Crayford's Gold Collar headlines the live action on RPGTV tonight (Sky 431) and Darrell Williams is on the hunt for winners.
"Once it became apparent that this sharp six bend trip was within his compass – and having clocked the third fastest time for the year last week it clearly is – he was always going to figure as one of the most likely winners of the 2019 version of this historic competition"
Without doubt it's the clash between 380m track record holder Brinkleys Poet and Yarmouth Derby finalist Mary Goodnight in heat five (21:27) that grabs the most attention. Once it became apparent that this sharp six-bend trip was within the compass of Mark Wallis' first named - and having clocked the third fastest time for the year last week it clearly is - he was always going to figure as one of the most likely winners of the 2019 version of this historic competition.
Don't leave Mary out
While Poet had accounted for Mary Goodnight the previous week to take a two from two record over the course and distance into tonight's heats it was obvious that Sandra Clayton's Yarmouth raider was getting to grips with the contours of Crayford that night on what was her first look at the circuit gaining her own impressive victory when returning seven days later. She is clearly a worthy rival and one for the forecast, but I expect Brinkleys Poet to emerge on top and further enhance his outright claims.
Venus one for us
Leemount Venus, if none the worse for her involvement in a void heat of the Yorkshire Leger last week - her subsequent Yarmouth trial might have been better - is favourably drawn in heat six (22:02). A reproduction of her CD score in a bitches contest a fortnight ago is the key form line and while Rack Itup Turbo is an early pace concern and in-form Lenson John perhaps an even bigger threat I'd expect her to emerge on top if steering an outside path early on.
Master makes sense
The greyhound who intrigues me most is Sparta Master in heat three (20:34) a Summer Stayers Classic finalist at Monmore, a track at which he excels. He has enjoyed little luck of late at Central Park where he has failed to complete twice, but a good run back at Monmore last week suggests he is none the worse for those endeavours. A trial at Crayford, where he has no experience would have been an added plus, but his overall form is strong, and I believe he's worth chancing. Improving Cleverman makes most appeal of the rest although she will need to clear speed on her inside.
Crossfield Vince enjoyed a lucrative spell during late summer over CD and while that form tailed off slightly thereafter the fact, he comes here fresh could prove the ideal preparation. Julie Luckhurst's charge has certainly drawn one of the lesser heats (20:17) and I'd fancy him to come through with flying colours.
Saleen Ash has some useful Crayford form in the book going back but I'm not sure he's as effective here these days as he is at Romford and I'd take in form Kilara Mall to have his measure in heat four (21:09).
The opening heat (19:43) appears to primarily concern the inside pair but even so with Savana Dare proving more than a little hit or miss of late a lay of Jason Bloomfield's runner may prove a more astute play than backing Yarmouth Derby semi-finalist Perrys Choice.
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Savana Dare To Lay 19:43 1*
Crossfield Vince To win 20:17 1*
Sparta Master To Win 20:34 1*
Brinkleys Poet To Win 21:27 2*
2 x 6 SFC 21:27 1*
Leemount Venus To Win 22:02 2*