This Saturday night, feature Greyhound Racing heads to Warragul for eight heats of the Endeavour Locksmiths Warragul Cup. You’ll find below my thoughts on each heat.
HEAT 1: A tough race to kick off the cup heats but I think Billo’s Pick from Box 1 can bounce back into winning form here. He hasn’t been in the best of form lately but the inside draw is key to him here and I believe if he can hold out those drawn outside him at the first corner then he will be hard to beat. Main danger clearly is Aston Bolero. A real flying machine he draws to get clear running from the outside and if he could cross he would take plenty of running down. Tommy Brislane who made the Cranbourne Cup final is next best.
HEAT 2: Another tough heat but I’m expecting last year’s Cup winner and Country Cup specialist Ronray Spirit to win his way through to another final here. A wonderful win two starts ago in fast time (25.96) before being run down over the 400m last start suggests he is flying and I think he will win. Toughest to beat will be Rare Pearl who was amazing winning a Cranbourne Cup heat recently and Phaser Bale who has drawn the perfect box.
HEAT 3: What a heat!! Three dominant winning chances. Invictus Rapid who finished down the track in the Silver Chief last start. Above All, who won the Cranbourne Cup last week, and the very fast Adam Handler. I’m keen on Invictus Rapid to bounce back though. He was slow away last time but as a rule he generally jumps well. If he can lead he will go close. I’m not sure the 460m suits Above All but there isn’t any denying his talent and now he is back to his very best he is going to be very hard to beat. Adam Handler I think would have to lead to win but he is certainly capable of that.
HEAT 4: Pop the Cork is a former Queensland star that is now with Jason Thompson. He was a sensational winner at Ballarat recently in 25.03 and has come up with the plum draw. He should lead and win here. He is a seriously good dog. Dangers include Jesaulenko and Midnight Ride but that pair have drawn poorly and also exciting young pup American Warrior who has won nine of 13 but faces his toughest test here. On times alone though he can be very competitive.
HEAT 5: I think the pick of the heats goes around here in Shared Equity, but she will be very short in betting. An outstanding winner of the Ballarat Cup beating Fernando Bale she was gallant in the Cranbourne Cup last week when runner up to Above All. From Box 1 she should lead and win. Main danger is Grand Intention, but the 460m is a big issue with him. He also hasn’t drawn particularly well but with a clear run he will be flying home. Black Frenzy is the intriguing runner, now with Jason Thompson, which ran a nice race in the Gosford Cup last start. He is one to watch.
HEAT 6: A pretty open heat here but I think Berserk can win again. Back to his brilliant best he was an outstanding winner at Sandown last time in 29.21. The draw isn’t ideal but he has a slowish beginner inside him so he should get some room early. If he leads it is all over. Fuelish I think is the danger. A brilliant talent he has had some problems in his career. Resuming here he has drawn well in Box 1 but he will need some early luck. Other chances here to Liam, who faces his toughest test, Zipping Chubbz who will need luck in the run to the first turn and Rivergum Drive who has drawn to follow over Berserk.
HEAT 7: Possibly the weakest of the heats but I like To The Galo’s here. He goes very fast and led in his Cranbourne Cup heat before being run down. He was a close second to Paua to Roar on Tuesday night and they do battle again here but I think he can turn the tables. Paua to Roar is the threat. He is armed with good speed early and has the better draw. The other winning hope is Kid Audacious. Drawn perfectly here he will get his chance to make his way into the final.
HEAT 8: A terrific heat to finish the night but I think Big Ticket can win. He has drawn poorly but has a tremendous record at Warragul over the 460m. If he steps cleanly and gets an unimpeded run he will take some beating. He made the Warragul Cup final last year. Hardest to beat will be Shared Bonus who couldn’t have drawn any better. He has won seven times from 11 starts when starting from Box 8. Caustic Bale has drawn ok here but will need luck in the middle part. He will be charging home and Master Sonny is the other winning hope. A promising young dog he has won nine of 15 but has drawn awkwardly.
It is going to be a big night of racing and I hope this helps you find a winner. Good luck and good punting.
Photo: Shared Equity winning the 2015 Ballarat Cup. Photo by: BlueStream Pictures