RPGTV Tips: Nine selections from Shawfield on Saturday night
Here we go, it's Derby time. The RPGTV Scottish Derby kicks off on the channel tonight with six heats of the first classic of the season at Shawfield. It has attracted a high class entry from Britain and Ireland. And, as ever, The Lord is across is all...
"Heat five could also wing its way back to Ireland courtesy of Leave At Dawn (20:58). He brings solid form from Shelbourne and, providing he overcomes lack of Shawfield form, might have too much class."
The Scottish Derby is supported by a raft of opens and the first is a puppy event where Newinn Champ (19:39) can shine. He has trialled well and looks the type who loves a gallop given Newcastle success, so Shawfield should suit, although clearing Along Came Finn is key.
Now onto the Derby heats and heat one can see one of the stars of the track in 2015 looking to strike gold. Eden The Kid (19:54) is the track record holder at Wimbledon and trials suggest he has trained on well and the draw inside looks good to beat Ballymac Frano and Ireland's Blue Cafu.
But the Irish could be back on track with Fair Taxes (20:10) catching the eye in heat two. He brings top class Irish form to the table and will improve for what were fast trials and he should win a clean run, although expect St Leger finalist Diego Flight to be rattling home.
The best known dog on show tonight is Ballymac Matt (20:26). He won the Irish Derby last year so looks one of the leading players for outright honours, has trialled well and can lead home Jaytee Valencia, who won well at Shelbourne Park on his last start.
The best clash on paper is heat four where Ireland's Cable Bay (20:42) takes on British star Droopys Buick. The latter was one of the star pups last year but the red jacket brings top class Irish Derby form to the table and has trialled better than the black jacket, so will be tough to hold.
Heat five could also wing its way back to Ireland courtesy of Leave At Dawn (20:58). He brings solid form from Shelbourne and, providing he overcomes lack of Shawfield form, might have too much class for these, while another Irish raider Mucho Macho Man (21:15) is another hotpot from Ireland with a 28.52 Shelbourne run on the card and should have too much for his rivals in heat six.
Now onto the 500m races, where Halcrow Bound (21:32) catches the eye. He ran well here last week and the form of that race looks good, while Nadurra Tar (21:48) showed his well being with a good win over 480 in a handicap and was staying on well so this step up in trip for the local might be well received.
Newinn Champ (19:39)
Eden The Kid (19:54)
Fair Taxes (20:10)
Ballymac Matt (20:26)
Cable Bay (20:42)
Leave At Dawn (20:58)
Mucho Macho Man (21:15)
Halcrow Bound (21:32)
Nadurra Tar (21:48)