Sky Sports ventures north to Newcastle for an All England Cup/Northern Puppy Derby double-header and Darrell Williams, fresh from a 10/1 winner in this column last weekend, is across all eight TV races for the bets you can't afford to miss!
"Geelo Monty has taken fully to six bends since stepping up in July, rattling the clock here last month and despite an unexpected exit in the Great North Run heats will take all the beating"
No standouts here but Ashbank Martin's rails tendency early on should allow progressive Ashbank Christy a clear run and the Puppy Plate/Trafalgar Cup finalist can take full advantage. Tyrur Hugo is unexposed but won only once in nine starts in Ireland.
A belter of a sprint but hard to split Droopys Trapeze (fastest of the year over CD last month) and Hiya Butt, with marginal preference only for the latter who has proved highly adept to sprints as he showed when runner-up in the Northern Sprint final back in the spring. Scolari Sound has an excellent trap one record in sprints himself and offers a bigger price alternative.
Geelo Monty has taken fully to six bends since stepping up in July, rattling the clock here last month and despite an unexpected exit in the Great North Run heats will take all the beating. Oscar Junior is similarly unexposed over this kind of trip and is best of the rest.
Tyrur Stan will be popular after a luckless run in the All England Cup heats but has no margin for error drawn the wrong way round with trap one regular Dublinhill Bob. Cooneen Jack had his own misfortune in the All England Cup semis when stumbling early on but had been progressing over CD prior to that and rates the value option given his excellent early speed.
20:16 Angel Of The North final
Highly competitive but Invincible Lady has a good record in Opens around her local track and could have more to come after winning her heat following two months off. She has pace to clear on her inside but few are more consistent at the traps and she rates a small interest at [6.0].
20:33 Great North Run final
Track record holder Shellam Delano is a standing dish around here (four from five over CD) and the obvious winner but Heroic Miss did this column a 10/1 favour in the semi-final and Laurence Tuffin's trap one specialist (four from five in red) is well drawn inside Swift Mask who will edge right at the turn and is worth a speculative play and in forecasts with the favourite.
20:51 Northern Puppy Derby final
Roxholme Nidge will be strongly fancied to make it eight on the spin and should, if anything, be more suited to this middle draw having swung off from trap one in both rounds so far. His desire to win makes him hard to oppose but improving Stole My Baby (unbeaten in three starts) is no slouch provided he can trap as effectively away from red. Gazilly Shay, put up ante post here before the semis, completely fluffed his lines at the traps but showed excellent far side pace and is also worth including.
21:08 All England Cup final
Angela Harrison would have been hoping Droopys Expert and Droopys Buick had been drawn the other way round which potentially raises the issue of them coming together. Droopys Expert has clearly taken well to this track, clocking the fastest time this year prior to this event, but has yet to run from trap one, and while Droopys Buick's excellent CD tally here (six from nine) entitles him to maximum respect clearing his kennelmate will be far from straight-forward.
Dorotas Vic has no issues with the draw - Caislean Fifi is likely to edge in on the run up - and he is taken to continue Charlie Lister's resurgence by claiming his third Category One final inside a month. He clocked arguably a personal best in the semi-final to maintain his record of only having won from trap six and looks over-priced at around [6.0].
There could be also more to come from former Irish Laurels winner Skywalker Manner, suggested ante post in this column before the semi-finals, and while clearing the Harrison 'big guns' on his inside cannot be guaranteed he too looks big at [9.0] and is worth a saver.