Four Victorians and four South Australians will go head to head tonight at Angle Park for the states first match race series.
The two dog match races mimic Sandow’s Speed Star series with four matches of two greyhounds making up the main event. The fastest overall greyhound in the four match races will take home more than $8,000 in prize money.
The State of Origin match races kick off at 7.52pm tonight (Victorian time) and will be broadcast on Sky Racing 2 ten minutes apart.
Honcho Monelli, Tony Rasmussen, SA at $3.90 V Degani, Bill McMahon, VIC at $3.60
Bernardo, Bill McMahon, VIC at $5 V Nations, Tony Rasmussen, SA at $4.80
Spring Bridge, Greg Board, SA at $12 V Saint David, Peter Byrne, VIC at $16
Cairnlea Jet, Petar Jovanonic, SA at $9 V Dr. Mino, Bill McMahon, VIC at $14
Peter Byrne made the trip with Saint David from Warrnambool, a greyhound he owns, bred and trains.
The son of Cosmic Rumble and Mepunga Kristy had five months off the track after sustaining a back-muscle injury in the Group 2 Launching Pad at Sandown Park in March this year.
“Robby (Britton) and Brendan (Pursell) have done a great job with the dog but they thought that a change in work routine would help him,” Byrne said.
Byrne admits that is was a last-minute decision to don the Victorian rug and enter for the State Of Origin match races at Angle Park and is thinking of the run as another trial since there is only one other dog he is competing against.
“When Robby had him if he found the front he didn’t get run down and I am hoping that can happen tonight but it is also a great opportunity for Saint David to have a look at another track.”
Byrne takes his hat off to Greyhound Racing South Australia and Angle Park for putting the match races on a week out from the Adelaide Cup heats believing it was a great incentive for interstate greyhounds to see the track before competing in the Cup heats.
Saint David, who is a winner of five races from 11 starts, will jump from the outside box in match race three.