The Northern Plate final at Newcastle headlines the RPGTV action tonight (Sky 432) and Darrell Williams is back with his best bets.
"Heather Dimmock’s charge showed an excellent turn of pace when taking his semi-final – arguably a career best run – and a repeat performance would afford him every opportunity of toppling the favourite"
After a monumental 2018 it was never going to be easy for King Turbo to get anywhere close to last season's achievements but with a Winter Derby in the bag it's not been a bad year for Liz McNair's popular charge.
Given that record his status as favourite for tonight's Northern Plate final (20:13) is no surprise especially after wide-margin wins in the preliminary rounds and the switch to a trap one draw (five from nine) is unlikely to harm his chances. However, this is no straight-forward assignment and at the odds he has to be taken on. Never an easy decision to make given his outstanding mid race pace.
Witton not out of it
Witton Derecho, appears more at ease from tonight's trap two slot having stepped away from the rails when winning her own semi-final last week and rates over-priced. But it is the other unbeaten finalist Down to The Felt that favours most appeal. Heather Dimmock's charge showed an excellent turn of pace when taking his semi-final - arguably a career best run - and while re-opposing King Lennon could be construed a tad unlucky at the turn the selection's preference for a wider passage on the run up should allow him a clear run to the bend. Marginally the quickest of the semi-final winners after a marked improvement on his first round run a repeat performance would afford him every opportunity of toppling the favourite.
Knockout chance for Bruno
Allowdale Bruno, so close to retaining his Classic crown at Sunderland the other month was impressive when winning a CD sprint here the other week and should have enough to deal with lightly raced Crokers Pride who hasn't raced since April (19:42).
Having beaten most of her opposition last week there is no obvious reason for Bliss not to double up in a British Bred Puppy contest (19:09). A Bit Of Chaos, not in that contest seven nights ago, is afforded respect especially from her favoured trap three box but is still likely to have too much to do. Westforth Hugo, much improved since stepping up to six bends, is a viable alternative to Pond Natalya in the 640m contest (19:26)
No one faster than Nowhere
At Hove - watch via the Betfair live stream - Puppy Classic finalist Waikiki Lad can make a winning local debut in the Puppies Open (20:38). While he would have preferred a draw closer to the rails his Nottingham form should be enough to defeat in-form local Ballybough Harry. While consistent Nowhere Fast looks a strong play in the heat of a Dual Distance contest (19:17). Matt Dartnall's bitch has an unblemished four from four record over the 490m trip but as her recent form confirms she clearly handles the extended trip just as effectively. Expect her to bounce out and make all.
Bliss To Win 19:09 New 1*
Nowhere Fast To Win 19:17 Hove 2*
Westforth Hugo To win 19:26 Newc 1*
Allowdale Bruno To Win 19:42 Newc 2*
Down to The Felt 20:13 New 1*
Waikiki Lad To Win 20:38 Hove 1*