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Greyhounds: Dave Clark's weekend preview

The £10,000 bet365 Puppy Oaks final at Towcester on Sunday afternoon was settled in a matter of strides, as the Mark Wallis-trained Minnie Bullet flashed from the boxes and made all the funning in fine style.

Six finalists lined up in the 500m decider, but very quickly there was only one greyhound in as the Mark Wallis-trained lady didn't see another rival winning in a slick 29.68sec.

This daughter of Irish Derby winner Good News, owned by first-time owner Ashley Curtin, maintained a strong gallop throughout and claimed the category one prize by half a length from another local performer Fabulous Lynx.

Superstar to shine bright on South Coast

Matt Dartnall's Space Jet is the biggest name in the sport of greyhound racing and the superstar stayer has returned for a crack at another big prize.

The St Leger, TV Trophy and Dorando Marathon champion takes her chance in the £10,000 George Curtis & Ballyregan Bob Memorial Trophy over 740m at Hove, she is certainly the one to beat.

One of two big competitions kicking off on Saturday night - the £10,000 Olympic also begins - the staying prize has attracted some of the top stayers in the country.

Recent Cesarewitch winner Savana Volcano also rates as a big player for the in-form kennel of Diane Henry.

Cahill's Derby finalist to strike gold in Olympic heat

Top Hove handler Seamus Cahill is a man to be feared on home turf in big competitions and his Derby finalist Make Noise is a big player in this year's Olympic and can kick off his campaign with success in the opening heat.

Currently seeded rails, he prefers a middle draw and his switch out to trap four will help him out of the boxes.

The 515 trip at Hove offers up a long run to the bend, which he will certainly appreciate, and he is taken to make all the running.

Cochise caught the eye

Locally-trained Cochise was a big eye catcher in an Olympic trial stake last week and could be value to score in heat two.

Brighton Belle champion and local star Global Vision may tangle early on from traps two and three respectively, their potential crowding is reason to oppose the pair.

Staying type Havana Bale Out and Doghouse Dazzler flank Cochise, if he brings his trapping boots he can turn handy before asserting down the back straight,

Fromposttopillar set for a rough ride?

Likely antepost favourite Fromposttopillar steps up into all-aged company after going unbeaten through the RPGTV Cowley Puppy Collar, but could be a fancied runner to oppose in his first-round heat.

He lines up in trap five with early pacer Derrinasafa Boss on his inside in trap four.

However, it's not the early speed of Derrinasafa Boss that will pose problems, it is his race line out of the boxes, as he tends to run right towards the hare and could turn straight into the fancied youngster.

Punters should tread very carefully with this exciting youngster, it may prove prudent to swerve him until he has secured his place in the semi-finals.

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