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THE second semi-final, putting together Bubbly Torpedo, Rubys Razzle and Queen Charlotte, three runners very prominently positioned at the top of the long-odds market, is the likely highlight from the Tigerloanscompany.com Gold Cup at Harlow on Tuesday.

There is a real competitive look to this first running of the Category One competition over the six-bend trip at Harlow and the winner of the £8,000-to-the-winner prize could easily be amongst the runners in this second semi-final.

Rubys Razzle was marginally the quickest first round winner. She posted 37.15sec when defeating the competition favourite Roswell Romanov by two and a half lengths at the first round stage.

Bubbly Torpedo was only one hundredth of a second slower when coming home ahead of Garryglass Champ, whilst Queen Charlotte was denied a run at the first round stage and merits respect.

This campaign didn’t get off to a winning start for long-odds favourite Roswell Romanov but the Mark Wallis-trained dog qualified behind his kennelmate Rubys Razzle and starts in the first semi-final on Tuesday.

In mitigation, Roswell Romanov was having only his second start at a track which can prove tricky to run and he will undoubtedly come on as he becomes more familiar with its contours.

But he faces a difficult assignment. Bubbly Tempest goes from trap one on the back of a success in the first round and the talented Kranky Damo is drawn in trap six and both have the ability to come off best.

There are three first round winners in the third semi-final but the contest may well fall to Garryglass Champ who was second to Bubbly Torpedo at the first round stage.

Mark Wallis rates this son of Kinloch Brae extremely highly and with his confidence may well be justified after this contest.

All three semi-finals are featured on Racing Post Greyhound TV (Sky Digital 468 and Freesat 250).

Tuesday’s Semi-Finals

First Semi-Final

1 Bubbly Tempest

2 Holdem Bernado

3 Roswell Romanov

4 Dranoel (m)

5 Astute Missile (m)

6 Kranky Damo (w)

 

Second semi-Final

1 Meadow

2 Queen Charlotte

3 Rubys Razzle

4 Master Kelly (m)

5 Bubbly Torpedo (m)

6 Lemon Jamesy (w)

 

Three Semi-Final

1 Cooladerry Lid

2 Queen Lucy

3 Coolykereen Rake

4 Swift Slaney (m)

5 Garryglass Champ (m)

6 Carnegie (m)

 

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HEATS

Heat One

Queen Lucy may have been a 16-1 chance but she performed as if she was only a fraction of those odds when defeating Kranky Damo by three and a quarter lengths in 37.53sec (normal). The Hazel Kemp trained Queen Lucy broke well and then resisted a challenge from Holdem Bernado before seeing off the Seamus Cahill-trained Kranky Damo in the closing stages. The Carol Weatherall-trained Holdem Bernado kept on for third.

Heat Two

A one-two for Champion Trainer Mark Wallis was confidently predicted for the opening heat but few perhaps would have put Rubys Razzle ahead of the long odds-on favourite Roswell Romanov. But that is what happened as Rubys Razzle took an early lead and withheld pressure from her high-quality kennelmate throughout. Master Kelly took the remaining qualifying position. The winning time was 37.15sec (normal) and the distances were two and half lengths and eleven and three-quarters.

Heat Three

This was a race the highlight of which was an excellent performance from Bubbly Tempest. The early pace was set by Carnegie who trapped quickly and in the blink of an eye was three, possibly four, lengths ahead. Bubbly Torpedo held second place but was well adrift of the speedy leader. Queen Charlotte, the odds-on favourite, had encountered trouble at the first bend. Carnegie continued to set a frantic pace and looked to have gone beyond recall. But gradually Bubbly Tempest closed and with a last, late effort, got up to score by a half-length in 37.19sec (normal). Queen Charlotte gamely stayed on to take third – five lengths behind the second-placed runner.

Heat Four

Cooladerry Lid produced a dramatic last-to-first success. In a race where the lead changed chances several times, the dog trained at Towcester by Jean Liles tracked cleverly to appear on the scene on the run-in to steal the lead from Meadow approaching the line. The winning distance was a neck as the John Mullins-trained Meadow, who had led between the first and fifth bend before resuming in front off the final turn, surrendered the advantage in the closing stages. Astute Missile was third.

Heat Five

Favourite backers had to wait until the fifth qualifier for the first winning market leader. Coolykereen Rake came to the punters rescue, although at 1-2 he wasn’t what you might describe as a working man’s price. Neverthless, the son of Rumble Impact was too quick for his rivals as he converted a second bend lead into a three-and-three-quarter-lengths winning margin. The time was 37.63sec (normal). The talented and versatile Dranoel, taking a break from his hurdling career, filled second place, whilst Swift Slaney, suffered a first bend bump, but stayed on well for third.

Heat Six

Bubbly Torpedo was moderately away but showed good pace to lead at the first bend. The Paul Young-trained dog was soon ahead and then stayed on well to defeat the highly regarded Garryglass Champ by a length and quarter in 37.16sec (normal). Both first and second performed well and the second placed Garryglass Champ was seven and a half lengths ahead of the third-placed Lemon Jamesy.