Roy The Boy looks ahead to the Gold Collar final.
Who will Major in the Gold Collar
The first Category 1 competition final since the Greyhound Derby final takes place at Crayford on Tuesday. Ladbrokes’ Gold Collar looks a battle of the Droopys’ dogs with the first four in the betting carrying the prefix of the Irish Dunphy breeders.
This £8,000 to the winner competition, was always a Catford race (ran over 555 metres). It was switched to Belle Vue in 2004 when the London track closed but the GRA did away with the race in 2009 after staging it over 465m, 590m and 647m in Manchester. It was not re-homed until 2015 when the Kent track took it over and designated it a six-bend 540 metre contest.
This year’s winner is…
Only one greyhound has won his heat and semi-final, the Matt Dartnall trained Droopys Polly. Remarkably this bitch, despite being just a month short of her fourth birthday, had never been tried over six-bends until this competition got underway. But, being a tight railer, she looks badly handicapped in the final by a draw in the 4 box.
Droopys Dresden, a Derby quarter-finalist who wears the white vest, just about holds the mantle of race favourite (5/2 at Boylesports) but this looks a wide-open contest and I think the trap 1 runner, Cloncunny Major, could run well above expectations.
20/1 is available about the lightly-raced April 2016 whelp who is another to have made his six-bend debut in this competition. At first look he has three lengths to find with the chief protagonists but a missed-break and first bend crowding in the semi-final would have cost him all of that.
Factor in this is Crayford where the first bend is known as the ‘wall of death’ and the race winner will probably be known after six seconds of racing …and the Kevin Boon trained greyhound looks massively over-priced to benefit from the predicted chaos.
Cloncunny Major Gold Collar (Crayford 8.42pm Tuesday) 20/1 Boylesports