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Storm can strike in Coral Champion Stakes Final at Romford

| 31.08.2016

David Metcalf | August 31, 2016

Starring Storm can power to Coral Champion Stakes glory

The Coral Champion Stakes Final (21:08) is the feature race on an excellent evening of Open action at Romford tonight screened live on Sky Sports 2 and T2 Starring Storm looks to hold outstanding claims of landing the spoils.

Seamus Cahill’s charge is the only unbeaten dog in the competition and showed terrific track craft in last week’s semis when scoring by 5 1/2 lengths from Newlan Peter in a time of 35.37.

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After being slowly away, the son of Tubbertelly Dub weaved his way through the field before powering clear to score in tremendous style.

Given how the race panned out it was a remarkable effort to clock such a rapid time, the fastest in the competition so far and, if turning in a handy pitch at the first bend, it’s hard to see anything being able to contain Starring Storm at the business end of affairs.

Here’s the thoughts and selections of Coral’s experts on the seven supporting Open races on Sky:

19:11 Alan Newman “It’s Not What You Know” Stakes

In a race where much will depend on the break, T1 Droopys Turin looks drawn to attack. Sandra Ralph’s son of Blonde Snapper has some top class form to his name and has been running well in defeat of late at Monmore.

His seconds behind the likes of Making Paper and Droopys Buick read well in the contest of this contest and with the possibility of crowding between closely matched dogs drawn middle and wide a smash break would enable Droopys Turin to boss the inside and play catch me if you can.

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T3 Millwards Master is a very useful sort when timing it right at the lids and looks decent value to notch another success at the track.

Paul Young’s 2016 Coronation Cup star has won nine of his 35 starts at the venue and has a near 33 per cent strike rate from the white jacket.

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He got no sort of a run last week but had previously shown what he is capable of when quickly away and making all to score by 2 1/4 lengths in a time of 35.36. A repeat of that effort would make him tough to beat.

19:43 Visit Bitches Final

T5 Banabane ran a blinder on her first visit to the track five days ago when third behind Evanta Fantasy and, with that spin under her belt, is fancied to turn the tables on that rival.

Seamus Cahill’s bitch showed plenty of early dash before getting a bump at the first to be beaten just over two lengths.

With T3 Evanta Fantasy having two speedy types drawn on her inner there is a possibility of crowding on the rails and that may well leave the way clear for Banabane to cut loose on the outside and establish a race winning lead.

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T3 Toolmaker Rambo made a sensational winning debut over course and distance seven days ago and rates a solid bet to follow-up.

Paul Young’s pup produced a lightning 3.66 sectional to flash from the lids and make all to slam Makeit Boomtime by three lengths in a excellent time of 24.10.

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It was a most taking performance which suggested the son of Aero Majestic had a huge future and needed keeping firmly onside and Toolmaker Rambo can take this en route to much better things.

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T1 Swift Magnum is in the form of his life at present and looks a worthy favourite to go in again. Ernie Gaskin’s dog is seven from 15 at the track and comes into the contest on the back of five straight successes.

The last four of them have been in Open contests and on each occasion he has shown bags of early pace to quickly put the race to bed. The son of Kinloch Brea is also four from five when sporting the red jacket and once again is ideally housed to flash out, turn the first bend in front and make all.

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T2 Rio Rialto showed what it is capable of when trapping on terms and beating Never Your Fault over course and distance last time out and is taken to confirm the form.

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Danny Riordan’s dog showed early pace before riding a bump at the first bend to score by 1 3/4 lengths. There was no fluke about the success and Rio Rialto is once gain drawn inside Never Your Fault.

If holding that rival to the bend he has major claims of following up as there are pacy dogs drawn wide who could come together early doors.

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T2 2 Droopys Cottage is a real class act and impossible to oppose. Dean Childs’ bitch is one of the best stayers in training and has won two of her three starts at the track.

She is also 1-1 when wearing the blue jacket and comes into the race in fine form having won her last three starts by an average of 5 1/2 lengths. A best winning time of 47.04 puts her miles clear on the clock and granted any sort of run Droopys Cottage will prove far too strong for her rivals.

Romford selections for Sky televised races

19:11 T1 Droopys Turin
19:26 T3 Millwards Master
19:43 T5 Banabane
19:59 T3 Toolmaker Rambo (NB)
20:16 T1 Swift Magnum
20:33 T2 Rio Rialto
20:51 T2 Droopys Cottage
21:08 T2 Starring Storm (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.