We're off to Towcester for tonight's TV Trophy Final, live on Sky Sports, and our man Darrell Williams is here to preview the big race and the quality-looking supporting card...
"While this is a race to enjoy more than anything else there is nevertheless a fair argument that at around [1.6] Roxholme Magic is also a more than fair betting proposition."
Slow starts from Pennys Luna have cost her badly recently but she still remains a live candidate in a trappy heat having improved for the step up to six bends. Bangor Ella flew round here in September and did well to overcome this draw at Notts last week and could actually be well berthed if Sawpit Sunshine edges in. Unexposed Jovial Monk is not out of it either on his six bend debut.
Another wide open contest but I'll take two against the field with marginal preference for Vinegarhill Ruby whose early pace consistency can serve her well again. Queen Izzy is arguably the in-form runner and is also worth including. Crossfield Molly has an excellent record here and is another for whom a big run would not surprise.
This looks the ideal race for dutching with the combination of Toolmaker Rambo and Queen Anna hard to look beyond. The latter is just preferred given her flying run here the other week - having broken the Henlow clock a few weeks earlier but Toolmaker Rambo is particularly effective drawn red in sprints - three from four including a win at Notts on Monday and cannot be left out.
Magical Bale was imperious in winning the Puppy Derby here a fortnight ago and that despite a early bump coming out of the traps. He takes on all-aged rivals here but still firmly looks the one to beat given he could be absolutely anything. Biggest threat may come from consistent Droopys Gold who will have no qualms about his slightly wider draw. King Eden is fast and loves this CD but may not clear his neighbour.
A fascinating three way match between the fastest dogs over this 500m trip who also happened to be the 1-2-3 from last week's Eclipse final. Although no result would surprise my clear preference is for Dorotas Wildcat by virtue of him having bagged his perfect trap one draw. Bruisers Bullet failed to win during the Eclipse but is not easily overlooked given his flying run here on Derby final night but Nottingham hero Bubbly Bluebird faces a tough task to clear his speedy rivals from this wider draw.
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Which King is surely the question and while the market is all over King Turbo I would be reluctant to ignore kennelmate King Elvis too quickly. The winner of three major prizes this year plus finishing runner-up in another, victory here should make him a legitimate GOY candidate and with his early speed likely to take him to the front I'll take him to complete an unbeaten sweep through this event.
If Leger finalist Bubbly McCoy gets anywhere near his trial effect he will surely take all the beating and almost picks himself! Heroic Miss continues to churn out the big runs and despite the wider draw could prove best of the rest.
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Which Roxholme Magic would turn up was the question ahead of the heats at a track considered to be far from her favourite but seriously should anyone ever have doubted one of the most remarkable greyhounds seen on our racecourses for many a year?
Quite simply an enigma, she is rightly being spoken of in the same terms as the legendary Scurlogue Champ and it is folly to try and take her on in what will be her British swansong. While this is a race to enjoy more than anything else there is nevertheless a fair argument that at around [1.6] she is also a more than fair betting proposition.
Rubys Rascal had to endure his old rival sweeping past him on the run-in in the heats but remains a solid candidate for what is likely to be minor honours while Millroad Smokey, who looks a useful addition to the marathon ranks, can also step up on her heat victory having lost vital momentum when checking at the sough.