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Speed Star must surely be one of the most aptly named greyhounds in the sport.
A near-faultless beginner, Speed Star possesses electrifying acceleration. But wait, there’s more – he loves the ‘red’ trap, which he’s exited from on nine occasions for seven wins and two seconds.

And once again he’ll jump from Box 1 in Wednesday night’s Anniversary Trophy (450m) at Ballarat, a Special Event carrying a first prize of $8500.

Prepared by Andrea Dailly (who heads the Ballarat trainers list), Speed Star is also a dab hand at Ballarat with five wins and six seconds from 14 starts and a 25.18sec PB.

“He loves Ballarat, it’s probably his favourite track,” Dailly said. “He’s drawn beautifully, and he’s come out of last weekend’s Warragul Cup in perfect order.” (Speed Star finished fifth to La Grand Quality in the G2 final.)

Dailly rates Tiggerlong Tonk (5) and Charging Yaala (8) as Speed Star’s main adversaries in the $8,500-to-the-winner race.

“Tiggerlong Tonk is group race credentialled, while Charging Yaala is highly underrated,” Dailly said. “And both have won in excellent time at Ballarat.”

Tiggerlong Tonk has clocked a stunning 24.91sec PB from Box 6, while Charging Yaala has registered a 25.13sec PB from Box 7 and notched three wins from four starts on the circuit.

Speed Star has started 64 times for 27 wins, 14 seconds and 10 thirds. It should be recalled that Speed Star finished fourth to Aston Kimetto in the 2018 G2 Ballarat Cup, and fourth to the same greyhound in the 2018 G2 Geelong Gold Cup.

The Anniversary Trophy is without doubt a high class provincial race, and further franked with Tiggerlong Tonk being a finalist in the G1 Silver Chief (3rd) and G1 Hobart Thousand (5th).

Expert form analyst The Watchdog has assessed it as a race in three – Speed Star ($2.90), Charging Yaala ($3.00) and Tiggerlong Tonk ($3.40).

The Anniversary Trophy is Race 6 on Wednesday’s program and is scheduled to start at 8.41pm.

WATCH: Speed Star has won 7 from 9 out of Box 1 including this dominant performance at Geelong last November.

 

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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