Greyhound Trader’s Tips: Saturday at Henlow, Sheffield and more
Who’ll win the Steel City Cup Final on Saturday?
There are 11 Greyhound Racing meetings taking place up and down the UK and Ireland on Saturday and our traders have taken a look at some of the key races.
Here we run through the afternoon action at Henlow and Doncaster plus the evening racing from Crayford and Sheffield, including the Steel City Cup Final.
Trap three is the one to be with at Henlow. It accounts for 177 wins so far in 2020! The UK’s champion trainer Mark Wallis trains here and sends out Jesses Sister in the 2:28. She’ll wear the favoured white jacket and has been in good form so far this year.
Her performances have seen her improve from A5 to the A2 contest she finds herself in on Saturday afternoon. Her raw stats are good. But it’s the 23.94s time she clocked at Romford earlier in the week that catches the eye. This looks like a good opportunity for her to record an all the way win.
Earlier on at 2:11 we have an interesting Invitation Race. These sorts of contests are a fantastic initiative that showcase the best dogs in training at each venue.
Ballymac Zoro, who runs from trap two, has been zipping around Romford recently. She’s raced there a few times on a Friday of late and has won two on the bounce over their extended 750m trip. She almost followed that up at Henlow last Saturday over 550m but the line came just too soon for her as she was beaten into second place.
She steps back up in distance to 692m here. It’s a trip she should relish every last inch of.
Trap four is the favoured gate at Doncaster. It has produced 109 winners at a strike-rate of 20% so far in 2020, which gives it the best record of the six.
That ought to suit Cherokee Chief, who’ll go from trap four at 2:22 as he bids to continue his impressive record of two wins from three at the Yorkshire track. He’s trained out of the excellent Shaun Parker kennel, who have enjoyed 83 winners in Graded company at Doncaster already this year, operating at a strike-rate of 24%.
Greyhound enthusiasts up-and-down the land will be looking forward to the 9:18 here which doubles up as the Steel City Cup Final. It’s worth a tasty £10,000 to the winner and will be the lade Grade 1 event in the UK for the foreseeable future due to coronavirus.
Headford Ranger could be the one to beat. He’s powered through the competition thus far, winning his first and second round heats by a combined 11l¾. We reckon he’s sure to be popular for the final itself.
The bad news is that he’s been draw in trap five. As a railer, he’ll be edging across the dogs to the left of him to try and find the rail. If he’s to manage that, then he’ll need to ping straight out of the traps and force his way across. And that’s easier said than done.
Deadly Expert is the dog with the best draw. He’ll go from trap six. With the other five set to tangle each other up on the inside, he looks likely to have a clear run on the outside after winning his semi-final convincingly last Saturday.
His chances are further improved by the trap six bias at Sheffield. The stripes have been the place to be at the Yorkshire track in 2020, with trap six operating a strike-rate of over 20%.
We round things off at Crayford where Southfield Dele has made a magnificent start to his career. After impressing in his trials, he’s gone on to win two races from three, overcoming trouble in-running during each of those wins.
His trainer David Lee is running at a 19% strike-rate this year. He sends his puppy into A5 company tonight. Given his apparent scope for improvement, that shouldn’t be a worry.
He’ll be looking to display his early pace once more and get to the front as soon as he can from trap four. That doesn’t look like being a hinderance at Crayford either, with trap four producing no less than 137 wins so far in 2020.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication.