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Thursday 31, March 2016

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Crayford Greyhound Eyecatchers – Ten Dogs To Follow For Profit

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The following ten greyhounds all caught the eye in recent races and could be profitable to follow in the coming weeks.

BLINKY BOBS (Crayford, A5)

Barry O'Sullivan's debutant suffered a rough ride early on moving off from trap two, but showed speed associated with far better company to recover and go down just a length. Should open his account soon.

KILLINAN BLUEBOY (Harlow, OR)

Sean White's dog was expected to register a debut success in a 415m maiden but was hopelessly left at the boxes. Really caught the eye after that aberration and sure to be a popular order when returning to the track.

JACKOS ESCALADE (Henlow, A8)

Jason Gornall's pup won his heat of a valuable kennelstakes then finished a creditable second in the final. Stays on very strongly and, whilst he can win again over 460m, could be destined for a longer trip in time.

FARLOE SANDY (Newcastle, A5)

Jimmy Wright's beautifully-bred pup is now without a win in three attempts, but her latest effort was comfortably her best to date. She chased an impressive winner hard, showing good back-staright pace in particular, and is sure to win her fair share.

DROOPYS SOUTHBOY (Towcester, OR)

John Mullins's dog made a winning British debut and then showed searing early pace at Romford only to leave a gap on the inside at halfway which Uluru Candy capitalised on. Three from six in Shelbourne sprints, he looks a serious recruit to the two-bend ranks, especially given his scope for improvement as he gets to know the tracks.

THOMAS GOLDEN (Peterborough, A6)

Geraldine's Kovac's pup is seeking his first success after five starts at Sheffield and two at Posh. Showed good pace but ran off the bend, more course experience will help perhaps allied to a wide draw in six.

QUICK BUCK (Romford, S1)

Martyn Wiley's dog chased home Jaytee Dave to confirm his well-being having finished in the first two in five of his last six races. Generally gets dropped back to S2 sharpish but looks a player whatever level he faces.

HALCROW BOUND (Shawfield, OR)

Early trouble meant Julie Bateson's dog was quickly on the back foot, but fine middle speed and a gritty attitude saw him close to a little over a length. A likely candidate for the RPGTV 500 which starts this weekend.

TRANQUIL OTTER (Sunderland, A5)

Yvonne Bell's pup won at the sixth time of asking and looks the type to continue getting stronger. Finished full of running and could stay further in time, but the immediate confidence of victory should not be underestimated.

FARRAN KILCOYNE (Wimbledon, A3)

Jason Foster's charge may face the consequences for an impressive debut victory but looked a dog with scope when always in charge and can pass sterner tests that undoubtedly wait. An interesting proposition having won his sole previous start at Tralee.

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Opened in 1937, Crayford is one of the most popular tracks in the UK. Matinee racing on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday are televised to over 1 million viewers across Europe, making it the largest provider of televised racing in the industry. Exciting major race meetings are also held here on Friday and Saturday nights, where a large crowd is always attracted and a brilliant atmosphere is generated.

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By Bob Worth

Thursday 31, March 2016

Flying Storm Again Has English Derby Target

Domino Storm is William Hill Derby-bound, with trainer Mark Wallis hoping for a better outcome than last year's first-round Wimbledon exit, after clocking the fastest time of the year at Towcester in landing Tuesday's £1,500 Mervyn Cross Memorial Bitches' Invitation over 480m.

One of five open winners on the card for Wallis, who also notched a double at Sheffield, Domino Storm led from the first bend and powered home to beat kennelmate Airforce Duchess by more than t...

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By Bob Worth

Monday 29, February 2016

Two Farewell Saturdays Close Wimbledon Curtain

Wimbledon will stage its final meeting on Saturday, June 18 as the news the sport was dreading was announced on Thursday. The axe will fall two Saturdays after this year’s William Hill Derby final.

Clive Feltham, MD of the GRA, the operators, said: “The Derby final is the first Saturday in June, so we’ve decided to stage two further farewell Saturdays to give everyone an opportunity to visit one last time.

“Our lease ends on July 14, and that will then give us the time...

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By Bob Worth

Tuesday 23, February 2016

Crayford Golden Jacket Tips

The first Category One competition of the year, the £17,500 Ladbrokes Golden Jacket, climaxes at Crayford on Tuesday evening (9.08pm) and the brilliant Patches Kerry is the one to beat.

Mark Wallis' 2015 Champions Stakes winner set a high standard in both her heat and semi-final and, having also won her trial here, she is unbeaten in three starts over tonight's 714m. She has a considerable amount in hand on the clock and is a deserving odds-on favourite, with Paddy Power's 1/2 the b...

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By Bob Worth

Sunday 31, January 2016

Greyhound Stars of 2016 (Part 1)

Here is part one of my nominated greyhounds to watch in 2016.

**BALLYMAC SHIRLEY **

Reached a couple of bitch competition semis in Ireland racing against some of the country's finest. Start to British career was interrupted by season after one run at Hove. Returned with an August win in A5 grade at Towcester but career really took off from mid-October with sixth successive victories, three in the successful Bags Track Championship team. Was fastest 480m winner at Perry Barr on...

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By Bob Worth

Sunday 31, January 2016

Greyhound Stars of 2016 (Part 2)

Here is part two of my nominated greyhounds to watch in 2016.

GLENANORE ACE

Kicked off his career winning an unraced stakes race at Cork and, after some heavy defeats, enjoyed a golden spell back there as he signed off in Ireland with five wins in a row, then second in a final. Took a little time to find his feet as he qualified in England but things clicked with a 15.29sec 260m trial at Towcester and he went on to win back-to-back sprints there. Boasts seriou...

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By Bob Worth

Wednesday 02, December 2015

Belle Vue Friday Tips – Mac Can Earn His Laurels

Fans of live greyhound racing are in for a treat on Friday evening as Belle Vue hosts the semi-finals of two competitions; the ECC Timber Oaks and Laurels.

Last week's quarter-finals of the Oaks were completely dominated by the inside boxes, which has left us with railers occupying 11 of the 12 traps. Indeed, all four winners came from trap one with just one middle seed, Patjennaholly, surviving.

Forest Twilight, who had been joint ante-post favourite, stumbled at the traps in...

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By Bob Worth

Thursday 26, November 2015

Essex Vase - 12/1 Tip Adageo Bob Fastest In Semis

Adageo Bob - our 12/1 ante post tip - was just 11 spots outside his own 34.67sec track record that he holds jointly with now retired Airport Captain when he impressively landed the second semi of the Mitch Millward Essex Vase at Romford on Wednesday.

Named to celebrate the memory of the popular owner who died earlier last month, it was a sparkling effort from the Mark Wallis-trained veteran who beat Soviet Kenny to the bend, then kicked away.

Southern Henri moved off at the tu...

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By Bob Worth

Thursday 19, November 2015

Essex Vase Tips – Bob's Your Romford Uncle

The £10,000 Mitch Millward Essex Vase gets under way at Romford on Friday and several firms have priced it up.

The 575m competition, which this year commemorates the sad passing of popular owner Mitch Millward, climaxes in front of the Sky cameras on Tuesday December 1 and has attracted a decent entry. They are headed by Fivestar Clipper, who recently went through the 'Romford Friday Night 500 Stayers' unbeaten, culminating in a stunning eight-and-a-half success in the final. Derek ...

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By Bob Worth

Tuesday 10, November 2015

Wimbledon St Leger Final Night Tips

There's a cracking night of greyhound action in store at Wimbledon tonight with the final of the £25,000 William Hill St Leger over 687m (due off 9.08pm) the highlight.

Diego Flight (T4), a semi-finalist in the English Derby here, has made a smooth transition to six bends and is the one to beat as he has sustained relentless gallops in all three qualifying outings. However, he is priced accordingly – 4/5 best with bet365 – and he could well be challenged early by defending champi...

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By Bob Worth

Saturday 07, November 2015

Ladbrokes Gold Collar tips – Bound leaps off the page at 100/1

The Ladbrokes Gold Collar gets under way at Crayford on Saturday evening with six heats over the competition distance of 540m.

This famous old competition looks wide open and that is reflected in the betting, with Paddy Power making El Pedro and Swift Whirlwind their 8/1 joint-favourites, with four dogs - Corrin Bob, Swabys Millward, Turbo Daniel and Urban Road - priced at 10/1.

Clearly, we're guaranteed a good price - and a nice payout - if we can find the winner and the one ...

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By Bob Worth

Friday 23, October 2015

RPGTV Henlow Derby Final Tips

Liz McNair's Fire Height Tosh is all the rage for Sunday's RPGTV Henlow Derby after he came home three lengths ahead of Charity Buster in his semi, recording a fastest of the night 27.39sec.

Rab McNair said after the performance: "I'm really pleased the way Tosh has come to hand, he's showing real trackcraft and balance. It's a good final and were delighted to be there we gave him a proper break after the Derby, and we were more thinking of going to Nottingham or Hove - but it's turn...

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By Bob Worth

Wednesday 14, October 2015

Sky Festival of Racing Tips

There's a big night in the north east on Thursday with Newcastle staging four finals, including the £10,000 William Hill All England Cup.

The locally-trained dogs look to have a strong hand with MAUM LEGEND running in the big one (due off 9.08pm). Having found only the classy pair of Newinn Yolo and Pinpoint Maxi too strong in last year's competition, Jimmy Wright's dog was by far the paciest of the semi-final winners last Saturday and he has been handed an ideal dr...

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By Bob Worth

Sunday 11, October 2015

William Hill St Leger - Mowem cuts down rivals to underline claims

Mowem Down is 28/1 with the sponsor for the William St Leger, which starts on October 24, after a strong-running win over course and distance of 687m on Friday. Derek Knight's unexposed batch, successful over 750m at Romford a week earlier, was running in heat two of the Wimbledon Stayers and raced in rear early as Bams Bams Barney and Pharisee Flyer disputed.

The situation changed at the fourth turn where that duo had a coming together - with Pharisee Flyer sadly sustaining a broken...

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By Bob Worth

Sunday 11, October 2015

English Derby - Paul Hennessy already eyeing Wimbledon with promising pair

County Kildare-based Paul Hennessy is already planning towards the 2016 English Derby at Wimbledon with precocious little brothers Jaytee Jet and Jaytee Dutch.

For raw pups, they were really thrown in at the deep end in this year's competition and, given their inexperience, they performed magnificently. Hennessy decided to go down the Irish Derby route with Jaytee Jet and, despite an injury interruption in the run-up and his inexperience, he managed to finish in the semi-final, befor...

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By Bob Worth

Wednesday 30, September 2015

Swift Curie blasts out to take Yorkshire Leger

It proved ladies first in the Pin Point Yorkshire Leger final at Doncaster on Wednesday as Swift Curie (3-1) blasted clear from trap one to make all over the 661m course in 41.23sec. The sole unseeded runner, and tipped on the draw by spotlight's Tony Bullen in his Racing Post preview, she held Romany Rouge, who plugged on late to be runner-up, by over three lengths after Farley Rio had turned second. Trained at Sheffield by Russ Warren for David Green, the delighted owner said: "This is a go...

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By Bob Worth

Friday 25, September 2015

Romford Puppy Cup final tips

Hayley Keightley's Roxholme Scolari has been priced up as 7/4 favourite for Friday's £10,000 final of the Romford Puppy Cup (9.24pm), but he has an awkward draw on the inside given he's likely to move off into Droopy's Brindle in trap two, and that makes him opposable at such short odds.

It's hard to be confident about either Toot Hill Wizard and the slow-starting Coolavanny Bisto securing a clear run from traps three and five respectively, and it could be that Willy Whitesocks (tra...

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Friday 25, September 2015

Yorkshire St Leger semi-finals – business as usual for Milwards Teddy

Defending champion Milwards Teddy looked in fine shape when winning his first round heat last Saturday and he's now no bigger than 6/5 with Betfred to land next Wednesday's Sky-televised final.

Kakantu had made the best of his way home after a quick getaway and was a good five lengths clear of Romantic Romeo and the eventual winner. But Millwards Teddy moved through to second heading into the back straight and it was only a matter of time until he got to the leader. Sure enough, he b...

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By Bob Worth

Tuesday 15, September 2015

Big run from Tiny in KAB Derby semi-final

Sunday's semi-finals of the KAB Derby over 460m at Henlow saw the shock elimination of Savana Terry, who was so impressive in round one but did not break as well this time. He might still have qualified had he not found trouble at the third bend, although all-the-way winner Blackrose Tiny had gone by that stage and she went on to hold the fast-finishing Steeple Rd Vic by just under two lengths in a time of 27.59 seconds, the fastest of the three semis. Eric Cantillon's bitch has drawn trap ...

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