Country Cup greyhound racing is also taking place in Gippsland this weekend with five heats of the Group 2 $67,00 Traralgon Cup (525m)to be run on Saturday night.
With five straight wins to his name, the in-form Jesaulenko appears the best local chance of winning his way into next Saturday’s Group 2 final.
“He just loves the track, he always trials really well around Traralgon and is feeling great at, which sets him up really well for the Traralgon Cup heats,” trainer Terri-Maree Morris explained.
Local greyhounds have an outstanding record in the Traralgon Cup, most notably Floodfawn (2001) and El Grand Senor (2011). Jesaulenko is looking to add his name to yet another piece of Traralgon’s history, by claiming victory in the clubs 2016 Country Cup
“I think he likes the track because he is so familiar with it. As a puppy, when the track didn’t even have sand on it, I used to take him walking there. He was actually the first dog to ever set foot on the track, which was also before the sand was put on. It was really fitting that he was also the first dog to win a race there too,” Morris continued.
The son of College Causeway and Elite Fairy has now had 33 starts for 15 wins and 9 minor placings and is set to jump from box 4 in the third heat (6.57pm). Starting as $1.90 favourite, Jesaulenko has a fight on his hands with the talented Demon Bale jumping from box 3 and paying $2.50.
“If he begins well I think he will be really hard to beat in his heat. As for the final, he is racing really well at the moment so I think he is a very good chance to make it through,” Morris said.
The first of five Group 2 Traralgon Cup heats kicks off at 6.18pm on Saturday night.
WATCH: Last years Traralgon Cup winner Fernando Bale (box 6).
WATCH: Jesaulenko claim the first victory at the new Traralgon track.
WATCH: The time lapse construction of the Traralgon track between August 8 2015 and October 8 2016.