The Greyhound Derby reaches the quarter-final stage with the second of three runs inside eight days before the finalists become known on Saturday. Darrell Williams is across it all.
"Few expected Crossfield Will to ping out on Saturday, and certainly not to record the fastest split in the competition so far but with relatively little pace in the first quarter-final (20:09) Peter Cronin’s charge is strongly-fancied to gain early control again and rates the best bet of the night"
A faster track than in the first two rounds resulted in a spate of rapid times over the weekend but perhaps even more significant was how well front-runners performed. With the warm weather set to continue at Towcester, the early pace hounds could again be the ones to take advantage.
Back Will to make all
Few expected Crossfield Will to ping out on Saturday, and certainly not to record the fastest split in the competition so far but with relatively little pace in the first quarter-final (20:09) Peter Cronin's charge is strongly-fancied to gain early control again and rates the best bet of the night. Having battled hard to qualify in the previous rounds, he certainly wasn't stopping after his early exertions and he looks a good bet to make all. Calico Brandy sat nearer the pace in round three but while perhaps more was expected of him late on given that early prominence he still appears over-priced and rates the best forecast option.
Wildcat to beat the dogs
The second-quarter (20:24) is full of pace on the inside but after a stack of poor draws Lady Luck is finally taking a shine to Dorotas Wildcat and Kev Hutton's charge is a firm choice to stretch his unbeaten trap one record to six and make it four from four in the red coat over CD. King Elvis' early dash is always a threat but despite a big run on Saturday he still needs to find a few lengths while Bubbly Bluebird will need everything to go right drawn outside the pair of them. With the possibility of the inside runners compromising each other's chances a saver on improving Innocent Times is also suggested.
Verve to extend excellent Towcester record
Droopys Verve had clock watchers raving after getting within four spots of the track record on Saturday and I see no reason why his excellent Towcester record won't be further enhanced in the third quarter (20:41). I'd certainly fancy him to lead up and while market rival Bruisers Bullet probably has his best draw he's likely to face Droopys Dresden coming at him early on while the selection should enjoy a relatively trouble-free run. Those looking for a big price for the forecast could do worse than include Karlow Scolar whose improvement has not been factored in by the layers.
Bombers to arrive late
Like Droopys Verve, fellow youngster Rising Brandy has delivered all that's been asked of him and another ping break would make him hard to beat in the last quarter (20:57). However, the presence of speedy Whoops Jack will ensure he's unlikely to have it all his own way and I'd rather side with strong-running Bombers Bullet to pick off the pace. His determination to win on Saturday was there for all to see and there are few stronger finishers in the competition.
Crossfield Will 20:09
3 x 4 SFC 20:09
Dorotas Wildcat 20:24
Droopys Verve 20:41
4 x 1 SFC 20:41
Bombers Bullet 20:57