It's Puppy Cup semi-final night at Romford - all live on RPGTV - and Darrell Williams believes last week's winning nap Argentina can go in again. Check out his selections...
"That took Kev Hutton’s youngster’s record to four wins from four starts over the Romford 400m trip and having dug deep to establish a first bend advantage in the first round there may still be better to come"
Argentina did us a big favour when justifying best bet status in last week's Puppy Cup heats and I see no reason to oppose him in tonight's semi-final (20:21). That took Kev Hutton's youngster's record to four wins from four starts over the Romford 400m trip and having dug deep to establish a first bend advantage in the first round there may still be better to come. The switch to trap five for the selection is unlikely to hinder his chances having twice won from the orange box in his winning sequence and any price above [2.0] should be snapped up. Calzaghe Flash had been strongly expected to land short-odds in last week having shown enormous promise behind the selection on his first look at the circuit the previous week. He remains a puppy with huge potential but has now twice failed to get to grips with the London Road circuit.
Noodle a tasty puppy pick
Droopys Noodle was another favourite turned over in the first round but is confidently expected to bounce back to winning ways in what appears the weakest of the semi-finals (20:38). Dean Childs' charge showed good pace having missed the up last week and the recent maiden Open race competition winner over the same course and distance looks drawn for business outside a middle-seeded rival who will clearly be looking to edge left early on.
Beyonce best in cracking third semi
The third semi (20:53) is a fascinating affair with no fewer than four heat winners in the line-up but it's the bitch Queen Beyonce that makes most appeal. Slow starts are never an attribute to have on side when running at Romford but while she broke better than has been the case elsewhere last week it was her pace to the turn that impressed as was her overall fastest time of the round. While she is perhaps unlikely to enjoy such a clear run to the bend again her overall record confirms her ability and she can account for some equally highly thought of rivals.
Hope hot in stripes treble
It could be a night for the striped-jackets in the heats of a Standard competition with all three appearing to be drawn to advantage. Clear favourite to be the winning most Open Race greyhound of 2018, Chopchop Hope, whose last three wins over the CD have all come courtesy of sub-370 sectionals, arguably has the best make-up of them all in heat three (19:33) with Madabout Finn destined to edge in at traps rise.
Hutton duo look best
Kevin Hutton is fancied to bag the other two heats with Prize Fighter, who showed tremendous braveness to clear at the bend last week on his first start since early September equally well-berthed in heat two (19:17) as is Headford Kev in the first heat (19:03) with his neighbour Nans Padjoe another sure to looking for the inside early on.
Piemans Princess, unlucky two starts back before routing her field with her best run for some time A1 company last week is worth sticking with in a bitches contest (18:44) and is another well housed with Young Alondra set to cut left.
Piemans Princess 18:44
Headford Kev 19:03
Prize Fighter 19:17
Chopchop Hope 19:33
Droopys Noodle 20:38
Queen Beyonce 20:53