Tonight’s SIS Yorkshire Leger meeting comes from Doncaster. But before we get into the selections, let’s look back to Steel City Cup night at Sheffield. It’s not pretty

Tony Johnston (bookmakers) drew a blank with both of his selections (Capoquin Al & Dorotas Vic) beaten. Net loss £100 Len Ponder (owners) started off badly with three losers but found salvation with £40 on Tynwald Baz (6-4) to break even on the night.

Like Tony Johnston, Simon Banks (media) also had Dorotas Vic down the field, but his ‘Cappoquin’ of choice, Jack, also failed to pay out. Net loss £100. Finally we have Michael Kemp to represent trainers but one winner from five was not enough to prevent a Net loss £100

Tonight, representing trainers we have one of Britain’s best known kennelhands  Kaan Hughes who made the switch from Alma Keppie to Bill Black during the transfer window.

For the layers, we have Tony Johnston, who, like his beloved Hammers is hoping to make amends for his abysmal start to the the season.

Representing the owners is real first in Kevin Boothby. The Henlow promoter and Savana man is a long term greyhound owner. He’s gone for two of his local hounds. . .though not his own Savana Donie!! (Don’t let that put you off tho’, we all remember ‘Judas’ Lawrence and his big priced double!)

For the media, a first appearance from the grim north for, Matt Salter, from PA and also an avid dog fan.

The rules remain unchanged – the placing of a fictional £100 on the SKY card, singles or multiples. We quote early prices, but make winning calculations based on SP (since the early prices may be spread across different firms).

Full form is below tips

Tony Johnston (Bookmakers)

7.26 – King Turbo: would be a very appropriate winner of the 7.26 , the race  named after his father.He is a very pacey pup and although he already  has a black mark to his name , he is outstanding value against the equally speedy Droopys Expert.This has the makings of one of the races of the night ,where first sight of the lure, he is drwan in 6, could be crucial.

8:51 – Droopys Buick: Droopys Buick was back to his imperious best in the Gold Cup at Monmore and looks the nights best bet. Recent Sussex Cup winner  Shaneboy Freddie drawn alongside should insure the odds of reward are not prohibitive.

PUNTING: £100 win double Droopys Buick (5-4), King Turbo (4-1)


Kevin Boothby (Owners)

7:59 – Idle Talker: loves it around Doncaster and is in good form at present. If he leads trap five he should get a lovely run and go onto victory.

9:08 – Russelena Reggie: I am so pleased for Jack,Kelli and Jason to reach the final and have a major chance on winning it. Reggie definitely has a ping break in him when it matters. If so he will go on to score which will be a great story as Jack was given him for nothing and Kelli and Jason have done a great training performance with him.

PUNTING: 2 x £40 win singles and a £20 win double Idle Talker (3-1), Russelena Reggie (7-2)

Matt Salter (Media)

8.51 – Shaneboy Freddie: Droopys Buick, the 2016 Greyhound of the Year, heads the betting for a warm renewal of the Windsor Food Services Invitation at Doncaster this evening, the race he won impressively 12 months ago, but is worth taking on at the prices. The presence of Angela Harrison’s inmate makes the market for Shaneboy Freddie (T2), who is too big a price at 8-1 with Ladbrokes. Mostly consistent out of the boxes, as advertised in the Derby at Towcester earlier this year, Kevin Boon’s greyhounds often get overlooked in such contests and if he traps well and shows that trademark early pace to the corner tonight, the Sussex Cup champion could outrun a tasty price.

PUNTING: £100 win Shaneboy Freddie (8-1


Kaan Hughes (Trainer)

7:26 – Droopys Expert: A very classy puppy who was unlucky in the classic final. The four should head to the fence and the obvious danger on his outside has to get round him. But he has tremendous pace and Doncaster should really bring the best of him out.

7:59 – Oscar Junior: Class animal on his day and a fair price here with a not so quick starting dog inside him. Outside sees a good dog in six but if he breaks and clears level around the opening bends they would struggle to handle his middle gears and I feel over 450 he would be too good.

8:16 – Slick Strauss: Proving to be a real force over marathon trips and with not the force of some races in here he should put this race to bed fairly early on.

8:51 – Droopys Buick: A very good invitation with pace all round but Buick is a dog of a lifetime and with a clear run is probably unmatchable over this trip.

PUNTING: £20 win Oscar Junior (7-2)  £20 win double Slick Strauss (4-6) Droopys Buick (5-4) and £4 Yankee to include Droopys Expert (Evens)