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Britton’s inside mail on Horsham Cup ‘fab four’

Anakie trainer Jeff Britton will rug half the field in his quest for the Group 2 Locks Constructions Horsham Cup (485m) on Tuesday night.

In an amazing training feat, Britton has four runners in the $47,000-to-the-winner final – Barcia Prince, Mepunga Pegasus, Mepunga Wonder and Oakvale Beauty.

Mepunga Wonder was the fastest qualifier, clocking a stunning 26.96sec – only one and a half lengths off the 26.87sec track record Orson Allen set in last year’s Cup final.

Oakvale Beauty, the first reserve, has gained a run in Box 1, a draw she has had on 10 occasions for nine wins.

Here’s Britton’s assessment on the chances of his ‘fab four’.

OAKVALE BEAUTY (Box 1)
Britton says: “It’s great she has drawn inside as she ‘grows a leg’ from Box 1.”

BARCIA PRINCE (Box 2)
Britton says: “He was having his first look at the track in his heat and became ‘lost’ at the first turn… But he has a lot of pace and is suited to the long straights… I’m expecting him to improve time wise.”

MEPUNGA PEGASUS (Box 5)
Britton says: “He’s had three starts for three wins from Box 5, but it’s a statistical quirk… He doesn’t come out that well but is a strong chaser… He received a dream rails run in his heat but faces an uphill battle to run the leaders down in the final.”

MEPUNGA WONDER (Box 7)
Britton says: “I would prefer to see him drawn near the fence… But he’s the in-form dog of our team with a heap of ability… He’s a little bit underrated but has the score on the board.”

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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