Greyhound Derby Saturday's 2nd Round Heats
William Hill Greyhound Odds Compiler Ian Magor gives you all the latest information ahead of Saturday evening's Greyhound Derby Second Round Heats. Heat 9 to Heat 16
If Westmead Bolt continues to show enough early pace to lie handy his strength from the ¾ mark could see him go deep in the Derby. However, he doesn't possess natural zip and will always be chasing the faster dogs in the competition. One such is Express Shuttle, this year's Blue Riband winner. I thought he ran quite well behind Brittons Empire last week. He does need to tidy up in the trapping department but he is a different dog on the bunny and should go clear with an average break. Legal Rebel can run much better than he did when bumped out of contention at the first and Rockview Head showed enough raw pace to be of possible interest at a decent price.
Selection: Express Shuttle
Prices dictate here with last year's runner-up Lyreen Mover almost sure to go off favourite. He would win this doing handstands on last year's form but did not look the same dog last week, tamely relinquishing a race-winning lead. Jackdaw Summer holds his form well, loves the track and the red box, and with Skywalkershearer preferring a wider draw, he has to be the selection.
Selection: Jackdaw Summer
Farloe Skywalker won by a long way last week but it is unlikely he will enjoy a lead at the second bend tonight, although with so much early pace inside, a first bend skirmish is conceivable and he could be the beneficiary. However, I expect Brittons Empire to outpace his inside rivals and for this to pave the way to another victory. He will need to look as lively as last week though, as heavyweight Westmead Guru will move off at the bend and is quite literally, a huge hazard. Local Dee Jay won well last week but the draw is even more of a problem for him.
Selection: Brittons Empire
Barefoot Bullet looks sure to improve significantly for last week's race behind Coom Bullet, his first competitive action since September. The problem here is clearing Destroy The Camp on his inside and for that reason, he is reluctantly passed over. Harry Williams removed Tudor Prince's middle tag after the first round and the draw here should be much better for him. He was also having his first race of 2011 last week and with the better make-up he is just my preference.
Selection: Tudor Prince
Jazz Apollo has only just turned two and has a big future in the game; he could be a big player next year but is likely to be found out by more streetwise opponents at this stage of development. Supporters of Droopys Diarra might have been disappointed to see him succumb so quickly to Razldazl George last week but I think that history might show that to be no disgrace. I think the more significant fact to take out of the race is the blistering pace he showed to halfway. He has the better of the draw against Romeo Spartan and can go one better here.
Selection: Droopys Diarra
Blue Artisan has looked every inch a Derby contender from early in his career and he is continuing to develop. It was a fine run to pick up Taylors Sky last week after suffering crowding on the run-up. The Taylor's will be hoping that Cruise can gain revenge for them tonight but I fancy it will be more of the same from potential aeroplane, BA.
Selection: Blue Artisan
Nambisco showed the same sort of pace to the bend and winning attitude thereafter last week as he displayed last year, when he won many admirers at the 'don. He should be able to lead again but Freedom Marconi's first round run was one of the most eye-catching of the two days. He performed miracles to qualify and has a nice make-up to chase Nambisco. I think it will be tight and preference is for Nambisco but at the prices the selection would have to be Freedom Marconi.
Selection: Freedom Marconi
There were a number of dogs who ran really well after long absences last week and Romeo Reason was probably the most impressive of them all. Last year's semi-finalist showed his customary zip to the bend and was never in danger. There is no reason to think that he can't do the same again and then it could be hard work for Makeshift. I think that he is probably up to the task but in similar vein to the previous heat, at the prices I am forced to side with Romeo Reason.
Selection: Romeo Reason