2010 Richmond Derby Final Preview

This Friday night, March 12, Richmond will be home to the next Group greyhound race, the $25 000 to-the-winner final of the Group 2 World 4 Pets Richmond Derby (535m).

Eight top sprinters are ready to fight it out for the title including the three heat winners from last week, Swift Fancy, Magnifique and Fox Hand.

The Neville Brown-trained Swift Fancy has drawn well with box three. The son of Collision was the star of the qualifiers when he claimed an emphatic ten length victory ahead of Tyson Magic and Reign Over Me in a blistering 30.26 (the fastest of the night) from the same draw here last week.

A consistent dog with a solid record wearing the white, Swift Fancy will be the one to beat on Friday night, especially since the final field is missing Goodesy.

The dogs Swift Fancy beat in the opening heat, Tyson Magic and Reign Over Me will have their chance at revenge in the final.

Tyson Magic loves the Richmond track and has again drawn the prized box one for the final while the Michael Cope-trained Reign Over Me is stuck in box five.

The other two heat winners from last week qualified with upset wins and will have a testing time in the final.

Already a Group race winner, Magnifique claimed a mere half-head victory ahead of Bogie Brave and Dark Sea in the third heat last week. Trained by Julie Fletcher, Magnifique has drawn awkwardly in box four for the final.

The third qualifier was the shock result of the night last Friday when the brilliant Goodesy, who started as the $1.40 favourite, not only failed to win but ran a dismal fifth.

Runner-up in heat three, Bogie Brave will be wearing the pink for the final while Dark Sea has drawn ideally in box two.

Winner of the second qualifier last week ahead of favourite Clark No Ee and Droopy’s Fool, was the Richard Dean-trained roughie Fox Hand. Despite his victory in the heat round, the black and white son of Big Daddy Cool looks out classed in the final. Fox Hand will jump from box seven and has only won one of his four starts wearing the black rug.

The speedy Stephen Lambley-trained Clark No Ee is still in with a fighting chance for the Richmond Derby title despite their upset defeat last week and will jump from box six on Friday night.

The 2010 World 4 Pets Richmond Derby is programmed as race eight on the night’s bumper ten-event card and is due to jump at 9:40pm (NSW time).

Richmond Derby Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time T/D

1 4212 TYSON MAGIC Michael Abbott 30.81
2 1523 DARK SEA Soner Veli 30.94
3 1121 SWIFT FANCY Neville Brown 30.26
4 2211 MAGNIFIQUE Julie Fletcher 31.01
5 1133 REIGN OVER ME Michael Cope 30.40
6 2122 CLARK NO EE Stephen Lambley 30.34
7 5461 FOX HAND Richard Dean 30.79
8 1212 BOGIE BRAVE Jason Mackay 30.74
Reserves:
1st 6213 DROOPY’S FOOL Steven White 30.79
2nd 5314 PATCH UP JOB Nicholas Clifton 30.66