Leading greyhound trainer Nathan Hunt discusses some positive news off the track as well as a look at his weekend runners.
- Nathan has eight runners at Romford this Friday night who all have a good chance.
- He also assesses this weekend races as well.
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Nathan Hunt Column January 27
Nathan Hunt is one of the leading greyhound trainers in the country. In his latest column, which is published weekly on the Oddschecker website and social media channels, Nathan reflects on the fine form of the kennel and also discusses his eight runners at Romford on Friday.
The team are in great form and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going
The dogs are running really well, particularly in the last couple of weeks when we’ve had a lot of dogs either winning or going very close. It’s a great start to the year and hopefully it can continue. In the column last week I said that Grays Cup Winner and Droopys Flight both had good chances so it was great to see them both get on the scoresheet at Romford and they are back in action this Friday at the track where we have eight runners.
6:09: Romford: Kilara Sapphire (Trap Two) and Blue Thrill Lad (Trap Four)
Kilara Sapphire won an A4 earlier this year and was then a fine second last time out in an A3. She is coming into a bit of form and I would be hopeful she could go close again.
Blue Thrill Lad is breaking very well, but he is not running the bends as well as he should be. He was second last time out and if he was running the bends a bit better he would be winning really.
6:28: Romford: Binsky Brave (Trap Two)
He is a dog who is running really well. He won well last time out in an A3 and now steps up in grade for this A2, but he is in great form. He will need to smash out from the boxes again. He can be hit and miss from the boxes, but when he gets it right, he is very good.
6:58: Romford: Newlawn News (Trap Two)
He has been a good dog for us and has won plenty of A1s at Romford. He’s in a maiden on Friday and he has lots of good form at the track. If he breaks well he will have a great chance in a race like this
7:56: Romford: Ballyard Hilary (Trap Six)
She has been brilliant so far this year winning two of her last three starts. She won really well at Romford on Saturday night. She delivered in fine style and she seems to be coming on really well. She is in a maiden competition and it does look a tough race with Feora Max in trap two being a top-class dog, whilst Wee Sydney in trap five id a nice time over 400m last week and also has won an S1 so she is going to have to clear her really. I think a stiffer six bends will really suit her so she will run at Romford and then we will take her to Monmore for a 630m competition as I think she will stay a proper six bends which will really suit her.
8:17: Romford: Grays Cup Winner (Trap Four)
It was fantastic to see him for the second time in three starts last week. That was the fastest time has has done around there and he is nearly four-years-old so it is testament to his ability. It’s obviously a very good race and Goldies Hoddle is drawn well in trap one. Grays Cup Winner will have to break well to beat those kind of dogs, but I’m really pleased with him. He’ll run on Friday and then we might give him a couple of weeks off to prepare him for the Golden Sprint which begins in March.
8:38: Romford: Bang On Sophie (Trap Two) and Droopys Flight (Trap Four)
Droopys Flight won well last week. The dog drawn in trap one moved off and he cut inside that dog and saw the gap in a split-second. He was brave and ducked inside and he then went away. We know what a capable dog he is and he just needs to keep breaking well from the boxes. He is drawn in trap four in this final and I think that is his box. As long as we can get him out of the boxes, he will have a chance in this.
I thought Bang On Sophie did well to qualify last week. She was fifth coming round the first bend. She stays strong and I think she will get further than 400m in time. She is going to have to break well and it looks as if Mohort Bob is well drawn in trap one. She is not without a chance if breaking well.
9:12: Romford: Paradise Prince (Trap Five)
I took him to Crayford for some trials, but eh didn’t really handle the track. A lot of dogs don’t and so we’ve brought him back to Romford. We’ll see how he gets on here and then he is probably another dog we would take to Monmore for the 630m comp there. We would like to step him up to be a proper six bend dog and he has more of a chance of leading over that sort of trip.
Dapper Donnie should run well at Monmore on Saturday
I might also have a few runners at Monmore on Saturday and the pick of those would be Dapper Donnie. Things didn’t go right for him at Romford last time, but he trialled well for me in a sprint trial last week at Monmore and I think he could be a nice pup for the Puppy Derby.
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