William Hill Oaks preview
Tyrur Liz goes into Tuesday's William Hill Oaks at Wimbledon a red-hot 8/13 favourite to give owner-trainer PJ Fahy his first success in a major bitches' competition.
Out greyhound guru and man in the know Ian Magor gives us the lowdown on the William Hill Oaks which takes place on the 15 December.
She has earned her place at the head of the market with two sensational runs in the first round and the semi-finals, clocking 28.61 and 28.53 respectively. In between she was a beaten 1/3 favourite after taking a hefty first bend whack but on Tuesday she will be clad in her favourite striped jacket and her sensational back straight pace should take her past Slick Sioux and Cabra Exclusive who will look to cut out the early fractions.
The last named is one of two runners for the McNair team and Rab is hopeful that Cabra Exclusive can hold up the favourite and thereby allow his massively promising pup Shaws Dilemma to take advantage.
She was introduced to this country in the Chelsea Glass Puppy Oaks at the track in November, turning the final of the competition into a procession with a 10 length romp. She has stayed on very strongly in all her races and looks set to be a future superstar over the six-bend trip in time.
These two bitches have dominated the betting from the start but there could not be a more popular winner than the Stuart Locke-Hart owned Freedom Emma. Stuart lost a long battle with illness shortly before the competition began and as a keen breeder this was the competition he wanted to win more than any other.
Emma ran an absolute stormer in her semi, being knocked sideways at the first bend and then getting very close to Shaws Dilemma at the third before being outstayed up the home straight.
Given a clear run she would have had to have gone very close to winning and she definitely cannot be discounted for top honours on Tuesday.Little Jig has her favourite red box and is superbly berthed to take advantage of any trouble outside her at the first. So we have a worthy odds-on favourite and five challengers who go into the race with live chances.
All in all, a race to savour