It's semi-final night in the Essex Vase at Romford with all the action live on RPGTV plus the full supporting card. Darrell Williams pinpoints the bets you should be having...
"One blip aside when missing the up a fortnight ago Droopys Gold has otherwise posted three excellent winning performances over the 575m trip and he looks set to enjoy a dominating run through the centre en route to expected victory."
Seamus Cahill has a strong hand in the Vase with his brace of runners, Sporting Dave and Droopys Gold, heading the market with Sportsbook after both gained emphatic victories in last week's heats.
Gold medal to Droopys?
While the fact the pair have been drawn together in the third semi-final (20:53) has done the trainer few favours they have at least avoided the other main protagonists in the outright market. Sporting Dave did little if anything wrong on his introduction to an extended trip but while he should soon get to grips with pacey Bubbly Tempest on his inside it is kennelmate Droopys Gold that makes more appeal. One blip aside when missing the up a fortnight ago he has otherwise posted three excellent winning performances over the 575m trip and with speedy Barricane Carina looking for the outside he looks set to enjoy a dominating run through the centre en route to expected victory. A small investment in the ante post market is also suggested.
Max the one to back
Leger third Ridgedale Max left supporters' cash in the bookies satchels when missing his break last week but nevertheless did a huge amount running in defeat and is worth sticking with in what is clearly the most winnable of the three semi-finals (20:21). Devoid of heat winners it is also somewhat lacking in early speed which should allow Pro Magic the probability of an easy lead although it is hard to see him being able to resist the selection's strength come the latter stages but remains of interest in the forecast market.
Brigadier in charge again
To the independent observer the second semi-final (20:38) could hardly be more enticing with four heat winners set to be battle but working the how the race will be run appears a tricky proposition. However fastest heat Brigadier Bullet is improving quickly and must rate the most likely winner. He will need to be on his mettle early on with Shotgun Bullet particularly - ideally boxed in four - and pacey Prime Time both capable of getting first jump on Mark Wallis' charge but it was into the second bend where the selection particularly caught the eye in last week's heats and where he may again be able to take control. Maysthistlecrack was unable to reel in Prime Time last week and is best watched but Minnies Highway is worth including in forecasts with his late running style likely to be seen to advantage in this line-up.
Top prize for Fighter
Prize Fighter can make it six wins on the spin in heat one of a 400m competition (19:33) with main rival Courts Ad Peter likely to face an early speed battle on the inside and Kev Hutton's runner rating the night's best bet. Improving Exit To Nowhere will also prove hard to beat in the third heat (20:06).
Prize Fighter 19:33
Exit to Nowhere 20:06
Ridgedale Max 20:21
Brigadier Bullet 20:38
1 x 5 RFC 20:38
Droopys Gold 20:53
Drooopys Gold ante post Sportsbook