I don’t want to get all Kanye West about it but I fairly smashed it in my Wimbledon Greyhound preview when tipping the first three home.
Taking on the favourite Farloe Blitz paid dividends back in June and I’m doing the same again tonight.
Here’s my trap-by-trap guide to Saturday night’s smash-up at Shelbourne Park.
If there was a betting market for who will be leading around the first bend this boy would be the 1/33 favourite. Instead he is likely to start a short-priced favourite in this mouth-watering bookie vs punter clash.
He’s won 7 out of 11 races around Shelbourne Park but this will be his 12th race in three months and it could be a case of one too many.
Yet to justify the ‘favourites’ tag in any final he’s competed in to date, can he shake the voodoo this Saturday night? We say No.
TRAP 2: CABLE BAY –
He may have only won two of his nine Shelbourne Park outings to date – but he’s still a deserving finalist for the Con & Annie Kirby memorial puppy stake for the King of Clonmel, Brendan Matthews.
Ultra-consistent and able to produce a big run even when hampered, his backers will be in with a shout for most of the way around.
Probably lacks the touch of class possessed by others in this line-up but has kept top company throughout his racing career.
Will likely find one or two too good here.
TRAP 3: BALLYMATT MATT –
Despite barely being out of nappies BALLYMAC MATT has been on the lips of greyhound racing fans for a number of months.
Well-backed for the English Greyhound Derby he disappointed and made a hasty exit after the very first round.
Since then he’s been flawless around Shelbourne Park winning seven out of his eight races including the Gain 600 event destroying a top-class field.
Was favourite for this event since his huge run in Round 1 until last week’s defeat at the hands of Farloe Blitz. Can he reward his backers and land the coveted prize? Should go close here despite his luck with the draw appearing to have run out.
TRAP 4: PEREGRINE FALCON –
This year’s surprise package. 0 wins from his first 7 career starts left many wondering if this talking dog could reach the heights anticipated of him.
Proceeded to go on an incredible winning sequence at the track whilst leaving some of the best Ireland has to offer in his wake
Real middle runner and trap draw is not a concern. Won’t lead but could turn for home very close and it will be game on from there.
TRAP 5: GAYTIME HAWK –
My idea of the winner who represents good value at his current odds. Has smashed out of the boxes in his last two starts and has the added bonus of having Ireland’s top handler Graham Holland in his corner.
Needs to trap out again and if he does I anticipate him following the favourite around the first two bends and then going on the charge close home.
Has won four on the bounce now and is in peak form at the right time.
TRAP 6: FARLOE RUMBLE –
No chance. Only joking. Stand down. The second string for owner/trainer pair Paul Ellis & Owen McKenna. He’s yet to really take off in this event but ran a big race last week to qualify.
Known for brilliant middle speed he’ll need a career best combined with a healthy slice of luck to burgle this race.
Winner: Gaytime Hawk (5) –
Second: Farloe Blitz (1) –
Third: Ballymac Matt (3) –