Fri, Jul 24, 3:00pm by Kevin Pitstock
Well known NSW greyhound trainer Mark Bell will be searching for his second Group 2 Young Star Classic win on Saturday night at Wentworth Park when he rugs up the unlikely named Hooky Booky from box three.
The oddly named greyhound is named after one of Bell’s harness racing acquaintances Anthony Booker, and was responsible for an impressive 30.11 Young Star Clasic heat win from box seven.
Fastest Young Star Classic heat winner was Victorian Thanks To You in 30.10 while other heat winners were Gazmick Storm in 30.33 and Zambola Bale in 30.35.
The Group 2 Young Star Classic carries $25,000 for the winning greyhound and is an age restricted event for greyhounds whelped on or after 1st July 2007, so as the name suggests, it aims to showcase the rising young talent in our greyhound ranks.
This is the first year that the NSW GBOTA has conducted this event following the Association’s assuming the sole responsibility for metropolitan racing at Wentworth Park. Prior to that the Young Star Classic was a long established feature race on the NCA’s calendar.
Mark Bell last won the Young Star Classic in 2000 with the very talented Go Wild Teddy who also won the age restricted Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, the Group 2 Bob Payne Winter Stake and the Group 1 Melbourne Cup that year.
The Mark Bell owned and trained Hooky Booky is currently a $3.20 favourite for the final which runs at 9:57pm on Saturday night and he’s our pick in the market, especially with the slow beginning Zambola Bale drawn immediately to his inside.
Hooky Booky has so far managed to win five of his seven career starts, falling on one other occassion and running second at the only other run. His 30.11 heat win was his first run at Wentworth Park, so natural improvement from that run can be expected.
Victorian greyhound Thanks To You trained by Wayne Vassallo is currently second favourite at $3.50 but after winning his heat in 30.10 from box one, he has to contend with an awkward middle box draw in five.
Those quoted prices are straight from one of the resident Wentworth Park bookmakers, but for those keen to jump on the Hooky Booky bandwagon, I’m sure we can get better than the $3.20 at Sportsbet or Sports Alive.
With the huge Super Saturday promotion running at Sportsbet that’s all the encouragement we need to reload the account and get ready to ride Hooky Booky home in the Young Star Classic.
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