It’s semi-final time at Monmore on Saturday evening as six dogs look to book their place in the final of next weekend’s Gold Cup.
A race with a rich vein of history, it was originally known as the Midland Gold Cup when it was inaugurated in 1994 and has been won by a host of top-class canine talent in the years since.
Two winners of the Gold Cup, Toms The Best (1998) and Taylors Sky (2011) both also won the sport’s most coveted prize, the English Greyhound Derby. After the opening heats last weekend, the competition is hotting up with two dogs from the three respective semi-finals looking to make the grand final of the £10,000 competition on August 29.
Dogs to watch tonight include the 2019 defending champion Seaglass Tiger produced a seismic display in his heat last week and Bockos Doomie, who remains unbeaten at the track. The rest of the action includes three semi-final heats of the £7,500 Summer Stayers Classic, which includes Regency winner Zascandil.
We enjoyed a sensational time of things last week with eight winners from 10 selections at prices of 1/4, 4/9, Evens, Evens, 5/4, 6/4, 11/4 and 9/2 and are hungry for more winners.
SIGNET ACE a serious talent, this son of Laughil Blake bolted up in an Open Race at Newmarket last month and has produced two lovely trials time at Monmore since. He looks the one to beat.
This is all about QUEEN JESSIEJ. She produced a stylish performance when bolting up in an excellent time in her heat last week and she is simply a bitch in the form of her life. A repeat of that performance makes her very tough to beat.
SEAGLASS TIGER is a brilliant semi-final in prospect. This son of Drumcrow Obama is the defending champion and bounced back to form with an emphatic victory by three-and-a-half-lengths in his heat last week.
Now he has regained the winning thread, he should improve again and just shades the verdict over Droopys Addition, who is progressive but looks to have a bad draw.
The race of the evening. BOCKOS DOOMIE (NAP) is an absolute superstar and remains unbeaten at the track following an easy win in his heat last week.
This draw should be fine, and the Sussex Cup hero is difficult to oppose in his current form. There are plenty of challengers, but the main danger is certainly Hiya Boyo despite the draw in trap two being a slight concern.
He is in excellent form and managed to win last time despite meeting all sorts of trouble. However, Bockos Doomie is rock-solid and gets the verdict.
KINGSBROOK GLYN lost all chance of winning when breaking poorly from the start at in his heat last week, but stayed on strongly to finish third in a good time. He could possibly regain the winning thread here.
WALTHAM MAGIC was impressive in his heat last week and a reproduction of that effort from a draw which should suit makes her of serious interest.
BUBBLY DAVE showed a cracking attitude to record a half-length win in his heat last time out. The same draw here will suit and if he can avoid being slow away, he still looks capable of taking this.
COOLAVANNY DYLAN was fourth in a semi-final of the Silver Salver behind the eventual winner. He has since posted two cracking trial times and should go close here.
Silver Salver hero who is in the form of his life. SHREWD CALL posted a smart trial time and he has to be backed given his recent form.
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18:09 Signet Ace (Trap 3)
18:58 Queen Jessiej (Trap 1)
19:18 Seaglass Tiger (Trap 2)
19:36 Bockos Doomie (Trap 1)
19:56 Kingsbrook Glyn (Trap 6)
20:17 Waltham Magic (Trap 6)
20:38 Bubbly Dave (Trap 3)
20:54 Coolavanny Dylan (Trap 4)
21:12 Shrewd Call (Trap 4)
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