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At Crayford, we have nine contracted trainers, so you would think in a race meeting, which normally consists of 12 races, the ratio of wins would be spread.
However, this is not always the case. Trainer Barry O’Sullivan had more than his fair share of winners from our race meetings last Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday night when his dogs won 14 of the 32 combined races – a tremendous strike rate.
Clearly his kennel is in great form and there is every chance all his winners will receive the normal upgrading to a better class of opposition, but experience says his runners will continue to run well for at least a couple of weeks.
Last Saturday’s card featured the heats of the “£500 Free Bets at Betdaq Trophy” event – the final of which will be run on Saturday. Crayford have a strong hand in the final, with five of the six runners, so we can expect a home win.
Both heats were won by Crayford-trained dogs in Hearthill Fairy and Fernhill Fury. The pair enjoyed a trap-to-line trouble-free run to register win times of 33.80 and 33.98sec respectively over the 540m distance.
In these two greyhounds we have a rising star and an established top dog – an interesting mix and it appears we could have a tremendous final on our hands.
Hearthill Fairy has only had 17 career races and joined trainer Julie Luckhurst’s kennel in August having previously had just four races at Tralee in Ireland where she showed little by way of form. Having said that, she has taken well to the track here and has won her last three races over 540m and is giving the impression she is still a progressive type.
In contrast, Fenhill Fury has competed in 50 career races and is known for his determination and strength.
He always runs a big race and is always given extra respect if running from trap six so connections will be hoping he gets his box in the final.
With just five lengths between all six finalists on the clock in the heats and allowing for the fact that the other four had trouble in running, the winner will need their share of luck.
While I fancy these two to dictate, don’t discount Five Card Draw, who has had some good head-to-head races with Fernhill Fury. Five Card Draw in his heat had to check at the first bend and incurred crowding. However, he finished second to Fury just over two lengths behind.
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