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Sky Dogs Tips: Droopys to show just how Expert he is in Eclipse final

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We're off to Nottingham for Sky's eight-race televised card, including what looks a fantastic renewal of the Eclipse final, and here with his preview and tips is our greyhound expert Darrell Williams...

"His ability to overcome a potentially horrendous trap five draw in the semis suggests anything is achievable - he was clever in that race as to when he made his move - and at around [4.0] he is clearly the play."

19:11 Maiden Puppy

Strange choice of race for Sky and not one to get too involved in. That said, Move Over Evie was odds-on for an Unraced final at Waterford and showed plenty of pace from red on her British debut and is preferred to Mustang Missile, who ran well on his debut over 480m here having improved through his trials.

19:26 Standard

A tricky affair but All England Cup finalist Caislean Fifi was faced with an impossible task in his Eclipse heat and might be worth chancing here. Droopys Podge is far better when drawn red and after two trials from the inside is respected given his odds while consistent Cappoquin Jack continues to run with huge credit.

19:43 Sprint

Red hot stuff with the National Sprint imminent but Westmead Chief looks favoured by the draw with Broadstrand Kiwi likely to cut in and can make it four in five over CD. The second named was imperious at Yarmouth and has been well prepped but that is factored into his price.

Affane Party is prolific and his only defeat in five sprints came when taking a tumble at Belle Vue and he could prove the biggest threat. Former National Sprint winner Scolari Sound has run better here of late but is winning far fewer races these days.

19:59 Puppy

Northern Puppy Derby winner Droopys Zephyr is improving fast and despite the absence of a look round looks the one to play. Sunset Ranger has won a couple round here of late and makes some appeal at a price while classy Sporting Dave can never be ignored but has a tricky make-up.

20:16 480m

Steel City Cup winner Tynwald Baz is a different proposition drawn trap one and inside middle edging Theos Rocket looks ripe for an interest. Corrin Mall also has his draw and given his excellent CD record is worthy of a small saver.

20:33 Standard

Droopys Buick is on a losing run of four but is another greyhound well served by the return to trap one and is strongly fancied to bounce back to winning ways. Bull Run Bolt has obviously had some issues but is far bettered suited to this draw having edged off in the Eclipse and is worth saving on.

20:51 Stayers

Cloran Paddy won the Grand Prix from trap one and can resume winning form back in the same box on a night that looks set up for a plethora of red jackets. Heroic Miss continues to produce and offers a value option.

21:08 Eclipse final

Quite rightly proclaimed as one of the deepest race line-ups for many a year, the winner will certainly have earned his stripes.

Bubbly Bluebird has bounced back to form and defends the event's only unbeaten record and if able to trap as he has done in the previous rounds would hold serious chances of improving on last year's third. However in Bruisers Bullet he faces a rival with scope for further improvement on his third run back after a four month absence. More so with Mark Wallis' charge having secured the all important inside draw, which could be enough to reverse the neck defeat he endured in their semi-final clash.

I'd be keen to include Bruisers Bullet but even he may struggle to handle the rapidly improving All England Cup winner Droopys Expert, who is likely to make himself Greyhound of the Year favourite if he follows up here. His ability to overcome a potentially horrendous trap five draw in the semis suggests anything is achievable - he was clever in that race as to when he made his move - and at around [4.0] he is clearly the play.

Select Stakes hero Dorotas Wildcat - so impressive that night - may find he has too many rivals to clear drawn out in four while Calico Blackjack and in particular Calico Ranger may find things happening too quickly in this exalted company.


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Caislean Fifi 19:26
Westmead Chief 19:43
Droopys Zephyr 19:59
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Droopys Buick 20:33
Cloran Paddy 20:51
Droopys Expert 21:08

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