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    Premier Greyhound Racing All England Cup: Fierce Semi-Finals Await
Premier Greyhound Racing All England Cup: Fierce Semi-Finals Await

Premier Greyhound Racing All England Cup: Fierce Semi-Finals Await

In last week's Premier Greyhound Racing All England Cup first round, only four of the top 18 in the ante-post betting were eliminated. This outcome sets the stage for highly competitive semi-finals, complemented by a high-quality open race card featuring the local favourite, Bellmore Sally.

The first semi-final features a clash between the first and fourth hounds in the ante-post betting, both ideally placed in their boxes. Bogger Rambo demonstrated clinical prowess in the opening heat without setting the track ablaze. Tom Heilbron anticipates steady improvement, and with the same neighbour as last week, Cunnigar Yousir, a repeat result seems likely. (Unreal Bruiser also qualified from the same heat and the same trap.)

While Burj Khalifa avoided the worst trouble, he lost ground in a first-bend incident, possibly costing him a couple of lengths. Consequently, he may be on par with the likely favourite but must contend with the early-paced Coppice Rocket on his inside. Pape Di Oro's move to the middle on the run-up suggests he may be better suited to the white jacket. He remains a contender. (Selection: 1-6-4)

The first round brought several hard-luck tales, but Johnny Whiskers was not among them. Despite showing his characteristic early pace, he appeared beaten at the third bend. Whether he needed the run or if the 480m distance is challenging remains to be seen. Harry Burton hopes it's the former, although he was coming back to the field in the latter stages of the 450m ARC Classic Final. He should still lead here but appears vulnerable.

Skywalker Pele and Droopys Eddie seem evenly matched based on Towcester form, but the risk of tangling is real. Eddie, with great pace, appears somewhat novicey. Antigua Eclipse, with a decent run on the inside, should be in contention. Wrighty and Glengar Bridie are not to be overlooked in what seems the most challenging of the three qualifiers to call. (Selection: 2-6-4)

Swift Silly stood out last week, but in a race to the bend with three early-paced ladies, this presents a much tougher task. Conversely, Brookside Richie seems strategically placed on the inside. The veteran can perform from any box but would prefer not to be on the outside of Coolavanny Mercy, Witton Venus, or Swift Silly. Wide boy Coppice Kaiser seems like 'one for the tricast.' Savana Shay will face challenges finding a run. (Selection: 1-3-6)

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