RPGTV Notebook - December 13

RPGTV Notebook - December 13

Highlighting the greyhounds who have caught the eye of RPGTV analysts over the past seven days.

Aayamza Magic (Romford OR)
Mark Wallis's charge has been a beaten favourite in heat and semi of a maiden stayers competition but really caught the eye on both occasions. Forced to check at the first bend latest, he found himself last put passed rival after rival and went down by only half a length.
Ballymac Spat (Harlow D3)
Came up just short when bidding for a hat-trick but certainly did not look out of place at the level. Paul Clarke's dog missed the break to put himself on the back foot but showed decent pace and might even have been closer still but for crowding approaching the final turn.
Crossfield Gerty (Monmore A4)
Arran Dunn's bitch has spent a while sprinting and had just one four-bend trial under her belt for her first 480m race since August. Was always under pressure after being denied the lead and only turned third but chased hard and nabbed second. A better start may suffice.
Doris (Crayford A8)
Making her second career start, Tom Levers' pup once again missed the break and really could do with a more middle draw but showed plenty of promise. Paced up to turn second and closed on the experienced winner all the way to the line, can soon leave current grade behind.
Insomnia (Oxford OR)
Back at his home track after just being pipped at Towcester, he broke well and showed good pace to the first bend where he got a little bump allowing the favourite and winner to take a good lead. Terry Nevin's dog battled hard and again only went down in a photo.
Kokomo (Henlow A8)
Andy Ioannou's bitch was slow to start before showing good early pace into the bend as she turned second behind a kennelmate. Hard as she tried, she was unable to reel in the leader in but it was an encouraging effort and suggests she is returning her early autumn form.
Optic Magic (Doncaster B5)
Bill Link's experienced bitch was forced to check a number of times during this 450m contest but caught the eye when bagging second place and closing in on a well-backed winner. Now bagged back-to-back silver medals in the grade and is certainly performing well enough.
Rapido Willow (Hove A6)
Making only her second start for Tony Taylor, the July 2021 pup found herself behind in the back straight only to give gallant chase and be narrowly denied. She needs to tidy up her trapping, but the ability shown suggests she will be far too good for this grade in the near future.
Rentfrew Lad (Towcester D3)
Ray Turney's youngster is now winless in five starts, three at Henlow and two at his new base, but was unlucky latest. Having broken only fourth, he showed good pace up and came to challenge at the second bend only to be crowded and stumble. Should land compensation soon.