Free greyhound racing tips and selections for Thursday December 19

We run the rule over Thursday's greyhounds action and pick out our best bets, as well as providing race-by-race selections.


BEST BET: Calzaghe Sonic (T2, 7.42 Newcastle)

NEXT BEST: El Favour (T4, 8.29 Newcastle)

TREBLE: Looks Like Power (T3, 7.57 Newcastle)

By Chris Oliver

It may not be the richest race of the night but there is no doubt that Ice On Fire is the star attraction when he lines up for the O'Toole's Gym Byker Laurels Final at Newcastle, live on RPGTV.

Jimmy Fenwick's rocket has already landed three Category One finals in a stunning first season and can gain more big-race glory in this £5,000 decider at 8.59 after yet another demolition job in the heats a week ago. He is priced accordingly, though, and the advice is to just sit back and enjoy this supremely talented speedster strut his stuff.

However, Fenwick's Looks Like Power (T3) could represent some value in the £8,000 Alconex Northern Puppy Derby Final at 7.57.

Levante Beach is a red-hot favourite after a hat-trick of facile trap-to-line wins over the last three weeks, including when going fastest in the semi-finals seven days ago, and his rivals would be up against it if he pings the lids again. That said, the selection has scope for improvement and could be worth siding with at a top price 7/2 against the odds-on jolly.

A finalist in the Ryan Holmes Puppy Cup at Sheffield, the March '18 son of Droopys Roddick recovered from all sorts of trouble to land the odds with plenty to spare in the heats of this event before bringing his trapping boots in a dominant trap-to-line romp last Thursday. Further progress could be on the cards and he looks capable of really serving it up to the favourite if coming away again.

Another Harrison inmate likely to be very popular with the punters is Velvet Juliet, who steps up to six bends for the first time in the 640m maiden (7.42) after narrowly missing out on the Oaks Final at Swindon last time out. Having won the Classic over 450m at Sunderland, there is no doubting her ability but she has it to prove over six bends, with not even a trial over a staying trip under her belt, and it would be no surprise to see Calzaghe Sonic (T2) prove too strong for her.

Ted Soppitt's charge finished fourth in a hot final of the Trafalgar Cup at Monmore last month and, doing all his best work late on, has looked desperate for a step up in trip. The December '17 whelp built on an initial C&D trail with very pleasing 39.26 workout last week and may well have too much stamina if getting a clear run at the Harrison inmate.

El Favour (T4) was an eye-catcher when runner-up on his British debut in an A1 here on Saturday and could be the one to be on in the 480m maiden at 8.29.

Boasting some good form in Ireland, as well a couple of trial wins over talented kennelmate Ballymac Howard (runs in 8.13 tonight), Stuart Tighe's dog motored home from well off the pace to be beaten just three-quarters of a length at the weekend, finishing ahead of the reopposing Supa Hot (third) and Roseville Gene (fourth). He is expected to come on for that first competitive outing in two months and should be hard to hold in this company with anything like a clear run.

UK TIPS FOR THURSDAY 19TH DECEMBER

CENTRAL PARK

11.01 (1(nb)-5-2)

11.16 (5-1-3)

11.31 (6-3-2)

11.46 (1(Nap)-6-2)

12.01 (6-4-2)

12.16 (6-5-1)

12.31 (3-4-6)

12.46 (3-2-4)

1.01 (5-6-1)

1.16 (4-6-3)

1.31 (5-1-3)

1.49 (3-2-1)

CRAYFORD

2.06 (1-5-4)

2.22 (1(Nap)-4-5)

2.42 (2-6-1)

3.02 (3-6-5)

3.19 (6-1-5)

3.39 (6-1-5)

3.59 (6-3-2)

4.19 (4-3-5)

4.39 (3-5-6)

4.58 (2-5-1)

5.18 (5-3-1)

5.37 (5-6-1)

5.54 (4(nb)-2-5)

6.09 (6-2-1)

HENLOW

11.09 (3-4-6)

11.24 (2(nb)-6-1)

11.39 (3-2-5)

11.54 (2-6-4)

12.09 (3-1-6)

12.24 (2-5-1)

12.39 (6-4-5)

12.54 (1(Nap)-2-4)

1.08 (5-3-2)

1.22 (5-2-6)

1.39 (1-5-2)

1.57 (2-5-6)

HOVE

6.27 (3-4-5)

6.44 (6-4-1)

7.03 (4-5-6)

7.17 (6-4-3)

7.33 (3-1-5)

7.49 (3-1-2)

8.06 (1(Nap)-3-5)

8.21 (4-5-3)

8.38 (5-2-6)

8.53 (6(nb)-4-2)

9.08 (1-2-5)

9.26 (1-4-6)

9.43 (1-2-6)

10.02 (1-2-3)

MONMORE

6.33 (3-6-2)

6.49 (5(nb)-6-3)

7.07 (5-3-4)

7.23 (6-1-4)

7.38 (3-1-2)

7.54 (5-4-1)

8.11 (6-4-3)

8.27 (2-5-1)

8.42 (2-4-6)

8.57 (3-1-6)

9.16 (4-3-6)

9.32 (6(Nap)-4-5)

9.47 (4-3-2)

10.00 (2-3-5)

NEWCASTLE

6.22 (3-1-6)

6.39 (2-1-6)

6.55 (4-5-3)

7.09 (1-4-2)

7.26 (5-6-3)

7.42 (2(Nap)-5-1)

7.57 (3-5-2)

8.13 (3-5-2)

8.29 (4(nb)-3-6)

8.44 (6-3-5)

8.59 (2-3-1)

9.14 (5-2-3)

PERRY BARR

11.11 (3-5-1)

11.26 (3-4-1)

11.41 (1-2-6)

11.56 (6-5-1)

12.11 (6(Nap)-4-1)

12.26 (5-3-1)

12.42 (1-3-5)

12.57 (4-5-1)

1.12 (6-2-3)

1.27 (1-6-5)

1.44 (4(nb)-3-2)

1.59 (1-2-3)

ROMFORD

2.12 (1-6-2)

2.32 (6(Nap)-3-4)

2.52 (2-6-1)

3.11 (2-1-3)

3.29 (1-6-5)

3.49 (4(nb)-6-3)

4.09 (1-4-2)

4.29 (4-3-6)

4.48 (5-3-1)

5.08 (2-5-4)

5.28 (6-2-1)

5.44 (6-1-3)

6.02 (1-6-2)

6.19 (3-1-2)

SHEFFIELD

2.08 (2-1-4)

2.27 (6-4-1)

2.47 (2-3-4)

3.07 (4-3-1)

3.27 (3-1-6)

3.47 (2-4-5)

4.07 (2-4-5)

4.27 (4-6-5)

4.46 (4-1-2)

5.06 (5-1-2)

5.22 (5-4-6)

5.39 (1(Nap)-6-3)

5.56 (3(nb)-6-5)

6.11 (4-5-2)

SHELBOURNE PARK

7.55 (1-2-3)

8.10 (1-6-2)

8.25 (4-1-2)

8.40 (1(Nap)-2-3)

8.55 (1-2-3)

9.10 (1-2-3)

9.25 (3-5-4)

9.40 (1-6-2)

9.55 (1-2-3)

10.10 (1-2-3)

10.25 (1(nb)-2-3)

SUNDERLAND

11.03 (1-5-6)

11.19 (6-2-3)

11.34 (4-1-6)

11.48 (4-3-5)

12.04 (4(Nap)-3-1)

12.18 (4-5-6)

12.33 (2-4-3)

12.48 (2-4-6)

1.04 (5-1-6)

1.19 (5-3-6)

1.33 (5(nb)-1-6)

1.51 (3-1-6)

YARMOUTH

6.29 (6-5-1)

6.47 (6-5-1)

7.05 (3(Nap)-6-5)

7.19 (5-4-3)

7.36 (2-3-6)

7.52 (6-5-3)

8.08 (6-5-4)

8.23 (6-4-2)

8.37 (1(nb)-2-3)

8.51 (4-6-2)

9.06 (2-5-1)

9.22 (5-3-6)

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