Calling the winner of the Sussex Cup at this stage is far from easy, even after last week's heats, but course specialist Droopys Jarrow is expected to take his record to nine wins from ten over the 515m trip when he lines up in the first semi-final (20:18). One of a trio of winners for local trainer Seamus Cahill last week, his draw outside rails favouring Sidaz Eagle should quickly put him in a strong position especially if trapping in the 'low four teens' which looks highly likely. Strong running Bubbly Gold is an obvious threat, although there's no guarantee of him getting loose sandwiched between a pair of snappy starters and it may be that the selection's kennelmate, the late running Islas Scolari, who can snatch the other qualifying spot.
Weighing up the contenders in the second semi-final (20:34) is less easy. If Forest Gavin traps and he usually does, it could be all over, but with the likelihood of him edging right he may not clear Sidaz Pedro if he traps as he did last time. I had every intention of tipping Dean Childs runner in trap two, who could even benefit from slightly missing it, but with the possibility of the two inside runners colliding and given the likely odds I'm opting instead for Childs' other runner, Droopys London, who should enjoy a clearer passage.
The absence of Chicago in the third semi-final (20:50) obviously enhances the chance of his kennel companion Guinness Spark , but he'll still have to deal with Jaytee Lightning at traps rise. I prefer Exocet, who gave a reminder of what he is capable of around here with a huge run in defeat last week and is worth another chance.
Zenas Boy can take a step towards successfully defending his Sprint Trophy crown and in doing so reverse recent form with Skate On (21:40). That was a first defeat in six tries from trap six over the 285m for Gemma Davidson's runner, whose make-up tonight is far better in that his rival is less effective from trap five.
Cluxtons Free is another who can benefit from a draw which sees him line up as the lone wide seed in heat two (21:06). Chris Allsopp's runner has used his four bend form effectively to wear down the opposition on more than a few occasions in sprints this year and can do so again.
Evanta Evita has been mopping up the Ladies events for fun recently and will be popular again (22:11) but this is harder especially with pacey Rewind Express on her inside and it might be worth chancing Mark Wallis' other runner Aayamzamodel drawn on their outside to spring a surprise.
Splitting Silverview Rosay and Tyrur Gabrielle is one of the hardest tasks of the night, but with a draw outside four railers and double the odds of her rival, Jason Heath's runner earns a narrow vote (21:56)
Droopys Beckett looks a good bet to gain a first victory in his Puppy Trophy heat (20:02). Wayne Wrighting's youngster sees out the 515m trip well and has fared well in the draw with neighbour Boom Boom Danni likely to cut inside.
Billys Bullet found trouble from trap one last week but looks a useful prospect and can hold his pitch inside slow starter Droopys Cottage to claim his heat (19:46) while Millwards Teddy (19:31) naturally picks himself!
Zenas Boy 21:40
Droopys Beckett 20:02
Droopys Jarrow 20:18
Cluxtons Free 21:06