While Sunday’s Group 2 Shepparton Cup is currently the big ticket item in Victorian greyhound racing, there is a plethora of Victorian greyhounds contesting group races interstate this weekend.
It kicked off at Albion Park in Queensland on Thursday night, with Joe Borg enjoying one of his finest moments in greyhound racing as he trained the Quinella in the Group 3 Big Dog Cup (600m).
It was win number 14 for Ralphy Cinel in his 38th career start, and the $25,000 first prize took his career earnings up to $98,000.
Meanwhile, on Saturday night in Sydney, Wentworth Park is hosting the Group 1 National Futurity (520m) and Group 1 National Derby (520m), with each carrying total prize money in excess of $103,000.
A fifth Victorian greyhound, Weblec Belle, will also contest the Futurity.
Wentworth Park Formguide
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Victorian greyhounds Star Recall (Jeff Britton), pictured, and My Bro Fabio (Brooke Ennis) are among the main chances in the $140,000 to-the-winner Perth Cup, while two other Vics, Whodat Knockin’ and Xtreme Knocka, both trained by Jason Thompson, are also in the race.
The brilliant Dyna Double One (Andrea Dailly) has come up with Box 1 in the Perth Cup Consolation (530m), while TAB Melbourne Cup finalist Cosmic Wise (Jeff Britton) is also in the race.
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Secret Spell, Waymore’s Blues and Ride The Rails, all trained by Kellie Bravo, will need to finish in the first two or being among the two fastest thirds to make the $40,000 to-the-winner final on February 16.