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Space Star Needs Room to Move in Association Cup

Space Star’s most recent appearance in a Group 1 final was when he finished third in the Superstayers (725m) at The Meadows as the $1.50 favourite on Australian Cup night. That was his only defeat in his past eight starts and this Saturday night he will most likely again be favourite in the final of the Group 1 Association Cup (720m) at Wentworth Park. Like Australian Cup night, this too will be held on one of the biggest stages greyhound racing has to offer, with NSW’s richest race, the Golden Easter Egg (520m) to be decided. Despite Space Star, pictured winning at Wentworth Park in January, being the fastest heat winner by three lengths, trainer Robert Britton says there’ll be no room for error in the $75,000 to-the-winner event. “On paper it’s one of the toughest staying races I have ever been involved in.” “Lady Toy has got her box (one) and you would expect Sweet It Is to improve second up from a spell. She (Sweet It Is) has run the hands off the clock at Wentworth Park before so she’s in with a good chance.” “The race will be won in the first 60 metres and if Space Star begins well and gets a clear run, he should probably win, but he will need to do everything right,” Britton said. The Victorian trainer was impressed with Space Star’s heat win last weekend, in which he was challenged throughout by Zipping Maggie. “She (Zipping Maggie) wouldn’t leave him alone. He was under pressure the whole way and it was pleasing that he kept going,” he said. Space Star is currently the $2.30 favourite to win the Association Cup ahead of Lady Toy at $2.40. . . Group 1 Association Cup Wentworth Park Saturday 8:48pm – 720m – First prize $75,000. 1. Lady Toy (Brooke Ennis, Vic) 2. Space Star (Robert Britton, Vic) 3. Lillycette (Ted Medhurst, Tas) 4. Sweet It Is (Braden Finn, Vic) 5. Zipping Felix (Martin Hallinan, NSW) 6. Zipping Maggie (Martin Hallinan, NSW) 7. Unix Bale (Steven Collins, Vic) 8. Opec Bale (Mark Delbridge, Vic) Reserves 9. Nicki Fields (Gerard O’Keefe, Vic) 10. Blinker’s On (Brooke Ennis, Vic)

Related info:. Wentworth Park Results 28.03.15 Wentworth Park Formguide 04.04.15 Association Cup TAB Odds
Association Cup Replays:
Zipping Felix (7) defeats Lillycette (4) and Unix Bale (2) in 41.99sec. .
Lady Toy (5) defeats Sweet It Is (2) and Nicki Fields (4) in 41.90sec.
Space Star (6) defeats Zipping Maggie (7) and Opec Bale (1) in 41.71sec.

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