Feature race finals at Launceston, Gosford, Ipswich and Cannington will be the highlights of greyhound racing across the country tonight, in what promises to be a fascinating night of racing. The Group 2 Launceston Cup (515m), worth $60,000 to the winner, making it the second richest race on the Apple Isle, is considered by many to be one of the strongest fields ever to face the starter at that venue. Locally trained greyhound, Wynburn Ruby, has been installed a short price after drawing the coveted red box following her blistering heat victory from the same alley. Despite the strength of the field, she does look the winner from her draw. At Ipswich in Queensland, the final of the Group 3 Vince Curry Memorial Maiden (520m), worth $75,000 to winning connections, will be run. This race is the richest maiden series in the country but, somewhat surprisingly, has not been targeted by interstate trainers, and again we ask the question of why? The final is an extremely open race, with all eight runners considered winning chances.
The final of the Sandi’s Me Mum Memorial (520m), a listed event, is the feature race tonight at Cannington in West Australia, a race named after one of the finest sprinters that state has produced. It is a race much sought after by local trainers and the field tonight is again very strong. Electrified, a winner of eighteen of his twenty five starts, including his fast heat win, will start a short priced favourite despite his awkward box five draw. Gosford is the main meeting in New South Wales tonight, with it being considered a metropolitan meeting with full metropolitan stake money. The Summer Six-Hundy final (603m) is the feature race on the program, a race that appears very even on paper with a number of winning chances. But it is race 5 on the program that holds most attention for us, the Queen Of The Coast (515m), a restricted race for female greyhounds only, in which the superstar of New South Wales racing, She’s A Pearl, will start, her final lead up race prior to her venturing to Victoria to contest a number of races including the 2023 Australian Cup (525m). She will start very short in the market but should have little trouble in winning.
The Meadows Race 2 No 1 Missile Dani $2.05 at PlayUp – Very fast beginner who won well at this track two starts back from a wide draw, and then followed up last week with a nice second, again from a wide draw when she was unable to cross and lead. Should have little trouble leading tonight from this inside alley and once in front she should win.
Gosford Race 4 No 2 Zipping Kyrgios Bet Now at PlayUp – This greyhound has been racing in the best company for the last two years, competing in a number of group race finals. Tonight he finds himself in a Masters trace, a huge drop in class for him. He races very well at this track and he should be winning. Looks the clear stand out best bet of the night for us, so make him your banker in all your multi bets tonight.
Gosford Race 7 No 5 French Martini $2.50 at PlayUp – Making her long awaited middle distance debut, after being so competitive in many group sprint races up until now. Loves being drawn middle to wide so this draw suits. Probably needs to lead clearly to defeat her main rival, Tania Keeping (4), but we think she can do that. Class greyhound in a strong kennel.
The Meadows Race 8 No 1 Responder $1.95 at PlayUp – Excellent win last start at this track and distance from the same box, and in fast time. Reliable beginner who loves to race against the rail so the draw is perfect for her. Hard to see her being led and once in front she takes a lot of beating.
Gosford Race 11 No 5 Max Rocha $1.95 at PlayUp – Very talented young greyhound but also very gangly galloper who needs room to manoeuvre in his races. Very unlucky last start at Wentworth Park when he almost led a high quality field before suffering interference. This field is not as strong and we are expecting him to find the lead tonight, and win.
The Meadows Race 11 No 5 Perfect Willow $6.00 at PlayUp – Fast beginner who does her best racing when she is able to lead clearly, and in this race we think she can achieve that despite her middle draw. No luck here last start when vying for the lead at the first corner before being checked, after previously winning very well at Shepparton in fast time. Excellent each way value tonight.