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3 Best Bets for the 2022 Greyhound Derby

The Greyhound Derby is the most prestigious event in greyhound racing, and it is a great tournament to find some value in the outright market of the competition. Here is a look at the three best bets for the 2022 Greyhound Derby.

Park Blake (16/1)

One of the leading Irish runners in the Greyhound Derby in 2022 is Park Blake. Ireland have a great record in this race, as they have won three of the last six renewals of the final.

The Graham Holland-trained dog has been successful in two of his last four starts on the track. Those victories have come at Shelbourne Park over a distance of 550 metres. On both occasions, he has led to the first bend and has not seen another runner.

Park Blake is one of the 16/1 co-favourites in the greyhound racing betting for the Derby. He looks to have an excellent chance of helping Holland land the biggest prize of his career. 

Thorn Falcon (16/1)
Few greyhounds in the Derby this year will know Towcester better than Thorn Falcon. Patrick Janssens’ runner prevailed in the last 12 months. He is bidding to become the first repeat winner since Westmead Hawk in 2006.

Thorn Flacon was successful in the final in 2021 with a clock of 29.06. That was the fastest time for a final since 2018. He peaked just at the right time in the competition, and his trainer deserves a lot of credit for the campaign he gave the dog.

One of Thorn Falcon's great attributes is that he is so consistent. Even when he is not at his best, he finds a way of staying in the mix at the finish. This is exactly the type of greyhound needed for the Derby, particularly in the early rounds, where you just need to finish in the top three to progress.
The defending champions if 16/1 to replicate what he did last July. He is a must contender for your shortlist, as a strong campaign can be expected, at the very least.

Coolavanny Calvn (20/1)

Irish greyhound Coolavanny Calvn has had just the four appearances so far in his career, but he has shown he has a very promising future. Two of his four outings have ended in success, including his latest run at Shelbourne Park, where he made all in the race.

The early pace shown by Coolavanny Calvn makes him a serious contender for this year’s Derby, despite his inexperience. If he continues to break from the traps like he has done in his previous two starts, it is going to take a big performance to reel him in.

Connections of the inside runner will be hoping to draw either trap one or two throughout the competition. That will help his chances of grabbing the inside rail at the opening bend. He is 20/1 in the ante-post market for the English Classic, and it represents great value.

This year’s Greyhound Derby final is scheduled for 25th June, in what is sure to be a fantastic night of racing from Towcester.
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