*photo by Jason Mckeown Photography.
Devon Meadows trainer Glenn Rounds is quietly confident heading into Saturday nights Group 2 Spolly’s Syndication Cranbourne Cup heats with his TAB $6.50 chance Zipping Monty.
Group 1 Brisbane Cup winner Hasten Slowly is the punters’ elect, opening up at $2.40 despite drawing awkwardly in box five
There is also plenty of interest for Huxley (box four), who is off the back of an impressive best-of-the-night 525m win at The Meadows.
Glenn Rounds believes that Zipping Monty is ideally drawn in box one.
“He is boxed very well in his Cup heat because he loves an inside draw,” Rounds said.
“I have given him a couple of box-to-boxes at Cranbourne in the lead up to the heats and he seems to really perform out of the boxes at Cranbourne which I think will see him run a good first split.”
Zipping Monty has $101 shot Light The Track on his outside in box two and King Colt in box three who has been racing down on confidence.
Zipping Monty has spent the last three months racing over the middle distance. His last start being a best-of-the-night 600 metre win at The Meadows paying $5 on the TAB.
“I hadn’t purposely raced him over the 600m in preparation for the Cranbourne Cup, it is just how it turned out with timing.”
A step up and then back in distance is a tool often used by trainers to boost their greyhounds’ confidence. Recently and most notably, David Geall used this method with My Redeemer which resulted in a win in Australia’s most prestigious greyhound race – the TAB Melbourne Cup.
The Cranbourne Cup is the third and final leg of the TRFM Gippsland Carnival which has seen Neo Cleo (Sale Cup winner) and Dyna Hunter (Warragul Cup winner) record their first Group race wins.
The Spolly’s Syndication Cranbourne Cup will be run on Saturday, 9 February with former Collingwood star Dane Swan in attendance.