Another Thursday and another extravaganza of top class greyhound racing for open race fans headlined by the Sussex Cup showdown at Hove. Darrell Williams tracks the best bets...
"The Angel of the North heats also kick off where Carl Perry’s Geelo Blissful is the clearly the bitch to beat after an impressive display over CD a fortnight ago. And despite odds-on quotes tonight she is a must for all wagers"
While the semi-finals threw up several unexpected outcomes, the Sussex Cup final (20:53) - streamed live at betfair.com - appears to revolve around the re-match between Sporting Dave and Trade Fudge.
Split by just half a length last week you might expect Seamus Cahill's victor to be the logical choice to frank the form but while he has handled the trap one draw admirably with a brace of recent CD victories, it is far from his ideal berth even if recent trapping suggests he should lead up the inside runners.
Trade Fudge, however, is a far slicker trapper, and having trapped ahead last week might have got clear had he not found trouble when cutting in on the run-up. While that scenario could play out again, the make-up suggests it is far less likely and while course specialist Sporting Dave (six from 13) deserves maximum respect for his battling display last week, he is likely to find Dan Brabon's charge a far tougher nut to crack.
Trapper too tight in market
RPGTV features the Northern Puppy semis where Droopys Trapper had to battle hard to take his unbeaten record to six in last week's heats. Drawn in a tough semi (18:55) - Glengiblin Steve impressed last week and could skip clear again, while Newinn Jet is also a potent threat and with the layers ungenerous in their appraisal he is worthy of a small lay.
Get on Heron
I am keen however on Trapper's kennel companion Droopys Heron in the third semi-final (19:26) who looks set to dominate and can put his excellent local knowledge to good use. More speculatively Drumcrow Connie in the second semi (19:09) could ruffle a few feathers with her early toe despite the presence of Roxholme Butt, who was admittingly a big eye-catcher last week.
Geelo is betting bliss
The Angel of the North heats also kick off where Carl Perry's Geelo Blissful is the clearly the bitch to beat after an impressive display over CD a fortnight ago. And despite odds-on quotes tonight she is a must for all wagers with a make-up that should allow her to quickly gain control of the first heat (19:57) with pacey Ring For Joanie sure to be looking for the inside.
Keep with Juliet
Ela Juliet did us a favour in a tough week for this column last week and I'd be all over her again in the first semi of the Stayers Classic at Monmore (19:28), also accessible via the Betfair stream. Bull Run Button was faultless on her six-bend debut last week but Matt Dartnall's bitch has posted two useful victories over this CD in as many weeks and is improving quickly.