Fri, Feb 18, 1:25pm by Kevin Pitstock
Greyhound best bets for Friday 18th February 2011.
Todays meetings are : Ballarat greyhounds (Victoria), Casino greyhounds (NSW) ,Traralgon greyhounds (Victoria), Wentworth Park greyhounds (New South Wales), The Gardens greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland) and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).
Best Bet Casino Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 2 – Jaydo’s Neglect – 2:07pm NSW time
Prepared to forgive Jaydo’s Neglect after last weeks run when bulldozed out of the way by Bralyn Beau after jumping well. Has the pace to lead this field from box 3 and is the veteran of 71 starts for 12 wins and 35 placings.
3 of those wins have been over this track and distance, and is in good form with 2 seconds from her past 3 starts at this track and distance. On both occasions just got run down late after leading, but does look like she can steal more of a break here today.
Best Bet Traralgon Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 4 – Indigo Gem – 5:33pm Vic time
Owned and trained in the same connections as former sprinter/stayer star greyhound Mantra Lad, Indigo Gem looks very well placed in this restricted win heat. Indigo Gem has raced 11 times for 4 wins and on each occasion has either led from the boxes are been close to the lead.
A typical on pace greyhound, she hasn’t run a place if not able to find the lead, but despite the squeeze box she is surrounded by slow beginners and will get every opportunity to lead. Has run 29.87 at Sandown on the bunny and that’ll win this with ease.
Best Bet The Gardens Greyhounds
Race 2 – Box 8 – Dunno – 4:18pm NSW time
Small but speedy field for this 400m dash and the Jason Mackay trained Dunno looks well boxed to take it out from box 8. This very fast customer has won 18 of 33 starts with 9 placings but has had 6 starts at The Gardens 400m trip for 4 wins and a 3rd.
Last start was fifth over 400m at Richmond in the Cannonball final after winning his heat in a flying 23.07. Was cut out of the race then when trying to lead then and should get a good cart over from Macey boxed to her inside and assume control early.
Best Bet Wentworth Park Greyhounds
Race 2 – Box 2 – Madame Reltub – 7:18pm NSW Time
Madame Reltub led easily from box 1 here last week running 5.49 early but was unlucky enough to run in to the high quality John and Minnie Finn trained Winsome Shiraz. There is nothing of that quality in this and with the scratching of Ity Bity Bamsy from box 1, Madame Reltub will have enough room to drive a truck through and take the lead early tonight.
That was first start on this track last week and has plenty of wins ahead if she can begin like that every week. Will lead by a long way and get tired but will get home.
Best Bet Albion Park Greyhounds
Race 10 – Box 8 – Sunro Clapio – 5:51pm Qld time
The well traveled Sunro Clapo bobs up here in the last at Albion Park and will give them all something to chase. Should get a good cart over to the first corner from Spritual Gift and the Dave Irwin trained greyhound has won 5 of his past 6 starts at Grafton, Lismore, Wentworth Park and Maitland.
First start here but is yet to be unplaced from box 8 and based on her 30.55 Wentworth Park win and 25.47 Mailand win will have little trouble accounting for this lot. Won’t be a big price but should win easily.
Best Bet Ballarat Greyhounds
Race 9 – Box 2 – Fantasy Phoenix – 9:48pm Vic time
Wouldn’t normally bet in these 390m events but Fantasy Phoenix is dropping a long way in grade and resumes from a 7 month break. Previously was the winner of 6 of 32 with 12 placings and had wins of 30.34 at The Meadows and 25.38 at Warrnambool to his name.
Has won here over 450m in 25.63 and prior to spell was consistently leading city class races at Sandown and The Meadows and finishing in the placings. Has the pace to blow them away in this and will go out at very good odds.
Best Bet Mandurah Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 5 – Paddy Lawlor – 9:17pm WA time
For the second week in a row ex Victorian Paddy Lawlor did the job for us again scoring at a good price. That was his first run over the 490m journey and will be improved by the hitout. Prior to that was a good 405m winner from box 6 in 22.84, leading all the way. Had only moderate form in Victoria with wins at Shepparton in 26.01 and 25.70 from 4 starts.
Since landing under the care of Lexia Isaac the son of Premier Fantasy has had 5 starts for 3 seconds and 2 wins. Is not as well boxed as last week but very pacey early and should be able to lead and win again despite box 5.
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