Call it Terrific Thursday if you like but Open race fans are spoilt for choice tonight with the Northern Puppy Derby heats, Sussex Cup semis and Summer Stayer Classic heats
"Defending champion and 630m specialist Buckos Lass might have been under-estimated. Corren Price’s charge shocked plenty when beating far more sexier names in last year’s final but her consistency over this CD will make her hard to keep out of the final"
The late switch from Sunderland to Newcastle and a dramatic move in the calendar might have resulted in what appears a below-par renewal of the Northern Puppy Derby which is top-heavy with local runners. But don't be fooled! Fresh from breaking the clock in Sunday morning's Puppy Plate final at Sunderland Droopys Trapper goes again and while he will be too short for many tonight (19:57) he looks nailed-on. Potentially in the same league as kennel and owner mates Buick, Expert and Verve, Angela Harrison's charge brings an unbeaten five from five record to the competition and while the presence of highly touted Roxholme Butt in the same heat is hardly ideal he should quickly secure a winning position which could make him very short for outright honours later tonight.
Red warning for Jet
Relatively experienced Newinn Jet will also be expected to enjoy a productive run in the competition but while his trial was tonight's trap one box was sharp enough his overall record in red in of some concern (zero from five) and with improving Magical Vera in the same heat (19:26) he can be taken on at short-odds.
Heron can swoop to victory
Heat four (19:42) looks lively but with Glengiblin Steve and Incognito drawn the wrong way round I like Droopys Heron, whose consistency both at the boxes coupled with a step up on performance in an A2 graded race last week makes the young Jan 17 whelp very interesting.
Buckos looks best
You can catch Monmore's Summer Stayers Classic on the live stream where I think defending champion and 630m specialist Buckos Lass might have been under-estimated. Corren Price's charge shocked plenty when beating more sexier names in last year's final but her consistency over this CD will make her hard to keep out of the final and an ante-post tickle is suggested. While I am also keen to support her tonight (Heat 3 19:12) - her buckle with Ridgedale Max the other week is well worth checking out - I'd also look to be long of Bombers Bullet in the same race. Mark Wallis' Grand Prix winner remains unexposed over a trip but worryingly has not had a look round and looks far too short.
Jump in with Juliet
The aforementioned Ridgedale Max boasts a three from three tally over the CD even if his record from trap one is not quite so enticing but I'm keener on Matt Dartnall's Ela Juliet in heat three (19:28) who stepped up markedly in a Trial Stakes last week and should take early charge. An ante-post saver is also suggested.
Bullet looks the Boy
Ower Boy Bullet is building up a useful record at Hove and after last week's fastest time in the Sussex Cup heats he should be on the mark again in the first semi-final (19:18) - again available via the Betfair stream. The presence of multiple course winner and pacey rival Clash on his inside is noted but June Harvey's charge remains one to keep on side and can land the odds.