The Greyhound Derby first round concludes tonight at Nottingham - live on RPGTV (Sky 175/Freesat 176) - and Darrell Williams is back with his best bets.
"Distant Village (21:11) 7/52.4 has been meticulously prepped for this event and is nap material to repay his connections first time"
Mixed fortunes for the selections last night on a card where Irish trainer Pat Buckley with three winners dominated proceedings and ensuring if you are good enough you can handle Nottingham without previous race experience. A need to be close to the pace, if not in front early on, also proved key while all six traps provided winners.
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Check out my Guide to the Derby - including the ante post 'Four against the field' - for more on the trainers and greyhounds most likely to succeed.
Heat 9 (19:34) Will Doolin Duke, another Buckley inmate without previous race experience here, prove all the rage? Possibly, but will he be sharp enough to lead Droopys Addition 85/403.1? I will stick with Ernie Gaskin's who will need a sharp exit with middle moving Notouttheway on his inside but can get first run.
Heat 10 (19:51) Unlike most of his compatriots Wolfe 2/12.98 knows this track well and can put Graham Holland on the score-sheet. He will need to be wise to Jumeriah Sprite edging off on his inside but should have too much early firepower. Bower Luke could lead if handling the outside berth and is worth a saver. Bubbly Bollinger and King Dylan would have preferred reverse draws.
Heat 11 (20:06) Competitive but Blue Tick George 4/14.8 is improving fast and has proved himself from the inside. Deanridge Sirius has shown early toe in practice but is unraced since the spring while Tommys Panther is untried from the outside.
Heat 12 (20:21) Up for grabs this one with Forest Alan 13/53.6 vastly experienced here taken to reproduce his good Central Park form. Unexposed Dingys Source is hard to weigh up but respected.
Heat 13 (20:36) Faughan Rebel 13/82.62 will take some holding if able to reproduce his trial evidence and is ideally berthed outside Sparta Master. Fellow Hove raider Southwood Jet, unbeaten in three starts for Richard Rees, rates the biggest threat, and could trap on top. Take the reverse forecast as cover.
Heat 14 (20:52) 2019 Irish Derby winner Lenson Bocko 2/13.0 is fancied to lead up edging in Bramble Reggie which could prove key. Hopes Doggy has flown round in both trials and would bed dangerous with a run. Early money for Coolavanny Chick is noted with interest.
Heat 15 (21:11) Distant Village 7/52.4 has been meticulously prepped for this event and is nap material to repay his connections first time. He can bounce out and make all. Speedy Plaza Lep could hold up Ballydoyle Valor early on.
Heat 16 (21:26) Newinn Session has been highly touted ante post and showed plenty of speed in his trial but win machine Bockos Doomie 12/53.4 - this columns main ante post pick - can see him off in what could prove the race of the night.
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Wolfe 19:51 Back to win
Blue Tick George 20:06 Back to win
T1/T6 20:36 Back RFC
Distant Village 21:11 Back to win
Bockos Doomie 21:26 Back to win