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Tax Boost and Newlawn Simon among best bets for Romford

| 16.12.2016

Tax Boost ticks all the right boxes in Romford opener

T5 Tax Boost looks terrific value to land the Visit Maidens which gets proceedings underway tonight at 19:31 on a cracking Open race card at Romford screened live on Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky 468, Fresat 250).

Darren Whitton’s charge had some smart form to his name in Ireland and has shaped better than the bare results suggest in two starts over course and distance.

In the first of those he was slowly away from the three box and got bumped at the first before running on strongly to finish a three length runner-up to the progressive and in-form Piemans Flash.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

He then got no sort of run when fifth behind the same rival from trap one last time out but this is arguably easier than both those races and the switch to the orange jacket may well seem him in a far better light.

The son of Quail Hollow ran well from it in Ireland as the sole middle seed should get a clear run it the behind on this occasion to turn in a handy pitch and put his middle race pace to maximum use.

Quivers Camps looks a cut above

In the Maiden Stayers (19:47), T3 Quivers Camps looks a cut above her rivals and rates a solid bet to make a winning six-bend debut.

Kevin Boon’s bitch has some top class four-bend form to her name and has won four of her nine starts at the venue.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

She is blessed with plenty of early pace when timing it right at the lids, something she hasn’t done of late, and is also a strong running sort.

If leading in this, or even turning in a handy pitch, the daughter is Skywalker Puma can quickly open up a lead and put the race to bed.

Ballymac Zara drawn to deliver

T1 Ballymac Zara scored in good style last time out over course and distance and looks drawn to follow-up in the Rowan Clark Birthday Stakes (20:02).

After shaping well when runner-up to prolific winning bitch Evanta Fantasy from trap four, the daughter of Ballymac Vic appreciated the switch to the red jacket when beating Rio Rialto by a neck seven days ago.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

Ballymac Zara showed bags of early pace and guts to ride a bump and lead at the first and was value for more than the winning margin.

In a field of five railers, and with T5 Mashmad Eyebrows sure to be moving in at the first bend and capable of causing chaos, a smash break can see her hold her pitch on the rails to register another trap-to-line success.

Newlawn Simon a solid bet to open account

In the Win 100,000 With Coral Scratchcards Maiden (20:18), T1 Newlawn Simon looks to hold outstanding claims on opening his account on these shores at the first time of asking.

The son of Definate Opinion has some smart staying form to his name in Ireland at Cork and Shelbourne Park and has moved really well in two trials at this venue over the standard 400m trip.

Greyhounds - Romford Greyhound Stadium

Phil Simmonds’ charge seemed to relish being on the rails in the last of those when showing early pace before powering clear to score by four lengths in a very respectable time of 24.16.

That reads very well in the context of this contest, especially as Newlawn Simon will appreciate the step back up to six bends.

If leading at any stage in this he is going to be very hard to peg back.

Romford best bets

19:31 T5 Tax Boost (NAP)
19:47 T4 Quivers Camps
20:02 T1 Ballymac Zara
20:18 T1 Newlawn Simon (NB)


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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.