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Dog Racing: 4-1 Dan's the man for glory in Pall Mall; PRICEWISE.

Byline: Peter Meldrum

MALTESE DAN, markedly improved in recent weeks, represents outstanding value at the 4-1 available with Ladbrokes for tonight'sWilliam Hill Pall Mall final.

On paper it appears wide-open - not only were all three of last week's semi-finals won in similar times, there was also precious little to chose between the three winners on sectionals.

One of eight races being screened live on Sky from Oxford's excellent Cowley track, the 450-metre trip is tailor-made for Maltese Dan. The draw has worked in the favour of the Charlie Lister-trained dog, who from five should avoid the crowding likely amongst those on his inner.

The selection boasts an exceptional turn of early pace that he can utilise to turn the first bend at the head of affairs. Seeing out the trip has not been a problem for the son of Droopys Kewell, and it would be bitterly disappointing were he to turn in front then fail to succeed.

A varied and competitive support card gets under way at 7.40pm with a four-bend contest over the Pall Mall course.

Fear Whitesox has been installed a warm order for this race after posting a very smart trial last week. However, he has a dreadful draw between middle-running Hong Kong Phooey and early paced veteran Roswell Spaceman and has to be opposed.

Local knowledge should never be underestimated in these events and with that in mind it may pay to have a bit on Gotabetem, available at 8-1 with Hills, Ladbrokes and Totesport.

It is nigh-on four months since Perrys Tango last troubled the judge, but I would not read too much into that as Paul Donovan's flyer has run some cracking races in defeat.

Admittedly, he is no model of consistency at trap-rise but does go up smartly and, drawn outside Relkcom Rock, a dog renowned for missing the kick, Perrys Tango looks worth a decent wager at the 3-1 offered by Blue Square.

There is a lot of early pace for favourite Blissful Classic to clear in the six-bend race and, as he's best when dictating the pace, he is another favourite to avoid.

Delius Mars, a 5-1 chance with Bet365 and VCbet, rails well and stays on strongly, and with the front runners likely to crowd, can take advantage and come through late to snatch the spoils.

The highly regarded Eye Onthe Flame can put a couple of disappointing efforts behind to land the puppy contest at 8.35pm.

MarkWallis's youngster should be up with the leaders from the off and at the 13-8 this morning looks good value to forge clear from halfway.

The marathon appears wideopen and is a difficult race to have a strong opinion on. White Bomber ran well at Harlow recently when defeating among others Confident Foe, and is thought to be a bit useful by trainer Tony Collett. Lightly raced, he is open to any amount of improvement and may be worth a modest wager at the 3-1 on offer.

Front-running Droopys Tobey needs to be on his toes at the start to avoid middle runner Shelbourne Poopa, but if coming away smartly he could have the 9.10pm in the bag long before halfway. Take the 5-2 available with Coral.

Coup Detat is a tempting proposition for the 595-metre contest but is having his first race of the year and a far safer choice is the well-drawn Grayfox Chip, who at 4-1, represents reasonable value.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 3, 2007
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