William Hill Grand National Sky Card Previews
William Hill's odds compiler Ian Magor gives us his previews of Tuesday's greyhound races from Wimbledon, including the William Hill Grand National:
This is a difficult race to begin proceedings tonight. Hidden Sky and Carden Bert bring the best level of form into the event but Bert has a potentially hazardous draw outside Capel Benjamin and Hidden Sky has not run competitively since Derby final night, when chasing home Tyrur Biggs.
Coolavanny Rock and Capel Benjamin have been performing admirably at Sittingbourne this month and the early pace of Coolavanny Rock was most eye-catching on Thursday.
Loyal Rebel threatened briefly down the back but Norah McEllistrim's black ultimately drew away to win by a comfortable three lengths. He is taken as a value selection to dish out similar treatment to his rivals tonight.
This will be the sixth meeting between Officer Donagh and Jimmy Lollie in the last two months and the score so far is 3-2 to Jimmy.
They are an evenly matched pair but Chris Allsopp's charge is thriving on a busy schedule - he won again at Swindon on Saturday night - and he won with something in hand in front of the cameras at Oxford last week. He is taken to level the scores up tonight.
After a hugely impressive debut on Derby final night there was plenty of interest in the 50/1 quotes about Droopys Oscar to win the 2011 renewal of the big event. He returns to the scene of his triumph to hopefully confirm the immense promise of that run and this is a proper test.
Mark Wallis knew he had a good dog on his hands in the shape of Blonde Fletch and was hopeful of a big show from him in the Gymcrack.
Things didn't quite go to plan there but the penny has well and truly dropped since, with a fast Romford trial providing the platform for a record-breaking run at Sittingbourne last Sunday.
Add in Peterborough Puppy Derby winner, Total Reality, and two potentially top-class juveniles in the shape of Spinkys Nod and Taylors Cruise and this is a race to relish for future performance pointers.
Corrig Vieri was firmly in the top rank of six bend dogs throughout most of last year and whilst his form has never quite risen to those levels this year, he has still performed with credit against some of the best dogs around, particularly last week when chasing home Raving Black.
I think this is a significant drop in class. Although Black Paws Down brings some solid Irish form, Double Dee has impressed Hove judges as a future stayer, and Brimardon Star ran quite well over eight bends at Oxford last week, the Mark Wallis representative is a confident nap selection.
Rockburst Megan was fancied to be a major player in the Oaks last year and that is probably the long-term aim for her again.
She made the trip up to Sunderland last week with a view to taking in the William Hill festival but a moderate trial may have revised plans and tempers confidence here. Dolores Ruth brings Razldazl Liza over from Ireland and will be hopeful of her winning this before Toomaline Jack takes in the Grand National.
She has run well in Ireland and her trial on Friday was decent enough for a first look but Nick Colton also took the trouble to give Rising Ruby a preparatory spin on Wednesday. She was a well-backed favourite on her sole run at Oxford, and although only an A2 she won in a quick time of 26.89.
She is worth a value bet to make an open-race winning debut tonight.
Connections of Taylors Riviera must have had the champagne corks ready to pop when she led off the final bend in the TV Trophy this month but any bubbles were quickly flattened when Midway Skipper came with a renewed effort to get up on the line.
Henry Chalkley's brilliant stayer was impressive again at Oxford last week and she can round off a sequence of four Sky marathon victories in a month by confirming that form here tonight.
This is a devilishly difficult race to try and sort out. Moneygall Obama performed with credit during the Derby but he will have Lethal Freds and Rally Town rushing across him to try to secure first run on the rails at the first bend.
Boolavogue will almost certainly turn in behind, but will then set about chasing whatever he finds in front with his customary relish.
Ministry Magic ran well to win the race before the Derby last month and after an early exit in the Olympic at Hove, he posted a very fast winning time at Henlow.
The draw is not perfect but it is workable and he is a narrow selection. King Edward has a brilliant make-up but will need everything in his favour against slightly superior rivals.
It's a case here of raw, brute speed against jumping proficiency. Sizzlers Spirit and Nebuchadnezzar are two of the most consistent hurdlers around and make few mistakes at the obstacles.
I wouldn't say that Toomaline Jack is a poor hurdler by any means but it would be fair to say that he doesn't treat the timber with the same degree of respect as some of his rivals. His pace between the flights is in a completely different league though.
If you are lumping on the defeated Derby favourite to make some sort of amends here you may be watching from behind the sofa and you should be prepared for the sensation of experiencing your heart in your mouth, but once you emerge I do think you will be calculating your winnings.