It will be an action-packed night of racing at Cranbourne this evening, with three star-studded heats of the Group 3 Cranbourne Classic (520m).
Excitement machine Aston Kimetto, fresh from a stunning last-to-first win in last Sunday’s Group 3 St Leger (460m) at Warragul, will be looking to add to his outstanding record of five wins from six starts.
A son of former champion staying female Sweet It Is, the slow-beginning Aston Kimetto is currently a $2.80 chance to win his heat one behind Chief’s Sidekick ($2.20). The race will start at 8.15pm.
“Ability-wise Aston Kimetto us probably right up there with the best dogs I’ve had, but (because of his racing pattern) my heart is always in my mouth with him,” owner Ray Borda told RSN’s Off The Leash program.
WATCH: Aston Kimetto’s sensational Warragul St Leger win from box five.
Heat two will also create plenty of interest, with Midnight Starlet the favourite at $2.50 ahead of Group 1 winner My Redeemer ($3.50). Another greyhound to watch out for is South Australian Spring Bridge, a winner of 11 from 14 and who produced one of the runs of the year when coming from last to win over the 520m at Cranbourne a few weeks ago.
Chief’s Empire and Orson Allen are the headline acts in the third and final heat of the age-restricted event.
The first two placegetters and two fastest third-placed greyhounds will make up the $25,000 to-the-winner final on Saturday 25 August.
Blurb: Ray Borda joins the team to talk about Aston Kimetto and his role in greyhound racing.
WATCH: Spring Bridge’s incredible Cranbourne win from box six.