One of the very best nights of greyhound racing for the year is set for action at The Meadows this Saturday with the first race kicking off at 6.52pm.
Eight of the nation’s fastest greyhounds go head to head in the $355,000 Australian Cup (525m) with the end result Group 1 glory – here’s how I see the race panning out.
The star of the show is undoubtedly Dyna Double One (pictured above with handler Korie Heinrich) who has raced in impeccable form over the past six months but the concern may be the fact he isn’t the quickest of beginners and he also likes to sidestep away from the rail in the run to the first corner.
The greyhound drawn outside of him in box 3 is Aston Bolero, one of five runners for Jason Thompson. Aston Bolero’s acceleration is first class but he also likes to drive up the track in the initial stages.
With all that in mind, Diego Bale looks set to receive a unimpeded run early and that could prove vital to his chances.
If Dyna Double One sits within a few lengths of the speed down the back straight, his explosive finish should have him contending with Pop The Cork, who appears perfectly drawn in eight.
WATCH: James Van de Maat’s Australian Cup Phantom Call.
JAMES’ AUSTRALIAN CUP TIPS (RACE 8): 1, 2, 8, 4
The Group 1 $145,000 Superstayers(725m) has produced a interesting final field with plenty of better known middle distance chasers taking the step into the staying ranks.
After a sensational 42.32sec 725 metre debut in her heat (Replay), Star Recall clearly appears the one to beat with obvious dangers including dual Group 1 winner No Donuts and Esparza, with the latter drawn to receive a lovely rails run throughout.
A widespread array of strength and speed ensures it will be a cracking Group 1 final with $145,000 in prize money up for grabs.
JAMES SUPERSTAYERS TIPS (RACE 6): 5, 3, 2, 8
Outside of the two features I’m keen on Zigstar who has drawn a winnable assignment in race eleven. He has been racing in consistent form and looked impressive at Cranbourne in his first run back from a stint at the middle distances (Replay).
The stage is set for a incredible night of racing so be there on Saturday night at The Meadows!
TAB is offering a $50,000 Jackpot in Saturday night’s Quaddie at The Meadows.
James’ Quaddie (Race 5-8)
James’ Best Bet of the Night
R11, number 3 Zigstar