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Greyhound racing betting tips: Towcester tips and selections from Dave Clark

There's £175,000 up for grabs in this year's English Greyhound Derby and four quarter-finals take place on Saturday evening at the Northamptonshire circuit.

And Racing Post tipster Dave Clark has three tips to look out for on a big evening of racing at Towcester.

Dave Clark's Tips:

19:10 Towcester - Crafty Shivoo @ 6/4
20:22 Towcester - Rioja Joey @ SP
20:57 Towcester - Queen Joni @ SP

19:10 Towcester - Crafty Shivoo @ 6/4

bet365 Empress Stakes champion Crafty Shivoo continues to thrive at Towcester and will line up in her Derby quarter-final on Saturday night bidding to maintain her unbeaten record at the track.

Now boasting nine wins from nine starts over 500m, she is currently at the top of her game and can justify favouritism for the opening qualifier.

Handled by 14-times champion trainer Mark Wallis, who already has two Derby titles to his name, she is in good hands and there is every reason to think she can flash out the boxes and make all the running once again.

She produced a brilliant display from trap one in her third-round heat and switching from an inside draw to a middle berth often prompts a better break - which is ominous for her five rivals.

Defending Derby champion Gaytime Nemo is among the opposition and races directly on her inside in trap two, but he is flanked by speed with Superfast Gorden in trap one and the inside duo may tangle early on.

20:22 Towcester - Rioja Joey @ SP

A rough ride ended the Derby campaign of Kevin Hutton's Steel City Cup finalist Rioja Joey at the very first hurdle, but a superb victory at Perry Barr last week suggests this talented tracker may be back to somewhere near his best.

His Derby campaign marked the return to competitive action after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury and he will no doubt improve for every outing in the coming weeks.

However, the manner in which he took apart rivals last week suggests his best may not be too far away and he is a value pick in the first of the Townview Kennels Derby Plate heats on Saturday evening.

The £5,000 competition is a consolation for greyhounds already knocked out of the main event and his heat is a belter, but is one he is fancied to win.

Patrick Janssens' Barntick Bear and Maiden Derby champion Jaytee Etienne can both make the market for him, but neither can live with Rioja Joey to the opening turn and he is expected to dominate throughout the 500m contest.

20:57 Towcester - Queen Joni @ SP

Liz McNair's British bred superstar Queen Joni crashed out of this year's Greyhound Derby in the opening round after stumbling badly out of the boxes.

She was the most notable early casualty having contested favouritism with kennelmate King Memphis at the off.

However, she has well and truly put that blemish behind her and picked up two impressive wins since - one at Hove and over 500m at Towcester - and now she is the one to beat in the Derby Plate.

Lining up in the third heat on Saturday night, she can flash from the boxes and make all the running against much inferior opposition and looks the banker on the card.

Key to her chances will be gaining first run on main danger Clona Curly, the Northern Puppy Derby champion is a powerhouse over 500m and will be coming home best - he is a strong selection for the forecast.

Dave Clark's Tips:

19:10 Towcester - Crafty Shivoo @ 6/4
20:22 Towcester - Rioja Joey @ SP
20:57 Towcester - Queen Joni @ SP

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This article was written by a partner sports writer via Spotlight Sports Group. All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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