Thu, Feb 10, 1:08pm by Kevin Pitstock
Greyhound best bets for Thursday 10th 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).
The highlight of todays greyhound racing is the heats of the Vic Breeders maiden series at Sandown, which usually unearths a handful of city class chasers. Sandown also showcase a few lower class city grade greyhounds with 5th grade heats.
Maitland greyhounds have the final of their 5th grade Show Time Cup with some good racing from the heats last week, and Albion Park have the annual running of the Surf Life Saving Clubs Trophy. Angle Park have the final of the Breeders Prelude for SA bred greyhounds only.
Best Bet Warragul Greyhounds
Race 10 – Box 1 – Where’s Bindi – 3:47pm Vic time
On another of these low grade tier 3 meetings, good best are few and far between and you usually have to take short odds about the ones that are. And that’ll be the case with Where’s Bindi in race 10.
The Peter Giles trained greyhound has come up with box 1 after winning her maiden on debut from box 2 in 6.62, 26.32. That 6.62 first section will be just enough to hold out Hips Don’t Lie early and with the aid of the rail Where’s Bindi should win convincingly.
Best Bet Grafton Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 7 – Shalana Magic – 4:17pm NSW time
We declared he Jimmy Madigan trained Shalana Magic last week off box 2, when after slightly missing the start she was heading straight through to challenge the leader before copping interference and coming again to run second.
Should have won last start and we need to follow up in this race which is no harder. Shalana Magic has an enviable record over this trip at Grafton, having raced here 12 times now for 5 wins and 6 placings and should atone for last week.
Best Bet Bendigo Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 8 – Dimon Devil – 6:15pm Vic time
Dimon Devil is a last start winner from box 8 at Shepparton in the handy time of 25.68 and comes in this race having drawn the same box. The Bernard Bryce trained greyhound has won 3 of his 4 career victories here at Bendigo over this course and distance and has only ever been unplaced twice here.
In a race where a lot of the pace is on the inside, Dimon Devil should be able to stay out of harms way on the outside and prove too good in the run. Best time on this track is 24.27 and won’t have to do much more than that to win this.
Best Bet Sandown Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 2 – Mid Levels – 8:30pm Vic time
The Peter Giles runner Mid Levels was first up off a 2 month break when winning the top grade race at Sale on Sunday. Not the best away he mustered win by 1.5 lengths in the best of the day, 25.18.
Mid Levels is the veteran of 53 starts and has won 18 of them but only 1 here from 10 attempts, although that win was a flying 29.58 from this box. Gets a good draw here and should begin better and lead this field. Has obviously come back in very good fashion and looks the obvious leader.
Best Bet Maitland Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 8 – Robbo – 10:49pm NSW time
Ex Townsville greyhound, Imposing Jett is certainly very well travelled and bobbed up here last week in the heats of this final with Dave Irwin as trainer and duly saluted on debut at the track. Gave nothing else a chance last week from this same box, leading all the way in a very good 25.30.
That win was off the back of a Grafton 4/5th grade all the way win in 27.48 over the 480m. Dave Irwin clearly has the sone of Go Wild Teddy and Compliant flying and jumping from the same box as last week, should see a repeat performance all the way win.
Best Bet Dapto Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 1 – Ruby’s Lair – 9:58pm NSW time
The Tracey Bryant trained Ruby’s Lair had only won 1 race from 8 attempts before the penny dropped and has since put 3 wins end to end at Nowra over the 520m journey in 30.54, 30.19 and 30.63. On each of those occassions, he has jumped moderately but accelerated quickly to be at or near the lead and will need to do that here with quick beginner Obsessed drawn in box 4.
But Ruby’s Lair should have enough pace to kick up and hold the corner and stride away with this as he is very strong in the run. Had two prior starts here as a maiden running 30.72 and 30.55 but is going much better than that now.
Best Bet Albion Park Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 1 – Outa Credit – 9:11pm Qld time
Last week we declared that Outa Credit and Elite Blue Size would fight this finish out of their race, and they did, but only for second and third as Franklin Style got the better of both of them from box 1. This week Franklin Style is drawn out in box 4 and Outa Credit and Elite Blue Size are drawn next to each other in boxes 1 and 2 respectively.
Neither greyhound was disgraced last week only going down by a small margin to Franklin Style when just failing to catch him. Of the two greyhounds Outa Credit was the more impressive, getting back more than six lengths off the lead after getting squeezed out early.Same as last week, look for Franklin Style and Elite Blue Size to lead early but Outa Credit should position up closer this week and get over them both late.
Best Bet Hobart Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 3 – Mushy Peas – 9:25pm Tas time
Trainer Gary Johnson opted out of starting Mushy Peas in the Launceston Cup heats despite two very impressive back to back wins at Devonport and Launceston in 26.15 and 30.11.
Had started in the Devonport Cup heats prior to those two wins, winning his heat in 25.77 before finishing 5th in the final behind St. Pierre. Last start was heavily supported and blitzed a smart Launceston field by seven lengths. Expect an explosive display tonight from box 3, where he has never been unplaced.
Best Bet Angle Park Greyhounds
Race 3 – Box 8 – Cascada Star – 7:25pm SA time
A rare 725m race at Angle Park and a race where only two greyhounds have won over the distance on the track. One of those yet to feature is Cascada Star who has been giving every indication that the 725m will be ideal by storming home in the 600m races, winning her last 3 in a row in 34.86, 35.03 and 35.14.
Has positioned up 2nd and 3rd in each of those races and should get a similar cosy run tonight behind Aston Rachael and Screwed Driver, and prove too strong in the last 150m.
Best Bet Mandurah Greyhounds
Race 3 – Box 1 – Deacon Brodie – 7:16pm WA time
Deacon Brodie was a debut winner here at Mandurah from this box in 28.01 by 7 lengths back in January before missing the start and finishing 5th there again 9 days later. Has had a 2 week break since that run and freshened up looks the bet of the night at Mandurah.
Drawn back in box 1 and with slow beginner Swift Mandagery drawn outside him, the Dean Starkie trained runner should lead this easily and make it win number 2 from 3 attempts.
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