Open racing may be a few weeks away but Hove stage another top grade heavy RPGTV card tonight (Sky 175). Darrell Williams assesses the best bets...
"A winner at the level last week the key to his (Cheeky Bob's) chance is consistency at the break and he is fancied to lead in the battle for early supremacy"
Keeping abreast of trainers who have hit the ground running since racing resumed has proved a solid betting angle and with a 38% strike-rate Belinda Green tops the Hove table. The former Crayford handler could hardly have made a better start to her Hove attachment and while the grader will turn the screw in the weeks to come she can take 19:57 contest - one of four A1's on the card - courtesy of Cheeky Bob.
A winner at the level last week the key to his chance is consistency at the break and he is fancied to lead Shoot The Bolt - no slouch himself- in the battle for early supremacy. Twice an Open race winner at Crayford over 540m earlier in the year Green's charge is clearly best when able to dominate and while winning even that battle won't guarantee success with strong running Chipping Away a potential threat late on his progressive form makes him the play.
Pearl can shine again
Westmeath Pearl, three times an Open race winner at Romford last autumn dropped a big hint that she's back to form with a shock D1 win last week after a combination of seasonal break and lockdown had kept her off the track for over six months. Take Jason Heath's bitch to follow up in the feature sprint (19:27).
Get Busy in the opener
Five A2 last time out winners contest the opening A1 (16:57) but it is Busy Dizzy that makes most appeal. A 9/1 smasher for this column when clocking a personal best last weekend, she can follow up if as expected able to poach an early edge at the expense of fellow front-runner Proven Loyalty whose make-up is not so welcoming.
Ballynabee Lucky, an Open winner at Harlow before the break can continue his progression in the A2 (18:27) where Plain White Tea may not get the early lead she desires.
Da Honey Man won only once in fifteen races in Ireland but should be suited by the make-up in another A2 (18:57).
Forest Alan will be popular in the closing A1 (21:27) and appears the most likely winner if getting his share of good fortune but can be resisted with his Seamus Cahill trained kennelmate Dinner Richnalan a potential threat out wide.
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Busy Dizzy to win 16:57 1*
Ballynabee Lucky to win 18:27 1*
Da Honey Man to win 18:57 0.5*
Westmeath Pearl to win 19:27 1*
Cheeky Bob to win 19:57 2*