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Greyhounds: Dave Clark's weekend preview

Greyhound racing's superstar Space Jet lines up in yet another big final on Friday night at Oxford and is a must-bet for punters back over an extreme distance.

The £10,000 WKH Development Services Diamond Stakes final over 847m is the feature race live on RPGTV this week and is at the mercy of Matt Dartnall's stayer.

Lift off for Space Jet again!

Winner of the 2021 St Leger and 2022 TV Trophy, SPACE JET, a 2019 daughter of Volcano, is clear on the clock and is likely to be a very worthy 2/7 favourite.

Despite a very slow start, this talented powerhouse was able to once again weave her way through the field and come from almost last to first, drawing clear to hit the line over six lengths of her nearest pursuer last time out.

Litter sister Antigua Lava is second favourite at 3/1 and also produced a power-packed finish last week to land her heat. She will need to get first run on Space Jet but may get held up by likely early leader Wota Swell Party.

If the Mark Wallis-trained lady can escape on the first of two laps she will go close.

Diamond Stakes Final selection: Space Jet @ 2/7

Arkady back in the groove

The £10,000 Stadium Bookmakers Blue Riband at Towcester has reached the semi-final stage, with just 12 hopefuls remaining and layers struggling to separate those at the top of the market.

Top Belgian handler Patrick Janssens holds a strong hand training three of the first four in the betting, Fabulous Azurra (4/1), Deelish Frankie (9/2) and Lautaro (5/1), but it is Kent Derby champion ARKADY who should be on punters' radars for this 500m event.

This talented speedster returned to action for the first time in two months just a fortnight ago at the beginning of this competition and gradual improvement is expected.

Back in the groove last weekend, Dave Mullins' star flew to the first bend and dominated rivals from the off to score comfortably by over three lengths.

In the second semi-final on Sunday he again dons the black jacket of trap four and can again go from the front.

It's a fiercely competitive market, but the draw has panned out well for this speedy two-year-old and he appeals at 10/1 in the outright market.

Blue Riband Semi-Final 2 selection: Arkady

Blue Riband outright selection: Arkady @ 10/1

Inside box may prove the undoing of Azurra

Outright jolly Fabulous Azurra has certainly lived up to her name in her 30-race career, with numerous big titles already in the bag.

She was back to her best in last week's quarter-final when making all the running in a slick 29.13sec, but this week she must contend with the inside box - a switch which is likely to have a negative impact.

So often at Towcester, greyhounds switching from a middle box to the inside can mis-time the start and there is every chance of that happening in the first of the two semi-finals.

Kennelmate Romeo Top Cat will look for the inside from trap two, which may also pose problems, and it's 2022 Midland Puppy Derby champion DEELISH FRANKIE who can benefit from trap three.

He switches from trap two to three, which can help him trap better and reverse last week's form with Greyhound Derby runner-up Mr Chelm.

After a moderate break he flew into the turn and ran a stormer to finish second, so if he brings his trapping boots this week he will prove very difficult to beat.

Blue Riband Semi-Final 1 selection: Deelish Frankie

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