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Dog Racing: 7-2 Craan can fleece bookies in sprint final; PRICEWISE.

Byline: Peter Meldrum

GREYHOUND racing's search for a star heads to Coventry tonight where Barnfield On Air is out to prove beyond doubt he is the world's fastest dog.

The pick of the action from the West Midlands track is live on Sky Sports 3 where Gary Newbon and his team will introduce eight races including the the pounds 22,000 Blue Square 480 final.

Record-breaker extraordinaire Barnfield On Air bounced back from a first-round defeat by Fear Haribo to score readily in both the second round and semi-final. In the first of those victories he comprehensively reversed form with Charlie Lister's charge, defeating the Scottish Derby winner by no fewer than seven lengths.

Bookmakers have always had a the healthiest of respect for Sam Poots's charge and, following his latest win over Hall Green record holder Toosey Blue in the semis, their reaction was to chalk up no better price than 4-9.

Bad news for those wishing to jump on the bandwagon of the hottest property in the sport, but money in the bank for regular followers of Pricewise, who should be on 'Barney' at 2-1 ante-post.

The one chink in his armour is he will occasionally miss the break, as was seen in the recent Laurels final at Belle Vue. God forbid such a mishap tonight, but if he were to slip up, you can be sure Charlie will have Fear Haribo out to take advantage.

With Harry 'The Dog' Findlay presently ripping the world of horse racing apart, bookmakers at greyhound tracks may feel pretty secure in chalking up around 2-9 about Head Iton Jordan in the Blue Square Marathon.

Mere mortals would baulk at the idea of betting pounds 9,000 to win pounds 2,000, but the big man used to regularly cause mayhem in betting rings with this type of wagering and Head Iton Jordan would be 'banker' material.

Winner of 18 of the 20 marathons she has contested at the Brandon track, Danny Talbot's charge is a class apart from her rivals tonight and the season's leading race winner should have little difficulty in notching up her 21st win of the year.

Lemonfield Daisy came from behind when defeating Craan Fleece in their qualifier and will be the choice of many in the Blue Square Sprint. However, this race should favour the front runner and, at the 7-2 available with a number of firms, the blue-vested runner will do for me.

Having backed Pea Ball at Wimbledon last time, my initial thoughts were that Liz McNair's dog was slightly disappointing having led at the first bend before finishing second to Noirs Ted. However, as the winner clocked an exceptionally fast time, Pea Ball ran right up to his mark.

In any case the money lost last week can be recovered at 8.15pm tonight when Pea Ball looks a snip at 11-8 to make all in the 'blue dog' race being over 480m.

The short run to the bend for the 625m trip gives a significant assist to red-vested runners if they have to speed to exploit it. Two Nicks does and Laurence Tuffin's fawn is fancied to make all and must be backed at 2-1.

Although entitled to be favourite for the Blue Square Invitation at 8.50pm, Blonde Dino is passed over in favour of Iceman Ross, costly to follow in recent outings but given one more chance at the price tonight.


Craan Fleece 8.00 1pt 7-2

Pea Ball 8.15 1pt 11-8

Two Nicks 8.35 1pt 2-1

Iceman Ross 8.50 1pt 9-2
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Nov 8, 2007
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