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The Lord wraps up the big stories from the world of greyhound racing with a look at the big race action and good news for greyhound racing in Northern Ireland.


Thursday's live-on-Sky Eclipse final features not one, not two, but three Derby champions! The winners of this year's English and Scottish Derbys will go to traps in the form of Bandicoot Tipoki and Nambisco, while the 2009 Derby hero Kinda Ready has also made the final. It is a fantastic comeback from Mark Wallis's champion who famously denied Fear Zafonic in the shadow of the post at Wimbledon to claim Classic glory some 19 months ago. Lightly-raced since, there has been an Irish Derby campaign and wins at Monmore, Shelbourne and now Nottingham in heat and semi-final of the Eclipse. For good measure, Kinda Ready went quicker than the winners of the other two semi-final winners Nambisco, who led home Bandicoot Tipoki and Mcgahon Toots.

Trap draw for Thursday's final is: 1 Mcgahon Toots, 2 Nambisco, 3 Bandicoot Tipoki, 4 Kinda Ready, 5 Ballymac William, 6 Tudor Prince.

Sky's season of greyhound racing coverage is set to break new ground in 2011 with a trip to Northern Ireland. A date in the summer has been set and the event will be a Derby-type affair, with a sizeable five-figure first prize. One source said: "There have been visits to Shelbourne Park in the past for the Irish Derby final. "Hopefully this event will act as a sort of springboard for encouraging other major Irish events to be covered live on Sky."

The Oaks at Wimbledon has a new schedule after Friday's planned quarter-finals were unable to be run because of a frozen track. The late decision of the management has caused quite a stir, with it seems temperatures dipping rapidly at dusk on Friday caused the problem. The new format for the bitches' Classic is the second round on Tuesday, the semi-finals on Friday and the final on Sky on Tuesday, December 15.

The Greyhound of the Year race is set to take a few twists over the coming days. Long-time favourite for the title Jimmy Lollie missed an intended engagement in the Scurry Gold Cup final at Belle Vue because of the weather and now heads to Nottingham on Monday (December 6) for the heats of a top-class National Sprint.  And, of course, a busy period at the Colwick Park venue continues on Sky on Thursday with the Eclipse final which features Greyhound of the Year contenders Bandicoot Tipoki and Nambisco.

Monmore shares the open-race centre-stage with Nottingham on Monday with a host of open-races making up the Xmas Festival at the Wolverhampton venue.  The finals, like the heats on SIS and into the country's betting shops, take place on Friday.

Finally, the Betfair Prestige at Hall Green will kick off the 2011 big-race season with heats on Tuesday, January 4, over 645m.  Worth £4,000 to the winner for two runs, the Betfair Prestige also kicks off Sky's new season of live racing with a gala supporting card to the decider on Tuesday, January 11.


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