King Memphis sets out on Derby trail with Juvenile appearance

CURRENT English Derby favourite King Memphis makes his first competitive appearance over the Classic course and distance in 2024 when running in Sunday's Time Greyhound Nutrition Juvenile over 500m at Towcester.

King Memphis sets out on Derby trail with Juvenile appearance


CURRENT English Derby favourite King Memphis makes his first competitive appearance over the Classic course and distance in 2024 when running in Sunday's Time Greyhound Nutrition Juvenile over 500m at Towcester.

Liz McNair's English Puppy Derby champion will face just four rivals following the decision by connections to withdraw Eclipse winner Newinn Syd due to concerns about his draw as the widest of five railers.


"It was unsafe for him and unsafe for the other dogs as he'd have just gone straight for the rails," said trainer Mark Wallis.

"We'd have loved to have been in it, some dogs can cope with wider draws but I don't think he can.

"We're a month away from the Derby, which he's been laid out for, and if he got a bad draw in that it's something you'd just have to take your chance with, but I don't see the point in risking all that for a one-off at this stage of the year."

Meanwhile, Willie Rigney of big-race sponsors Time Greyhound Nutrition is delighted to have played a part in saving the historic one-off contest.

“We got wind the race might be under threat given the closure of Greyhound TV,” he said.

“It meant Towcester were without a sponsor and were definitely thinking of giving it up in 2024. Kevin (Boothby) and his team were already committed to backing the KAB Maiden Derby, but the Juvenile was understandably a step too far for them.

“We offered a £5k package and that’s been enough to save it, which I think is important for the greyhound industry on both sides of the Irish Sea - and it’s good that Ireland is represented by Faypoint Harvey.

"He won the Muster Juvenile Cup at Clonmel and comes over as part of a team Graham (Holland) has for the Maiden Derby.”