THE eyes of Newcastle West will be on Shawfield Greyhound Stadium in Glasgow this Saturday night.
West Limerick owner Darren McCoy has Braveheart Bobby running the final of the Scottish Derby – £20,000 to the winner.
Braveheart Bobby is the last remaining Irish runner in the 480m classic.
The Limerick dog is trained by Doon native Pat Buckley – who won this race back in 2009 with Cabra Cool.
Droopys Verve is the hot favourite for the Derby title. Second in last year’s English Derby, Droopys Verve will be one of two runners for trainer Angela Harrison in the final.
In last weekend’s semi finals, Irish raider Boylesports Xtra was first to show from the traps and cut out the running, only to be pegged back by Limerick’s Braveheart Bobby for Pat Buckley into the third bend. Crowding between the pair gave the impetus to Droopys Nadal to pounce and the Harrison dog was to be a length and a half winner over Darren McCoy’s Braveheart Bobby.
Braveheart Bobby will run from trap three in the final and is priced up as a 5/1 chance. The Limerick dog went to Scotland after competing in the Ladbrokes Easter Cup in Shelbourne Park.
The favourite, Droopys Verve is available at 8/11. Elsewhere, Cooneen Jack is 14/1, Greenwell Jean 20/1, Jaguar Jack 11/2 and Droopys Nadal 9/2.
Back in Limerick Greyhound Stadium last weekend, was the final of the €3,500 quickpark.ie Limerick Oaks.
Victory went to the Kieran Lynch trained Killmacdonagh.
The Cork trainer also had Bartlemy Mags in the final - in trap 2 and eventual champion Killmacdonagh in trap 4.
The winner left the traps the 6/4 joint favourite and justified that with a winning time of 20.10 for the former Laurels semi finalist and a finalist in both the Cork Oaks and the Suirview Bitch Stake at Clonmel.