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Open Check: Hang set to cut loose at Brough.

Byline: Jonathan Kay

HANG LOOSE relished the switch to a galloping track when recording the fastest time in the heats of the William Hill Puppy Cup over 480m at Brough Park on Tuesday, and can follow up in tonight's pounds 2,000 final at 9.39pm.

Faughan Danger is favourite despite defeat at the hands of newcomer Dyers Rocket, but it may be that trap one is not the advantage for the Futurity winner that it first seems. Hang Loose could get first run and cut across him going into the bend.

Very strong, Hang Loose will take an awful lot of pegging back if he does turn ahead of Faughan Danger, even allowing for the fact that the last-named did a phenomenal amount of running late on in the heats.

Dyers Rocket falls into the could-be-anything category, but this is a hard ask for his second race. Farloe Princess could leave herself too much to do, while Unreal would need a long lead and Unbelievable has plenty to find.

Whatever the fate of Dyers Rocket, his trainer Ted Soppitt should be in the winners on the card courtesy of Baggio and Frisby Firm, while other fancies are Daniels Man and Bite The Bullet.

The latter goes in a hot 640m contest at 9.23pm, but could hardly have advertised his current well-being any more strongly than when winning a Sunderland final last week.

Craven Dawn did this column a favour when scoring last week, admittedly in totally different style to that envisaged, but Paul Young's bitch looks up against it in tonight's Romford finale at 10.40pm.

Reason for that is the presence of Top Power in the field for her first appearance of the year after sickness ruled her out of the Coronation Cup earlier this month.

At the 8-11 quoted by Chandler I can pass on backing Linda Jones's bitch, but I certainly would not want to oppose her.

Much more tempting from a price point of view is the 5-1 offered by VC about Sir Blue in the 9.52pm over 400m.

He put in one of the most incredible Romford performances I have seen when winning here a couple of weeks ago - in terms of manner of victory at least - and a subsequent defeat at Harlow when he found the troublespots looks worth forgiving.

The other early-price Romford contest is the 10.24pm over 400m, and it throws up the best bet of the night in the shape of Tims Crow. Progressive and ideally drawn, Peter Rich's dog could make morning odds of 7-4 look generous in the extreme.

Elsewhere on the Romford card, the six-bend debut of Vigorous Brook in the 8.32pm over 575m is well worth noting, although it does have to be conceded that she needs to improve on a distinctly modest trial over the distance.

Rather strange that Perry Barr should stage the final of the Elmdon Stakes over 480m tonight when the supporting opens were on last night's card, but it will be worth a trip to Birmingham simply to see Ballinclare Jake and Toros Partner do battle.

Strong preference is for the first-named, though, who has bundles of scope for improvement on a winning comeback effort in the heats.


Chandler (Romford) 9.52pm: 7-4 Carpomugged, Soldier Tom, 5 Sir Blue, 6 Silver Tail, Toumpane Misty, 14 Powerfast Patch.

10.24pm: 7-4 Tims Crow, 4 Clongeel Holiday, Elbony Chieftain, Flipinthebird, 5 Boxcar Dixie, 8 Heavenly Paddy.

10.40pm: 8-11 Top Power, 7-2 High St Betty, 9-2 Craven Dawn, 6 Scadna, 12 Full Irish, 20 Lislevane Baron.

Keith Johnson (Brough Park): Evens Faughan Danger, 3 Hang Loose, 7-2 Farloe Princess, 8 Dyers Rocket, 10 Unreal, 12 Unassailable.


Essex Vase winner Top Power returns to the track after a spell of sickness in a Romford 575m one-off this evening
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jan 31, 2003
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