William Hill have given the greyhound racing industry a massive shot in the arm with their announcement regarding the 2012 greyhound derby. Not only are the bookmaker to continue their sponsorship of the event, they are also going to increase the prize money to the winning greyhound quite dramatically. The 2012 William Hill Derby winner will now collect £125,000 which is a full £50,000 more than this year’s champion.
William Hill chief executive Ralph Topping told the Racing Post;
“I considered one case to go up to £100k, and despite the difficult economic climate, we were looking at this. Given the fact 2012 is a showcase Olympic year, we all felt it all the more important to do something special and exciting for greyhound racing – and do our bit to put the race back at the top.
“Never mind £ 75,000, or £100,000, the 2012 first prize for the williamhill.com Derby is to be £125,000 to the winner. It is now the world’s richest greyhound race – we intend to help make it the world’s greatest race again too.”
The 2012 Greyhound Derby gets under way in May next year at Wimbledon Greyhound Stadium. Current Ante Post favourite for the event is Taylors Sky who is a general 16/1 chance at time of writing.