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Bring it on: Feral Franky v Sennachie match race

There’s nothing like a match race to stimulate the betting juices – and a ‘State of Origin’ one at that! These two-dog tussles invariably capture the imagination of greyhound racing aficionados and general sport’s fans alike.

It’s a ‘Sandown Showdown’, with New South Wales sensation Feral Franky (Box 1) versus Victorian star Sennachie (Box 3) in the Cup Night Speed Star (515m), which will be run after Race 3 (7.27pm) during tonight’s Melbourne Cup meeting.

Feral Franky and Sennachie set 29.247sec and 29.245 respectively to qualify for September’s Speed Star series. And on the night of the G3 Speed Star, Sennachie clocked 29.54, with Feral Franky registering 29.69 – a difference of around two and a half lengths.

As you can see, there’s hardly anything separating the pair, and it’s a similar scenario on the TAB Fixed Odds market with both Feral Franky and Sennachie at $1.90.

So, let’s get some insight from their trainers.

FERAL FRANKY

Nine-time group finalist
1st – G1 Vic Peters Classic
2nd – G1 Topgun; G1 National Derby
3rd – G1 Maturity Classic
Won 21 from 37: 57%
Prizemoney: $412,410
Sandown PB winning time: 29.08sec
3rd to JARO BALE in a Melbourne Cup heat

“If he brings his ‘A’ game, I think he’ll run Sennachie down. We all know he’s a backmarker, but he’s never let us down. He won’t be a pushover, that’s for sure. He’s pulled up well from his Melbourne Cup heat; he’s just got a great constitution. And he has such a competitive spirit; when you get him out on race night, he’s all business.” – Raymond Smith for Feral Franky

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SENNACHIE

Eight-time group finalist
1st – G1 Maturity Classic; G1 Brisbane Cup; G2 Queensland Derby
2nd – G1 Silver Chief
3rd – G1 Adelaide Cup
Finalist G1 Topgun
Won 15 from 28: 54%
Prizemoney: $520,500
Sandown PB winning time: 29.42sec
4th to FLYNN in a Melbourne Cup heat

They’re both really good dogs, and it’s going to be a great spectacle for those that haven’t seen match racing before. He trialled 29.13sec on the Sunday prior to his Melbourne Cup heat, which showed he was back on song after the Topgun. But he’s been a little flat after that, I’m not overly confident of him winning. He must lead and pinch a break on Feral Franky to win. You’ve got a speed dog and a strong dog; it’s simple math, Sennachie just has to lead.” – Steven White for Sennachie.

There’s more than just state pride at stake, with the match race winner receiving a $20,000 first prize and second collecting $5000.

Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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