Romford stage the first significant final of 2019 with the Coronation Cup up for decision and it's live on RPGTV tonight. Check out Darrell Williams' views and best bets for the TV action...
"While fastest semi final winner Bullet has obvious claims as the only seeded runner his odds more than reflect that and better value may lie with kennelmate Chubbys Caviar"
Mark Wallis holds strong claims of capturing the first major prize of the new year with not only strong favourite Brigadier Bullet in his corner but an intriguing second runner to boot. While fastest semi final winner Bullet has obvious claims as the only seeded runner his odds more than reflect that and better value may lie with the bitch Chubbys Caviar
Those who follow this column will have already backed her each-way with Sportsbook before last week's semi-final victory but there could still be better to come. An Oaks finalist she has clearly taken the step up to six bends in her stride with a fast Henlow victory followed by victories in both qualifying rounds here. While looking for a middle path early on is likely to allow her kennel companion a clear run on the outside the selection's own early speed could also prove a vital weapon.
Desperado Dan boasts a four from five record over the CD but had to work hard to win a four runner semi final and is unlikely to be done any favours by rails seeking front runner Pink Osteria on his immediate outside. With Emers Mist having failed to break so effectively here that should allow the selection to poach a strong early position through the middle and a reproduction of her first round victory (over Desperado Dan) could certainly make things interesting.
Boley makes best bet appeal
Best bet on the supporting card could be Miss Boley (20:06) who has clearly taken the step up to 575m in her stride and can utilise her excellent early speed with a slow starter on her immediate inside and she is strongly fancied to take her CD tally to three wins from four starts.
Ella of a draw for Dunquin
Dunquin Ella, comfortably the fastest heat winner faces an unfamiliar trap one draw in a race of seeded rivals in the Maiden Stayers final (20:21) but should have enough early dash to quickly gain the initiative for June Harvey.
Harmony looks hot
Progressive Present Harmony looks the best option in the heats of a maiden event (19:03) with David Mullins charge expected to continue his progressive profile in A1 stepping into Open company for the first time.
And if all else fails there's always ultra consistent course specialist Bubbly Joe who has the Standard contest at 21:08 at his mercy. Short odds will be the order of the day but with his trapping getting slicker by the race it's hard not to see him dominating from traps rise.
Present Harmony 19:03
Miss Boley 20:06
Dunquin Ella 20:21
Chubbys Caviar 20:53
Bubbly Joe 21:08