Racing enthusiasts are rubbing their hands together in anticipation after Victoria’s three best u-bend greyhounds – Ronan Izmir, Paw Licking and Black Magic Opal – not only won their heats of the Group 2 Bendigo Cup last night, but they drew side by side in Easter Sunday’s final.
Reigning champion and triple country cups winner Ronan Izmir snared the first of the five heats in 23.86sec after he encountered some early hustling, Paw Licking overcame a tardy start before winning his heat in 23.61sec, while Black Magic Opal stole the show with yet another track record recording a time of 23.417sec.
The previous record was 23.420sec held by Grigorieva Bale.
While the three headline acts are sure to dominate betting in the Cup, the performances of the other two heat winners should not be underestimated.
Deadly Vane, made it three wins from as many starts under new trainer Brooke Ennis, won in the sizzling time of 23.52sec, while Matt’s Entity was also impressive when taking out the final heat in 23.65sec.
Sunday’s Bendigo Cup is Race 8 on the card and scheduled for 7:31pm.
BENDIGO CUP BOX DRAW
1. PAW LICKING (Kelvyn Greenough, Pearcedale)
2. BLACK MAGIC OPAL (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
3. RONAN IZMIR (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
4. TOP SECRET (Kelly Bravo, Lovely Banks)
5. EMPIRE ALLEN (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
6. VEYRON BALE (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
7. DEADLY VANE (Brooke Ennis, Lara)
8. MATT’S ENTITY (Scott McKenzie, Bendigo)
9. WHATA GOOD SIZE (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale)
10. QUARA BALE (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
Ronan Izmir defeats Quara Bale in 23.86sec
Paw Licking defeats Empire Allen in 23.61sec
Deadly Vane defeats Whata Good Size in 23.52sec
Black Magic Opal defeats Veyron Bale in 23.42sec
Matt’s Entity defeats Top Secret in 23.65sec
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT SUNDAY’S BENDIGO CUP
– Adults $5; Concession $3; Kids FREE
– Gold Rush Raffle
– FREE Kids Showbags
– Kelly Sports Activities
– Bike giveaways
– Plus plenty more prizes & competitions
GRVextra’s preview of the 2014 Bendigo Cup.
BENDIGO GREYHOUND RACING CLUB
Address: Lords Raceway, McIvor Highway, Junortoun 3551
Manager: Mr. Troy Harley
Phone: (03) 5499 3322