Astute Electronics Ltd, electronics distributor and procurement specialist, is right in the middle of quite literally an underdog story. Their three-year-old greyhound, Astute Missile, has defied odds to come through six rounds and claim his place in this Saturday’s Greyhound Derby final – the most prestigious, and richest, dog race ever staged.
Owner of both Astute Missile and Astute Electronics Ltd, Geoff Hill, comments: “He’s run some fantastic races to get here and he deserves his spot against the best. The competition started with 212; we’re down to six. This could be one of the biggest upsets of all time in the Greyhound Derby.”
The question is, what is Astute Missile holding in reserve? Geoff continues: “He ran a smashing race in the semis – probably his best improvement yet – and with conditions in his favour he could certainly have his day.”
Astute Missile trainer, Seamus Cahill, of Cahill Kennels, Hove, says: “Astute Missile has performed so well and deserves his place in the final alongside his kennel-mate, Droopys Acrobat. I’m delighted with both our dogs.”
On 1st July 2017, six greyhounds will line up chasing a winner’s purse of £175,000, and total prize-money for the final will eclipse £350,000, making it the richest race ever staged. It will take the winner approximately 29 seconds to complete the 500m course at Towcester, Northants, and that equates to over £6,000 per second.
All the team at Astute Electronics Ltd, Stevenage, are hugely proud of his progress, and it’s fair to say most of the firm’s staff will be having a flutter.