Your favourite read is back after a one week hiatus. With fourteen open races on show at Romford tonight from 6.27pm there is plenty to enjoy. With a minor puppy competition on tonight yours truly has endeavoured to find out more about one from each of the three heats.
Harlow trainer Spencer Mavrias makes the short trip from his Essex base to Romford tonight with two puppies in the Romford Friday Night500 Puppy competition over 400 metres.
First up in heat one at 6.44pm is Airmount Jet. Tonight is only the third race on these shores for the October ’17 whelp. The previous two races for the son of Taylors Sky and Airmount Cher have been at Central Park over 480 metres in open races winning one.
He has race experience in Ireland where he reached the final of the Unraced Stakes at Waterford over 480 metres unbeaten before finishing third in the finale. He clearly has ability and early pace and the drop down to 400 metres tonight could be ideal for him.
Spencer said: “He is a nice little dog. He has impressed us with his middle pace. His great middle pace is his forte. In his maiden final at Central Park he lost his stride around the third corner after leading. He ran well in his first race at Central Park when he won.
“He got to the unraced final at Waterford where he came third. The winner Nans Jack looks a decent sort. We decided to take him to Romford for the puppy comp and take our chance. We will see how he gets on. We think he will take to that type of track. We think he will appreciate it.
“We are happy with trap two, he runs rails to middle and at Central Park won from trap four”.
Skybet are 9/2 for Airmount Jet to win first time up at Romford.
Next up for ‘team Mavrias’ is Courts Ad Lyn in heat two at 7.03pm. The July ’17 whelp has hit the ground running with three open wins from seven attempts. Interestingly the daughter of Kinloch Brae and Sing Dixie has won over 480 metres at Central Park and 540 metres at Crayford. Tonight she runs over 400 metres; her shortest trip to date.
She has had a spin over C&D back in April clocking a calculated time of 24.52 with a 3.88 split time. She has come on leaps and bounds since then and should improve on that time tonight.
Spencer said: “She is a nice bitch. She has got early pace which is the name of her game. She has won three of her last four. In her last race at Crayford in the final she missed her break and finished fourth.
“When she first started at Central Park she was doing 29.40 times then the penny dropped and she took off. We thought we would step her down to 400 metres. 540 metres is not the hardest trip to get for a front runner. She did 24.52 first time at Romford and that was good for a first look.
“It will be interesting what she does from trap five on Friday. She has run from trap six in her last five races. She has run from trap five before though at Central Park.”
Skybet make her a 4/1 shot to win heat two tonight.
Harlow raider Simply Flawless is making her Romford debut tonight in heat three at 7.17pm for trainer David Puddy. The November ’17 whelp has had four races at home track Harlow winning one in an A6 graded affair. Tonight the daughter of Azza Azza and Soho Ark makes her Romford and open race debut over 400 metres. She has early pace and needs to use it tonight.
Trainer David Puddy on Simply Flawless said: “I bought her at Hove sales for not a lot of money. She has a bit of early pace and took us by surprise with her first trial around Harlow. She has early pace and let’s see if she runs Romford. She looks the ideal Romford type.
“I’ve taken dogs to Romford many times in the past without a trial and they have won first time up. Paddington won first time up for me last month. She is a bit inconsistent from the traps at the moment but that will come. In time she could be a very nice dog.
“A 24.30 run tonight could give you a shout of winning tonight and she is capable of that. She is a nice little pup with no quirks. We are very happy with trap one. She sticks to the rails. If she was in trap two or three you wouldn’t want to be inside her as she heads to the rails.”
Ladbrokes are 14/1 for Simply Flawless to win on her open race debut.