King Memphis favorite for first ever Greyhound Derby win

Updated June 25, 2024
Updated June 25, 2024By Dean Etheridge

The 2024 English Greyhound Derby takes place at Towcester Greyhound Stadium on Saturday. King Memphis is the favorite at +125. The two-year-old dog heads a field of six all looking to win the most prestigious dog race on the British roster. Who will win? We give you the answer in our latest Greyhound betting picks.

2024 Greyhound Derby Betting Picks

The first Greyhound Derby was held in 1927. The race has had a checkered history, especially in recent years when its existence has been threatened. 

Originally an institution within English sports, the event was first held in London at the legendary White City venue. In 1985, the Derby was moved to Wimbledon. But that agreement ended when the Wimbledon dog track closed in 2017.

The race then moved to its current venue in Towcester. But again it came under threat when Towcester closed its doors in 2019, resulting in the race relocating to Nottingham in 2019 and 2020. The Towcester race track then reopened in 2021, and the English Greyhound Derby again has a home, and thankfully a brighter future. 

2024 Greyhound Derby: All you need to know

The Greyhound Derby isn’t just one race, it’s six weeks of racing. In 2024, the action got underway on May 23/24/25 with the first round. The second round was held on May 31st and June 1st, and the third round was on June 8th.

Things got serious with the quarter-finals on June 15th. And then last Saturday was the semi-final, where six greyhounds booked their places in this weekend’s final.

The defending champion is Gaytime Nemo from Ireland who won the race in 2023 at odds of +900.

Gaytime Nemo overturned a -125 betting favorite (Swords Rex) to win his first-ever English Derby. 

Trainer Graham Holland brought Nemo back to defend his title. But he could only make it as far as last Saturday’s semi-final, where he narrowly missed out. Gaytime Nemo finished fourth (the first three qualified for the final) behind De Lahdedah, Whyaye Man, and Boylesports Bob. 

The winner of Saturday’s final will receive £175,000 out of a total prize pool of £235,000. The large prize pool ensured 193 dogs entered the competition, including 52 runners from Ireland.

Keeping the Irish dog owners involved is crucial to the survival of the race. Without the Irish contingent, the talent pool would be lower. The large prize pool is important to the future of the race, as it makes it more worthwhile for the Irish to come back every year. 

Betting to win the 2024 Greyhound Derby

In the latest Greyhound betting, King Memphis is the +125 favorite to win the 2024 Greyhound Derby. The Elizabeth McNair-trained dog opened up at +137, but his odds have already been cut to the current +125.

The second favorite is De Lahdedah. The Liam Dowling-trained two-year-old is +225. De Lahdedah opened up at +200. But the rush of money for King Memphis has seen his odds slightly eased out. 

Third and fourth in the betting are also close. Boylesports Bob leads the way at +500. Churchfield Syd is +600. Wayaye Man and Ballymac Gizmo are +2000.

More 2024 Greyhound Derby odds are available on our MLB betting table. You will find more information about the sportsbooks we use for our Greyhound picks on our Best Betting Apps and Mobile Betting Sites page.

Betting to win the 2024 Greyhound DerbyBovadaGTBetsBetOnline
1. Wayaye Man+2000+2000+2000
2. Ballymac Gizmo+2000+2000+2000
3. King Memphis+125+125+125
4. De Lahdedah+225+225+225
5. Churchfield Syd+600+600+600
6. Boylesports Bob+500+500+500

Latest form

Semi-final Heat 1

The first semi-final heat was won by De Lahdedah, who started the race as the +138 betting favorite. 

Wayaye Man was second at +1200 and Boylesports Bob was third at +200. The defending champion, Gaytime Neno started the race as the fourth favorite at +275. 

The winning time for De Lahdedah was 28,79 seconds. Wayaye Man recorded a time of 20.00 and Boylesports Bob 29.03.

Semi-final Heat 2

King Memphis finished second in his semi-final heat on Saturday. He went off as the favorite but was beaten into second place by Churchfield Syd. The margin of victory was just 0.01 of a second.

Churchfield Syd’s winning time was 28.98. He started the race at the +600 third-favorite.

King Memphis started the race as the -110 betting favorite. The second favorite was The Other Kobe (+275) who finished fourth.

Ballmac Gizmo clinched the sixth and last spot in the final by finishing third at 29.11. Gizmo started the race at +700.

Our Picks to win the 2024 Greyhound Derby

King Memphis has won 15 of his 19 races in 2024. He also boasts an impressive 10-4 record at Towcester.

The betting favorite did finish second in his semi-final, but only by the smallest of margins.  

It’s clear why he is the favorite with the bookmakers, and with a record like that, King Memphis is our pick to win the 2024 Greyhound Derby.

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For a long shot, why not back Whyaye Man? He was the fourth quickest greyhound across the two semi-final heats and at +2000 is worth a small wager.

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2024 English Greyhound Derby
Towcester Greyhound Stadium,Towcester,England
Starting on
June 29, 2024
Ending on
June 29, 2024

About the Author

Dean Etheridge
Dean Etheridge

Dean is primarily a fan of English football who regularly attends games, and combining his hobby with his job, he is now a full-time sports betting writer. Rather than going down the educational route into sports journalism, Dean learned his trade by writing for his English football betting website since 2009, where he now boasts nearly 15 years of experience. After writing about football daily for years, Dean has taken the skills he learned and now uses them to great effect writing for numerous affiliate sites across the internet. A general all-around sports enthusiast with a passion for English football and cricket, Dean is also well able to turn his hand to writing about golf, tennis, F1, boxing, snooker, darts, and North American sports. Combining his extensive knowledge and experience with British humor and wit, Dean has developed into a trusted voice within the sports betting industry.

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