Sky Sports heads to Towcester for an intriguing Puppy Derby final, with the exciting prospect that one of the youngsters could even return to the track next summer as a potential Derby winner! Darrell Williams offers his thoughts on all eight TV races.
"Magical Bale was unraced ahead of the first round but has learnt his trade quickly and can confirm the promise of an excellent semi-final display"
Bentekes Bocko is exceptionally fast but also highly frustrating and the consistent Forest Mike makes more appeal. Aside from a slow start last time out, he has generally trapped well and can dominate from the outset.
Not a race to get heavily involved in but Champion Hurdle third Dunham Hunter looks a shade over-priced especially given his useful record from a middle draw. Mystical Charlie has not been round but was a Grand National finalist while Dunham Southey, who has trialled well also boasts local winning form.
Tricky with Queen Anna having broken the Henlow sprint clock on her only previous sprint foray but without a trial here. Preference however is for sprint specialist and three-time C&D scorer Trapstyle Jet while improving Kilmore Lemon has enough speed to make him a threat.
Not easy to split the inside pair with Queen Borneo only just preferred given her solid C&D form. Moreton Madras is at the top of her game over six bends and will be a threat given her early speed following a useful trial.
Pennys Luna continues to improve quickly and having won elsewhere without a look can do the same here. Barricane Tiger wins plenty of races and is drawn to run her race while Horizon Storm continues in good heart.
Prolific winning Drumkeen Oyster comes here in good form and despite minor stamina concerns makes more appeal than long time absent Sallows Ford who must prove he is in Derby semi-final form.
Velvet Blaze has reserved some of his best runs for this C&D and looks over-priced at [5.0] from his favoured trap two draw. Bockos Alfie is more than capable but is priced accordingly.
21:08 Puppy Derby final
Magical Bale was unraced ahead of the first round but has learnt his trade quickly and can confirm the promise of an excellent semi-final display. The draw in two should suit, given his desire to cut inside last weekend, and while Lightfoot King's tendency to edge off at the bend is a potential hazard, the selection should have too many guns early on. Fellow semi-final winner Roxholme Poppy also came here without previous experience and is respected, but a bigger threat could be Irish hope Innocent Times, who must trap on terms but appears over-priced at [9.0]. Puppy Cup third Headford Kev has the experience but finds this trip a thorough test.
Forest Mike 19:11
Trapstyle Jet 19:43
Pennys Luna 20:16
Drumkeen Oyster 20:33
Velvet Blaze 20:51
Magical Bale 21:08