Greyhound Derby preview - Third round heats 1-8
William Hill's odds compiler Ian Magor gives us his views on Saturday's third-round heats of the williamhill.com Derby. Every single heat of the Derby can be watched, for free, live on William Hill TV.
Razldazl Jayfkay has really grown up over the last two months and is beginning to look the real deal. He is trapping better, runs the track very well and looks to have all the attributes of an English Derby winner. He is a worthy 7/2 outright favourite and looks to have a genuine odds-on chance here, but there are hazards. The principal one is Westmead Guru who showed outstanding early to outpace Brittons Empire to the bend last week. He sometimes has a tendency to move off at the first and with Jayfkay's penchant for cutting the bend it will be heart-in-mouth time at the first; a bump from the 38k heavyweight would take some shrugging off. Pennys Viking is a really likeable individual and cannot be discounted but after Jayfkay's ultra-impressive second round run I cannot really oppose.
Selection: Razldazl Jayfkay
Diesel Malc was a revelation last week, quickly dominating his heat and going on to win in a quick time. It would be no surprise to see him repeat the dose here. He was highly regarded as a pup but seemed to lose his way a little; he now looks to be fulfilling his potential. Fifis Rocket is likely to lead here though and I would prefer to take a chance with Buzz Doc who lost nothing in defeat behind Razldazl George last week, only being outstayed after a slow break. Provided he holds Westmead Maldini to the first he could provide decent value here.
Selection: Buzz Doc
The two main beneficiaries from the withdrawal of Local Dee Jay, leaving a vacant box in 2, are undoubtedly Taylors Sky and Krug Ninety Five. The latter looks the type to keep on qualifying and the former still looks open to any amount of improvement. The dog who still has the best make-up though is Barefoot Bullet who improved from round 1 to 2 and being totally fresh coming into the competition, he can continue to improve here from a perfect make-up.
Selection: Barefoot Bullet
Bright Redcliffe is providing his part-time trainer and window-cleaner with incredible excitement and gave Boher Paddy a real race in the second round. It would be a great story if he could progress further but he is up against three live contenders for the ultimate honour in this race. Boher Paddy hasn't set the competition alight yet, whereas Nambisco has looked immaculate in both runs. Melodys Royal has a fantastic draw and will continue to improve but on the evidence of the first two rounds it is difficult not to plump for Nambisco.
Blue Artisan has looked a little untidy in his first few strides in both rounds. He is undoubtedly the class act in the race but I prefer to look elsewhere at the prices. Boher Legend is the obvious alternative, particularly on the basis of the pace he showed to the second bend behind Razldazl Jayfkay. However, Jonny Whitesox came quite close to getting past one of the hardest dogs to pass in training, in the form of Taylors Cruise last week and if he displays similar determination here he could go one better.
Selection: Jonny Whitesox
I knew that Jazz Apollo was a likely improver coming into the competition but the rate at which he is developing has come as a pleasant surprise. This looks tough here though with Taylors Cruise likely to lead him up and then fiendishly difficult to get past. Coom Bullet and Destroy The Camp are now going to find it harder to stay in the competition and Taylors Cruise continues to display an admirable winning attitude that makes him difficult to desert here.
Selection: Taylors Cruise
Razldazl George has won both heats so far with the minimum of fuss and looks fairly certain to make it 3 from 3 here. The hazard is Spinkys Nod taking his ground at some stage but with the dogs outside him all moving middle to wide he should still be able to assert and if he leads at any point it is hard to envisage defeat.
Selection: Razldazl George
It is no disrespect to the dogs and connections to say that this is the weakest of the eight heats and all will be hopeful of progressing. I think that Jordansoilutions looks like a dog to oppose at the moment whereas Lenson Boss appears to be really getting to grips with the game. He ran a blinder in defeat last week and if he can avoid too much trouble at the first bend he is a reasonably strong fancy to assert off the last.
Selection: Lenson Boss