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Swindon can seal deal but Amy set to cheer locals.

FOLLOWING a record score in their home match when rattling up five wins and amassing a record 88 points, Swindon look assured of booking their place in the Grand Final at Perry Barr on December 23, writes Dave Johnston.

Clive Oseman's squad followed up with a satisfactory second place at Oxford and go into today's third leg at Poole some 39 points to the good over Oxford, with today's hosts a massive 69 points adrift and facing a hopeless task.

You could be forgiven for thinking Swindon may take their foot off the pedal and 'rest' a few leading players, but with PS200 first prizes and some handsome trophies up for grabs, that is not the case.

Today's match kicks off with the Bitches' event where home runners in traps five and six could dominate.

Shaun Gresham's MALLOGS AMY is in post-season peak form right now and looks the call to bang out and make all.

Oxford's best chance of a win seems to lie with Richard Baker's OLD CODGER who tackles the Puppy event at 4.04. He was beaten by the reopposing Droopys Bass at Swindon but turned the tables on that rival with an impressive run at Oxford and has since trialled well here.

Swindon have won the two previous sprints in this Championship and look primed to make it a clean sweep today.

Ken Mitchell's HASTETOTHWIND, an ex-grader here who has been in top form at Swindon recently and who went like a dream in a practice session, gets a narrow vote over track mate Primo Impact. The latter won well at Oxford.

The Stayers' race, which looks very competitive on paper, should see Ron Bicknell's MILLBANK BRENNAN go close. Narrowly beaten by reopposing Ardmayle Move at Swindon before recording a tight success at Oxford, he looks the type that will always be thereabouts.

Poole appear to have a strong team in the 450m Standard at 4.58, although they have Kevin Hutton's Stanton Apollo to beat. However, John Campbell's inform bitch MISSYS TOUCH, who has bolted up in a couple of A1s here recently, looks the one to concentrate on.

The match closes at 5.18 (Dogs) and this is arguably the most open contest of the day. That said, Kevin Hutton's HOOTS MON, who steps up to four bends here, has trialled in well.

Recommendations Mallogs Amy 3.44 Old Codger 4.04 Hastetothewind 4.22 Millbank Brennan 4.42 1pt yankee
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Dec 1, 2012
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