RPGTV: Lightfoot can be King in Steel City showdown
It's all eyes on Sheffield tonight for a simply stunning Steel City Cup final. Catch the full card on RPGTV or Betfair Live Video and check out Darrell Williams' bets...
"Lightfoot King has always run this track admirably but it’s the added ingredient of the early pace he has displayed in both rounds that makes him most appealing, something the market appears not to have fully acknowledged"
Whichever you look at it the Steel City Cup final (21:18) is a belter. It could hardly be anything else when a dog of the calibre of Droopys Expert look set to go off at double digits for the first time in his career!
Droopys Verve enjoyed a stellar campaign last year and the Derby runner-up will appreciate the return to trap two from where he readily justified short odds in the first round. However, he will have to contend with reigning champion Roxholme Nidge early on. Hayley Keightley's charge has failed to land the odds in both rounds but the gifting of the red jacket, where he is unbeaten in five starts, and his ability to lead up the inside puts him firmly in the mix.
All three greyhounds mentioned so far roll off the tongue to even the more casual greyhound followers but the runner I'm most interested has beaten two of them comprehensively in the event to take the only unbeaten record into the final.
Unbeaten King under-estimated
Lightfoot King has always run this track admirably but it's the added ingredient of the early pace he has displayed in both rounds that makes him most appealing, something the market appears not to have fully acknowledged. Just recall how readily he picked off Roxholme Nidge, admittedly on his seasonal comeback, in the first round.
Nothing about winning this race will be easy. Pacey Trade Fudge showed huge improvement in the semi-final to reverse form with Roxholme Jim and is by far the best drawn of the finalists. But if Sean Parker's charge can sit handy early on before his back straight pace kicks in, there is no reason why Lightfoot King cannot upstage his more recognised rivals.
Count the winners for Carl
Carl Perry looks set for a night to remember on the supporting card with exciting youngster Geelo Brezza strongly fancied to follow up last week's impressive sprint victory, in the 18:59. Despite the wet conditions he clocked an excellent time for the 280m trip and can account for useful Bramble Millburn who may not be able to deal with him early on dropping down to two bends on his first look at the track.
Perry's Geelo Champers hasn't run since January but is drawn to advantage outside rails favouring Quivers Phoenix over 480m (20:24) and should soon take command.
Former Irish based Forest Jason has the tools to make a winning British debut in the maiden (18:22) after a brace of excellent trials and clearly has the speed to overcome a middle draw for Julie Bateson. While a back to form Nanny Cakes can put her course experience to good use over 720m (19:19) where an early lead looks hers for the taking.
Back Forest Jason in the 18:22 Sheffield
Back Geelo Brezza in the 18:59 Sheffield
Back Nanny Cakes in the 19:19 Sheffield
Back Geelo Champers in the 20:24 Sheffield
Back Lightfoot King in the 21:18 Sheffield