The Irish Derby champion will be crowned at Shelbourne Park in a fortnight. Darrell Williams spotlights the best bets in tonight's quarter-finals and a couple of wagers for a longer-term interest.
"Jaytee Taylor can continue to belie his tender years and limited experience and is confidently expected to add further members to his bulging fan club by winning the first quarter-final"
Jaytee Taylor and Lenson Blinder continue to edge the market with the former one of three remaining unbeaten contenders while both greyhounds clocked identical joint fastest times last week.
Age no barrier to Taylor
But it is Paul Hennessy's Jaytee Taylor who makes more appeal with the September puppy continuing to belie his tender years and limited experience. While by means the fastest to the bend he has nevertheless clocked the times and is confidently expected to add further members to his bulging fan club by winning the first quarter-final (20:42). Speedy Whoops Jack ran well in defeat after a slower than usual start last week but with winner of that contest the equally pacey Cabra Hurricane once again amongst his rivals it should set it up perfectly for the selection who rates the night's best bet. And with the potential for even better to come add in an ante post wager for good measure.
Hero the value against Blinder
Lenson Blinder returned to winning ways with a battling display in the previous round and will be a popular choice in the third quarter-final (21:12) but despite his consistency at the boxes he will need to be on his guard from a tricky trap five berth and on value grounds Clonbrien Hero makes more appeal. His professional approach has served him well so far and from what could prove a perfect make-up he is taken to get one over his more fancied Graham Holland trained kennel companion. Improving Newhall Missile remains under-rated and could surprise despite his draw further from the fence especially if Doggy Mcdogface were to again miss the up.
Blaze could be a blast ante post
It was another Holland charge Clona Blaze that took the kennel bragging rights against Clonbrien Hero last week and with every chance of him leading up he is taken to claim the fourth quarter-final (21:27). Still to taste defeat in the competition he dug deep in that third-round clash and yet appears not to have caught the imagination of the odds compilers despite being one of just four wide runners left in the Derby and an ante post interest is also suggested. Crossfield Will is starting to get to grips with his trapping and will admittedly prove a tough nut to crack if getting to the corner in front while Beara Gig remains one to keep a close eye on.
Which Holland hotpot is hottest?
Graham Holland's impressive Derby should also see him land the second quarter-final (20:57) although choosing between Totos Park, the other unbeaten greyhound left in the competition, and Slippy Cian is not easy despite the first named having handed out a beating to his kennelmate last week. However, the switch to a wider box will surely count in Slippy Cian's favour all which only adds to the difficulty in splitting the two rivals even if Totos Park's superior early speed is likely to initially see him in front. No bet is therefore the reluctant suggestion.