With six winners last week at Romford, leading greyhound trainer Nathan Hunt looks ahead to his weekend runners.
- Nathan discusses his 11 runners over the weekend and reflects on recent form.
- He also reveals his best chance of a winner at Romford on Friday.
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Nathan Hunt Column February 3rd
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 kennel’s sensational run of form, which continued with a four-timer at Romford yesterday & looks ahead to his eight runners at the Essex venue on Friday
I’m delighted with how things are going with six winners in the last week at Romford
The dogs are in fantastic form at the moment and it was great to have two winners at Romford last Friday. I talked up the chances of both Kilara Sapphire and Binksy Brave in my last Oddschecker column so it was good to see them deliver the goods.
The good form continued on Tuesday where we had a four-timer at Romford. Aero Rackitup was very impressive in an A1 and heads back to the track on Friday. Our other winners were Sneezys Hobby, Vinegarhilltommy and Aero Wolves. We’ve made a great start to the year and hopefully we can continue that form. We’ve changed a couple of things at home, but the dogs just seem happy in themselves and that is showing on the track.
Ballyard Hilary is my best chance of a winner at Romford on Friday
We are well-represented again at Romford on Friday where we have eight runners and I’m hopeful of some big performances from the team.
6:09: Romford: Bang On Gemma (Trap Six)
She is very good from the boxes and has been quick away on her last two starts. However, she can then get a bit outpaced on the run to the bend. She will have to fly out of the traps to have any chance, but we’re hopeful there is plenty more to come from her.
6:28: Romford: Teaboy Bruno (Trap Five)
He is a dog who has really turned a corner in recent weeks. It took him 11 races to win his first race, but since then, things just seem to have clicked for him. He won an A5 last month in 24.10 which is basically an A1 time so we have just been steadily upping him in grade. He was very impressive last time out when he scored by five lengths having shown good early. That was in an A3 and he is now stepping into an A1, but he is improving with every run and we’re hopeful of another big effort.
6:58: Romford: Kilara Sapphire (Trap Three)
She was one of two winners for us at the track last Friday and has really hit form. She came to us from Doncaster and had trialled well. However, in her first few runs for us, she was not coming away from the traps. We then changed her trap to trap three and things have just clicked for her. She was quick away in an A4 on January 16 when she won her first race for us. She was then beaten by a short-head on her next run, before scoring in an A3 on her last run. Her owners are good supporters of the kennel and they wanted to giver her a run a maiden. It looks a tough race as Holdem Japan in trap five is a good dog, but Kilara Sapphire is in good form and progressing with every run.
7:18: Romford: Ballyard Hilary (Trap Six)
Regular readers will know how much I think of this bitch. She has won two of her last four starts, with the two wins coming in good style in S1 company. She was then slow away over 575m in an Open Race last Friday, but I was impressed with the way she stayed on to take third. I think she is my best chance of the night and I will be disappointed if she gets beat.
7:36: Romford: Droopys Flight (Trap Four)
He was just very flat-footed last week when slow away and finishing fifth. However, as he showed the week before, he is much better than that and these things can happen. He will need to trap better, but I think he has a good draw this week. The dog inside him in trap three will go towards the rails, whilst trap five is a wide runner, so it could leave him with plenty of room. He has the speed to get to the first bend in front and I would be hopeful of him going close. It just all hinges on the break and if he can trap well and beat the others to the inside, then hopefully he is in with a shout.
8:38: Romford: Ive Got Gears (Trap Four)
She ran well behind another one of our dogs Aero Rackitup last time out. She is back racing against her own sex which I think could be important as she usually runs very well in those type of races. However, it does look a hot race with Holdem Lauren and Sophies Sparkle probably the ones who will give her most to think about.
9:12: Romford: Aero Rackitup (Trap One)
He has been a real star for us and I was delighted to see him get his head back in front when winning in A1 company last time out. He showed good early pace and ran on strongly to score by three lengths. He returns to Open Race company here and I’m glad he has got trap one as is looks the type of race where he will have to break well to bag the rail. His task won’t be easy as he is taking on the King of Romford at the moment in Goldies Hoddle who is chasing a sixth straight win at the track. However, he comes here on the back of that win and it’s going to be crucial that he leads at the first bend. If he does that, then he should go well in this.
I have three runners at Monmore on Saturday
The dogs have also been running elsewhere and we had a couple of dogs placed at Monmore earlier this week. We take three back to the track on Saturday. Jonno You Go finished a good second last time out. He showed good pace and had every chance, but just found one too good. Hopefully he can go one better this time around.
Dapper Donnie is a really nice pup and we were delighted with his second-placed effort at the track last week. He stayed on well there over 480m and I think in time he will stay further. However, he is still a young pup and we will wait until he is two before eyeing up those sort of targets. He shows good pace and he is another with claims on Saturday.
Our final runner is Brightside Nick who missed the break when beaten last week. Clearly things didn’t go to plan on that occasion, but hopefully he can take a step back in the right direction on Saturday night.
I’m a guest on Racing Post Greyhound TV on Friday
With eight runners on the card, I’ll be a guest on Racing Post Greyhound TV on Friday evening looking at all of the action from Romford. The show is now in a new studio and is being broadcast in HD so make sure you tune in to Sky Channel 175 to see me hopefully enjoy watching some of our dogs win.
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