Thursday night and the Open race greyhounds are once again out in force with the Northern Puppy Derby and the Monmore's Summer Stayers Classic both concluding. Check out the best bets from tipping guru Darrell Williams.
"Geelo Blissful will take a stack of beating in the Angel Of The North Oaks final (20:29). Believed to be the fastest time ever recorded by a bitch over the 480m trip she proved imperious in qualifying and anything above [1.8] should be taken"
Trying to take on Droopys Trapper, purely on value grounds, proved wide of the mark in the Northern Puppy Derby semi-finals and why the same argument could be put forward in tonight's final (20:59), Angela Harrison's Sunderland Puppy Plate winner should again show why he has remained unbeaten after seven career starts.
Despite an abundance of early pace on his inside his own improving sectionals can see him in a dispute for the early advantage but it is his back straight pace that should ensure he seals the deal. Those searching for a bigger return are encouraged to include littermate Droopys Trawler in the forecast with Andrew Wood's Scottish raider decidedly over-priced particularly given his strong running style.
Can Ela Juliet make it four for four?
Monmore's Summer Stayers Classic (20:42) is also up for decision, with the action streamed live at www.betfair.com This column has routed successfully for Ela Juliet in both rounds so far and with her early zip coupled with the perfect trap one box given the proximity of the traps to the bend she has a strong case to be argued for in a bid to make it four from four over this 630m trip. However, on this occasion I just favour fellow unbeaten finalist Bombers Bullet who has given every indication of more to come in both qualifying rounds and may prove too strong when push comes to shove.
Monmore also stages heats of the Gold Cup where Liz McNair's King Turbo and King Elvis will take plenty of beating in their respective first round encounters. Both will be heavily odds-on, so the double makes most sense although of the pair King Elvis in heat four (19:54) would be marginally the stronger pick. Last year's Trafalgar Cup winner and recent Classic third hinted he was relishing a return to the Wolverhampton based circuit when clocking a decent trial time last week and it's hard not to see him going into next week's semi-finals with his unbeaten local record still intact.
King Turbo, who also made the final six at Sunderland, lacks the benefit of a previous run at the circuit, but confirmed his own well-being with a decent first look at the track at the same session and should also prove too strong for the opposition (19:54) even if prolific winning Black Zack is afforded maximum respect.
Back at Newcastle if getting anywhere near last week's romp Geelo Blissful will take a stack of beating in the Angel Of The North Oaks final (20:29). Believed to be the fastest time ever recorded by a bitch over the 480m trip she proved imperious in qualifying and while classy Donation can never be under-estimated it would still be a surprise if Carl Perry's youngster doesn't do the business and anything above [1.8] should be taken.
Who can step up to the mark?
The supporting Standard final (19:57) has a more competitive feel to it but can fall to the progressive Jaguar Jack who stepped up again when clocking the fastest time in last week's heats. Azzuri Genesis would be an obvious threat if trapping in the same manner as he did seven nights ago but Graham Rankin's lightly raced charge, a Classic semi-finalist, has scope for further improvement and is not completely dependent on exiting the boxes in front.
King Turbo 19:23 Mon/King Elvis 19:54 Mon double
Jaguar Jack 19:57 New
Geelo Blissful 20:29 New
Bombers Bullet 20:42 Mon
Droopys Trapper 20:59 New
6 x 1 SFC 20:59 New