Wed, Feb 9, 1:30pm by Kevin Pitstock
Todays selections are from Shepparton greyhounds (Victoria), Ballarat greyhounds (Victoria), Dapto greyhounds (New South Wales), Richmond greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland), Ipswich greyhounds (Queensland), and Cannington greyhounds (West Australia).
The highlight of todays racing will be the final of the Great Western Derby at Ballarat over 450m for greyhounds born on or after 1st August 2008.
Some very handy greyhounds contested the heats, with the quality exemplified by the fact that triple group 1 placed greyhound Perfect Fancy could only manage to qualify as second reserve.
Best Bet Shepparton Greyhounds
Race 7 – Box 1 – Phil’s Phantom – 5:32pm Vic time
On a day dominated by maiden races, its difficult to find a trusted conveyance but veteran greyhound Phil’s Phantom might just get the chance to win another one in race 7. The May 2006 whelping has had 118 starts for 13 wins and 50 placings, with 3 of those wins her at Shepparton.
The old timer though is in a purple patch of form having won or been placed at all 4 of his last 4 starts. The win was here over 390m when he led all the way from box 6 2 starts ago in 22.62. Gets box 1 today over 390m and might just make it win number 14 at his 119th start.
Best Bet Albion Park Greyhounds
Race 8 – Box 1 – Darling Harbour – 5:03pm Qld time
The only race that is not a worthless 395m race on the program is race 8, the 4/5th grade over 520m. And the greyhound that ran second to our best bet last week here at Albion Park, should be good enough to claim this race herself.
Darling Harbour just seems to have found one better than her at her past few starts, running 2nd at 3 of her last 4 runs. A good beginner who likes the rail she is ideally boxed in box 1, and last week led early before being outpaced by Knocka Knows All. Stuck it out strongly down to the line and deserves this win today.
Best Bet Ballarat Greyhounds
Race 6 – Box 8 – Lektra Express – 8:38pm Vic time
We declared Lektra Express last week despite the fact he was racing against the Warragul Cup runner up and although he didn’t win, his run was full of merit and he beat that dog home, running second on merit. Copped planty of interference last week and won’t get that from box 8 tonight.
Price will be good because triple group 1 placed Perfect fancy is in the race and will take most of the money, but Lektra Express is in our opinion a potential superstar, who has already twice broken the Warragul 400m track record. Put him in your black book, this bloke is going to win some big races.
Best Bet Dapto Greyhounds
Race 9 – Box 1 – Big Spirit – 9:26pm NSW time
Another one that won’t start huge odds but will win. Big Spirit is trained by Ruth King and has had 4 starts for 2 wins and 2 placings. The last win was here last week at this corresponding meeting, when from box 4 when he strode to the lead at the post the first time and kept going for a handy 30.49 win.
This field is no harder and only has to begin as well as last week to hold the rail and stride away with this race.
Best Bet Richmond Greyhounds
Race 7 – Box 8 – All About Tigers – 5:37pm NSW time
All About Tigers looked very good winning at Wentworth Park last Friday afternoon, when leading all the way from box 8 to beat Spring Ruler by 3.5 lengths in 30.88. That win followed a 5th at Bulli , but the run prior was a good 30.01 Dapto 520m win off box 1.
Hasn’t put 2 wins back to back yet, but gets the draw here to lead and will take a power of catching once that happens. Should be a fair price and for a son of Primo Uno, has a lot of box speed.
Best Bet Ipswich Greyhounds
Race 7 – Box 3 – Buck’s Boy – 8:15pm Qld time
Buck’s Boy and I’m Different fought out the finish of last weeks 630m race at this corresponding meeting and there is no reason that won’t be the case again tonight.
Last week Buck’s Boy copped some early interference which saw him posted back mid field early while I’m Different was able to rest the lead midway down the back straight.
Tonight Buck’s Boy is drawn closer to the rail and should have as much trouble getting an better early position. Came over the top of I’m Different late to win last week but should have an easier time of it tonight.
Best Bet Cannington Greyhounds
Race 5 – Box 2 – Uno Reltub – 7:42pm WA time
The Linda Britton trained Uno Reltub has created a big impression in just 2 starts. The undefeated young greyhound is not yet 2 years of age but has put together a 30.65 maiden win and 30.69 5th grade win her at Cannington over this 530m distance. Showed good early pace at both those starts leading all the way from boxes 7 and 1.
Gets box 2 here and the addition of Aston Clayton makes the race interesting as he has won 3 of 6 career starts. Thankfully here is in this or we would have had to take long odds on about Uno Reltub but as it stands the price should hold up okay. Aston Clayton won’t be any opposition on the track though as Uno Reltub is far to pacey and should lead throughout again.
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