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Greyhounds: Dave Clark's weekend preview

There are three big finals all carrying a first prize of £10,000 to look forward to this weekend with the stars of greyhound racing on show.

On Friday night, Romford hosts a gala night of racing headlined by the Essex Vase decider over 575m, while Oxford stages an all open-race card which includes the final of the BGBF British Bred Puppy Cup final over 450m.

There may be some early Greyhound Derby clues on Sunday afternoon at Towcester, with a star-studded field taking to the Northamptonshire sand for the Stadium Bookmakers Blue Riband Final over 500m.

Draw points to Pink in Vase decider

The Essex Vase is a rare big competition that top handler Liz McNair is yet to land, but on Friday night her QUEEN PINK has a great chance to score over the 575m trip.

As is so often the case in big finals at Romford, the trap draw and run to the first bend is absolutely crucial.

Tight railer Aayamza Magic, who was an impressive semi-final winner last week, is certain to shift inside from trap three and open up the track nicely for Queen Pink.

A powerful lady with very little mileage on the clock and open to improvement, McNair's charge appeals at 5/2.

She can unleash her huge middle speed to settle this contest and avoid any crowding on the inside.

Antepost jolly, defending champion and star stayer Coolavanny Aunty heads the market at 7/4 and is well drawn on the rail in trap one.

However, bet365 Puppy Oaks winner Minnie Bullet will be pacing up and moving across her from two early on.

Central Park raider Millbank Peach (20/1) could go well at a big price from trap five.

Atomic looks bombproof in Puppy Cup final

Kevin Hutton's ROMEO ATOMIC (4/9) carries a lofty reputation and is impossible to oppose on Friday night at Oxford in the £10,000 BGBF British Bred Puppy Cup.

The antepost jolly arrives at the decider as one of only two finalists with an unblemished record and more fireworks are expected at the Cowley venue.

Owned and bred by Dave Firmager, who enjoyed Derby success last year with Romeo Magico, this exciting prospect will no doubt be lining up in the Classic at Towcester later this year.

He is available to back at 33/1 for the big prize, which is likely to shorten should he cruise to another success as is expected here.

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The John Mullins-trained Jaffa is second in the betting for the final at 10/3 and is the other youngster unbeaten in this event.

However, drawn in trap two he could be set for a rough ride should Monmore raider Batham Dennis trap as smartly as he did last time from trap one - he flew out and moved right off into the middle of the track.

Newcastle trainer Carl Jackson travels down with his early pacer Watchhall Sid, who is brilliantly drawn out wide and is the main danger.

He completely missed the start last week before zipping to the corner nicely and at 5/1 he will appeal to some but must trap smarter to feature.

Paddington the pick in star-studded Blue Riband

The race of the weekend is undoubtedly the £10,000 Stadium Bookmakers Blue Riband Final at Towcester on Sunday afternoon.

Greyhound Derby runner-up Mr Chelm (formerly known as Kildare) has the early speed to ruffle feathers from trap one, but he simply isn't finishing his races well enough to suggest he is worthy of a player here at 5/1.

He does, though, hold the key to this race with his pace into the corner, which is likely to hold up other early pacers Signet Otis and Deelish Frankie who race from traps two and three respectively.

Instead, the wager here has to be East Anglian Derby champion HOPES PADDINGTON at 2/1 for the champion trainer Mark Wallis.

Of the market principles he is the one who does not need to lead and his big back-straight speed can settle this contest.

He will stay out of harm's way out in trap four and can pick up the pieces from the second turn.

Those looking for a big-price winner this weekend, look no further than local hope Frostys Ten (25/1) who has form over six bends and has caught the eye flashing home.

He would benefit from inside crowding and is a must-bet for forecast and tricast punters.

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