Greyhound Derby Odds
The Greyhound Derby has been contested since 1927 and is the most lucrative race in the greyhound calendar, with £125,000 currently on offer for the winner. The very first race was run over the slightly shorter distance of 457m, but the race distance was soon increased to 480m and has remained that way forever since.
Entry Badge was the first winner, but it was Mick The Miller that was recognised as the first great greyhound with his back-to-back Derby triumphs in 1929 and 1930 coming in a run of winning 19 successive races. The Greyhound Derby was run at White City from the start until 1984 and the only other dog to win in successive years in this period was Patricias Hope in 1972 and 1973.
Back the favourite in the Greyhound Derby odds
Since 1985, the Greyhound Derby has been moved to Wimbledon, with Rapid Ranger and Westmead Hawk both securing back-to-back triumphs in this period. In fact, in the 28 Derbies at Wimbledon, 13 have been won by the favourite and five of these have been sent off odds-on.
Trainer Charlie Lister has been responsible for five of the winners since 2000 and is one to keep an eye out for in the future. He trained Taylors Sky to victory in 2011 and the same dog followed up to finish fourth in 2012. The father of Taylors Sky was the aforementioned Westmead Hawk and it may pay to consider other dogs that he has sired in the future.