The Greyhound Derby Second round continues tonight at Towcester and it's all live on RPGTV Sky Channel 431. Darrell Williams is your winner-finding guide...
"In Droopys Verve he faces an equally very special greyhound and the expectation that he (Verve) will lead up has to throw the advantage his way in what should again amount to a race not to miss"
Bruisers Bullet took the honours over Rising Brandy in last night's first battle of the giants and for tonight's main event it's Dorotas Wildcat versus Droopys Verve (Heat 15 21:03). Kev Hutton's Wildcat has already slugged it out in the clash of the first round when Brandy again took star billing and with 'four to follow' pick Magical Bale a shock elimination last night the kennel could certainly do with a big result.
After a spate of horrendous draws Wildcat's trap two box is hugely welcome even if clearing Wildfire Legend is not totally guaranteed while his excellent eight from eleven record over the Derby trip is an apt reminder of just how well he runs his home track. While we successfully opposed him in this column last week taking a view against last year's Shootout winner is never done lightly.
However, in Droopys Verve he faces an equally very special greyhound. Defeat in the Monmore Puppy Derby final aside his profile is one of a champion but even more importantly is that he has clearly taken to Towcester. After a masterful display to beat re-opposing King Kid and take his CD record to three from three the expectation that he will lead up throws the advantage his way and in what should again amount to a race not to miss Verve gets the verdict.
Droopys Biker was all but out of the event last week but appears to have been given a big chance to show what he is capable of (Heat 12 20:13). However, he will go off at skinny-odds and I still need further convincing even if the switch to a wide draw looks bound to help. Putting him up as a lay would be one approach but I'd rather back a couple against him. Cooneen Jack could prove an even better prospect drawn in red and has been under-estimated by the layers especially if the favourite fails to ping in which case Jimmy Fenwick's charge might just control the pace. He ran well behind last night's impressive winner Borna Gin in the first round and should be backed win and place. However, I'd also advise a saver on strong running Greenwell Jean, whose big finish last week was one of the most eye-catching of the entire round. Put them both in a RFC and for the sheer hell of it have a bit each-way on Jean at outlandish prices in the outright market.
Pacesetters generally flourished last night which could help King Elvis (Heat 16 21:22). While his vulnerability late on has been well touted he still maintains a two from four record over CD and the move to trap one (two from two) can only help in his quest to get home.