William Hill All England Cup final, live on Sky Sports
Tomorrow night sees a particularly fascinating and high-quality renewal of the William Hill All England Cup final, writes William Hill Greyhounds Compiler Ian Magor.
Last year’s winner, Boherna Best, is once again favourite to emerge victorious but this year is a 9/4 shot following last year’s victory as the strongly fancied 4/7 favourite.
After virtually been knocked over at the first bend in this year’s opening round and recovering well to qualify, the dog showed real class to get the better of Ballymac Ruso off the last bend in last week’s semi-final.
The draw tomorrow night inside Ballymac Ruso is probably better than last week but the problem for the dog is the pace inside from the Julie Bateson-pair of Target Classic and Ardkill Tunoco. The latter absolutely loves the Byker track with a record of four wins from five visits, including the William Hill Tyneside Derby earlier this year, and it could be a birthday celebration for the brindle dog who turns three tomorrow.
His kennelmate Target Classic has also been flawless during the first two rounds of the competition and the Target Lads will have fingers crossed that the two don’t spoil each other’s chances going into the first bend.
With Farloe Rocket and Head Iton Ellis making up the field – two dogs that have competed against the best throughout their careers – and available to back at double-figure prices, this fact alone shows the high quality of this year’s competition. The winner of such a race will surely put himself into contention for Greyhound of the Year.