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Derby heroes all on course to return to track next year.

ALL three Derby winners in 2017 are set to make the track next year, writes Jonathan Kay.

That was the news relayed by Bob Betts, longtime greyhound editor of the Sporting Life and now life president of the Greyhound Writers' Association, at the annual GWA function in London yesterday.

Betts said: "I spoke to the three trainers and it was encouraging from them all. Good News [BoyleSports Irish Derby winner] hasn't raced since but Pat Guilfoyle told me he's in good form and has three litters on the ground from matings last winter.

"The dog has mated a couple of bitches recently and has 20 straws available, while his first competition back will be the Easter Cup at Shelbourne.

"Charlie Lister said Scottish champion Dorotas Woo Hoo, who hasn't raced since August, clocked 17.70sec at Nottingham last week and is due to trial over four bends there this week, while Towcester champion Astute Missile's recovery from a broken hock is going well.

"Seamus [Cahill] reported that he's progressing well and will have a gallop at home in the next few weeks. If all is well the dog will trial at Hove in the New Year."

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Pete Harnden and Paul Ephremsen, trainer and owner representatives on the GBGB, flank (l-r) the GWA's Jonathan Hobbs and Bob Betts, plus champion trainer Mark Wallis, at yesterday's annual GWA lunch in London

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 12, 2017
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