2017 Group 2 WA Derby – betting preview and best bookie odds

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THE spotlight will shine on WA this Saturday night with the running of the Group 2 WA Derby (520m) at Cannington.

The 2017 series has attracted the best young male greyhounds from across the state, with the winner set to pocket a lucrative $40,000 for the 30-second gallop.

The favourite to win the race with most online bookmakers is track record holder Quick Jagger, who will just need a bit of clear room and luck in the early stages from box six to showcase what he is capable of.

Kennel mate Vanderwop is drawn perfectly in the red and is on the second line of betting ahead of three other runners also in single figures – Sassy Ginger (box five), Max Profit (box seven) and Pyredos Monelli (box eight).

The successful greyhound will add its name to the honour roll alongside some of the greats which have triumphed in the age classic since its inception in 1976.

Some of the most notable winners include Prince Of Tigers, Reggemite, Sun Hero, Mandagery Man and High Earner.

Below we have analysed the form and chances of each runner to give you the best chance of landing a winning bet, as well as comparing the best odds available from a range of leading online bookmakers.

The Group 2 WA Derby is race six at Cannington this Saturday night and will jump at 10.48pm.

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Box One – Vanderwop
Blue Dog – 30.9kg – October 2015
Kelsos Fusileer x High Recall
Prize money: $13,290
Trainer: Chris Halse
Starts: 5: 3-1-0
T/D: 3: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 29.88
Box: 0: 0-0-0

“Most in-experienced greyhound in the race but he seems to have plenty of class about him. He is normally a good beginner so if he can find the front early they will have to be going good to run him down.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $3.80 with Crownbet

Box Two – Stratosphere
Fawn Dog – 32.1kg – January 2015
Djays Octane x Vegas Secrets
Prize money: $18,880
Trainer: John Iwanyk
Starts: 19: 5-2-8
T/D: 9: 1-1-3
T/D Best: 29.97
Box: 3: 2-0-0

“Hasn’t missed a top three finish in eight runs and is drawn well in box two. Can be tardy at box rise but should get a nice run into the race if he can get on the fence behind the one.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $21 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Ouchamp
Fawn Dog – 32.8kg – January 2015
Barcia Bale x Perfect Poison
Prize money: $9,045
Trainer: Cosi Dagostino
Starts: 13: 4-4-2
T/D: 3: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 29.92
Box: 0: 0-0-0

“Far from disgraced when second in his heat to the airborne Quick Jagger. Showed good pace on that occasion and a repeat performance would see him thereabouts.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $21 with Bet365

Box Four – Honcho Monelli
Black Dog – 31.3kg – December 2014
Mogambo x Jackie Bale
Prize money: $49,980
Trainer: David Hobby
Starts: 38: 11-10-9
T/D: 23: 3-8-7
T/D Best: 29.81
Box: 4: 1-1-1

“Not noted for his early speed and will be giving them a big start. Was a huge run last week, but will probably get too far back to win from the poor draw.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $18 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Sassy Ginger
Red Brindle Dog – 33.7kg – November 2014
Kinloch Brae x Sassy Guess
Prize money: $83,105
Trainer: Enzo Crudeli
Starts: 36: 16-4-4
T/D: 25: 12-4-2
T/D Best: 29.53
Box: 3: 1-2-0

“Showing glimpses of his best form and clocked 29.75 when running second here last week, but box five does him no favours.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $7.50 with Bet365

Box Six – Quick Jagger
Black and White Dog – 33.7kg – July 2015
Dyna Nalin x Saving Bundles
Prize money: $24,645
Trainer: Chris Halse
Starts: 11: 4-3-3
T/D: 7: 4-1-1
T/D Best: 29.29 TR
Box: 2: 1-0-1

“Smashed the track record two starts back but needs to overcome box six to win the final. He definitely has the ability to do so, just needs some luck in running.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $2.75 with Bet365

Box Seven – Max Profit
Black Dog – 31.8kg – January 2015
Fabregas x Belron Cedar
Prize money: $61,345
Trainer: Corey White
Starts: 28: 17-6-3
T/D: 7: 3-2-1
T/D Best: 29.69
Box: 4: 3-0-1

“Lid pinger which doesn’t mind being drawn out wide. If he steps as well as he can he should be a clear leader in the early stages and they’ll find it hard to pick him up running around the 29.50 mark.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $5.50 with Sportsbet

Box Eight – Pyredos Monelli
Black Dog – 33.1kg – June 2015
Bekim Bale x Luba Monelli
Prize money: $27,190
Trainer: David Hobby
Starts: 17: 6-5-1
T/D: 17: 6-5-1
T/D Best: 29.59
Box: 2: 1-0-0

“Fair beginner who holds a 29.59 personal best from this draw. Should get a cart across into the race on the outside of the seven and is worth a ticket at each way odds.”

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $10 with Sporsbet

Tips: 7 – 1 – 6 – 8

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