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WILLIAM HILL ST LEGER - WIMBLEDON 687m (£25,000)

The William Hill St Leger hits the semi-final stage tonight and twelve greyhounds are just one step away from reaching the £25,000 to-the-winner decider. Roxholme Dream and Diego Flight have been blazing a trail in the opening two rounds, recording blistering sectionals of 16.24 and 16.29 last time out respectively. They have missed each other in the semi-finals and it's going to be very exciting to see if they can hold on from the powerful stayers. Talking of powerful stayers Ribble Atom and Droopys Tamera have been coming home very strong. Can Ribble Atom chase down Diego Flight? Droopys Tamera caught Roxholme Dream last time can she repeat that feat? The champion trainer Mark Wallis has won this great race three times previously and he's currently got three chances to make it win number four, I decided to catch up with Mark to get his thoughts on his runners.

 

Mark Wallis On Ribble Atom, Jimmy Nailed On and Ferryforth Fran

 

“Ribble Atom took the step down to six bends in her stride and is getting better every race. This stiff 687m trip is suiting her down to the ground and she is running very well. She is a marathon bitch with plenty of pace and she possesses that early zip which is allowing her to get in a pitch. She lacks middle-pace but is coming home very strong. These are hot semi-finals and I'd have preferred her to be in trap-one because now she must clear Teejayspowerhawk, who is a very good dog in his own right. Owner Lord Hesketh is enjoying it and he's got plenty of enthusiasm for the sport. He had a major knee operation a couple of months back but if she can qualify on Friday he will be at the final.

 

Jimmy Nailed on ran very well from a tough draw and like everyone I was upset by what happened to Millwards Teddy. He took advantage of the situation and he is a very good dog. I'd say you rule him out at your peril. Ferryforth Fran is a good dog and is running out of his skin. It looks a tough semi-final but he is in top form and is very much here on merit".

 

 

DRAW

 

T1 Teejayspowerhawk 

T2 Ribble Atom

T3 Diego Flight (m)

T4 Swansalona Diva (w)

T5 Bullofstonehall (w)

T6 Ferryforth Fran (w)

 

T1 Borna Champ

T2 Roxholme Dream (m)

T3 Fizzypop Buddy (m)

T4 Oneco Sky (w)

T5 Jimmy Nailed On (w)

T6 Droopys Tamera (w)