Clint Capuano is one of seven Victorian trainers chasing the warmer weather in Queensland, for the heats of the Group 1 $121,000 Brisbane Gold Cup (710m) tonight at Albion Park.
Alpha David (box 3) is on his first interstate venture with trainer Clint Capuano in his 21 start career (3 wins and 6 minor placings). The son of Cosmic Rumble and Queen Of Cyprus is yet to win in three starts over the staying journey, but Capuano believes his greyhound is in with a fighting chance.
“He is fast enough on his night, but he has a habit of missing the start sometimes. I give him a good chance if he gets a clear run out of the boxes,” Capuano explains.
Alpha David isn’t the only Victorian in the fourth and final heat of the Gold Cup, which is set to jump at 9.11pm. Tambay Bale for Mark Delbridge jumps from box 6, who is also having her first start interstate. Campaigned interstate traveler Lioness Lulu for Mark Giddings is set to jump from box eight.
Alpha David will have an extended crowd cheering for him tonight, with owner/ breeder Chris Georgiou track side to watch his greyhound for the first time.
“Chris (owner/breeder) lives in Queensland, and I wanted to give him chance to see Alpha David race.”
Capuano believes fellow Victorian Lioness Lulu is the dog to beat in his heat and rates No Donuts as an overall favourite in the Brisbane Gold Cup.
“I would love for Alpha David and Lioness Lulu to get the quinella in their heat tonight. I was relieved that No Donuts wasn’t in my heat because I think he is a really big threat.”
The first heat kicks off at 8.08pm with Thedogs.com.au tipping Victorian greyhounds to take out all four Group 1 heats.
Peter Dapiran’s Kilkee Flex (box 1) is currently equal $3.50 favourite with No Donuts (box 6) in the first heat.
Last start Group 1 Sandown Cup winner Bells Are Ringin (box 3) holds $3.30 favouritism in the second heat and the Jeff Britton trained Mepunga Rosie (box 4) is starting at $4.00.