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Dave Clark's weekend round-up: Warzone Tome strikes late

Liz McNair's Warzone Tome justified favouritism in the £20,000 Champion Stakes Final at Romford on Friday night, although odds-on punters were made to sweat in the 575m decider.

Tom sticks to the task in Champion Stakes Final

Local stayer Waste House Izzy zipped into the first bend and into the lead as the 25/1 outsider and bowled along out in front for a long time.

After checking over the back of the leader numerous times, McNair's Gold Collar and Summer Stayers Classic champion came for one last challenge off the final bend and nailed the leader right on the line.

One of three track record breakers for the kennel last week, the talented powerhouse maintained McNair's fine form and is a contender for 2022 Greyhound of the Year.

On an exciting supporting card which featured a number of finals, Golden Sprint hero Rail Mccoy took advantage of a brilliant draw in the £5,000 Standard Final.

Racing from trap five, the track opened up nicely with tight railer Droopys Good diving inside from trap four and the Mark Wallis-trained speedster needed no second invitation and dominated throughout in a slick 23.82sec over the 400m trip.

Hove's Heath dominates Hunt Cup

Jason Heath was doubly represented in the £10,000 Stadium Bookmakers Hunt Cup final on Sunday at Towcester and his two big-priced runners took gold and silver in the 712m decider live on RPGTV.

St Leger champion Havana Lover was the odds-on favourite after breaking the track record in the semi-finals, but it was Heath's Chelms Cub who bounced out the boxes and led throughout.

Not once did the St Leger and Regency finalist look in any danger with kennelmate Clongeel Ozzie coming as near as any rivals at the winning length half a length behind.

At 11/1 and 7/1 Heath's forecast paid a whopping £106.18 and provided the Hove handler with his second big-race success.

Back in 2017 Heath landed the Regency at Hove with Tyrap Dragi and has had to wait a long time for another success.

Armed with a team of nice staying dogs, this is unlikely to be his last.

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Fromposttopillar continues to shine in RPGTV Puppy Collar

McNair looks to be in line for more success this week with her promising youngster Fromposttopillar, who lines up in the £10,000 RPGTV Puppy Collar Final at Oxford on Friday live on the channel.

The only unbeaten finalist and track record holder over the 450m trip, McNair's monster rates as one of the most exciting prospects in the UK but will need to bring his trapping boots.

A very impressive display of back-straight pace enabled him to recover from a moderate start and assert in his semi-final, but in a final jam-packed full of speed, connections will be hoping he can boss matters into the first turn.

An eye catcher in defeat last week was Dave Mullins' Romford Puppy Cup runner-up Romeo Mission, who rates as the main danger out wide in trap six.

He went down by just a neck in the other semi-final on Friday night, chasing home yet another McNair star Havana Allablaze - who made all the running at the Cowley circuit in 27.18sec.

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