It's an early start for greyhound fans with the prestigious Golden Jacket final up for grabs on a red hot Crayford morning card. Check out Darrell Williams best bets on the card and watch live via the greyhound pages at betfair.com...
"While the selection has demonstrated less reliance on ‘get out and go’ tactics during this competition any potential blip in his main rival’s own ability to strike the front early on can only enhance his own chance of success"
A year after being denied victory by the slimmest of margins Antigua Fire can put the record straight in a thrilling renewal of the Golden Jacket final (12:36) live on betfair.com
Having led the field for almost the entire 714m journey on that occasion Mark Wallis' charge, a subsequent Kent Leger winner over the same CD last autumn, faces no easy task with fellow unbeaten finalist Roxholme Poppy, also seeded wide, on his immediate inside.
Poppy not so sharp from five?
However, while Hayley Keightley's Yarmouth Leger winner has shown superior early speed in both rounds, her trapping when drawn trap five has proved less effective in the recent past.
While the selection has demonstrated less reliance on 'get out and go' tactics during this competition any potential blip in his main rival's own ability to strike the front early on can only enhance his own chance of success.
Ante post pick Sandie no forlorn hope
After a blip in the first round Skilful Sandie reminded us of her own ability when emphatically dealing with Aayamza Express in her own semi- final and while she may be drawn slightly wider than would be ideal the presence of the same rails favouring rival on her immediate inside should provide her with a clear run. Put up as a 2* ante post selection in this column (Roxholme Puppy was also suggested) Pat Janssens charge is suggested as the main danger/forecast link in the final for those not already involved.
Noodle no hotpot in Bussey
The supporting Peter Bussey final (12:06) is highly competitive but despite probable favourite Droopys Noodle's excellent previous record over the 540m trip his recent inconsistency makes him opposable and a lay is recommended.
Burgess Honey should find the company less taxing than in recent exertions and looks solid over 874m (11:21) while Lady Order's consistency at the traps makes her a value play in the Ladies heat (11:36)
Bob looks the best bet
Cheeky Bob, strongly fancied in the Bussey heats in this column last week, can gain compensation in the concluding 540m Open (13:21) and rates the morning's top pick.
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Burgess Honey to win 1* 11:21
Lady Order to win 1* 11:36
Droopys Noodle to lay 1* 12:06
Antigua Fire to win 1* 12:36
6 x 4 1/2* SFC 12:36
Cheeky Bob to win 2* 13:21