Derby Semi Final Preview - Shelbourne Park, Saturday September 7th

Its Semi Final time in the Derby,  on Saturday its down to the Last 12,

Draw for Saturday's semis:
1st semi
1  Isabels Boy
2 Droopys Adler
3  Carrowgarriff
4 Tyrur Sugar Ray
5  Hawaii Kinsale
6 Slippery Robert (w)
2nd semi
1 Ballymac Vic
2  Melodys Diamond
3 Borna Gem
4 Kereight King
5 Slippery Sooty (m)
6 Cabra Buck (m)

Quarter Final Videos
Video From Igb

Quarter Final Interviews

Video Thanks to Red Mills

Semi Final Previews

1st Semi

Isabels Boy has shown early pace and has a great chance to lead up the inside, Isabels held off a strong run From both Melodys Diamond and Borna Gem to win the Quarter Final in a Slow enough time , But there are stronger Runners in the Semi Final, can she get out and hold on to get into the Final

Tyrur Sugar Ray has a tricky Draw in 4 , will head straight for the rails should qualify if getting any sort of a decent run,

Eric Hughes done some unofficial 3rd Bend Timings for the Semi Final Runners. no surprise that Kereight King was the fastest , followed by Borna Gem, and 3rd on the overall average was Tyrur Sugar Ray.  He may have been 2nd but for crowding . Considering the dog hasn't trapped at all in the Stake so far that shows how strong a runner this lad is, he has had a good stake so far, and if things go his way  is not an unlikely outright winner.

Slippery Robert has a very good Draw on the outside and has the pace to seal his Place in the Final.

Hawaii Kinsale has improved race by Race during the Derby , But out of the 5 Box in a Semi Final is the biggest test He has Had Yet. Already surpassed expectations and whatever else happens in a Bonus.

Droopys Adler has been qualifying well through the rounds, has a decent draw and could knock out a big name here.

Carrowgarriff  will need some luck here but has done great to get to the Semi Final,

2nd Semi Final

Kereight King Is now the Ante Post Favourite,  His Draw in 4 was said to be "Not Ideal" By Part owner AP Mccoy (National  Hunt Champion Jockey).  King has been showing great early and has Held off Strong Finishes from Tyrur Sugar Ray the Last 2 Weeks and will need to be at his best to get out and win this tough semi Final.

Ballymac Vic Qualified Despite Doubts over his fitness and is described as being better than last week , an even tougher race this week , Connections will be happy to be in the Final and take there chances.

Borna Gem has been running great , she needs to lead the other remaining bitch in the stake Melodys Diamond to qualify

Melodys Diamond has been running on strong without getting the brakes and wasn't far from beating Isabels Boy in the Quarter Final, if she gets the breaks she can qualify

Cabra Buck has been impressive for Trainer Graham Holland , Should be stronger than the other Middle seed in trap 5 Slippery Sooty who was Picked up by Hollands other dog in the stake Hawaii Kinsale in the quarters

its the tougher of the 2 heats and there are plenty of chances.

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Kereight King (steamer11/4), Ballymac Vic (4), Tyrur Sugar Ray (steamer6), Cabra Buck(steamer12), Isabels Boys (steamer12), Borna Gem (steamer14), Slippery Robert (steamer14), Hawaii Kinsale (steamer20), Melodys Diamond (steamer20), Droopys Adler (steamer33), Slippery Sooty(66), Carrowgarriff (steamer150)

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