Greyhound Betting Preview: Phoenix and Moses the value plays at Hove

The semi-finals of the Coral Greyhound Olympic are the highlight of a cracking card from Hove on Racing Post Gryhound TV tonight (Sky 212) and there looks to be some value in taking on the market leaders.

In the first semi at 8.34 Trap 5 Bubbly Phoenix looks to have a dream draw to exploit and looks overpriced at 4/1.

Paul Young’s dog waw beaten 2 3/4 lengths by Jaytee Lightning in the previous round but there are reasons to believe he can turn the tables tonight.

Bubbly was produced a quicker sectional than Jaytee that day – 4.08 compared to 4.11 – but it was the draw which gave the eventual winner the edge to get in front at the first bend.

The selection was drawn in 6 and Jaytee had a plot draw in 1. Tonight things are different.

Jaytee, who heads the market for this, is drawn away from the rails in Trap 4 and is sure to be heading inwards as the traps open.

That may well see trouble on the inside as Express Master in Trap 2 has bags of early pace and is likely to be a major stumbling block to the jolly bagging the rails.

That should enable Bubbly to get a loveley clear run to the first bend and take advantage, and given that his trainer said he would come on for his latest run that make shim a major player in this and look the value play for sure.

In the second semi at 8.50 I think the 5/1 on offer about Trap 6 Droopys Ed Moses is simply too big.

Dean Childs’ dog is a top notch performer as ahe showed in the Derby heats when beaten just 1 1/4 lengths into third dbehind the brilliant Ballymac Eske.

He is a real powerhouse of a dog who is far better suited by this galloping track and ran a most enocuraging race in the previous round when getting a troubled passage before staying on really well to finish a 3 3/4 length runner-up to Glanmire Jet.

Prior to that effort he had raised a few eyebrow when beating the top notch Musical Gaga in a two dog trial at Wimbledon, and he looks the type that could go all the way in this contest.

He certainly has the perfect draw in the stripes tonight, with the two market leaders Guiness Spark and Jaytee Jules drawn next to each other in 1 and 2 respectively.

The former was mightily impressive last time out when blasting from the traps to win by 12 lengths, but his overall profile suggests that he cannot be relied upon to do the same.

That could well spell trouble on the inside, as Jules is a consistently fast trapper, and if they do go head to head at the first there is a big chnace that will allow the selection to swoop round the outside and get a good pitch before bringing his powefull finish into play to land the spoils.

Daily Sport recommended bets:

8.34 Hobe – T5 Bubbly Phoneix (4/1 Stan James, 888sport)

8.50 Hove – T6 Droopys Ed Moses (5/1 Hills – BOG)

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