Central Park's return to RPGTV on Sunday evenings is a welcome boost for Open race fans and with the Kent Derby semis plus the supporting Kent County Hurdle both live tonight there's plenty for Darrell Williams to get stuck into...
"Best bet of the night may come in the first semi-final of the Kent County Hurdle (20:27) where Sporting Ranger should find a smoother route to victory than when overcoming a stack of trouble before winning his first-round heat"
Trade Fudge's strong claims to being the best drawn greyhound in the Kent Derby semi-finals were further cranked up when Crossfield Giles was unfortunately withdrawn from the second semi (19:53) earlier in the week leaving the lone wide seed with an even more likeable make-up. Any greyhound that wins by the type of margin, nearly 16 lengths in this case, that Dan Brabon's charge did in the heats last Sunday is hardly going to go unnoticed but his pace up in that race coupled with his useful record over the 480m trip at the Kent track adds further credence to his case. Having not raced since the turn of the year, Droopys Gold made a more than encouraging return to the track in the first round and his presence should ensure the selection goes off at a backable price.
King to avenge defeats to Boy
Ower Boy Bullet took his career figures to eight wins from ten starts when clocking the fastest time in last Sunday's heats where for the second time in as many starts King Turbo was amongst his victims. That's some achievement from June Harvey's charge but with the loss of the striped jacket and a better draw for Liz MCNair's dual Category One winner I fancy the form will be turned around in the first semi-final (19:36) with the selection expected to turn handier especially if Karlow Scolar, now with the benefit of a recent run, can help hold up Bullet who, in any case, is unlikely to trap as well as he did last week.
Red Dave looks good sport
Sporting Dave didn't handle the inside draw when an early elimination in the East Anglian Derby but his record from red is more than satisfactory and makes him the percentage call in the third semi-final (20:09) against fellow first round heat winner Black Zack. Both boast excellent CD records; indeed, Richard Rees' charge has been beaten only once in four tries, but with inside rivals in pacey Serenity Spice, an all the way heat winner and Glory Snake, who encountered plenty of trouble spots having broken ahead of Zack last week, Seamus Cahill's Sussex Cup hero is fancied to take advantage.
Ranger looks best for a bet
Best bet of the night may come in the first semi-final of the Kent County Hurdle (20:27) where Sporting Ranger should find a smoother route to victory than when overcoming a stack of trouble before winning his first-round heat. While speedy Mediator will need clearing, Jason Heath's charge boasts an excellent 2916 run over the CD from early August, alongside a narrow defeat to Razldazl Raidio the same month, form lines which his rivals will find difficult to match and he should be backed accordingly.
Stick with Stephan
Dave Lee's Droopys Stephan made an encouraging first start to his Central Park CV with an all the way display in last week's heats, form which may be good enough to win the second semi-final (20:44). Coconut Raver, just denied on that occasion, has earlier form lines over Caislean Fifi, and could again prove the danger with Go On Taylor and Belfarian Super drawn the wrong way around