The conclusion of the excellent William Hill Festival at Sunderland takes place this evening, the 18th of July, live on Sky Sports, with a fantastic line-up of quality racing. The highlight of the card is the final of the William Hill Classic over 450m but there are other notable finals on display too: namely the Puppy Plate Final and the Grand Prix Final. We have selections in all three of those finals with our best bet being a 9/4 chance with the sponsors, William Hill, in the final of the Puppy Plate.

BetPal last week tipped Calzaghe Davy as one of our main bets in the heats of the Puppy Plate and were extremely disappointed as he couldn’t pace up past Droopys Quincy and ultimately couldn’t go past. With that in mind we simply have to oppose Calzaghe Davy in the final of the Puppy Plate.

Davy is the current joint favourite for the race at 9/4 but once more has Droopys Quincy on his direct inside and the belief is that Quincy will once again be able to hold Davy in the early stages. Not only does he have Droopys Quincy to contend with but he also has the impressive heat winner, Jaytee Lightning, running from trap one who can easily bustle those two up early doors, and in actual fact ran a faster time than both Quincy and Davy in the heats.

If Droopys Quincy leads on the inside, or we see some trouble between the three inside traps, then in my opinion it will open the final of the Puppy Plate, at 8:49pm, up for the dog running from trap 6, Bubbly Charlie, who was super impressive in the heats.

Bubbly Charlie ran 27:06s whilst picking up Slaneyside Icon to qualify for this final at the weekend and with Icon having being reported as lame and thus out of the final it gives the selection a fantastic pitch to work from with Icon due to have ran from trap 5.

You can view Bubbly Charlie winning that race in style by watching this video:


Based on that performance, Charlie would have a couple of lengths on the field and even a length on Calzaghe Davy’s very best work here. He looks set to be the dog with the most guaranteed clear run of the race and he definitely looks to be the strongest finisher in the race so even if held in the early pace stakes by something snapping clear from the traps you would still be confident of Charlie picking them up off the final couple of bends.

Taking into account all of the above, Bubbly Charlie is a fantastic bet to land the final of the Puppy Plate at 9/4 with William Hill.

The feature race, the final of the Classic, runs at 9:19pm and I have been looking to find a way to get the favourite, Pinpoint Maxi, beaten. However my conclusions have drawn me to believe that Pinpoint Maxi is infact value at the current price of 4/5 on offer with William Hill.

Maxi has such fantastic early pace, and, in reality, fantastic all round pace as shown by his sectional splits and race times at Sunderland recently that I simply do not think we can afford not to back the dog to win the final.

Some people have pointed to trap one as being a potential negative but, whilst it might be, I don’t think we can let a potential negative put us off such a fast dog. He ran quite straight from trap 2 in the semi-finals and I think he will pace up and easily beat Shaneboy Spencer, in trap 2, to the bend.

The main danger comes from the Swindon Arc winner, Shaneboy Alley, in trap 6, who is also blessed with great early pace and shows great heart at the first bend but the belief is that Maxi can pace up and lead all.

The reality is that Pinpoint Maxi ran almost 4 lengths faster in the semi-finals than anything else in this final and with such great pace we have to back him at the 4/5 available.

The third main final of the evening is that of the Grand Prix which unlike the two previously discussed finals is a stayers race over 640m. The race takes place at 9:04pm and looks sure to be a battle between T4 Dural Bound and T6 Calzaghe Lilly.

Both greyhounds lack early pace and like to finish strong to win their races, as evidenced in their respective semi-finals but it should be Calzaghe Lilly who gets first run on the rest coming from trap 6 rather than Dural Bound who could get tied up coming from his middle berth.

The clearer run coupled with the faster semi-final times makes Calzaghe Lilly a comfortable selection to win the final of the Grand Prix and should be backed at 6/4 with Paddy Power.

Greyhound Racing Betting Tips – Sunderland – 18th July

8:49 – T6 Bubbly Charlie @ 9/4 William Hill

9:04 – T6 Calzaghe Lilly @ 6/4 Paddy Power

9:19 – T1 Pinpoint Maxi @ 4/5 William Hill