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Open Check: Farloe fancied to turn up heat; Winners of the Arc and Juvenile Championship head the market at Shawfield.

FAT BOY SLIM clearly benefitted massively from his education as a puppy and Jim Reynolds' class act has tremendous claims of adding the Regal Scottish Derby to the Arc title he won at Walthamstow last month.

Given two trials over the 480m distance, the first being his initial look at a Sumner hare, Fat Boy Slim improved to clock a useful 29.24sec (+10) last Thursday, and should be far too good for his heat four opponents at 9.05pm tonight.

All four who oppose are useful in their grade, but Fat Boy Slim is a dog with genuine Classic aspirations and the only slight worry about him round here is the shortish run to the first bend as he does not always ping out.

Knockanroe Rover has been sparingly campaigned by Paul Stringer so far this year, but lucratively and impressively. Already winner of the Juvenile and Byrne International at Wimbledon, he has since won one-offs at Sheffield and here, and can go in again in the fifth heat at 9.18pm.

One gets the impression that the holiday is now over for Knockanroe Rover with the serious stuff about to start, but his warm-ups have produced form which is impossible to knock.

Spring Time reached the semi-finals of this last year, but really made her name afterwards in the Irish Derby and English Oaks and it is good to see that connections are keeping going with her. She runs in heat three at 8.52pm and should account for First Emergency, whose trials are improving but possibly not quickly enough.

Farloe Club can be an infuriating greyhound, a bad run following a brilliant one, but he is worth a bet in the opening heat at 8.24pm. Now with Graham Frew, the Oxford track-record holder has a fantastic make-up, is capable of blasting out, and might even lead Jicky if doing so.

The question in heat two at 8.39pm is whether Concorde Rascal will get far enough clear of Palace Issue. It's a close call, but Paul Young's dog is very good when in front and earns a narrow vote.

Rapid Ranger fluffed his lines at Brough Park last week, but can bounce back in heat six at 9.31pm, Westmead Striker can complete a quick Charlie Lister double in the next at 9.44pm, while the early pace of Knockeevan Star should win him the day in the 9.57pm.

With the Derby now only a month away, attention has focused on Wimbledon earlier than usual and the performance of Sonic Flight in tonight's 9.45pm over 480m will be closely monitored.

Despite winning four out of four this year, Nick Savva's dog has his critics, but you can count me out of that group even if he doesn't have traditional Derby-type early pace.

And, in any case, in Sew Trader tonight he is drawn inside a greyhound he looks guaranteed to lead up and, turning close up, he could put in some performance.

Hall Green's Blue Riband is the last major pre-Derby event, and it will be interesting to see how the entry holds up so close to the premier Classic. To that end, the track will be encouraged by tonight's three trial stakes where Simple Nan, Iced Ice and Droopys Ramon earn the votes.

The Wafcol Peterborough Puppy Derby got off to a good start on Saturday and there is every chance of next Tuesday's Sky-televised final being a cracker-the semi-final choices tonight are Reactabond Rebel, Knockeevan Tony and Pack Them In.

Brough Park's feature is the Chisholm Bookmakers Spring Stakes final, where Droopys Jay should confirm heat supremacy over Brickyard Walk, while Sexy Delight and Lauragh Lennon can take the Stewards Cup semis at Walthamstow.

Comerfords Gift makes most appeal at Milton Keynes.


Tom Hamilton (Brough Park): 11-8 Droopys Jay, 9-4 Brickyard Walk, 9-2 Little Survivor, 8 Commander Benro, Phils Pride, 16 Minor Jack

T&F (Walthamstow): Evens Sexy Delight, 7-2 El Poker, Fernhill Flash, 5 Countrywide Star, 6 Lauragh Lennon, 20 bar
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Title Annotation:Sports
Author:Kay, Jonathan
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 4, 2000
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