Romford's Coronation Cup continues tonight with the semi-final stage live on RPGTV (Sky 431) part of a bumper 16 race card. Darrell Williams is across the best bets...
"Mark Wallis’ inmate ran well in defeat in his heat last week, noticeably maintaining a clear path towards the outside and those tactics can afford him the opportunity to spring a surprise in a heat where his chances have been under-estimated by the market"
Sparta Master denied an opportunity for Essex Vase glory when a late arrival last month made it seven wins from nine with another sub 35 sec performance - the fastest of the heats - last week but while he will be a hot favourite in the last semi-final (20:53) tonight Aayamza Express offers a viable alternative.
Sharon Thompson's prolific winner won well from trap five over the 575m trip three weeks ago but is arguably at his best from trap three and especially trap four over the CD and while the Mark Wallis trained bitch will be looking for the inside she has produced her best performances at the London Road circuit when clad in the black. Unable to get past a resolute Droopys Aoife last week she is better judged on a runaway victory over the same track and trip the previous week.
On fire Aoife looks hot again
Droopys Aoife, the Essex Vase victor, has continued her domination over this somewhat specialist distance taking her sequence to five with another dominant display last week and having drawn a relatively weak second semi-final (20:38) is strongly fancied to oblige again, in all likelihood with an all the way victory. Consistent Sheldan is arguably at her best when drawn closer to the rails over this trip but looks best of the rest and can book her place in yet another big race final.
Rum set for big run
Roxholme Jim overcame a slow exit before landing short-odds in the first round but can ill-afford a similar start with Roman Empire drawn on his inside in the first semi-final (20:21). Ernie Gaskin's long-time absent charge however has failed to reproduce his impressive comeback run in two subsequent 'slow up' starts and eyes are drawn to well-drawn Antigua Rum on the outside. Mark Wallis' inmate ran well in defeat in his heat last week, noticeably maintaining a clear path towards the outside and those tactics can afford him the opportunity to spring a surprise in a heat where his chances have been under-estimated by the market. Earlier form at Monmore confirming he is a greyhound on the improve.
Bubbly Buster comfortably accounted for Argentina over the 400m trip last week but I fancy Kevin Hutton 's charge, far better from stripes over this CD, to reverse the form on his third run back from a short layoff in the heat of a standard competition (20:06).
Back Pink in the blue
Pink Osteria has bounced straight back to her best after a far lengthier absence and can confirm form over all but one of her rivals in a bitches contest (21:41). Best known for her exploits over six bends at the track last summer she has scope for further improvement.
Wall Garden is an exceptionally fast dog on his day but has had more misses than hits of late and with his best Romford sprint performances reserved for 'trap five days' is opposable in the opener (18:27) particularly with main rival Kenton Ten having produced such a big run at Central Park last weekend.
Wall Garden to lay 18:27 1*
Argentina to win 20:06 1*
Antigua Rum to win 20:21 1*
Droopys Aoife to win 20:38 2*
Aayamza Express to win 20:53 1*
Pink Osteria to win 21:41 1*