Romford's Puppy Cup is up for decision - one of 15 Open races all live on Racing Post Greyhound TV tonight. Check out Darrell Williams' opinion on the best bets...
"Angela Harrison’s charge clocked by far the fastest time in last week’s semi-finals and trap five has so far proved a perfect fit in terms of finding his position"
Make no bones about it the Puppy Cup (21:26) is a tricky puzzle to solve - as competitive as any run of the mill betting shop greyhound race taking place today but if as a youngster the need to keep improving is paramount then Droopys Carat surely fits the bill.
Carat clearly quickest
Angela Harrison's charge clocked by far the fastest time in last week's semi-finals having been brave at the first bend after displaying excellent pace to that stage. On paper a draw outside two equally pacey middle favouring rivals appears harsh but if anything, trap five has proved a perfect fit in terms of finding his position and with a record of 14 top two finishes from 16 starts few can argue with his stats.
Donal dangerous with a run
I expect Make No Apologie to cut towards lane three at traps rise which won't assist Badminton Donal - arguably a better breaker from trap four - which in a perfect scenario will allow the selection a clear run to the corner. Kevin Hutton's last named showed plenty of resolution to win his semi-final and were it not for a short-head defeat in the first round he would be defending a four from four Romford record. That defeat however just happened to be to Droopys Carat. Blue Tick George is respected especially given what appears his favoured trap one slot, but he may need to improve again.
Aaym all over Express
This column has been a strong supporter of Aayamza Express sometime before she lifted the Champion Stakes earlier this month and I've no intention of deserting her back over the same trip tonight (21:56). Her versatility in terms of trap and style ensures she is one to keep on side and although expectedly short in the market it will be disappointing if she doesn't oblige.
Portmageewiseguy has used his sprinting prowess to good effect since stepping up to 400m and looks the obvious play in the Standard final (20:53) and I expect him to bounce out and make every yard for Hove handler Jason Heath.
All Hail Her Majesty
Talking of sprinters, I'm still convinced Chopchop Hope remains an even better sprinter than four bend performer and back in her favoured five jacket tonight can bounce back to winning ways over the 225m trip (21:41). Lambeth Way is a useful sort in the making and afforded respect but 'The Queen' just six runs short of her century of races can win for an incredible 48th time.
Speculative players might consider Rack Itup Turbo at a price in the Stayers final (21:08). Phil Simmonds runner is improving fast over six bends and if leading up could surprise more fancied rivals.
I was also tempted by Savana Class (18:27) but with Chopchop Basil on his outside desperate for the rails he can be resisted.
Portmageewiseguy To Win 20:53 1*
Rack Itup Turbo To Win 21:08 To 1*
Droopys Carat To Win 21:26 1*
Chopchop hope To Win 21:41 1*
Aayamza Express To Win 21:56 2*