The All England Cup heats are live on Racing Post Greyhound TV tonight (Sky 431) and Darrell Williams is across the best bets which also includes action from Hove...
"Jimmy Fenwick will want nothing more than to win this competition at his local track and the youngster who is unbeaten in two tries here should have few issues in getting off to the perfect start."
Puppy Classic winner Ice On Fire could hardly have laid down a better marker ahead of his first-round heat (20:29) with a blisteringly fast trial off an exceptionally rapid sectional over the CD last week. Jimmy Fenwick will want nothing more than to win this competition at his local track and the youngster who is unbeaten in two tries here should have few issues in getting off to the perfect start.
Verve one to swerve
The opening heat (19:26) is an intriguing clash but with defending champion Droopys Verve opposable at the odds with both pacey Plaza Lep and Roxholme Glory drawn on his inside. Angela Harrison's prolific winner has found getting his head in front much tougher of late - he endured little joy during the Derby - and while his record at Newcastle is a solid one a sequence of seven defeats in his last eight outings coupled with tonight's tricky make-up makes him one to take on.
Payyaway Kane has failed to score in nine efforts from trap one and has won only once in five tries at his home track but is still fancied to claim a winnable third heat (19:57) for local handler Debbie Calvert where he can confirm recent Doncaster form with Droopys Pilot.
Jason a name to keep on side
Forest Jason has been a dog to keep on side since Derby time and while heat two (19:42) is overloaded with speedy types on the inside he is worth a small interest on his first start since mid-August to add to his winning tally.
Velvet Juliet has lost her last three, albeit two of them by the minimum margin but has a good opportunity to return to winning form in heat four (20:13) while I'd want to be against Droopys Nadal in a trappy final heat (20:44) where he may struggle to clear a cluster of speedy runners on his immediate inside.
No apologies for short Hove double
Puppy Cup finalist Make No Apologie can back up his win at Hove last week back on the south coast (19:33 Hove) where Britannia Will (21:26) is also fancied to oblige from a good inside make-up. A double may be the best play as both will be short.