The youngsters hold court at Nottingham tonight as the Puppy Classic comes to town with all six heats live on RPGTV (Sky 431). Check out Darrell Williams' considered analysis.
"Bockos Doomie bids to complete a rapid six-timer but in Ice On Fire he faces a rival whose knowledge and experience of Nottingham could give him the edge in what is as good a juvenile clash as we’ve seen all year"
The random nature of the race draw means that two of the top three candidates for ultimate glory clash in a thrilling fifth heat (20:37) as Select Stakes third Ice On Fire draws swords with Henlow Puppy Derby hero Bockos Doomie.
Pat Janssens exciting last named also holds the Sussex Festival Puppy crown having earlier reached the third round of the Derby over the same course and distance as a raw youngster and bids to complete a rapid six-timer.
Although yet in win in three starts at Nottingham, his claims are clearly strong but in Ice On Fire he faces a rival whose knowledge and experience of Nottingham could give him the edge in what is as good a juvenile clash as we've seen all year.
The perceived middle draw advantage at Nottingham could prove a factor with Bockos Doomie having trap three but while the red box might not be conducive for a perfect break for Jimmy Fenwick's charge he dealt with it well enough in the Select and with useful Droopys Cannon, drawn between them, that could also count in the selection's favour.
Dolly for the lolly
Hayley Keightley's Roxholme Dolly made her own Classic intentions known with a runaway CD victory last week and having avoided her main rivals for outright glory should find heat six (20:51) there for the taking. But with short-odds inevitable boost up any potential winnings by adding logical second choice Antigua Rum to your ticket for the forecast.
Tune into Droopys
Droopys Tune, someway behind Dolly in that clash last week, continues to frustrate and annoyingly has another trap four draw to work from in heat three (20:08) when a berth nearer the inside is what he requires. Logic would suggest that Waikiki Lad, who finished ahead of both Angela Harrison's runner and Roxholme Dolly the previous week should confirm that form, but my instinct is to stick with the Newcastle raider who looks attractively priced
Calzaghe Sonic should have too many guns for his rivals in heat one (19:36) even if he is another that probably should have broken his duck by now with the hope being that the switch to an inside draw can put matters right.
Flaky Bandit, who comfortably accounted for Ted Soppitt's charge the other week, should find a relatively weak heat four (20:23) to suit and can strike for local handler Lynn Cook.