Wimbledon's Final Night Preview - Magor's Saturday tips
William Hill's very own Greyhound Odds Compiler Ian Magor brings you all the latest information ahead of tonight's William Hill Greyhound Derby Final Night from Wimbledon!
An interesting puppy event to kick off proceedings. Whilst there may not be anything quite of the calibre of last year's winner, Droopys Oscar, Ted Soppitt's Queen Of Rangers looks a bitch to follow both on breeding and some useful trials leading up to this. She can be successful tonight and it would be no surprise to see her back here later in the year as a major Oaks contender.
Selection: Queen Of Rangers
The draw looks the critical factor here. Mountjoy Comet was very impressive in last week's semi-final and didn't break well on that occasion. Expect a better break from trap 6 tonight and with first run on main rival, Droopys Boo, I would not expect him to be caught if leading.
Selection: Mountjoy Comet
Lisacaha Rosie has left it late to be a significant player on the six bend open race scene but she merits her place here and ran a most eye-catching race behind Head Iton Jason over course and distance two weeks ago. If she can lead Lorrys Options to the bend, she sees out every yard of the trip and would be a strong fancy to win.
Selection: Lisacaha Rosie
Raise Me Up was highly thought of before suffering an injury which has reduced him to having just a handful of races on his card. His trainer regards him as good enough to be a player in the Derby and was disappointed he was unable to get him ready in time for the event. He was impressive in winning a Monmore maiden last month but may just have to give chase here to Taylors Cruise, a dog I would rate as one of the hardest dogs to get past in training. Everything went wrong in his quarter-final but I would expect him to get back on the winning trail tonight.
Selection: Taylors Cruise
Junior Mac and Sizzlers Spirit are two hurdlers running at the peak of their form. Although on the face of it the draw strongly favours Junior Mac, Sizzlers Spirit is a dog that can cope with most draws as he has a knack for finding the gaps when it matters. There is very little to choose between them so price dictates the selection as being Sizzlers Spirit.
Selection: Sizzlers Spirit
Romeo Spartan is one of the best drawn dogs on tonight's card. His back straight pace should see him open up a race winning lead and he is one of the more solid bets available this evening. He will form the cornerstone of many multiple bets up and down the country and I would be surprised if he let his supporters down.
Selection: Romeo Spartan
Fatboyz Slim has been very heavily backed in recent days and is hard to get away from. He won well over six bends here recently and the manner in which he drew well clear after the line marked him down as a dog who could potentially dominate the eight bend scene when stepped up in trip. He takes on some of the best dogs in that division here but is fancied to get off to a winning start.
Selection: Fatboyz Slim
The danger for Nambisco in last week's Derby semi-final was always going to be a bump from heavyweight, Westmead Guru at the first bend and that was the situation that materialised. He still almost managed to get through but it proved too much of a task. The draw outside Buzz Doc is much better tonight and he is a strong fancy to make all.
And so to the Derby final, down to six runners but not looking any easier to work out now than it did three weeks ago. Taylors Sky has learned his trade very quickly in the hardest surroundings and looks a worthy favourite but from the first round eliminations of Droopys Oscar and Blonde Snapper this competition has had shocks aplenty and it could be the same story tonight. There is precious little between the runners and with a great draw in stripes I'm going for a big priced win for ever-popular local trainer Norah McEllistrim with Cloheena Cash.
Selection: Cloheena Cash