Long time rivals and kennelmates Turbo and Elvis square up in the Gold Cup final at Monmore but which, if either, will claim the illustrious prize. Darrell Williams takes up the tipping gauntlet...
"However as regards the most likely winner look no further than his semi-final conqueror King Elvis who not only defends the competition's only unbeaten record but brings an unblemished four from four CD record to the table."
With sole railers status and a draw inside five middle seeds, King Turbo, already the winner of the Towcester Gold Cup, certainly has the make-up but will it be enough to steer the big prize his way?
The fact he was turned over at odds-on when narrowly failing to reel in Brinkleys Poet, who himself now faces the challenge of being drawn in trap six, offers some cause for concern while trap one certainly didn't afford him too many advantages when he never factored in the Classic final at Sunderland.
If he breaks as he did in the first round he will clearly prove the one to beat but if not there are more consistent starters chomping at the bit for early supremacy.
Bonito Amigo offers the greatest scope having had just seven previous outings and having shown trap draw versatility in terms of early pace Michael Hurst's charge must be included. However as regards the most likely winner look no further than his semi-final conqueror King Elvis who not only defends the competition's only unbeaten record but brings an unblemished four from four CD record to the table.
Given his excellent six from nine OR record when drawn in trap five coupled with fast starts in both rounds so far and a draw inside in all probability his main early paced rival the advise is to stick with the reigning Greyhound of the Year who appears close to peak form.
Moreton Madras could be hot
Short six bend course specialist Moreton Madras wouldn't be the first choice of too many over the longer 684m trip at Monmore (20:11) especially with unexposed Calico Ranger in the line-up but John Spracklen's charge is worth chancing.
Having gone close over a similar trip at Towcester recently he can reverse earlier Swindon form with re-opposing Jovial Monk and makes win and place appeal at a decent price.
Tonight at Hove
Improving youngster Clarekeith Zane can make it three from three in OR's over Hove's 515m trip (18:27). Claude Gardiner's October pup is probably going to have to do things the hard way again but is learning quickly and can reel in more pacey rivals.
Punkrock Rambo accounted for prolific Hove OR winner Dusko Popov over the 475m trip last month and can repeat the feat (18:44). His early speed coupled with a determined late kick has served Ken Tester's charge well particularly over this somewhat specialist trip where he holds a seven from seventeen record boasted to two from four when drawn in trap one.