Razldazl George winning the Irish Derby in 2011.
Razldazl George, under the expert handling of Dolores Ruth, is the 2011 Irish Greyhound Derby champion.
Sent off the 5/2 2nd favourite George was forced to pull out all the stops to deny Dream Walker the crown in what was a tumultuous affair. His kennel mate Razldazl Bugatti, running from Trap 1, caused all sorts of problems when moving wide from the break, first hampering both Dream Walker and George and then hampering the favourite Rockchase Bullet on the 1st bend.
All the bunching around the first and second bends left the door open for the Tom O’Neill trained Dream Walker to recover from his early trouble to shoot through into a clear lead. George was the only dog to go with him off T3, and eventually ground down Dream Walker to claim the prize by the minimum of margins in 30.02. The ever consistent Krug Ninety Five yet again stayed on the best of the remainder to clinch 3rd place.
Trainer Dolores Ruth won her second Irish Derby last night when 5/2 chance Razldazl George managed to keep out of the worst of the trouble filled race and then powered home to win by a short head from the gallant Dream Walker. Razldazl Bugatti, stable mate of Razldazl George, caused all sorts of problems by moving wide early fairly quickly after coming out the traps. Well backed favourite Rockchase Bullet was the greyhound who looked to be handed the advantage but he then collided with Razldazl Bugatti. This allowed the Tom O’Neill trained Dream Walker to get up the inside and and into a healthy lead. Dream Walker was just denied however when Razldazl George got up by a short head with both dogs recording a time of 30.02. Krug Ninety Five was three lengths further back in third spot.
Dolores Ruth said after the race: “It makes it all the more special when we’ve bred him as well. It confirms the form of the English Derby, but especially his courage and astuteness. I don’t know what happens next with him, but I know for us, we are all going to party. It’s a wonderful moment.”
2011 Greyhound Derby Result
1st Trap 4 Razldazl George 5/2
2nd Trap 2 Dream Walker 10/1
3rd Trap 5 Krug Ninety Five 8/1
4th Trap 6 Rockchase Bullet 2/1f
5th Trap 1 Razldazl Bugatti 7/2
6th Trap 3 Rockview Head 7/1