It’s FA Cup Final day at Wembley – come on the Chels! – but also Super Saturday down on the south coast with a fantastic double-header given the finals of the Coral Sussex Cup and Coral Regency – plus supporting finals and opens.
It’s top quality all the way at Hove – and Monmore chips in, too, with a top all-open programme too. You can catch Monmore on SIS before it takes over from Hove on RPGTV next week for the start of the Ladbrokes Summer Festival of Racing.
But tonight on the channel it’s Hove and two Category One £10,000-to-the-winner competitions for the Sussex Cup and Regency finals. We’ve some of the best four- and six-bend performers on show – and the ante-post favourites are still in there.
Confidence in Bockos Doomie and Antigua Fire has been high from the start and could land the major prizes. Both are unbeaten heading into the finals and could land the odds – although better value might lay elsewhere? Read on.
Here’s tonight’s eye-catchers and fancies.
6.28: The first of tonight’s final is the sprint decider where Shrewd Call gets the call. The David Mullins-trained runner won the Colossus Bets Kent Silver Salver recently and remains a pup on the improve. Ballynabee Lucky could go well for the forecast?
Play: Shrewd Call
6.43: Nans Major might be one of the best drawn dogs of the night – and runs well at a price? Forest Alan next door is slow away and will move middle, allowing the red jacket to pace up and Samantha West’s runner is a decent sort when able to set the tempo.
Play: Nans Major
7.18: Another final now and this dual distance event for bitches has a strong contender in Southfield Bea, who did so much running last week. However conditions will be a lot quicker tonight and might Droopys Proven get away for Ernie Gaskin’s team?
Play: Droopys Proven
8.38: Bockos Doomie remains the most likely winner of the Sussex Cup Final even if he’s been hard-pushed to win in heat and semi-final. Expect a better break from the midfield – Patrick Janssens’ dog trapped well and ran amok previously from the white jacket – and might repeat the dose. If not, Killeacle Gus and Tommys Panther either side could get the jump on the favourite and open everything up. Distant Village could slip clear feasibly should that happen, but Doomie gets the vote.
Play: Bockos Doomie
8.54: Antigua Fire is a warm favourite to win the Coral Regency and his performances in heat and semi-final suggest he lands the final, although there are dangers. Southfield Code starts and stays well and could get the jump on stripes, although the jolly would still be favourite to reel him in. However, in faster conditions, could Zascandil slip the field? He gave Antigua Fire a real fright last week and might use an inside draw to slip clear – although must break smartly. Could he get away this time around?
9.28: A sprint finale can see Mark Wallis’s Playbook return to winning ways. She showed speed over four bends last week without ever dominating, but looks to have an ace draw inside and might aways be bossing proceedings if coming away.
6.48: A superb Ladbrokes Gold Cup warm-up sees Hiya Boyo and King Sheeran both look to bounce back from disappointments at Newcastle and Hove respectively. Both are outstanding performers – perhaps Hayley Keightley’s dog gets first run inside?
Play: Hiya Boyo
7.44: Another cracking race for this Ladbrokes Summer Stayers warm-up. King Lennon and Sparta Master are interesting and both claims up in trip, but John Mullins’ Smallmead has that slick break in her locker and might get away. She remains a really exciting sort.
9.02: Droopys Catch looks interesting upped in trip. He brings some solid four-bend form from Newcastle and could have to much speed for these – if handling Monmore. He could be an exciting addition to the staying ranks. Lack of local knowledge is a negative.
Play: Droopys Catch
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