Greyhound Derby: first round selections produce profit of £156 to a £10 stake!
William Hill Greyhound Odds Compiler Ian Magor gives you all the latest from the Greyhound Derby heats, with last week's first round selections producing a profit of £156 to a £10 stake at SP!
Farloe Orion was one of the best backed dogs of the first round and is obviously held in high regard. He will have probably needed last week's spin but I didn't see too many encouraging signs in the run. People will see the draw for Mottos Banker as a negative but I think the dog has enough early pace to make it work for him. He is only having his third run of the year and it was no disgrace to be picked up by Slick Robert in the first round. There is little to split Westmead Logan and Aero Ardiles on their run behind Razldazl Jayfkay last week and the clock gives them every chance but I am fairly confident that Mottos Banker can have this race won by the second bend.
Selection: Mottos Banker
Killacolla Eagle ran as if a pitch on the rails will suit him much better and he could go well at a big price. Krug Ninety Five did a lot of running after taking a hefty whack at the first bend behind Taylors Cruise and can never be dismissed lightly. I didn't think Yahoo Jamie ran with the same spark as he showed in last year's event. Give Mesome Luck suffered from a tardy break in a hot first round heat and if he comes out of the boxes with a bit more alacrity here, this smooth bend-runner can go clear down the back straight and hold on.
Selection: Give Mesome Luck
Razldazl Jayfkay was impressive to the eye and the bare facts of three runs with sub-4.80 splits and finishing times all around the 28.30 mark make his paper credentials even better. He could do with tidying up his trapping and could be vulnerable to trouble at the first bend with his tendency to cut across at that point but he looks a genuine contender for top honours. Boher Legend will be a hazard if he doesn't do things right but he should have too many guns for this field. Express Jazz showed himself to be a nice sort in his first run at the track and it would be nice to see more of him in the next round.
Selection: Razldazl Jayfkay
Droopys Bradley ran well enough behind Nambisco to suggest that he will go close tonight, especially with a pitch inside middle-moving Third Intention. Modern Man was a surprise 10/1 winner in the first round but showed plenty of ability and this lightly-raced Irish challenger could go deep in the competition. Taylors Sky is even more lightly-raced than Modern Man and was unlucky to come up against Blue Artisan last week. I fancy him quite strongly to kick clear here.
Selection: Taylors Sky
Westmead Maldini was visually impressive last week but he was running in one of the weaker heats and unless he traps much better it is difficult to see him coming from behind Farloe Titan. Fifis Rocket was the fastest dog to the half-way point last week and that brute sprinter's pace should see him go clear again. Pennys Viking looks to have a perfect pitch to follow him round and the way he took Destroy The Camp apart between the third and fourth bends last week doesn't bode well for the sprinter holding on. I see Dean Childs' recent intake as one of the better long-term competition prospects at bigger prices
Selection: Pennys Viking
At first glance I fancied Coom Bullet here but enthusiasm is tempered by a draw outside middle-moving Spinkys Nod. The draw is so critical in any race and here looks to favour Doctor Robert. He didn't trap well but was showing good pace to the bend before finding trouble and he did well to rally for second behind Jazz Apollo. He showed himself to be a fast hound with a 28.39 trial and although Melodys Royal showed good pace from the second bend his lack of early foot may see him too far behind Diane Henry's charge.
Selection: Doctor Robert
I thought that Razldazl George's first round run was the most impressive of the first round. Against a tough field he turned second before unleashing searing pace from the halfway point to win comfortably. He should turn second at worst here to King Jaffa and that dog is not of the same calibre as first round victim Droopys Diarra. He cannot be opposed.
Selection: Razldazl George
Boher Paddy came out of the lids on his boxes last week and ante-post supporters must have feared the worst for a few seconds. He did very well to get on with the job and safely qualify. Those looking for a short-priced double will be putting Paddy in with George in the previous heat but even though Paddy is a shorter price I think George has the more straightforward task. Kinda Ready and Bright Redcliffe are both capable of pacing up well and Slick Robert will be there to pick up the pieces if Paddy does anything wrong.
Selection: Boher Paddy