My Redeemer is the $5 favourite to win the Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic (520m) at Sydney’s Wentworth Park, with heats of the three-week series to be run on Saturday night.
Currently Victoria’s hottest sprinter, My Redeemer faces a stern challenge this evening, according to trainer David Geall.
“It is a very strong series. There’s a really exciting crop of young NSW greyhounds that have burst on the scene lately,” Geall said.
“He (My Redeemer) is in a very hard heat against the likes of (fellow Victorian) Chief’s Sidekick, Sky Wave, who is brilliant, Zipping Falcon, who is a very fast dog and My Mate Fox, who won a big race (Richmond Riches) last week.
“Looking at some of the other heats there is also plenty of talent including Ella Enchanted, who I’d say is among the three fastest greyhounds in Australia right now. With a clear run she is capable of anything, and Beast Unleashed is another serious contender.”
Despite the stiff competition, Geall acknowledged that My Redeemer is a deserved favourite following his outstanding come-from-behind win in the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson (515m) at Sandown Park last start from box one.
“His confidence is sky-high. He’s racing with real purpose and authority and has found some early speed in the past month or so, which is exactly what you need at Wentworth Park,” he said.
However, Geall is wary of the differing conditions at Wentworth Park, stating that it always presents a challenge for Victorians.
“The starting boxes are different at Wentworth Park compared to what we have in Victoria. He (My Redeemer) has won there before, but he also stumbled out of the boxes and missed a place at his only other start at the track. It’s often hit or miss whenever a Victorian greyhound races there,” he said.
Four heats of the Peter Mosman Classic will be conducted on Saturday night with the first four placegetters in each to progress through to one of next weekend’s two semi-finals.