There's no bigger race in the sprint calendar than tonight's Northern Sprint Sheffield showdown and it's live on RPGTV. Darrell Williams previews the race and suggests an excellent way for favourite backers to enhance their return...
"The Betfair Forecast is ideal for situations like this offering the option to turn a short-priced favourite into a more profitable wager"
It might only be April but the most significant sprint race of the year - the sole recognised Category One contest in the division - the Northern Sprint final, headlines the live RPGTV action at Sheffield this evening with ante-post backers keeping everything crossed that Affane Party can get it right again on the night that really matters.
His impressive burst of pace to the corner has served him well in both qualifying rounds and John Lambe's prolific campaigner, who has emerged on top in nine of his twelve sprints to date, has notched up all four of his wins over tonight's 280m trip in a six-race spell since the end of February.
While a third successive trap one draw in the event would have been the icing on the cake for his supporters - given his five from six tally in the red jacket - his record from tonight's trap two berth is none too shabby and those holding Sportsbook ante-post tickets will be very hopeful of collecting come 20:58.
For those yet to get involved it's hard to envisage much more than crumbs being on offer with Sportsbook steering a wide berth for the favourite (2/5) although exchange backers playing close to the off could benefit from those ante-post players electing to opt for the safety first cheap lay.
Enough clues to play Sherlock in the forecast
Of the opposition, the one who makes most appeal is prolific CD winner Sherlock who also defends an unbeaten competition record with both victories having been gained from tonight's trap four draw. His chance of spoiling the party probably rests on another ping break, while more speculatively Cotton Pants, who despite finishing behind Affane Party in both rounds so far, has nevertheless improved with each look round the Owlerton circuit yet could end up going off at a huge price.
Realistically however, they're probably all battling for second place, which brings into play the Betfair Forecast option, available on every greyhound race covered, and ideal for situations like this where the favourite looks pretty much nailed on but at a price unlikely to appeal to all backers, it offers the option to turn a short-priced bet into a more profitable wager. For those looking to get involved, remember most of the liquidity will come in the five minutes or so before the off, and while in this instance we'll be looking to back the forecast, the opportunity to lay it is also an option.
Elsewhere on the Sheffield card, don't miss local sprint specialist Ballycowen Colm (19:58) who can take advantage of an easier task of late and should be backed at [1.8].