Bruisers Bullet is one of the early favorites for the UK Greyhound Derby, which is set to be a hotly contested event once again. Following a number of competitive lead-up races throughout May, six dogs will leave the traps at the beginning of June for the grand final, which offers a £175,000 prize to the winner of the prestigious event at Towcester in Northamptonshire.

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Bruisers Bullet was always likely to be popular in the betting following an all-action display in the Olympic at Hove back in December 2017. It was trainer Mark Wallis’ first success in the grade one race and he is hoping his charge can continue its upward trajectory throughout 2018. This performance wasn’t a run-of-the-mill exhibition but a feat of sheer athleticism, winning by five and a half lengths and catching the eye of the many bettors who were visiting the Sussex track.

He has become a high-profile name in the sport as a result of that dominating display and will be targeted at the Scottish and Irish derby as well. Running in a trial race at Towcester, he clocked up an astonishingly quick time of 27.84 over the 480 metres, leading some punters to question whether any of the other dogs can stop him. Admittedly, it was a solo run and the track had just been freshly watered but, if he can continue to find a clear passage, the competition is in danger of getting left behind.

Two other derby contenders who also trialled earlier that day but were only featuring over sprint distances were Forest Chunk and Dorotas Wildcat, who clocked up times of 15.11 and 15.15 respectively. The latter is quite fancied for the Greyhound Derby and has been well-backed in the ante-post market whilst the former is an outsider here at a huge price of 80/1.

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Roxholme Nidge is another contender who has been in the news recently after setting a new track record at Romford over the 400-metre distance with a frighteningly-fast 23.26 in the Puppy Cup. He has since proven that he isn’t a one-track dog with a win at Newcastle, beating Headford Kev in the Northern Puppy Derby back in October 2017. The William Hill Plate winner, who won eight of his first nine races, is prominent in the betting and is another greyhound whose speed should be able to ensure he makes it into the final. Droopys Expert is another dog who is on the up and is likely to be in the mix.

Last year’s runner-up Tyrur Shay is not fancied to bounce back from that disappointment and is 66/1 in the ante-post market, whilst 2017’s surprise winner Astute Missile is a triple figure price in the betting. The Seamus Cahill trained runner didn’t win any of its build-up races but surprised everyone with a lung-busting charge to the finishing line to collect the handsome prize for connections.

It’s set to be another terrific two months of action in Northamptonshire with several competitive heats preceding a lucrative final, where all six participants will be roared on from a packed-out grandstand. There are likely to be several high-quality entrants, who will all be aiming to outpace their rivals and land the spoils for connections and backers; it should be another fascinating watch for greyhound fans worldwide.