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Sky Dogs Tips: Back Storm to play a Starring role in Champion Stakes

The Sky Sports cameras will be at Romford for tonight's Champion Stakes final
The Sky Sports cameras will be at Romford for tonight's Champion Stakes final
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It's a busy time for Sky Sports's greyhound team, with Romford on Wednesday their latest port of call as the Champion Stakes Final tops the eight-race live action which includes a host of finals, and The Lord is across it all...


"He finished second in this event last year and, judged on his fastest-of-the-night semi-final run, is as good as ever."

Back Starring Storm (21:08)

19:11

The Sky action kicks off with a 400m affair with Cotton Pants set to get first run down the middle. Mark Wallis's dog has sprint speed and good trapping ability. Others are no doubt stronger but any crowding behind would see him home. Crossfield Giles is always capable with a ping-start himself. Ajlo Legalbeagle is coming back to form after a break, and will be running on well.

19:26

Up to 575m now and this is something of a consolation final for the Champion Stakes. The draw inside catches the eye for Phil Simmonds' Newlawn Simon, although he does rely on a better exit - a middle mover in My Mate Max helps matters. It's a good opportunity for John Mullins's dog. Rising Razor ran well in the heats of the Champion and looks well drawn out wide.

19:43

The first of the night's finals sees Wildfire Blossom go for gold on the inside. Paul Young's bitch clocked the fastest time in the heats last week and the same red-box draw does the trick? Having Courts Ad Em next door could be an advantage given the latter does miss the up at times. Chopchop Hope is a big player given another solid heat effort and a best of 23.97sec.

19:59

A puppy final now and Pat Janssens has always thought the world of Kilmore Lemon and he won his heat in good style. A winner now of two of his three starts, a dash of early pace seals the deal for this big improver? Sporting Dave won a recent Hove final in good style and really does know how to win should the blue jacket miss the up.

20:16

Onto the maiden final now and Crossfield Molly is interesting. She's a big-race winner at Towcester but qualifies as a maiden in this six-bend event. Expect improvement from her heat, especially from the boxes - but might the value here be Woodholdthedoor? He came through in good style last week and never knows when he's beaten. Stewart Pedder's dog gets the vote.

20:33

The 400m final now and Jumeirah Maximus stepped up from two bends to four in decent enough style last week. He can trap better and the switch to the inside looks interesting for Seamus Cahill's dog to shine into the bend and onwards. He has a losing run to overcome but has generally run Romford well in the past. Droopys Baggio looks the biggest danger judged on a fastest heat win.

20:51

The marathon final is a five-runner affair after Rylane Dash was pulled out. Goldies Seb added to his impressive Romford record when winning his heat in good off-the-pack style, but Clares Kyletaun did cramp and might be better for the run. June Harvey's dog showed good pace and serious stamina when winning at Hove recently over 930m so could bounce back.

21:08

It's the Champion Stakes Final now and, for the second consecutive week, might the only railer in the major final strike gold? Following on from rails seed Hiya Butt's Peterborough Derby triumph last week, now Starring Storm is the sole non-seed in a decider which sees four middle seeds and one wide seed - with Seamus Cahill's dog therefore guaranteed the red box. He finished second in this event last year and, judged on his fastest-of-the-night semi-final run, is as good as ever. There is huge early pace here with Bubbly Torpedo, Stand Alone and Castell Henry flying to the bend. Something might have to give, and the red's middle speed takes advantage of any crowding.


Recommended Bets

Cotton Pants (19:11)
Newlawn Simon (19:26)
Wildfire Blossom (19:43)
Kilmore Lemon (19:59)
Woodholdthedoor (20:16)
Jumeirah Maximus (20:33)
Clares Kyletaun (20:51)
Starring Storm (21:08)


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