The Betfred sponsored Select Stakes is one of the top races of the greyhound racing year where six of the top greyhounds in the country are chosen by the Greyhound Writers Association to race against each other in a one-off race. The 2013 Select Stakes takes place on Tuesday the 30th of July and is raced over the 500m distance at Nottingham. Selecting a winner when the competition is so close is very tough and to highlight that we have seen many bookmakers offer 4/1 the field which is supremely rare in greyhound racing. Below we have previewed the six dogs in the race and ultimately concluded with our favoured bet at a price of 4/1 which is widely available but we recommend using bet365 as they offer ‘Best Odds Guaranteed’ which protects our price.

Trap 1: Daddy Knowsbest – Best Price: 12/1 Paddy Power

Daddy Knowsbest should have the best of the early pace in the Select Stakes but such is the quality of the race and the strength of the other runners he is the outsider of the six dogs and can be backed at 12/1 in a number of places. However, there are a number of positives for Daddy Knowsbest.

As we mentioned, he has really good early pace and thus if he can avoid the potential trouble with Droopys Pride from trap 2 then he might nip clear off the first bend. The other positive is that he is certainly in form, having broken the trap record at Poole over 450m last time out.

The problem for Daddy Knowsbest is the distance of the race being 500m, it could be a touch too far for the dog, especially with the strong runners in the race.

Trap 2: Droopys Pride – Best Price: 9/2 William Hill

Droopys Pride wasn’t originally selected for the Select Stakes but with the withdrawal of Sawpit Sensation, who would have been a huge player in the race, sees Droopys Pride take his place in the race and can be backed at 9/2 with William Hill.

Droopys Pride couldn’t make his way past the second round in the Derby but this month managed to finish second in the Classic at Sunderland where he chased down the fantastic Pinpoint Maxi.

The performances in the Classic show that Pride is running well and the 500m distance suits with good form over the same distance at Sheffield.

Droopys Pride can be a big player with his blend of early pace and strength but he must avoid any potential trouble at the first bend.

Trap 3: Hather George – Best Price: 4/1 Totesport

Charlie Lister has trained the last three winners of the Select Stakes with Jordansoilutions taking the 2010 and 2011 races whilst Silverview Perky took the crown last year. That’s a big positive for the Lister-trained, 3 Steps To Victory winner, Hather George.

Hather George is the sole middle seed in this race and could potentially get a nice run, especially if demonstrating his best early pace as seeing out the distance will be no issue as the final of the 3 Steps To Victory was ran over 660m.

Any trouble on the inside, and on the outside, will really boost George’s chances of victory.

Trap 4: Holdem Spy – Best Price: 4/1 bet365

Holdem Spy is one of the greatest dogs to watch in greyhound racing at the moment with his excellent pace between bends two and three a joy to watch. That strength and style of running will see him well in this race over 500m and he should definitely go close.

At first glance, being drawn in trap 4 isn’t ideal, but he has shown a slight tendency to run middle and should avoid the trouble that might occur on both inside and outside of the race in the early part of the race.

A semi-finalist in the Derby where he was extremely unlucky not to make the final, he then went on to pick Hather George up on finals night there.

Trap 5: Airlie Impact – Best Price: 4/1 bet365

Airlie Impact was one of the main stories of the 2013 Greyhound Derby with his 2nd place finish after being unfavoured before and throughout the competition. He showed an excellent ability to run down his opponents in that competition and this 500m trip should suit with Impact being a regular over Hove’s 515m trip in recent times.

The main talking points are whether Airlie Impact can avoid any trouble with Screen Critic out wide early and how quickly can he get into full stride to get competitive in the race.

If avoiding trouble, Airlie Impact can continue his recent excellent form and have a huge chance in this race.

Trap 6: Screen Critic – Best Price: 5/1 Paddy Power

Screen Critic opposed Airlie Impact in that 2013 Greyhound Derby Final where he managed a 4th place finish after a successful campaign and can certainly be a key player in this race.

Critic showed mostly good early pace throughout the Derby and he will need to demonstrate his best pace to get an early lead here and avoid any early trouble. If doing so he can get clear early and the 500m distance, although new to the dog, could be a reasonable distance for Screen Critic.

A negative would be his showing in recent big races, where he wasn’t too competitive in the final of the Derby and then recently finish 6th in the Dundalk International Open, interestingly over 500m.

Verdict

A case can realistically be made for any of the six dogs in this fantastic Select Stakes renewal which is often the case when any of the six best dogs in the country are brought together but we have chosen to side with Holdem Spy in this race. Holdem Spy can be backed at 4/1 with bet365.

The most likely scenario in this race sees trouble on the inside between Daddy Knowsbest and Droopys Pride whilst we may see similar trouble between Airlie Impact and Screen Critic out wide. This should open up nicely for Hather George who might grab a lead and in doing so give Holdem Spy a clear run behind and with Spy picking George up recently over 480m we’d be confident he could do so again.

The real positive with Holdem Spy is that even if the above scenario doesn’t take place, he is such a spectacular dog that he can get competitive in any scenario which makes him our greyhound racing betting tip for the race.

9:19 Nottingham

30/07/13

Holdem Spy

4/1 bet365