Promoter Kevin Boothby will be as anxious as any owner in the stadium next Sunday when Savana Donie goes to traps for the final of the Henlow Blue Ribband.
Donie will almost certainly go to traps as favourite for the £2,500 decider with Boothby hoping he can go one better than runner-up places in the 2016 Christmas Cracker and Ladbrokes Gold Cup.
Kevin said: “I hope he wins because he has been such a cracking little dog for me and I think he is overdue a competition. He has been in three ‘Cat 1’ finals and now two ‘Cat 2’s and hopefully this is the one.”
Donie has shown steady progress since a lay-off and clocked the fastest semi final time – a calculated 27.42, with his big danger, Holden Rio, drawn on his inside.
Kevin said: “He injured a shoulder on the night when Forest Chunk broke the track record, and to be honest, we thought Donie could have been the one to break it. But he is gradually finding his form again and will hopefully continue to improve.
“I am delighted to be on the inside of Bockos Alfie who moves off, and I see it as a race to the bend with Holdem Rio. I think we can lead up and if we do, I wouldn’t expect him to be caught.”