The English Greyhound Derby is without doubt the sport’s biggest race worldwide. It is every trainer’s dream to land a victory in the Towcester-based race, and Charlie Lister has been lucky enough to get his hands on the prize purse, which now sits at £175,000 for the winner, a record seven times — all of which were between 1997 and 2013.
Therefore, it goes without saying that Lister’s runners were often heavily fancied on sites like https://www.betdaq.com/exchange/greyhound-racing/100008. So, as the build-up to the latest renewal of Greyhound Derby begins, starting with the first round on June 4th, let’s take a look at Lister’s impressive seven victories in the prestigious race. Read on to find out more!
1997 – Some Picture
Some Picture landed Lister his first victory in the Derby back in 1997. The greyhound, who had recently won the Scottish Greyhound Derby, entered the race as the 8/13 favourite and stretched clear of Stows Val, who had pushed him along for the most part of the race, down the home straight — recording a rather comfortable victory. Some Picture’s time of 28.23 was the fastest recorded at Wimbledon to that date.
2000 and 2001 – Rapid Ranger
After a lacklustre start to his career, not many would have expected Rapid Ranger to become a dual Greyhound Derby winner. However, when he joined Lister’s kennels in 1997, his stock began to rise. Heading into the Derby finale in 2000, Rapid Ranger started the day at around 7/2 but was quickly backed as the 7/4 favourite, and it turned out that the bookies made the correct decision to slash his odds as the Irish-bred dog went on to win by three lengths. He returned to Wimbledon the following year and became the first dog to defend their crown since Patricias Hope’s successive victories at White City in 1972 and ’73. Rapid Ranger went for a third victory in 2002, but was knocked out in the third round.
2003 – Farloe Verdict
Having missed out on an unprecedented threesuccessive victories in 2002, Lister got back to winning ways the following year, as Farloe Verdict won the 2003 renewal of the Greyhound Derby. It was somewhat of a surprising victory as Farloe Verdict — a 12/1 shot — narrowly beat Top Savings, who was the odds-on favourite and his kennel companion, over the line.
2010 – Bandicoot Tipoki
Given that Lister had won four renewals of the Derby in just seven years, it’s hard to fathom that he was made to wait seven years before landing his fifth triumph. He had come close in 2009 with Fear Zadonic finishing a mere .03 of a second behind 25/1 shot Kinda Ready. However, Bandicoot Tipoki was on hand to end the rather lengthy wait in 2010 — winning by around three quarters of a length.
2011 – Taylors Sky
Bandicoot Tipoki’s victory in 2010 must have kicked a bit of life back into the four-time Greyhound Trainer of the Year as he landed successive victories in the race for the second time in his career. Taylors Sky entered the final as the 7/4 favourite and duly delivered, winning rather comfortably as he smashed Same Picture’s record — finishing in 28.17 seconds (a track record).
2013 – Sidaz Jack
Sidaz Jack gifted Lister his seventh and final victory in 2013. The Lister-trained dog, who entered the race at 6/1, survived a bit of bumping to take the lead at the second bend and raced on well, holding off a late surge from 14/1 shot Airline Impact to secure victory by just over a length.