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Hooksy the Favourite

The latest news in the world of Victorian greyhound racing is published every Saturday in Melbourne’s highest selling newspaper, the Herald Sun. Read about Craig Hutchison’s recent success as a greyhound owner, the latest Maturity Classic odds and more…

Maturity Classic ‘All-In’ Market

Saturday night’s tantalising match-up between My Bro Fabio and Hooksy at The Meadows is certain to create plenty of interest.

My Bro Fabio, who was easily the fastest of the 12 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic heats winners last weekend in 29.787sec, is drawn in Box 7 against speed sensation Hooksy in Box 8.

Hooksy is a $4.00 favourite with TAB fixed odds to win the series ahead of Spring Leaf at $6.00, followed by Eliza Blanche, Mepunga Hayley, My Bro Fabio and Shoulders, who are all at $8.00.

Luca Neveelk, a winner of 13 races from just 15 starts, appears great value at $16.00.

The first and second placegetters from tonight’s four semi-finals will qualify for the $145,000 final on 26 July.

TAB Fixed Odds: Click Here

Hot Little Pocket Rocket

Pint-sized greyhound Hot Carbon, part-owned by football identity Craig Hutchison, made it four wins from her past eight starts when scoring at Ballarat on Wednesday.

A front-running short-course sprinter who needs to lead to win, Hot Carbon is one of the lightest greyhounds in the state, tipping the scales at just 23.6kg, and she paid $6.60 for her latest victory.

Her trainer, Nicole Lund of Longwarry, is hoping to experience similar success with Dr. Waldo, a new addition to her small team of greyhounds who is part-owned by West Coast Eagles forward, Josh Kennedy.

REPLAY: Hot Carbon wins at Ballarat on Wednesday night.

Xylia Closing In

Xylia Allen is potentially just two starts away from surpassing Miata’s Australian prize money record of $715,508.

The Jenny Hunt-trained stayer needs to win another $40,534 to claim the number one title, which she will do if she wins next Saturday night’s AWM Distance Championship (725m) final at The Meadows.

Xylia Allen will contest one of three heats of the series tonight, where she needs to run first (prize money $7,200), second ($2,060) or be one of the two fastest third placegetters ($1,030) to make next week’s final, which will carry first prize money of $40,000.

The AWM Distance Championship heats also see the return of Wentworth Park track record breaker Dyna Willow (Steve Collins), who has been sidelined for three months to the day.

The Meadows Form Guide: Click Here

Spud Wins at Mount Gambier

Robert Britton, one of Victoria’s leading trainers, returns to Mount Gambier with a big team of dogs today having won four races on the card last Sunday.

Among his winners last weekend was Dual Group 1 winner Spud Regis  – who ran a Best of the Day 22.97sec – and today he compete in Race 8, over 512m, at 3:37pm.

The reasoning behind Britton’s trip across the South Australian border is to help restore the confidence of some of his out-of-form greyhounds.

He said recently that the drop in class in South Australia, along with the chance to latch on to the finish-on lure after the race in that state, can help “bring back the fun of racing” for certain greyhounds.

Britton has nine runners in today.

Mount Gambier Form Guide: Click Here

Pictured above: Craig Hutchison, with Alex Fevola at last year’s Melbourne Cup, is having a great run of success with Hot Carbon. Pic Clint Anderson.

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