• Sunday, 23 May, 2021,
  • by Greyhound Racing Victoria

Marvels to light up the straight

Feature racing heads to the Yarra Valley today with four heats of the Healesville Derby (350m) and two heats of the Healesville Oaks (350m), with the respective finals to take place in a week’s time.

Gunai Rebel (Won 11 from 21) takes on Real Reward (29.43sec at Sandown) in the opening Oaks heat (Race 5 at 12.29pm), while the Derby heats boast several big names including former Shepparton track record holder Paddy’s Marvel, Blackpool Flash (19 from 38) and Incendio (6 from 10), while later on the card the brilliant Rilynn Bale (26 from 53) will be in action.

A great match-up looms in Race 8 at Sale tonight at 5.04pm with highly-rated local Massimo (9 from 19) up against Chop Scotch (11 from 20).

Check out The Watchdog’s in-depth analysis of tonight’s ‘Must Watch’ race along with his daily $10 spend below.

MUST-WATCH RACE: Healesville Derby Heat 2


? Healesville ? Race 6 ? Box 1 ? 350m 12:14pm

Form ?

The Watchdog says ? : PADDY’S MARVEL (1) comes into this having won a staggering 13 of 20 starts and a track record performance to his name. He finds himself in one of the weaker heats today and, from the inside draw, there should be no excuses. With ERIC GARFIELD (2) expected to move wide soon after box rise, he should pounce on the lead and a sub 19 seconds run may be on the cards. SPRING BJORN (4) has been impressive since moving to Victoria and he looks the obvious danger. He was never headed here last week, and he would have derived a lot of benefit from that run. THROW CAUTION (8) is the interesting runner. He has always shown enormous potential, however he appears to be a couple of lengths off his best at present and place claims look best today. ‘Paddy’ should get the job done today be a force to be reckoned with in next week’s final.

Selections:  1 – 4 – 7 – 8

? Sunday 23 May

? $3 Multi

? Healesville ? Race 3  ?  Box 2 ?350m ⏱ 11:26am
TAB fixed odds: $1.20 Place (top two finish required)

Second ?: WIN – PADDY’S MARVEL  
? Healesville ? Race 6 ?  Box 1 ? 350m ⏱ 12:14pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Win

? Sandown ? Race 3 ?  Box 1 ? 515m ⏱ 2:49pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.60 Place

Fourth ?: PLACE – CURFEW
? Sandown ? Race 6 ?  Box 1 ? 515m ⏱ 3:52pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.70 Place (top two finish required)

The Watchdog says ? : MAN ABSCONDED (2) will appreciate the smaller line-up and a top two finish looks likely. PADDY’S MARVEL (1) is a jet and should be leading throughout from the inside draw. OSPREY ROSE (1) is not in our top three selections as I believe there are stronger winning prospects, however she showed good early speed last week and may be able to hold the lead at the first bend at Sandown today. If she holds the lead, she may be picked off late but a top three finish looks likely. CURFEW (1) has great pace soon after box rise, and he should be in the top two for most of the trip.

Multi price: $4.56

? $2 Trifecta – 1/4/2,3,6,7,8 (40%)
? Healesville ? Race 6 ? 350m ⏱ 12:14pm        ***Must Watch Race***
Form ?

The Watchdog says ? : PADDY’S MARVEL (1) is one of the bets of the day and he should be leading throughout. SPRING BJORN (4) has impressive straight track form in SA and with a clear run he can fill the quinella spot, while hopefully we can get an outsider to fill third spot.

? $3 Place – STAR BURNER 
? Sale ? Race 2 ? Box 8 ? 440m ⏱ 5:10pm
TAB fixed odds: $3 Place

The Watchdog says ? : She meets a couple of handy ones here, but she was far from disgraced in her heat and she would have derived a lot of benefit from that run. With HYPO HARRY (7) expected to carve across initially, our selection should get a nice cart across and can take home some minor money at nice odds.

? $2 Trifecta – 4/1/2,5,7 (66.66%)
? Sale ? Race 3 ? 440m ⏱ 5:29pm
Form ?

The Watchdog says ? : GREAT SCOUT (4) is a star in the making and he should make light work of his rivals. BONNIE GOES BANG (1) continues to improve and she can run home into second spot. Fingers crossed we can get some value in for third.


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