It's all eyes on the youngsters tonight as the Puppy Cup springs into action at Romford - all live on RPGTV (Sky 431). Darrell Williams analyses the heats in search of winning wagers.
"It was the manner with which Argentina rode a bump at the corner in what appeared a hot heat that was especially pleasing and with a return to the trap six berth tonight he can maintain his unbeaten sequence"
No better place to start than with the considered best bet of the night and a greyhound that defends a perfect Romford record. Kev Hutton's Argentina, who runs in heat two (19:03) has clearly taken a shine to the London Road circuit with three visits in consecutive weeks yielding three victories but it's his win seven days ago that is the key to his chances.
Despite knocking a length off his previous best sectional - it was noticeable he edged out on the run-up from trap five - it was the manner with which he rode a bump at the corner in what appeared a hot heat (more on that later) that was especially pleasing and with a return to the trap six berth tonight he can maintain his unbeaten sequence.
King Nelson, all the way winner of a recent puppy stake at Central Park has trialled in well but has an unfamiliar trap two draw to deal with - in an event surprisingly dominated by middle runners - and may find it harder to dominate in his first competitive local race.
Hot Flash from the north
Perhaps surprisingly Argentina didn't go off as favourite for last week's 'dress-rehearsal' such was the respect that northern raider Calzaghe Flash was given on his Romford bow. Ted Soppitt's youngster has been making a name for himself in sprints with a brace of cracking efforts at Newcastle and Nottingham and while it was obvious he was clearly learning the ropes on his first sighter at Romford last week he did enough to make him a leading candidate in the event.
Having found the 480m trip at Newcastle a touch too far the drop to 400m should suit him ideally and despite probable odds-on quotes in heat five (19:49) he is hard to oppose.
Bo the way to go
More interesting at a price however is Kilara Tain Bo who runs in heat six (20:06) having split the aforementioned higher profile pair last week before staying on well to the pick-up. Laurence Tuffin's charge was making his British debut in that contest having progressed well through his trials and is fancied to confirm the form with another rival from that contest Grays Cup Winner.
A bigger threat could come from Pennys Baby who showed considerable improvement in springing a surprise last week but cannot be guaranteed to trap in the same manner.
Noddle can prove a tasty dish
Droopys Noodle claimed an unbeaten run through a maiden contest when securing the final against all-aged opposition last week and makes appeal in heat three (19:17). Steadily progressive, Dean Childs' January pup can secure first run on market rival King Cash which can prove the route to victory.
Beyonce looks hot
From the same exciting litter as King Cash, highly touted Queen Beyonce can return to winning form in heat four (19:33). A headline maker in her early races she has twice been turned over at odds-on including in the British Bred Oaks final at Doncaster, but her midweek Romford trial suggests she should be good enough.