After a successful night on Saturday on RPGTV naming our new pup Jacobs Fire, it’s back to action this afternoon with Meenagh Mourinho in an A2 at Crayford. Our greyhound tips for the Sky card at Nottingham tonight will be live on the site by 6.00pm. Let’s break down the task that faces our boy Jose.
5.22pm Crayford 21/11/2017 A2 Grade
Swift Thruxton – Already has twice picked up Jose when she won in A4 and A3, able to spring a shock in this grade earlier in the month. She is a smart hound when she puts it all together and while she is an exposed veteran, she should be in the mix.
Tinas Paddy – Has won the last three times he has been seen in this grade, including going unpenalised for an A2 victory on the 9th. In a race full of early pace, missing the kick a shade might be a benefit to him. Should be rattling home having won plenty over the 540m test.
Droopys Andes – Fellow Jim Daly inmate was a top grade dog earlier in the year but had to drop to A3 to get his head back in front recently. Has lost a bit of his early pace sparkle since the spring and this is a tough race for the grade.
Castlebride Maud – For the third race in a row, she takes on Jose. They are 1-1 in those meetings, coming away much better last time when causing Jose problems on the run to the bend. That was her quickest sectional in her last 9 runs so no good thing to repeat.
Pure Peron – Part of a smart litter who have all climbed the grades in 2017, she has done well to win races from the back. With Jose outside her, she looks like she will have to do things the hard way once more, may be worth a try over the 540m trip.
Meenagh Mourinho – 2/4 in the stripes here, he will enjoy being back in that jacket this afternoon. It’s a packed race in terms of talent so he will need to be on his toes at the lids. If he can make the bend in front, he has the ability to go close but there are strong runners behind.
Every chance that Jose will be front rank as they head into the bend, he will need to be however with a number of strong stayers in this contest. The 1 has picked him up twice, the 2 has form over the 540m trip with both the 4 and 5 also doing their best work late. He must turn in front to win, with a bit of trouble in behind probably needed if he is to hold off some power packed finishes.