Romford's Golden Sprint kicks off a high-class weekend of Open Race greyhound action and you can catch every moment live on RPGTV (Sky 431) from 6pm. Check out Darrell Williams' best bets...
"Although as far as numbers go there is an approximate even division between railers, middle seeds and wide runners, in terms of a class edge the eye is immediately drawn to Bubbly Joe amongst the 14 declared railers."
While ante post market leaders King Elvis and Roxholme Hat are more than capable of posting excellent efforts fresh, absences dating back to early December for both suggest it might be worth digging a little deeper for a long-range interest.
Although as far as numbers go there is an approximately even division between railers, middle seeds and wide runners, in terms of a class edge in any category the eye is immediately drawn to Bubbly Joe amongst the 14 declared railers.
Paul Young's Champagne Club Syndicate owned runner has proved something of a cash machine for his supporters over the Romford four bend trip registering 12 wins from his 16 outings. Rested since a rare defeat precisely a month ago his draw in the final heat (20:21) affords him every chance of immediately bouncing back to winning ways given his exceptionally consistent split times but it is as an ante post play with the Sportsbook that he makes particular appeal with every chance of him being able to secure a trap one or two draw in the subsequent rounds.
Always hope with Chopchop
Any talk of prolific winners around Romford quickly leads to Chopchop Hope, a desperately unlucky loser when taken out of her race at a vital stage a fortnight ago but best judged on the 18 wins she has achieved at the London Road circuit since the start of last year. Arguably likely to excel more over the standard trip than as a sprinter this season, she nevertheless looks set to make every post a winning one in heat four (19:49) and is not for opposing.
Geordie hotshot Milburn looks best
Newcastle based Steven Anderson sends a brace of potential livewires south, but it is Laurels fourth Bramble Milburn that makes the most appeal. Unraced since that final in December he boasts a good record first time off a break and after back to back useful trial efforts can account for classy 575m regular Quantum Leap is nevertheless is a fascinating runner dropping back in trip in the first heat (19:03).
Have faith in Fighter
The aforementioned Roxholme Hat to all extent is a pure sprinter but an intriguing entry who holds an excellent record first time at a track and has unsurprisingly had the layers hoisting the 'cautious' sign. However, I'll take my chance against him in heat two (19:17) with Prize Fighter, a winner of 10 of his last 15 here who looks back to his best judged on last week's excellent performance.
Early on in his career King Elvis ran up to Roxholme Nidge in the 2017 Puppy Cup over this CD and having dipped under the magical 24 sec mark in a spin around the other day Liz McNair's charge can make it four from six over this trip in a very winnable third heat (19:33)
The remaining fourth heat (20:06) is by far the toughest and Puppy Cup winner Grays Cup Winner can be no more than a token choice.
Back Bramble Milburn 19:03
Back Prize Fighter 19:17
Back King Elvis 19:33
Chopchop Hope 19:49
Bubbly Joe 20:21
Back Bubbly Joe win @ 8/1 for the Golden Sprint