Open race fans, after a weekend of graded fare, will be chomping at the bit for Nottingham's RPGTV action tonight and Darrell Williams is on hand in the hunt for the all-important winners...
"I fancy Kevin Hutton’s charge to confirm the promise of her two comeback runs at Towcester after missing four months. A Puppy Classic finalist last summer – her only defeat in five CD efforts - and while a lead is not essential she can sit handy"
Two finals headline the card and while Droopys Aussie can only be a tentative selection in a highly competitive Standard Trophy (21:22) he is nevertheless fancied to turn around heat form. Sandra Ralph's charge faces an unfamiliar trap six draw, but the make-up looks favourable with the inside runners all possessing similar 'early' running styles and in the case of the two inside runners also drawn the wrong way round.
Newlawn Adam's run of CD wins was brought to an abrupt halt in last week's Sprint trophy heats but while it would be no surprise if he immediately bounced back to winning ways in tonight's final (21:07), better value could lie in Troy Bella, whose marginally fastest heat time came without the benefit of a trial. The switch to trap six should also aid David Mullins' runner who remains unbeaten in sprints having previously won three starts over the 225m trip at Romford.
Oaks runner-up Swift Lucious contests a competitive Oaks Trophy heat (20:22) and must hold claims after a good win over the same 500m CD last week. However, her draw in trap two should allow Madabout Maggie plenty of racing room and I fancy Kevin Hutton's charge to confirm the promise of her two comeback runs at Towcester after missing four months. A Puppy Classic finalist last summer - her only defeat in five CD efforts - and while a lead is not essential she can sit handy.
Ballydoyle Maura, who ran third in the Oaks final, should win the other heat (20:37) but at bigger odds I'd include Chosen By You who continues to churn out excellent front-running performances and a reverse forecast is recommended.
Pollys Pim has an excellent back-record over the 500m trip and can improve for the promise of her comeback run last week - her first race since September - in the heats of division two of the same competition (19:52).
I'd also be strong on Glideaway Bertie in the Stayers Trophy (20:51) who has been in flying form for Paul Maynard and can make it four wins on the spin with main rival Fearsome Phantom perhaps not back to his best yet after missing more than six months.
It will be a major surprise if Roxholme Hat doesn't make it seven from nine over the 305m trip (21:41) albeit at prohibitive odds.
Back Madabout Maggie 20:22
Back Glideaway Bertie 20:51
Back Troy Bella 21:07
Back Roxholme Hat 21:41