Banjo Boy is out of tonight’s $50,000 winner-take-all Macro Meats Shootout after being bitten by a spider.
While he is recovering well, swelling in his back toes caused by the bite has led to his scratching.
This has opened the door for dual group winner Oakvale Destiny, who has gone from being a reserve in the 515m four-dog Sandown Park showpiece to drawing Box 1.
Jeff Britton, trainer of Oakvale Destiny, suddenly finds himself in a situation he didn’t think he’d be in two week ago.
“Her run in the Adelaide Cup last month was disappointing,” Britton said of Oakvale Destiny.
“She ran third but she didn’t run home as good as she normally would so the Shootout wasn’t even on my radar.”
“Then I thought about it, and it was her fourth trip to Adelaide in five weeks, so it’s no wonder she was a bit flat.”
Oakvale Destiny regained her spark in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun at The Meadows last start, however, coming from equal last to finish second.
“Her run in the Topgun was outstanding. She is feeling really well within herself again, and it’s only because she ran so well in the Topgun that I even thought of nominating her for the Shootout,” the Anakie trainer said.
Britton said that Allen Deed is the greyhound to beat from Box 7 tonight.
“Allen Deed is the quickest dog in Australia, along with My Bro Fabio, but Oakvale Destiny beat him home in the Topgun.”
“In saying that, she got a clear run and he didn’t, and even though it’s a small field and Allen Deed looks suited out wide, anything can happen in racing.”
“She (Oakvale Destiny) will probably be last early, but if she can be close up at the first turn and the others fan wide and interfere with each other she could be in with a chance,” he said.
The Shootout is Race 6 on the card tonight which is scheduled at 8:52pm.