Sunday’s program at Healesville is an absolute beauty with the highlight being the $10,710 GRV Vic Bred Maiden Final (350m).
Here are my thoughts on how this $7,500 to-the-winner feature will pan out.
It’s a tough race with plenty of inexperienced dogs competing, but I have cornered it down to two main chances. I’ve got Daryl Dixon (4) on top. He was devastating in his win last week, bolting away to score by a big margin in 19.40sec, which was the fastest time among the semi-finals. He has a big motor, and if he can avoid trouble early he will take beating as he will be powerful through to the finish line.
The main danger is Levenseat Bevan (8), who is drawn to get an unimpeded run from the outside draw. He split a fast 6.53sec in his semi win, and if he produces an early section like that again he could lead and be the dog to beat.
Eyes On You (7) impressed in his heat and semi-final wins, while Dee’s Diamond (1) has made a bee line for the outside fence in both his runs at Healesville, so he couldn’t have drawn any worse. In fact, where he is drawn may affect Rick Grimes (2), who is boxed directly outside him. Both those greyhounds have talent but I think the draw is against them.
MATT’S SUGGESTED BET IN RACE 4
Quinella: 4, 8
WATCH: Daryl Dixon in his big semi-final win in 19.40sec.
While the Vic Bred Final is the main event at Healesville, the appearance of outstanding young chaser Gilberto, who won last weekend’s $35,650 Group 3 Vic Bred Maiden Final (525m) at The Meadows, and Miss Belladonna, who has won eight of her past 10 starts, will also be big highlights. The first on a bumper 12 race card kicks off at 12.01pm.