Timeform Greyhound SmartPlays: Friday March 11

Timeform provide three Greyhound bets on Friday
Timeform provide three Greyhound bets on Friday

Timeform pick out three bets from Hove and Sunderland on Friday.

"A similar break has her hitting the first bend in front again on our forecast first-bend sectionals, and if that proves to be the case, Lassie In Motion will be a tough nut to crack."

It's fair to say that CITIZEN COSTA's career at Hove has been rather stop-start, mixing two and four-bend contests with limited success, but his claims in the A7 contest at 17:38 are crystal clear following a cracking runner-up effort in an A6 a week ago. There is forecast to be a fair bit of pace out wide in the race, but for an ex-sprinter, Citizen Costa stays 515m pretty strongly.

The final two selections are saved for Sunderland's RPGTV card, with LASSIE IN MOTION (T5) first up in the A5 at 21:15. She was a winner at Kinsley in A4 company in October and it was encouraging that she immediately improved on her trial form at this venue when run down only late a week ago. A similar break has her hitting the first bend in front again on our forecast first-bend sectionals, and if that proves to be the case, Lassie In Motion will be a tough nut to crack.

The handicap contest at 21:48 is arguably the most interesting betting race on the card as, unusually for a race of this nature, it features several unexposed runners. The spread from top to bottom is 16 metres, and consequently the make-up of the race looks tailor-made for a strong runner to open up, which brings NIKKI BELLA (T5) firmly into the reckoning. The selection was unlucky not to finish closer in an A2 a week ago, and appeals as the type to do well in handicaps under a staggered start running down inferior opposition.

Timeform Greyhound Smartplays:

Back Citizen Costa (Trap 3) in the 17:38 at Hove
Back Lassie In Motion (Trap 5) in the 21:15 at Sunderland
Back Nikki Bella (Trap 5) in the 21:48 at Sunderland.

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