THE richest greyhound race in the world will be contested tonight at The Meadows with the inaugural running of The Phoenix, and awaiting the winning connections will be a cheque for $750,000.
The build up to this event has been gathering momentum and now it is upon us. Who will take out the event, can the greyhound regarded as the fastest in the world, Aston Rupee, overcome box 5, or will the brilliant beginner and recent Melbourne Cup winner, Koblenz, make light of the unwanted box 8 at The Meadows.
Here is our thoughts on all the runners in The Phoenix, which is race 8 on the program tonight and will be run at 8:30pm.
Noted slow beginner but he does find the line extremely well in his races. Had his first look around here last Saturday night, clocking 29.91, which excellent for a first look at the track. For us, he is great each way value.
Huge motor but can be hit or miss at the start. If he happens to nail the start he is right in this event. Is also very strong and loves the rails. A win would not surprise.
ront runner who has exceptional speed to the first turn. Has trialled twice here recently so will benefit from the experience. Rated one of the Sunshine states best sprinters but may just lack the class to topple these.
The least experienced runner in the field having raced on just six occasions. But in those six starts she has shown outstanding ability and running blistering times. All starts to date have been at Sandown Park, so this is her first start at The Meadows. But she has trialled a number of times by reports, so is well prepared. Has the speed to lead if she can spear the lids. Highly rated.
Rated by many as the fastest greyhound in the world, having recently the broken track at Sandown Park. Had box 4 in the recent Melbourne Cup final and found bother everywhere he turned. Can he change things tonight from a similar draw? Is smart in a field and can begin on most occasions. The dog to beat no doubt.
Former Victorian who has gone to a new level since switching to the Adam Smithson kennels in Perth. Strong as an ox and is one dog that does not lead to win. May well sneak over to the rails in the run to the first corner and get a run underneath a number of runners when trouble occurs. Place hope at very nice odds.
In the powerful and all conquering Jason Thompson kennels. She her real ability last start when a winner at Sandown, on Melbourne Cup night, in a time 3 lengths faster than the come. She did have box one on that occasion and the question is, can she repeat that performance from a wide draw. Our concern for her is the dog on her outside cutting down on her. If she avoid him, the she is right in the race.
Freakish talent who is just so consistent at box rise which puts him right in the race from the beginning. Recent winner of the Melbourne Cup and the winner of 25 of his 39 starts. Most greyhound find it very difficult to cross and win from box 8 at The Meadows, and we believe the task of doing it at this level is near impossible. We are willing to risk him tonight despite his obvious class and his record.