Leading greyhound trainer Nathan Hunt speaks exclusively about his weekend hopes, including star runner Our Boy Seamus.
Nathan Hunt looks to have an exciting prospect on his hands with Our Boy Seamus. He bolted up in the opening heats of the Coral Romford Puppy Cup and runs in the opening semi-final (7.56pm) at the track on Friday night. In his latest exclusive Oddschecker column, he discusses the victory, his hopes for the semi-final and also his contenders for the opening round of the Ladbrokes Coral Guys And Dolls competition.
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He’s fit and well – Our Boy Seamus is my best chance of the night
Our Boy Seamus was brilliant on Friday night. I don’t think he trapped as well as he could. He came away moderately, but he showed great pace from the first bend and he really went through the gears down the back straight.
He was just the quickest dog in the race. Of course it helped that he had a bit of experience at the track. He had a good draw and made good use of it. Our Boy Seamus wasn’t foot perfect given how he trapped and also he swung very wide off the last bend. He did cramp up a little so I would be hopeful there will be plenty of improvement left.
Seamus safely through to the semi finals of the puppy cup. Showing a lovely burst of pace to put the race to bed https://t.co/H3SngbSqFk— Nathan Hunt (@NHunt67) September 4, 2020
Our Boy Seamus saw the physio on Tuesday like we always do and he was happy. We haven’t done too much else with him really. He’s fit and well and it is has just been all about getting him ready for Friday.
He looks to be in the toughest semi-final on Friday. Bubbly Magnum ran well on Friday and posted the quickest time. He is certainly a danger in trap four. Tenpin was unlucky, but it looks like he wants trap one, whilst I thought Lightfoot Ripley would preferred to be drawn in the middle, rather than in trap one. It might get a bit crowded on the inside so I am pleased that Our Boy Seamus has got trap six. I’m just hoping Seamus can come away level and show good pace to the bend.
He’s got trap six. It’s the hardest semi-final, but if we want to win the competition, we need to be finishing first and second. I would take second right now, but we’re hopeful and he’s my best chance of the night.
I’ve got four runners in the opening heats of the Guys And Dolls on Friday – they all have chances
More chances this weekend
Aero Rackitup (6:09: Romford)
He’s a homebred. He’s done a couple of nice times at Romford before and he is a really game dog once he gets to the lead. We’re pleased he has got trap one and if he breaks, he is not without a chance. He needs to finish in the top two and we’re hopeful he can. He had a couple of weeks off and then finished a good second on his reappearance. That was just a prep run and I expect him to improve from that.
Romxholme Irene (6:58: Romford)
She won an A1 a couple of weeks ago really well. She is a nice bitch when she gets it right and is a very capable. I’m pleased she’s drawn in trap four, but it is a good race and she is going to have to break very well to get into the top two.
Bang On Annie (7:18: Romford)
She is a little sister to Aero Rackitup so is another homebred. I’ve given her a couple of weeks off to freshen her up for this competition. I gave her a trial on Monday and did a very good time of 23.89s off a pretty moderate split. Hopefully, she will break well from trap one as she is going to need to. She is probably one of the strongest runners in the competition over 400m. She traps well and hopefully turn in a handy position and then go from the second bend. She has never really broke from trap one well before, but hopefully she can on Friday and can use the rails to break well enough.
Ive Got Gears (7:18: Romford)
She is the same heat as Bang On Annie. She came to me from Kevin Hutton. She had been off a while, but has been impressive since her return to action and I have been really pleased with her. She won an A2 a couple of weeks ago. I thought she was going to go a little bit quicker when she won, but she might just have needed that. She then won an A1 in the quickest time of the night last time out. We’ve been really pleased with her, she has lots of early pace and is therefore suited to Romford. Hopefully, she’s coming out of season and can have another big run.