Back to back runner up efforts in A4 grade have been solid runs for Droopys Nuka, just lacking the middle pace up in the grades to shut the door on one up her inside both times. She will be in action once again on Thursday afternoon at the BAGS, hopefully with none of the rainfall and big prices than have plagued Glorious Goodwood so far. Our greyhound tips will be live on the site later this afternoon.
2.57pm Crayford 3rd August A4 Grade
American Beauty – Made it to top grade at the backend of 2016, she was a grade higher than this the last twice, running respectably. She can burn the candle at both ends with the odd spurt of early and the occasional strong staying performance, but she hasn’t put it all together much. A 23.50 bitch at her best, she has broken 24 seconds just once recently so has a little to find in a clean run race.
Cuteen Jess – Absolutely skated up on her Crayford debut, a wide margin A5 winner. She has the typical Droopys Jet early pace (3.55 when winning) and is still only a pup. There should be plenty of improvement left in the tank, it would be no surprise to see her in top grade come the autumn, she looks a smart recruit.
Slaheny Holly – Has 3.59 early pace in the locker but it is not often that she comes away in such fashion. She is twice a winner at A5 level, this the highest class of race she has ever run in. It was an impressive 23.65 scoring effort last time, but with early pace inside her in 2, she is going to need plenty of luck to get on the bunny again.
Fawkham Bugatti – Rattled his way through the grades in the spring, he has struggled since moving into the top half of the grades, winning just once in his last ten starts. He doesn’t come away well, but he paces up to the bend strongly, though he is going to need plenty of luck to get a run through given some of these in opposition.
Droopys Nuka – Three wins and three seconds already in her first eight career starts, Nuka has been a pleasure to own. She won from 5 last time she was clad in orange, an A6 contest at the start of July. She would still ideally like to be seen in stripes, but if she can come away in the same flying 3.48 fashion as she did last week she will be in the firing line, Whether she has the strength to hold on is another question, but she is a forecast/tricast mixer given her exceptional consistency.
Culverden Jess – A2 class as recently as May, she has proved a little below par of late, burning punters fingers the last twice when sent off 6/4 and 11/10, both times turned over in this grade. She paces up well to be bend and stays this 380 trip well but she runs a wider course than Nuka does so having her outside is a positive. She has 3.47’s on her c.v, though her recent efforts have been mid 3.50’s.
Another tough task for Nuka with dogs who pace to the bend well either side and a potential top grade pup in 2. She has the potential herself to rate higher still of course so she is going to be a player for those who like playing forecasts and tricasts. The 2 could be a cut above this class, having looks like a potential top grade hound on her debut. As with any pup though, she is no sure thing to trap in the same fashion once more, a slower start would give Nuka a chance.