Cheltmental: “After hitting 7/8 in the last 2 greyhound blogs confidence is sky high so hopefully, we can finally go one better and land the big one at Romford this Friday despite a very challenging looking card”
18:27 – 400m OR
The clock suggests that this race can be whittled down to a field of three but that trio, 2, 3 & 4, all show their best when able to dictate matters.
SAVANA CLASS is the most solid and should lead Trap 1 into the bend but Trap 3, CHOP CHOP BASIL, paces from the lids to the bend just as quickly and he’s drawn in the ping box for this.
PIEMANS STAR in 4 is the major fly in the ointment, given that he’ll want to get to the rails as quickly as possible, so could come into contact with CHOP CHOP BASIL on the run up.
Trap 5, WHIZZY DIAMOND, can improve from his recent trial and, being drawn outside the rail seeking 4, means he could get a nice position in the early exchanges.
Trap 6 is quick enough to take advantage of any trouble inside, providing he can avoid the 5 dog at the first bend
Selections – 2, 3, 4, 6
18:44 – 400m OR
This Open contest is only available to the girls and it looks a cracking race on paper.
Trap 3, RAVENSWOOD FLO looks to possess the early pace in the race and is the most likely leader. However, she will need some improvement, or trouble behind, if she’s going to last this one out.
In trap 4 BANG ON ANNIE has just turned two but is already established in this sphere. She can pace to the bend nicely although she’s likely to be looking to get across to the rail by the time she reaches the first corner.
Trap 1 appears to be quite well drawn and if she’s able to secure a clear passage round the first couple of turns she would be very difficult to peg back.
Both 5 and 6 would have chances if they stay out of each other’s way early on and, given the likelihood of trouble for the middle boxes, they might just be bigger players than they first might appear.
Selections – 1, 4, 5, 6
19:03 – 400m OR
Heat 1 of the Maidens and another race that looks to be thwart with danger in the early part of the race.
Trap 5 will be the one we’re all hoping does stay straight to the bend and, really, she’s the most likely winner of the race if able to secure a clear run. She might just move in on the run up and almost certainly at the first bend but she’s drawn inside of a dog with enough early pace in GOING STRAIGHT to provide another reason for concern. Despite the name he’ll probably move inside slightly too.
So, given the comments above, it might be worth looking towards the inside for the winner of this race and Trap 2, WEST DRIVE, gets this trip well but won’t be leading this lot to the bend. With this in mind, he’s likely to suffer some level of trouble, although Trap 1, DANCE ROJO, should be at least a length up at the turn meaning that 2 could slip stream round the first couple of bends before pacing ahead down the back straight.
TIFFIELD BLUEBOY will come on for his recent trial and can produce a quicker sectional. He’s a fast-improving puppy and if he managed to ping and get round in front I think his main danger would come from the blue jacket of 2.
Selections – 2, 3, 5
19:17 – 400m OR
This looks a much more stable trap draw and I’d be confident the winners comes from one of either, Trap 1, 2 or 6. The two inside runners will both want to avoid each other early on and will prefer to dictate. If either gets clear they’ll take some pegging back.
Trap 6 stays much further than this but has plenty of speed at the trip so would rate the most likely beneficent if 1 and 2 did clash.
Selections – 1, 2, 6
19:33 – 400m OR
This third heat of the Maidens looks competitive enough but, again, I’d be looking at just three runners towards the inside.
Traps 1 and 3 will be looking to secure an early advantage, although Trap 6 looks set to get a nice solo on the wide outside. CHOPCHOP STAR in 1 has been holding her own in Opens of late and will surely not be a Maiden for much longer whereas, SHOW THEM TO ME in 3 is having his first look round here after plenty of wins in Graded company at Henlow recently.
Trap 2 should slot in behind this pair and, if able to secure a clear passage, showed last time she’s quick enough to be competitive in here. She does appear to possess good track crack but with any runner off the pace she’ll need her fair share of luck.
Selections – 1, 2, 3
19:49 – 575m OR
Into the second Maiden competition of the night here with the stayers and this looks a very tricky race to unravel.
Trap 6, ITSUR BOY, at least looks like a true stayer and he might be able to secure a clear passage outside. His chances do appear to rely on being out in front though.
SLIPPY COLM, in trap 1, technically isn’t a Maiden but that win came over 5 bends and after trapping well. He’s not always that alert early but if he was able to come away well he looks a major player.
Trap 4, SAVANNA ACE, really didn’t enjoy it round here last time over the trip, but has trialled well at Henlow since and wouldn’t be without a chance
Selections – 1, 4, 6
20:06 – 575m OR
We’ve reached the penultimate leg without a banker so I’ve put myself in a position where we need to go solo for the last two races. Fortunately, I like the chance of Trap 2 HITACHI WAYNE anyway and he shows enough all-round pace to suggest he’s good enough to land this.
Selection – 2
20:21 – 575m OR
This looks a lottery of a race, not exactly what we want to hear at the final leg, so going solo here is brave. That befeing said, JELLY FLOOD is a classy dog and made it to the fourth round of the Irish greyhound derby last season. 3 wins from 34 races tempers any real enthusiasm but, with some luck, he might be able to be on the premises early and I think if he was able to lead, he’d win this quite well. If he’s in behind, then we’ll see a different dog.
Selection – 1