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Butterbridge Zeb to give Romford rivals the slip

| 29.06.2016

David Metcalf | June 29, 2016

Butterbridge Zeb looks tasty in Romford finale

T1 Butterbridge Zeb has a peach of a draw in the A1 at Romford tonight (22.26) and rates the best bet on a 12-race card screened live on Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky 468, Freesat 250).

The Margaret Lucas trained dog is yet to win in three starts in the top grade, but has run blinders to finish runner-up in it on his last two starts.

In the last of those the son of Quail Hollow got a bump at the first before running on strongly to be beaten 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 24.26.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

That clock reads well in the context to his rivals, and Zeb is three from seven from the red jacket.

With T2 Balboa Buzz tending to move off as the lids go up, the selection has every chance of using his early pace to claim the rails and lead at the bend to make all.

Peaceful Pilot set for take-off

T3 Peaceful Pilot shaped with bags of promise when third on his first try over 575m and can go one better to land the S3 (21:06) now eased in grade.

Ernie Gaskin’s dog showed bags of early pace before throwing down a persistent challenge from bends four to six and being beaten 5 3/4 lengths in an S2.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

The racing manager appears to have been very kind in dropping him into S3 company following such a taking effort, and with Traps 1 and 2 likely to be squabbling for the rails Peaceful Pilot has every chance to ping out and lead the bend.

If doing so he can is going to be very tough to peg back in what looks a very winnable contest.

Blackthorne Brae drawn to attack

In the A1 at 21:40, T6 Blackthorn Brae is drawn to attack and fancied to make-all.

Margaret Lucas’ dog is the sole wide side in the line up and has a 30 per cent strike-rate from the stripes (18 wins from 60 runs).

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

The son of Kinloch Brae is also consistent as regards sectionals, and a recent 3.71 split would be good enough to see him lead out wide.

With the possibility of trouble between Traps 1 and 2 on the rails, Blackthorn Brae should then be able to use his back straight pace to put the race to bed.

Chopchop Molly ready to cut loose

Chopchop Molly has shaped really well in three runs at the venue and looks decent value to open her account in the A2 (10:11).

Ernie Gaaskin’s bitch has shown plenty of early pace on each occasion, and finished an excellent second when last seen in action.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

The daughter of Hondo Black is still a raw pup learning the ropes, and with those runs under her belt should now be far more streetwise.

Chopchop Molly also remains totally unexposed and open to any amount of improvement, looks to have a bright future ahead of her, and can take this en route to better things.

Romford selections

21:06 T3 Peaceful Pilot
21:40 T6 Blackthorn Brae
10:11 T5 Chopchop Molly (NB)
10:26 T1 Butterbridge Zeb (NAP)


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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.