2017 coursing nomination numbers have been positive and this Sunday’s meeting at Longwood is sure to create plenty of interest with heats of the Slips to Boxes Challenge.
The twin-code Slips to Boxes Challenge rewards greyhounds that win three courses up the straight at Longwood on Sunday by seeing them qualify for the $1,650 to-the-winner final, to be held on the circle over 390 metres at Shepparton on June 25.
Nominations for the Slips to Boxes Challenge close on Thursday, 14 June at 8:30am with Greyhound Racing Victoria.
The Sylvester Doyle Puppy Classic, Ray Boundy and Strathbogie Maiden will also be decided on Sunday at Longwood after heats were run last weekend.
A starting field of 54 greyhounds is now down to seven in the $5,535 Sylvester Doyle, among them three greyhounds from out of a Barcia Bale-Evie’s Entity litter bred by race caller James Van de Maat.
“It appears the cream is rising to the top,” said National Coursing Association Secretary, Sue Delaney.
“Erupt Eve Lad, Lieu Knee Annie (both trained by Robert Glass) and Gotham Queen (Sean Lithgow) were all bred by James Van de Maat, while the other remaining Sylvester Doyle contenders are Last Outlaw (Malcolm Davies), Heat Up (Michael Chilcott), Mutant (Daniel Pell) and Hungry Heart (Yvonne Carter).”
Former group class chaser Midnight Flynn is one of four greyhounds that remain in the Ray Boundy series.