A busy weekend of top-class racing comes to a close with the heats of the Kent Derby from Central Park. Catch it on RPGTV (Sky 431) or via the Betfair live stream.
"Highly touted as a Derby longshot before he had barely put a paw on the sand- Bockos Doomie is now ready to make an impact on the all-aged scene starting tonight where his speed and class should be enough to overcome a far from favourable trap four slot"
This competition is smoking hot, so much so that even getting into the 36 available places took some doing. There's no doubt however that Bockos Doomie was one of the first names on the list and Pat Janssens exciting youngster will take some holding in heat five (20:09).
Highly touted as a Derby longshot before he had barely put a paw on the sand- even if that ultimately proved too big of an ask -subsequent unbeaten swoops through puppy competitions at Hove and Henlow confirmed he was the real deal. Rested after an early exit from the Puppy Classic at Nottingham he is now ready to make an impact on the all-aged scene starting tonight where his speed and class should be enough to overcome a far from favourable trap four slot.
Roar into Ranger
Headford Ranger finished a game runner-up in that Puppy Classic and can confirm his status as another exciting youngster going forward by claiming a red-hot heat six (20:27). Unbeaten in two starts over the 480m Central Park trip his strong all-round pace can see him account for his Kevin Hutton kennelmate Magical Vera who may have issues handling fast improving Fitenwell coming across her at traps rise. Emma Richards has a useful sort on her hands, but the pair are unlikely to do each other any favours tonight.
You've got to love Romeo
Another Hutton charge Kentish Prince, two from three for the kennel, has a clear chance in heat one (18:44) but at the odds I prefer Antigua Romeo even if the Derby quarter-finalist comes here without a previous look. His make-up outside five railers however is enough to tip the scales in his favour.
I expected Mottos Moon to be a stronger favourite than the early markets suggest and Jamie Kingsley's runner, touched off in a dramatic Derby Purse finish at Yarmouth on Thursday, can out stay the opposition in heat three (19:18) and take his local record to three from four.
Lightfoot Oscar chased home Kentish Prince in a trial stakes last week, but I'm not convinced especially back in trap one (two from ten) even if he has fallen in the least competitive heat (19:53) and is one to take on. Improving Kilara Paddy could prove the beneficiary.
Antigua Romeo To Win 18:44 1*
Mottos Moon To Win 19:18 1*
Lightfoot Oscar To Lay 19:53 1*
Bockos Doomie To Win 20:09 2*
Headford Ranger To Win 20:27 2*