The Classic (450m - 4 bends) and Grand Prix (640m - 6 bends) starting tonight at Sunderland - all three rounds live on RPGTV - are among the most significant Category One events run during the summer. Darrell Williams gudies you through...
"Allowdale Bruno, one of only three wide runners in the competition, has yet to taste defeat in three runs over this 450m trip and clocked the second fastest time of 2018 last week. Back him tonight (19:52)"
No trainer has proved dominant with only Mark Wallis winning the race more than once but not since 2011
The long-term fancies
Top of the list is Droopys Expert, winner of the All England Cup last year and Laurels runner-up (both at Newcastle). He was also runner-up in the Puppy Plate here last summer - his only reverse in five CD runs - and boasts the fastest time here both this year and in 2017. Drawn in a relatively weak heat tonight (21:22) he has a favourable make-up (two from two over this trip from trap five)
Allowdale Bruno, one of only three wide runners in the competition, has yet to taste defeat in three runs over this 450m trip and clocked the second fastest time of 2018 last week. Back him tonight (19:52)
King and Queen to provide a Bubbly night
Heat One (19:22) is hot but with leading outright hopes Bockos Alfie and King Turbo drawn together take Queen Adele to beat them both. John Lambe's flying bitch broke the clock an incredible three times to totally dominate the Mini Derby at Henlow and could hardly be hotter.
Ever popular Bubbly Bluebird proved he still has what it takes during the Derby and can make every yard from trap four in heat two (19:37) while reigning Greyhound of the Year King Elvis heads to heat four (20:51) after no fewer than three practice spins over tonight's trip. Take the hint the McNair's mean business.
The Grand Prix
Wallis and Jimmy Wright are the only dual winners but neither have scored since 2013.
These days Wright is assistant to partner Angela Harrison and if this column proves spot on, the popular north-east based couple might just walk off with both big prizes in a fortnight's time. Droopys Live has proved a prolific winner in her time and having romped home in the fastest time for two years last week makes huge appeal in the six-bend event. Her early speed looks set to serve her well and she should be backed for tonight's heat (18:48)
Millhouse Tommy laid down a marker for outright glory with a fast-introductory run over the 640mm trip last week and yet has been given little credit for that performance. Ted Soppitt's charge is open to further improvement and is worthy of support (20:37)
Afflekk to Bolt home?
Affleck Bolt has been notching up the wins at his new home track Central Park but Pat Janssens' former Puppy Derby finalist suggested he can prove just as effective at Sunderland after a useful trial and looks ripe for a wager in heat five (20:22).