Romford's Champion Stakes lifts into action tonight with six heats live on Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky 431) and Darrell Williams is back with his guide to the best betting options...
"Despite a marginally missed break last week Aayamza Express did a huge amount of racing to get up and collar both Coronation Cup winner Desperado Dan and Sporting Dave on the line – clearly top form – and confirmation that not only is she a useful prospect but one with a versatility in her running style having won from the front the previous week"
Renowned for it's track specialists, early indications following last week's 'flip' - so that races now start and finish on the opposite side to those previously engaged - are that will remain the case at the 'new' Romford. Certainly, in analysing the Champion Stakes it's a case of old favourites reunite with a plethora of regular CD winners amongst the 36 strong field.
No leap of faith required with Quantum
No greyhound has proved more consistent over the trip this year than Pam Dolby's Quantum Leap whose fantastic track-record breaking victory a fortnight ago ensured he has five of the top ten best times for the 575m this year. While not totally bomb proof - he has been beaten twice at odds-on in his last four starts from trap six here - he is clearly at the top of his game having won his last three and can continue the sequence in heat five (20:21). Sussex Cup runner-up Sporting Dave (four from ten over CD) got rubbed out late on in last week's Trial Stakes (more on that later) but could come under pressure early on with rails seeking Seaglass Celine drawn on his immediate outside.
Express route to victory
Kevin Boon won this event with Murrys Act two years ago and in Sheldan he has a greyhound thriving on her racing after last week's excellent Summer Stayers Classic victory at Monmore. Surprisingly she has won only once in seven tries over this trip, albeit a wide-margin win on her last visit in April. Drawn in clearly the toughest heat (19:49) I expect her to qualify and will include her in forecast wagers, but I fancy Mark Wallis' fast improving Aayamza Express ahead of her. Despite a marginally missed break in that aforementioned Trial Stakes last week she did a huge amount of racing to get up and collar both Coronation Cup winner Desperado Dan and Sporting Dave on the line - clearly top form - and confirmation that not only is she a useful prospect but one with a versatility in her running style having won from the front the previous week.
Chuck in Chubbys
Her trainer won this Bombers Bullet last year and Wallis has a strong team primed in defence of the crown and it is another of his course specialists Chubbys Caviar that can claim heat two (19:33). Runner-up in the Coronation Cup, she has won seven of her eleven 575m races and with a good make-up - railer Front Edge is drawn on her inside - she can further enhance that record. I will however also include Newinn Cracker in wagers with Ernie Gaskin's charge having improved for the step up to six bends with victories in her last two starts over the CD.
Leemount Venus, another from the Boon range, has also found her form since switching to the longer trip and can use her consistent early speed to claim the opening heat (19:17) after an excellent prep when narrowly touched off over this trip last week.
Deanridge Kane's early speed could prove a major asset in heat six (20:38) and is worth a small interest. Cover the stake with a lay of fellow six bend newcomer Arthur Noodle.
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Leemount Venus To Win 19:17 1*
Chubbys Caviar To Win 19:33 2*
Newinn Cracker Each-way 19:33 ½*
Aayamza Express To Win 19:49 2*
2 x 3 RFC ½* 19:49
Quantum Leap To Win 20:21 2*
Deanridge Kane To Win 20:38 1*
Arthur Noodle Lay 20:38 1*