It's not just the weather that's streaming with a red-hot renewal of the Puppy Classic up for verdict at Nottingham - live on RPGTV (Sky 431) this evening. Check out Darrell Williams' considered view...
"Jimmy Fenwick’s cool as a cucumber customer can once again utilise his exceptional early speed from a favoured middle draw to leave his rivals trailing in his wake"
On this crazily warm bank holiday Monday the appropriately named Ice on Fire can keep punters cool by making all the in the signature race (20:51). Traditionally a hot bed for up and coming talent this year's Puppy Classic final is a belter but Jimmy Fenwick's cool as a cucumber customer can once again utilise his exceptional early speed from a favoured middle draw to leave his rivals trailing in his wake.
Headford Ranger pulled out all the stops to nab the selection on the line in the opening round and Kevin Hutton's rapidly improving charge and the only unbeaten finalist can again run a huge race to chase home the selection with a play of the forecast also suggested.
Roxholme Dolly has endured mixed fortunes in her career so far with impressive victories, including when reversing first round form with Antigua Rum last week, coupled with a spate of short odds defeats. Drawn in what has proved for her a less favourable striped jacket and with speedy Salacres Magnier to clear, she is best left alone.
Punch the perfect pick in sprint
Magnier looks up against as the only local runner in the final but his trainer Peter Harnden should be on the mark with Salacres Punch in the sprint (19:36). Best known for his tight tussles with Troy Bella, who he touched off over tonight's 305m trip the other week to reverse earlier Derby night final form, his chance looks solid providing the switch back to Nottingham, having won over four bends at Romford on Friday night, has no ill-effect.
Keen on Wokeen going long
Best known as a sprinter himself another local runner Wokeen can make the successful transition to 480m (20:37). His recent trials at Yarmouth, where the Derby starts next week, have been encouraging and with concerns over market rival Droopys Wild, without a previous look at the track, and beaten each of the last five times he has been EVS or shorter, Lynn Cooks' charge can keep the home crowd happy.
Molly can topple the jolly
The 680m contest (21:06) is an intriguing affair given the return of stamina laden Looking Sharp who beat Derby third Skywalker Logan over 750 yards at Clonmel earlier in the year but with doubts as to whether she is quite back to that level (also one from six over CD) I'll leave her alone for the moment. Few run this trip with more consistency than Haggswood River but with both odds and race make-up in mind I'll chance Seans Molly who ran well at Monmore last time and is clearly improving quickly for Jane White.
Honour Goldikova, hitting peak form after season, can provide further local success in a 500m contest (20:08) while in the duplicate event (21:22) Newinn Missile with one win in his last fourteen outings including a spate of previous CD defeats is opposable.
Salacres Punch To Win 19:36 2*
Honour Goldikova To Win 20:08 1*
Wokeen To Win 20:37 1*
Ice On Fire To Win 20:51 3*
3 x 2 FC 20:51 1*
Seans Molly To Win 21:06 1*
Newinn Missile Lay 21:22 1*