The Essex Vase is up for decision at Romford tonight and it's live on RPGTV. Check out Darrell Williams' exclusive view on the big race and TV card.
"No marks for originality but it’s hard not to believe Brigadier Bullet will be crowned Essex Vase champion tonight."
No marks for originality but it's hard not to believe Brigadier Bullet will be crowned Essex Vase champion tonight (20:53). While Mark Wallis' charge was hardly vying for outright favouritism at the start of the event a fortnight ago two strong, but contrasting runs have elevated him to the head of affairs and from an excellent set-up out wide he will take plenty of beating.
Sporting Dave, like the selection, has been successful in both rounds and is clearly respected having taken the step up in trip in his stride but even if he is able to poach an early advantage final lap times suggest he still has a fair bit to find with the favourite who will face less pressure early on where as Prime Time is likely to prove an early pace threat for Seamus Cahill's representative which may ultimately scupper both their chances.
Fighter can win another prize
Prize Fighter has proved something of a punters' pal in recent weeks and there is no reason to believe backers won't be collecting again in the Standard final (20:38). Kevin Hutton's runner if anything is still on the up in his current form sequence and with improving Exit To Nowhere now facing a far trickier ask to gain early domination from trap four the course specialist is taken to make it six from seven in stripes over the 400m trip.
Penny into pounds?
Hutton can also be on the mark in the Bitches contest (21:08) where Pro Penny can overcome a first outing from trap six. While a four-week absence is slightly concerning the make-up actually looks favourable with main threat Ashakiran far less effective when drawn so far out and the selection's consistency can again prove the key.
Joe and Paul a top team
Paul Young also looks set fare for a lucrative evening with Bubbly Joe taken to erase a rare defeat over the 400m when missing the break in a one-off contest (21:26) and can make it eight from ten over the standard trip if as expected trapping in his usual solid manner.
Pink looks hot
The Wickford handler also has a couple of strong chances in the 575m Maiden competition with Pink Osteria given the nap vote to make a successful transition to six bends in heat one (19:33). Out of the same bitch as Bubbly Bluebird she has given every indication that a step up in trip is in order and is strongly fancied to make a winning debut over the six-bend trip. While by no means as strongly fancied, kennelmate Bubbly Bonita can make it a Young and Champagne Club double in heat two (19:49) on her British debut having recently won a 750-yard novice final at Shelbourne.
Back Pink Osteria in the 19:33
Back Bubbly Bonita in the 19:49
Back Prize Fighter in the 20:38
Back Brigadier Bulle in the 20:53
Back Pro Penny in the 21:08
Back Bubbly Joe in the 21:26