3-1 ante post favourite Havana Lover is 4-7 to land her semi final of the Ladbrokes Gold Collar at Crayford on Saturday morning.

The sponsors then go 7-2 Laughil Jess, 4-1 Aayamza Sydney, 10-1 King Ezra.

Here is Mark Wallis’ views on his paid Minnie Bullet (16-1) and Coonough Crow (25-1).

IT’S been a while since Eric Cantillon unveiled a genuine top class hound but the ‘Blackrose’ man might have another on his hands.

So while acknowledging that it is a big step from a 388m Suffolk Downs puppy open win to the elite levels, there are ‘open wins’ and ‘open wins’.

Yesterday’s eight length success for Notesinyurpocket (Broadstrand Bono-Hop The Ball, Apr 22)  was the quickest on the day, a 23.63 (-20) half a length quicker than the top local hound Glideaway Bono who romped up by seven.

It was a run waiting to happen, Notesinyurpocket was only beaten half a length in A1 on debut at 17 months old.

The track record belongs to Saffrons Dash at 23.32 (N).

There are very few genuine wide runners in the sport these days. Jacktavern Magic is one of them – though how much of that is dictated by him being blind in one eye, can only be guessed at.

With the  £10K Curtis/Ballyregan Memorial scheduled to be staged at Hove next month, Magic put himself in prime position with a fabulous 740m run last night.

It is almost impossible to assess his distance travelled as he ran around the outside of the field to clock 44.54 (N), just three spots off Ower Dasher’s FOY.

Trainer Wallis has doubts that his runner would have prevailed but for Clongeel Ozzie and Baywatch Bullet stymying each other’s chances.

Where would your money be?