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Classic case can be made for Rebel at Sunderland

| 13.07.2016

David Metcalf | July 13, 2016

Rebel ready to rock in Classic Final at Sunderland

T6 Coolavanny Rebel looks decent value to land the 450m Classic Final at Sunderland (21:08) on a stellar evening of Open race action screened live on Sky Sports 3.

Elaine Parker’s dog ran a blinder when chasing home Toolmaker Scot in the first round, producing a lightning 4.77 sectional to lead until getting picked up to be beaten 2 3/4 lengths.

The son of Droopys Scolari also showed plenty of early dash when beaten just a short-head in the semis by Southfield Jock and could have a good make-up in the stripes.

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With the favourite Toolmaker Scot, who is the only unbeaten dog in the competition, now switching from the middle to Trap 1 and having the fast starting Southfield Jock on his outside, there is every chance of some jostling on the inside.

If that proves to be the case, Coolavanny Rebel looks perfectly housed to take advantage and lead at the first bend to slip clear.

Boom impossible to oppose in Grand Prix

The other big race on the card is the 630m Grand Prix Final (20:51), and T1 Pinpoint Boom looks a worthy odds-on favourite.

Kelly Macari’s 2015 Eclipse champion has taken the step up to six bends in his stride, registering two impressive wide-margin successes in the competition.

On each occasion he has shown bags of early pace and, although not possibly ideally drawn in red he should have too much early toe for his rivals and can make his class tell to land a trap-to-line success.

Pedro worth a punt

In the 640m Anniversary Trophy (19:11), T3 Boherna Pedro looks drawn to get back to winning ways. Peter Wood’s dog has an impressive strike rate in Opens at the track having won four of his eight starts.

He is also 2-2 from the white jacket and has been running well in defeat of late without getting much luck in-running.

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With slow starters on his inside, a reproduction of the 15.78 split he did when winning over course and distance three starts back would easily see him turn the first bend in front. If that proves to be the case Pedro is going to be very hard to peg back.

Cathal drawn to attack

T6 Ballymac Cathal is another with a good draw and looks the answer to the 450m Festival Of Racing Standard (19.59).

Alec Stone’s son of Ballymac Vic is the sole wide seed in the line-up and takes a drop in class having finished runner-up in the first round of the Classic, before getting knocked out in the semis last week when badly crowded and finishing fourth to Toolmaker Scot.

He looks sure to get acres of room on the run to the first bend, and can exploit possible crowding on the inside to turn in front and quickly establish a winning lead.

Sunderland selections for Sky televised races

19:11 T3 Boherna Pedro (NB)
19:26 T4 Pinpoint Den
19:43 T5 Shellam Delano
19:59 T6 Ballymac Cathal
20:16 T6 Mac Foiche
20:33 T1 Droopys Trapeze
20:51 T1 Pinpoint Boom
21:08 T6 Coolavanny Rebel (NAP)


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.