Greyhound Tips: Best bets for the Hove Regency
The stayers take centre stage as the Regency gets under way at Hove. Catch the action streamed live at betfair.com and check out Darrell Williams' views on the first-round heats...
"To get him back is a huge credit to trainer June Harvey but after a series of trials that suggest he could be close to the form that saw him sweep through last year’s event undefeated at a track he clearly thrives on he is worth an interest in tonight’s opening heat (18:44)"
As Tiger Roll proved at the weekend the participation of a defending champion always adds extra sparkle to an event and after an injury enforced absence stretching back nine months Clares Kyletaun returns to defend the title he won so impressively last spring.
To get him back is a huge credit to trainer June Harvey but after a series of trials that suggest he could be close to the form that saw him sweep through last year's event undefeated at a track he clearly thrives on he is worth an interest in tonight's opening heat (18:44).
Magical clash of the stars
The clash between Golden Jacket and Queen Mother heroine Stardom and Leger runner-up Magical Icarus in heat three (19:17) is the draw of the round but splitting the pair is no easy task. David Jeans' charge clocked the fastest time for the year for this 695m trip back in February and was desperately unlucky not to extend his winning sequence to six at Monmore last time. But with Stardom in a trap one draw which offers her an excellent chance of at least sitting handy she is marginally preferred.
Team Keightley to shine
Hayley Keightley sends a strong team down and despite having not raced since the Night of Stars last November Roxholme Poppy is fancied to bounce straight back in heat five (19:49). The Yorkshire Leger winner has progressed through her recent trials and can account for unexposed Shotgun Happy who is clearly a useful sort in the making.
And there could be more to celebrate for the Keightley's in a hot final heat (20:06) where Roxholme Butt may finally get the chance to show what he is capable of over six bends after a brace of trouble-strewn efforts. Back in trap one after a pleasing four bend spin last week he faces no easy task against Antigua Fire, impressive on the Trainers Championship card, but without a look here, and high-class kennelmate Brigadier Bullet.
Bolt looks best
Recent Central Park track-record breaking Affleck Bolt will be hard to dislodge in heat four (19:33) and the Ballyregan Bob winner over the same CD last winter should form the anchor leg of any accumulative wagers while local hope Arthurs Impact, despite a quiet spell of late, has enough useful form over this trip to make his mark in a less competitive than most second heat (19:03).
Clares Kyletaun 18:44
Affleck Bolt 19:33
Roxholme Poppy 19:49
Roxholme Butt 20:06