The Golden Sprint is a three round greyhound competition raced over Romford’s 400m track – a distance that brings together some top-class four bend dogs as well as some of the country’s top sprinters. The first round took place on Friday with the semi-finals to follow this Friday. The market has changed drastically since the completion of the opening round and it has left us with an excellent opportunity to take advantage of a 10/1 selection with Ladbrokes that perhaps is overpriced due to not performing as it can in the opening round.

The fastest two dogs in the first round were Romford regular Ayamzaman (23:85s) and sprint king Farloe Barracuda (23:93s), both of which started the competition at roughly 8/1  – they’ve since been cut to best prices of 9/2 (Paddy Power) and 9/4 (BetVictor) respectively. These price shifts have left us able to make Glanmire Lad our value selection at the prices.

Glanmire Lad is a regular around the Essex track and started his first round heat as a strong favourite (11/8) to win the race but left his trapping boots at home and could only muster a 24:66s time whilst claiming 2nd. We can forgive him this performance.

He has the most consistent early pace in the competition and whilst early pace is important in all greyhound races it is even more significant in races over this 400m distance. Ayamzaman produced a sectional time of 3:58s in his fastest of the round performance which is exceptionally quick for that dog but more standard for Glanmire Lad who can post even faster sectionals. Ayamzaman also has a tendency to miss the break whilst Farloe Barracuda’s trainer has openly admitted he doesn’t always trap so well.

A good benchmark of a quality dog around the 400m of Romford is the ability to dip under 24 seconds as evidenced by the times of Ayamzaman and Barracuda whilst Glanmire Lad has scored around the track in less than 24 seconds in 2 of his last 6 races, including a blistering 23:72s.

It seems logical to compare our selection with Ayamzaman since he has set the standard around Romford and we’ve already argued that Glanmire Lad has the best early in the competition and can also compete with the best on the clock meaning that the 10/1 available seems like excellent value when compared to the pricing of the other dogs.

Another positive for Glanmire Lad is the draw for his semi-final where he has avoided the other market principals and should be able to lead up the other dogs with ease and hopefully post a flashy time to cut his price drastically for the final. Each way backers should visit Stan James as they offer 4 places compared to the standard 3 and are also best price about Glanmire Lad.

We recommend backing Glanmire Lad @ 10/1 with Ladbrokes to win the Golden Sprint at Romford.