It was a gallant effort from Meenagh Mourinho as he went into open class company on Sunday night. Inches away from turning in front, a bump stopped him from doing so, but he kept on for a game third, the pair beating him with seventeen open race wins between them. He should enjoy himself back down in graded company at Crayford, with a run at Harlow often a help as a sharpener. Our greyhound tips will be up at 6pm tonight, let’s break down Jose’s task.
Mystical Charlie – Veteran got into trouble in this grade last time when sent off the even money favourite. An open race winner over hurdles, he has been beaten as a short price favourite on his last three starts in this grade, becoming expensive to follow.
Snowdon Hank – Four time an A1 winner here, he has never been this low in the grades. He hasn’t shown much in a pair of starts since a three month break, but at this level, he needs to be afforded plenty of respect.
Castlebride Maud – Another dropping back from top grade, she scored on her last run in A2 in a slick 23.48 in August. Has only ducked under the 3.60 sectional once in seven starts since so has lost her trapping boots a little, solid shout if she finds them again.
Meenagh Mourinho – Slick starter has made a good start to his career in this country with wins in A4 and A3. This is a tougher A2 than the one he was runner-up in on his last run here, but he has not quite hit the lids as he can, still has quicker times in the locker.
Droopys Sandiego – Been an up and down year, having to drop into an A4 before getting his head back in front. He did that in slick style, following up in A2. Solid early pace, he need to ping with Jose’s first stride tending to be to the right.
This is a top notch A2 event and a proper test for Jose. This wouldn’t be out of place as a top grade event so he is going to have to produce his best form yet from a draw in 5. His first step has been to the right in recent starts, that could spell trouble for both he and the 6 early. 3 and 4 are both better than this class at their best, neither have been winning any medals for consistency in recent months however. They are both well capable of landing this contest if they are anywhere near their peak so they along with the 2 who will no doubt go off favourite once more all need considering in a quality race.