As Glorious Goodwood continues, further east across the county it's Sussex Cup final night at Hove. Darrell Williams pinpoints the best approach to the gala card with all the action streamed live on Betfair...
"An impressive semi-final victory was recorded in the fastest time for the CD this year – Droopys Gold's fourth such win in his last five outings - which gives him at least three lengths over the rest of the field and with his consistency in the early speed department he is expected to lead up which should see him take all the beating"
In its long history no greyhound has ever successfully defended the Sussex Cup crown (20:38) but Sporting Dave, one of three Seamus Cahill trained finalists - in what is also believed to be a first all local final - will bid to put that record straight tonight.
Not that it will be easy for the 2018 hero from a wider than ideal trap four draw even allowing for the prolific scorer's excellent local record which has seen him successful in three of his past seven outings over tonight's 515m trip but with serious pace on his inside to deal with he is reluctantly passed over.
Golden strike rate
While Dave's strike rate is useful it is comfortably eclipsed by kennelmate Droopys Gold who boasts a record of 34 wins from 63 outings and just a month short of his fourth birthday is arguably in the best form of his life.
An impressive semi-final victory was recorded in the fastest time for the CD this year - his fourth such win in his last five outings - which gives him at least three lengths over the rest of the field.
While a trap one draw does raise some concerns, he bucked the on-going trend by handling it admirably at Nottingham on Derby final night and with his consistency in the early speed department he is expected to lead up which should see him take all the beating.
Slaheny could surprise
However, for those looking for a more tantalisingly priced option Slaheny Star has been hugely under-valued in the market. Derek Knight's charge narrowly turned over Droopys Gold in the first round and while that form was firmly reversed in the semi-final, he still clocked by someway the second fastest time of the round, arguably one of his career best runs. With a first two strike rate of over 60% he therefore must be included both as a saver and in a forecast with the favourite.
Don't desert Dan
Desperado Dan, best known for his Coronation Cup success at the start of the year, has quietly been compiling an excellent run with victories in seven of his last eight starts, including an unbroken record of four wins at Hove. And on the back of the fastest time in the heats of a 490m competition he is hard to resist in the final (19:49) given the likelihood that Pat Janssens charge can make all. That argument further strengthened by the fact that main market rival Owen Boy Bullet, despite a return to his favoured trap six box, remains someway below his best form.
Few run the 695m trip at Hove better than Janssens' Goldies Hotspur and she is the clear pick in a one-off contest (20:21) where inconsistent kennelmate Affleck Lady can be taken on at a track that has rarely proved her best.
Pat's Phantom looks fab
On what could prove a good night for the Trainers Championship leader Janssens can also strike with Seaglass Phantom in a one-off 515m contest (21:08). The Juvenile winner, while disappointing in the Sussex Cup semi-finals, has proved best when able to dominate which he is expected to be able to do here.