Thu, Feb 24, 2:29pm by Kevin Pitstock
Greyhound best best for Thursday 24th February 2011 with selections from Warragul greyhounds (Victoria), Grafton greyhounds (NSW) , Bendigo greyhounds (Victoria), Sandown greyhounds (Victoria), Dapto greyhounds (New South Wales), Maitland greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland), Hobart greyhounds (Tasmania), Angle Park greyhounds (South Australia), and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).
Best Bet Warragul Greyhounds
Race 10 – Box 1 – New Play – 3:57pm Vic time
All maiden meeting so bet at your own peril. In race 10 a well bred youngster has box 1 and is making her race day debut. New Play is a March 2009 whelping by Knocka Norris out of the good producer Winderlich.
Knocka Norris has been going great guns as a sire with plenty of fast young pups flying the flag for him including the very fast Noar In Knocka. Winderlich is a good producing dam from the Pringle/Hallinan damlines and has already produced very handy type such as Brindiwipla, Black Gate and Urana Shiraz.
Best Bet Grafton Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 1 – Hanify’s Idol – 3:44pm NSW time
Race 6 at Grafton is an off and over 305m sprint and last week it took a track record to beat Hanify’s Idol, when Fire Hawk sped over the distance in 17.31 to take .07 seconds off the old mark. Colin Graham trained Hanify’s Idol was only 2.25 lengths away in second place in that race after being second all the way in the run from box 5.
Moves to box 1 this week and there is no Fire Hawk to contend with. Has a good record of 7 wins from 12 starts with 5 placings and has the pace to hold the rail and hold them out.
Best Bet Bendigo Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 1 – Apache Man – 5:24pm Vic time
The smart Apache Man looks well placed in this 430m 5th grade off box 1. Has won 7 of 12 starts thus far with 4 placings, with his only unplaced run coming in the Warragul Summer Sprint Final behind the smart Vee Eye Pee.
Has won his past 2 in a row at Ballarat leading all the way in 25.39 and 25.41. Very exciting young chaser with excellent box speed who should lead this field easily and prove far too good.
Best Bet Sandown Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 7 – Lektra Sharp – 8:52pm Vic time
Lektra Sharp was unlucky last week to run in to Mungo Man who was ideally boxed and just did enough to hold him out from crossing and leading. Mungo Man went on to win by 2.5 lengths in 29.66 and will probably start close to favourite in the Free For All race tonight here at Sandown. Reverse the boxes last week and you could easily reverse the decision.
Tonight Lektra Sharp moves out one box to box 7 but doesn’t have to contend with the same kind of pace to his inside and can lead this field. Has won 3 of his 7 races from box 8 so can handle the draw and ran 29.81 getting beaten last week. A similar kind of run will win this tonight.
Best Bet Maitland Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 1 – November Tribute – 5:32pm NSW time
The Christine Oldfield trained November Tribute is flying at the moment, having won 3 of his last 4 starts here and at Bulli. Ran 26.74 beating Fast Torana at Bulli then missed the starts and never a hope at The Gardens behind Noar in Knocka.
Won both his past two starts here at this track and distance leading practically all the way on both occasions from boxes 3 and 2 running 25.46 and 25.45. Going for the three-peat but should be untroubled with kennelmate November Hoodlum running cover for him from box 2.
Best Bet Dapto Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 6 – Arctic Chill – 9:58pm NSW time
The Sid Swain trained Arctic Chill is going to go out good odds in this race and is ideally boxed out wide. The veteran of 19 starts has won 5 and been placed 8 times and at this track and distance has had 4 starts for 2 wins and a second.
His best winning times are 22.75 Richmond, 30.59 Wentworth Park, 30.28 Lithgow and 30.25 here. Arctic Chill has the pace to get over from box 6 and steal this at good odds.
Best Bet Albion Park Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 7 – Outa Credit – 8:28pm Qld time
We couldn’t catch the speedy Outa Credit two weeks in a row, when beaten home twice by kennelmate Elite Blue Size and Franklin Style, but last week the Reg Kay trained greyhound stepped up to the 600m and very impressively won 4.75 lengths in 35.04.
The winner of 17 of 40 starts and 14 placings has never been unplaced on this track and will only have improved with the run over 600m. Well boxed outwide to stay out of trouble and will be motoring home hard late.
Best Bet Hobart Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 2 – Damek – 9:44pm Tas time
Extremely high class Tassie free for all here with Damek returning to Tasmania after unsuccessful mainland campaign and coming up against Mushy Peas, Regent Typhoon, and 2011 Launceston Cup winner Fisherman.
Damek just didn’t fire on the mainland for Bobby Douglas running last and second at Shepparton 450m runs, but is a much better greyhound back in his home kennel under the Phillips’ care. Has had 13 starts here for 12 wins with his only failure coming in the 2010 Group 1 Hobart Thousand. Expect massive improvement back on home soil.
Best Bet Angle Park Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 6 – Bar Fridge – 9:11pm SA time
Bar Fridge did the job very well for us last week and was never in doubt when winning his third race in a row and running 30.22 from box. Has won 10 of 15 starts, most of them leading all the way and did win from boxes 6 and 7 here prior to last week’s win.
Slightly up in class but should be able to muscle through to lead on the first corner and with a personal best of 29.93 on the track, will be very hard to beat. Flying at the moment and full of confidence, so can offset the draw.
Best Bet Mandurah Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 8 – Deacon Brodie – 8:07pm WA time
Prepared to give Deacon Brodie another chance after finishing fourth here last week from box 2. Was a debut winner here at Mandurah from box 1 in 28.01 by 7 lengths back in January before missing the start and finishing 5th there again 9 days later.
Had a 2 week break then drawn back in box 1, just missed the start and was galloped on before finishing third 2.5 lengths behind the winner, and then similar story last week from box 2. Prepared to forgive the last 2 starts and might be better suited out in clear running from box 8
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