The opening round of the 2018 Star Sports English Derby gets underway on Thursday evening and we now know who our charges will face following the draw on Sunday afternoon.

We don’t have to wait long as recent recruit, Lenson Blinder, will line up in Heat 3 on Thursday evening. Heat 5, again on Thursday, will then see Slippy Cian take his place. The first four home will qualify from both of these heats. Both recently trialled and the experience of the Towcester track will be beneficial. Slippy Cian recorded 29.64 (-20) whilst Lenson Blinder was beaten a short head by Clonbrien Hero in 29.51 (-20).

Friday will see the aforementioned Clonbrien Hero line up in Heat 12, again four qualify here, and his recent trials stand him in good stead to progress if avoiding major trouble. Onto Saturday and our final runner, Drive On Tipp, will run Heat 24 where the first three home qualify. The experienced tracker will be looking to safely progress from this 5 runner affair.

Heat 3 (FOUR qualify)

1 Holdem Pepe
2 Lenson Blinder
3 Poolie Shauna
4 Bit View Knight
5 Bubbly Turbo (m)
6 Roxholme Ray (w)

Heat 5 (FOUR qualify)

1 Forest West
2 Slippy Cian
3 Milltown Magic
4 Borna Account
5 Jelly Flood (m)
6 Calico Ranger (w)

Heat 12 (FOUR qualify)

1 Distant Rain
2 Lowgate Belatrix
3 Bruisers Bullet
4 Oi Oi Upenalty (m)
5 Saleen Ash (w)
6 Clonbrien Hero (w)

Heat 24 (three qualify)

1 Truth Matters
2 Onlyattheroyal
3 Drive On Tipp
4 Ashbank Christie (m)
5 vacant
6 Droopys Davy (w)

All the action will be available to watch live on the Towcester.TV website as well as the Towcester TV App. We’ll have updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages as it unfolds. Best of luck to connections of all runners!