Irish Greyhound Derby final tips: Newinn looks Taylor made for Saturday night success

Sky Sports' Darrell Williams marks your card for Saturday night's big race.


We’ve got the big match up we wanted in the Irish Greyhound Derby on Saturday night at Shelbourne Park with Newinn Taylor and Pestana going head-to-head.

I fancy a two-dog smash-up between Newinn Taylor and Pestana and the betting suggests it will be just that.

We put both Newinn Taylor and Pestana up at the start of the competition and if you’re lucky enough to have followed both in then you will have much bigger prices about the pair.

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The make-up of this race looks like the play has to be Newinn Taylor. He had a terrific run last week from Trap 6 and we can almost guarantee that Newinn Taylor will get his run again from the outside box.

We know that Pestana handles any draw but there is the possible stumbling block of Ballymac Wild in stall one. They met earlier in the competition and Pestana did manage to clear Saturday night’s rival at the first bend – but if he doesn’t get away fast again there’s the potential to run into traffic problems this time.

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There’s no reason why Pestana shouldn’t be foot perfect, but Ballymac Wild could have a big say as to where this year’s Irish Derby is heading.

They’ve been the dominant two dogs throughout the competition so why can’t it happen again? A Newinn Taylor/Pestana straight forecast looks the bet to me.

I’m siding with Newinn Taylor who also had a much faster semi-final time than Pestana to make it back-to-back wins for Graham Holland in the big one.

Paddy has a load of specials on Saturday night’s feature and the safety-first approach would see Newinn Taylor & Pestana in the straight forecast at 7/2 and the same two dogs at 11/8 in the reverse forecast plays.

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