Four tips from greyhound expert Paul Millward for today
Although he is not going to be anything like a good price, NIGHT TIME JET (best price 5-4) looks very capable of getting the day off to a winning start. He was on fire going into the lockdown with two wide margin all the way wins along with an impressive come from behind effort sandwiched in between them.
His latest trial should see him spot on today and with a slower starter in the five box, trap six is just about perfect. His recent sectionals have been very decent and, if coming away to one of his flying exits, it is difficult to envisage how any of the others are going to get close enough to even challenge.
A top-grade sprint at Hove sees the return of the seemingly evergreen FOREST WHISKEY (best price 15-8), who has had 100 plus races so far in his career, but he retains a remarkable level of ability still. He notched up a hat-trick before the break and comeback trials show that he is clearly still in fine form.
He is usually absolutely spot on at the start and, coming away as well as he can, he should certainly give his supporters a good run for their money and looks well worth an interest, if only to moderate stakes.
A few tracks are beginning to put some quality races together and there will not be many better class events than this one at the moment. It brings together some crack sprinters, including leading Derby fancy REFERENDUM (best price 2-1), who has won six from ten races, over both two and six bends, since coming over from Ireland in September.
His two comeback trials suggest he is not far away from his peak and, presumably, he will strip a little fitter for those warm ups. His last actual race over C&D early in March saw him hammer a class field in a quite sensational time and, with a reproduction of that effort, he would probably prove unbeatable. He can come away like the wind but, even from a level break, he seems sure to have too much early speed for the pair on the inside and can take control going into the bend.
The presence of Sonic Ruby (a fast winner during the week), along with leading sprinters Geelo Brezzer and Coolavanny Dylan, who are obvious threats, should ensure Referendum goes off at a very backable price.
This is a fairly warm A1 contest and most of these are probably capable of winning if running to the best of their form. However, the one who might have slipped under the radar is CHEEKY BOB (best price 11-2), who was a classy sort when based in Ireland. He immediately took to Hove when making a winning bow in November and his form has been solid enough since.
His comeback trials are also worth looking at. He clocked a classy enough 16.43sec for the two-bend trip and his two trials over this trip have been solid enough. As importantly, he has been timing his getaways to perfection and an early lead has to be on the cards. It is also worth noting his winning form over further than tonight’s distance and an early lead will not be easily surrendered.