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The Greyhound Derby is the biggest race of the year in the sport of greyhound racing and regarded by many as the biggest greyhound race in the world.

Although it is trumped in Australia in terms of prize money, the history and prestige of the six-round event is unrivalled.

Much like Cheltenham in the world of horse racing, all-year round there is discussion and attention on the antepost market of the Greyhound Derby with all the top trackers prepped and aimed at the big prize.

While there are numerous big races over four bends in the UK, ranging from 380m up to 515m, this is the prize every useful open-class dog is aimed at at the start of the summer.

Irish-based English trainer Graham Holland long chased the Derby dream and finally landed an elusive title in 2022 with his British bred Romeo Magico and followed up with historic back-to-back titles with Gaytime Nemo in 2023.

Holland became the first trainer to win back-to-back English Derbies since the 'Derby King' himself Charlie Lister OBE (Bandicoot Tipoki 2009 and Taylors Sky 2010).

Legendary handler Lister is known as the 'Derby King' having secured seven Derby titles - the most of any trainer since the first-ever Derby in 1927 and comfortably the most in the modern era of the sport.

What2024 Greyhound Derby
WhereTowcester Racecourse
WhenSaturday 1st July 2024
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Racing Post Greyhound TV
OddsCoolavanny Hoffa 28/1, Ballinabola Ed 28/1, Links Maverick 28/1, New Destiny 33/1, Romeo Command 33/1

The 1990s

A decade which saw Tony Meek land back-to-back titles, three Irish-based winners and some of the best greyhounds ever to be seen add their names to the coveted Derby trophy.

Moral Standards (1994), Some Picture (1997) and Chart King (1999) are regarded as legendary trackers with the later also picking up the Scottish Derby in the same year.

YearTrackWinnerTrainer
1990Wimbledon (480m)Slippy BlueKenny Linzell
1991Wimbledon (480m)Ballinderry AshPatsy Byrne
1992Wimbledon (480m)Farloe MelodyMatt O'Donnell
1993Wimbledon (480m)Ringa HustleTony Meek
1994Wimbledon (480m)Moral StandardsTony Meek
1995Wimbledon (480m)Moaning LadTheo Mentzis
1996Wimbledon (480m)Shanless SlippyDolores Ruth
1997Wimbledon (480m)Some PictureCharlie Lister
1998Wimbledon (480m)Toms The BestNick Savva
1999Wimbledon (480m)Chart KingKarl & Ralph Hewitt

The 2000s

A decade which included two back-to-back Derby champions in the form of Rapid Ranger and arguably the most famous winner Westmead Hawk - trained by legendary breeder and trainer Nick Savva, who also steered Westmead Lord to the following Derby to land a hat-trick.

The Hawk's last-to-first running style wowed the Wimbledon crowd and his popularity saw him take his place at the world famous Madame Tussauds waxworks in London!

YearTrackWinnerTrainer
2000Wimbledon (480m)Rapid RangerCharlie Lister
2001Wimbledon (480m)Rapid RangerCharlie Lister
2002Wimbledon (480m)Allen GiftClaude Gardiner
2003Wimbledon (480m)Farloe VerdictCharlie Lister
2004Wimbledon (480m)Droopys ScholesIan Reilly
2005Wimbledon (480m)Westmead HawkNick Savva
2006Wimbledon (480m)Westmead HawkNick Savva
2007Wimbledon (480m)Westmead LordNick Savva
2008Wimbledon (480m)Loyal HonchoSeamus Graham
2009Wimbledon (480m)Kinda ReadyMark Wallis

The 2010s

Another three wins for Charlie 'Derby King' Lister, who retired from training in 2018.

The closure of Wimbledon in March 2017 saw the Derby switched to Towcester for the first time, providing Hove trainer Seamus Cahill with a shock first winner.

Towcester was placed in administration in 2018, which saw the Derby rescued by Nottingham - who went on to host just two events.

Irish trainer Paul Hennessy landed the final Wimbledon Derby in 2016 with his Jaytee Jet - providing the handler with a full set of Derbies having already won the Irish and Scottish Classic.

YearTrackWinnerTrainer
2010Wimbledon (480m)Bandicoot TipokiCharlie Lister
2011Wimbledon (480m)Taylors SkyCharlie Lister
2012Wimbledon (480m)Blonde SnapperMark Wallis
2013Wimbledon (480m)Sidaz JackCharlie Lister
2014Wimbledon (480m)Salad DodgerBruno Berwick
2015Wimbledon (480m)Rio QuattroDanny Riordan
2016Wimbledon (480m)Jaytee JetPaul Hennessy
2017Towcester (500m)Astute MissileSeamus Cahill
2018Towcester (500m)Dorotas WildcatKevin Hutton
2019Nottingham (480m)Priceless BlakePaul Hennessy

The 2020s

Irish handler Pat Buckley lands a first English Derby with his early pacer Deerjet Sydney and Belgian handler Patrick Janssens sends out the first two home in the first Derby back at Towcester after the track reopens.

Irish-based Englishman Graham Holland finally lands an elusive English Derby in 2022 after reaching the final a number of times and the master of Riverside Kennels follows up in 2023 with three of his team reaching the final.

YearTrackWinnerTrainer
2020Nottingham (500m)Deerjet SydneyPat Buckley
2021Towcester (500m)Thorn FalconPatrick Janssens
2022Towcester (500m)Romeo MagicoGraham Holland
2023Towcester (500m)Gaytime NemoGraham Holland

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