Have we already seen the Greyhound Derby winner or is it about to run in tonight's final batch of first round heats? Darrell Williams pinpoints the bets you should be having ahead of Saturday night's action at Towcester, all screened live on RPGTV.
"I’ve an inkling Danzey Exception might just surprise more fancied rivals. A quarter-finalist last year, he appears close to that level of form again and offers excellent win and place value"
Shortlisted in my 'Four to follow' midweek, exciting Puppy Derby winner Magical Bale can get his Derby campaign off to the perfect start in heat 22 (20:09). Kevin Hutton's charge bounced back to win at the Trainers' Championship a fortnight ago - his first start since gaining the youngsters' crown at Towcester last November and is confidently fancied to follow up this evening. His excellent track-craft, even as a raw puppy, was one of his most distinguishing attributes but while he is unlikely to remain glued to the rails the presence of Burgess Brandy alongside should allow him ample racing room. Bubbly Big Eddie has admittedly shown glimpses of promise, but Puppy Derby runner-up Innocent Times has almost five lengths on final form and both are likely to be found wanting.
Reg the right choice in Scot Derby re-match
Scottish Derby hero The Other Reg - another to make the ante-post portfolio - faces a far tougher test as he renews rivalry against Shawfield sixth Black Farren in heat 25 (20:59). The Irish Derby runner-up having laid down a serious marker when denying Dorotas Wildcat in the Trainers Championship. However, Pat Rosney's charge confirmed his own well-being in a solo trial over the Derby CD last weekend and is strongly fancied to confirm the Glasgow form.
Drive On the tip in battle of the Irish
Kirby Memorial winner Droopys Davy will be all the rage in heat 24 (20:41) and trainer Pat Buckley will have few qualms about his draw. However, strong running fellow Irish raider Drive On Tipp, a first round winner last year is hardly out of sorts himself and makes plenty of appeal as a viable alternative at their respective odds. The reverse forecast is also recommended.
Danzey offers Exceptional value in win and place markets
With Buckley's unexposed Droopys Biker, not to mention a resurgent Droopys Bonucci, in the opening heat 19 (19:16) you might be considered crazy to hunt for a bigger priced selection. However, I've an inkling that Danzey Exception might just surprise his more fancied rivals. A quarter-finalist last year having won in all three opening rounds he appears close to that level of form again after a recent Trial Stakes victory. While set to lead up on the inside, his strong running style affords him plenty of respect and he offers excellent win and place value.
Danzey Exception win and place 19:18
Magical Bale 20:09
Drive On Tipp 20:41
T3 / T6 RFC 20:41
The Other Reg 20:59