Greyhounds preview - August 6

  • Last Updated: August 6 2014, 10:03 BST

We run the rule over Wednesday's greyhounds meetings and pick out our best bets for the action.

BAGS BEST BET: Worsboro Phantom (T4, 8.34 Sheffield)

TODAY'S NAP: Catrigg Croft (T4, 8.19 Sheffield)

TODAY'S TREBLE: Old Refrain (T1, 9.19 Sheffield)

The entry may have been low for the Roto Roof Windows TV Trophy but tonight's live-on-Sky final (9.19) at Sheffield is certainly not short on quality.

Five of the six runners in the decider were at the head of the ante-post betting and we look set for a thrilling 56 seconds as they do battle for the £8,000 first prize.

It is the first time in the famous competition's history that it has been staged at the Owlerton Circuit, and the 915m trip is also the longest ever distance for the Category One event.

King Kane is a warm favourite after making it two from two over marathon trips in track record fashion in the heats, but the switch to the black jacket for Diane Henry's wide isn't ideal and Old Refrain (T1) looks a better value proposition.

Bidding to follow in the footsteps of 2013 heroine Musical Gaga by landing the Dorando Marathon and TV Trophy double, Chris Allsopp's bitch came through to win a scrappy heat with a bit to spare after early traffic problems and represents a kennel firing on all cylinders now.

The April '11 whelp, who made all impressively over C&D before a fine effort in a hot Betfred Select Stayers, can turn in a much better pitch now sporting red on this short run to the bend and she will take some holding if within striking distance as they head out on to the back straight for the second time.

A high-class undercard has been assembled for the Sky cameras and local handler Harry Crapper is fancied to land a quick-fire double, starting with Catrigg Croft (T4) at 8.19.

Following a six-length romp over 500m here in a rapid 28.84, the July '12 speedster dominated over this 480m trip from the reopposing Russanda Ronda in an equally impressive 27.80 last week and is a bitch firmly on an upward curve.

She is drawn a little wider than she is used to in the black jacket, but the daughter of Vans Escalade has the early dash to negate that and secure a first bend lead.

Fifteen minutes later the veteran trainer runs Worsboro Phantom (T4) in the 720m event at 8.34 and the big blue dog should relish the step back up in trip.

The in-form stayer ran on well for an excellent second behind Romantic Rambo in the Betfred Select Stayers over 730m at Nottingham last month, which sets the recent standard on the form book in this event, and he looked better the further he went when running away with a 660m contest here in a smart time last week.

With a decent run to the turn to sort themselves out, he has a good chance to get on the bunny early on.

 

RACE-BY-RACE PICKS:

BELLE VUE

2.18 (5-4-2)

2.37 (3(nb)-5-6)

2.57 (5-3-2)

3.17 (2-5-4)

3.38 (1-5-2)

3.58 (1-3-2)

4.18 (1-6-4)

4.37 (4-3-2)

4.57 (2-3-6)

5.17 (2(Nap)-4-1)

5.33 (2-3-1)

5.47 (2-5-6)

6.04 (1-5-3)

6.18 (1-5-4)

HALL GREEN

11.03 (5-4-1)

11.19 (6-5-3)

11.34 (5-1-4)

11.48 (1-5-4)

12.04 (3(Nap)-1-6)

12.18 (3-1-2)

12.32 (1(nb)-4-2)

12.47 (3-1-2)

1.04 (1-6-4)

1.19 (1-6-2)

1.33 (6-1-3)

1.51 (1-2-6)

HOVE

2.08 (1-6-4)

2.27 (2(Nap)-1-6)

2.47 (6(nb)-4-5)

3.07 (4-5-6)

3.28 (2-3-4)

3.48 (4-6-3)

4.08 (6-1-5)

4.27 (1-3-5)

4.47 (2-1-6)

5.07 (1-6-4)

5.22 (1-2-4)

5.38 (6-3-4)

5.56 (5-2-6)

6.11 (1-3-6)

NEWCASTLE

11.11 (3-5-4)

11.28 (4(nb)-6-5)

11.42 (4-1-3)

11.57 (1-3-2)

12.12 (5-6-4)

12.27 (3-6-1)

12.42 (1(Nap)-3-4)

12.58 (4-6-5)

1.12 (5-2-3)

1.27 (3-5-2)

1.44 (5-6-1)

1.58 (6-3-4)

PETERBOROUGH

7.25 (3-1-6)

7.39 (6(Nap)-1-4)

7.54 (5-1-4)

8.10 (4(nb)-1-3)

8.26 (2-3-6)

8.42 (6-5-2)

8.58 (1-5-3)

9.15 (1-2-6)

9.32 (4-1-6)

9.48 (3-4-2)

10.03 (1-6-4)

10.18 (1-2-3)

10.35 (2-5-3)

ROMFORD

7.31 (5(Nap)-1-6)

7.46 (6-3-1)

8.02 (4-1-6)

8.18 (2-6-5)

8.34 (1-5-2)

8.50 (1-6-3)

9.06 (5-6-1)

9.24 (3-5-6)

9.40 (3-4-2)

9.56 (6-5-4)

10.11 (2-3-5)

10.26 (6(nb)-1-5)

SHEFFIELD

6.28 (6-4-5)

6.48 (2-5-4)

7.04 (4-1-2)

7.19 (4-5-2)

7.34 (3-6-2)

7.49 (3-2-4)

8.04 (1-6-2)

8.19 (4(Nap)-5-6)

8.34 (4(nb)-6-3)

8.49 (1-3-2)

9.04 (5-2-3)

9.19 (1-4-5)

9.39 (1-3-4)

9.56 (4-2-3)

SUNDERLAND

6.38 (4-1-3)

6.56 (2-3-6)

7.11 (6(nb)-2-1)

7.27 (3-5-4)

7.42 (1-2-6)

7.57 (2-3-5)

8.11 (4-6-2)

8.27 (5-6-3)

8.41 (3-1-2)

8.57 (2(Nap)-4-1)

9.13 (6-3-2)

SWINDON

6.28 (4-1-6)

6.48 (4-6-2)

7.06 (6-2-4)

7.22 (4(nb)-6-5)

7.37 (3-5-4)

7.52 (3-4-1)

8.07 (4-6-5)

8.22 (4(Nap)-2-1)

8.37 (1-3-5)

8.51 (1-6-5)

9.07 (3-6-1)

9.22 (2-1-4)

YARMOUTH

6.33 (6-4-5)

6.49 (1(Nap)-3-4)

7.06 (1-6-3)

7.22 (3-2-6)

7.37 (3(nb)-4-6)

7.53 (3-4-5)

8.09 (4-1-6)

8.24 (2-3-5)

8.41 (1-5-6)

8.57 (5-6-1)

9.12 (1-3-2)

9.28 (6-4-1)

9.44 (5-3-2)