Thu, Feb 17, 1:42pm by Kevin Pitstock
Greyhound racing 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), The Gardens 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 final of the Vic Breeders maiden at Sandown featuring Shimaguni who looks to be a bright young greyhound starting out her career.
The 715m distance race at Sandown also sees the reappearance of enigmatic stayer Sandburner who passed a satisfactory trial at Sandown in a flying 29.63 for the 515m.
Up in Queensland another talented stayer Forty Twenty returns to racing for NSW trainer Johhny Heard after a long break in race 8 over 710m.
Best Bet Warragul Greyhounds
Race 9 – Box 3 – Aston James – 3:39pm Vic time
On another of these low grade tier 3 meetings and very hard to find a single consistent greyhound in any of the 12 races. But Aston James was bred to race in better company than Tier 3 meetings and has a fairly good record, having had 8 starts for 3 wins and 2 placings.
He won his maiden race at Healeseville in 18.96 and 2 starts later picked up a Traralgon 298m win in 17.17. Has been out of the money at his past 2 starts but prior to that did win a Ballarat 390m in 22.49. That would be good enough to win this and should lead the 2 greyhounds to his inside.
Best Bet Grafton Greyhounds
Race 3 – Box 8 – Fire Hawk – 2:47pm NSW time
Race 3 at Grafton is an off and over 305m sprint and the Jan Finnernan trained Fire Hawkis as pacy as they come and ideally boxed outwide in box 8 in race that is chock full of talent and speed.
Fire Hawk has won 7 of his 12 starts with 4 seconds and last start finished second to Bundanoon at Casino over 411m after leading early. Won the start prior to that at Casino beating Pretty Knocka. Some talented ones drawn against him here and we should get a decent price.
Best Bet Bendigo Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 8 – Amakler Girl – 6:09pm Vic time
Amakler Girl is perfectly boxed out in the pink in this race having won 7 of her 22 wins from box 8. She has a good record here at Bendigo having won 3 of 7 with 3 placings and has a personal best of 23.89.
Has been running well without winning and last start finished 3rd at Warrnambool from box 3 when unable to lead. Won two races back to back in December and should return to form in this from a good draw.
Best Bet Sandown Greyhounds
Race 4 – Box 8 – Sand Burner – 8:09pm Vic time
Have to take a leap of faith here that the real Sand Burner turns up in this distance race. Now in the care of Jamie Ennis, Sand Burner passed a satisfactory trial on 6th February over the 515m, winning by a casual 12 lengths in the flying time of 29.63. That was his first run since December at Wentworth Park when he incurred the wrath of the stewards for not putting in any effort in the run.
Freshened up in and in a new kennel we should expect a much better effort. Seriously fast greyhound as evidenced by his 30.17 Richmond 535m track record run, but can stay with wins at Wentworth Park in 42.54, Richmond in 42.71 and Albion Park in 42.05. If the right dog turns up, he bolts this in.
Best Bet The Gardens Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 3 – Stylish Start – 6:17pm NSW time
The Lorraine Atchison owned and trained greyhound Stylish Start made just that last week when debuting in a maiden race and winnign well from box 1. Lorraine has been associated as an owner, breeder or trainer with many very good dogs over a long involvement in the sport and looks to have another good one in Stylish Start.
By Primo Uno out of Atchison’s former multiple group finalist and placegetter, Ready To Star, this young bitch is bred to stay all day but much like her dam is sprinting very well while young. Takes a strife or two to wind up so we need a little luck early but given a clear run will round up anything that leads this.
Best Bet Dapto Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 8 – Arctic Chill – 9:58pm NSW time
The Sid Swain trained Arctic Chill is going 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 fro 2 wins and a second.
His best winning times are 22.75 Richmond, 30.59 Wentworth Park, 30.28 Lithgow and 30.25 here. All the money will come for the 6, He’s Invincible who has won f of 7 but been aided by good draws and has his first real challenge tonight up in grade and poorly boxed. Arctic Chill has the pace to get over from box 8 and steal this at good odds.
Best Bet Albion Park Greyhounds
Race 3 – Box 7 – Imposing Jett – 7:25pm Qld time
Ex Townsville greyhound, Imposing Jett is certainly very well traveled and changes states again this week to race at Albion Park after finishing 3rd at Maitland last week .Bobbed up there in the heats of a 450m 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 son of Go Wild Teddy and Compliant flying and jumps again from box 7 here at Albion Park tonight over 520m. Has had the one start here for a 2nd and should be better for the look at the track. Has the pace to cross and led from the draw.
Best Bet Hobart Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 1 – Pretty Pearl – 9:05pm Tas time
Pretty Pearl gets another chance to win a Hobart 461m race after drawing the red box in this 5th grade. The veteran of just 3 career starts, she won a qualifying trial here in 27.10 before winning her maiden in 26.72 from this draw. Had no luck in the final from box 2, getting checked early and then headed to Devonport where she tried to crash over from box 8, finishing 6th.
Won’t have anything in her way tonight and can jump from box 1 and head straight to the rail where she wants be.
Best Bet Angle Park Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 1 – Bar Fridge – 8:28pm SA time
Won’t be anything fancy about the price of this greyhound but having won his last 2 in a row here at Angle Park, now gets a box 1 draw with a slow beginner drawn outside him. Has never been drawn closer to the rail than box 3 in 14 starts, but gives the impression a rails draw would advantage him.
Has won 9 of 14 starts, most of them leading all the way. Should have no trouble leading this and with a personal best of 29.93 on the track, nothing in this race can catch him.
Best Bet Mandurah Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 2 – Deacon Brodie – 7:57pm WA time
Deacon Brodie 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.
Prepared to forgive the last start and tonight from box 2 the Dean Starkie trained runner should lead this easily and make it win number 2 from 4 attempts.
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