Irish Greyhound Derby 2013: Preview and Betting Odds for Saturday's Final

Christopher Atkins@@chris_elasticoContributor ISeptember 14, 2013

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 27:  Stately Irish (right) and Speed of Teddy run a close race in heat 3 of the Market Egg Supplies Cup at the Appin Way race meeting on October 27, 2007 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The final of the Irish Greyhound Derby takes place at Dublin's Shelbourne Park this Saturday, following five rounds of qualification races en route to the showpiece event.

The race is one of the world's richest greyhound events and the highlight of the Irish greyhound racing calendar. Scheduled to get underway at 21.30 BST, it will be keenly observed by racegoers the world over.

With Pat Curtain-owned Kereight King missing out with a broken toe, per RTE, the field is down to just five runners and deprived of the third-fastest qualifier from last week's semifinal. His absence will mean that trap four is left unused for the final.

Cabra Buck was the fastest dog in the semifinals, having started from the outside, and will hope to repeat his performance this time around but is only third favourite with the bookmakers ahead of the race. The winner of the other semifinal, Tyrur Sugar Ray, will go off as joint favourite.

Ballymac Vic joins him at the pre-race odds, both listed at 7-4 by Paddy Power, having come through the semifinal despite an injury in the buildup to finish second behind Cabra Buck.

Both dogs have been unlucky in big races over the past year, per Irish Examiner, and the pairs' respective owners will be hoping for better luck this time around. Tyrur Sugar Ray is the only dog to have raced in last year's final where he finished fifth.

Outsider Carrowgarriff is the only female in the field and is a shock qualifier for the final, having been 150-1 for the overall prize ahead of last week's semi-finals.

She shot out of the traps to take an early lead on that occasion, eventually sneaking into third place ahead of Hawaii Kinsale, and will hope for a similarly fast start if she is to stand any chance of competing in the final.

The race can be seen live on RTE2 inside the Republic of Ireland, while international viewers can watch the race at