Pink Diamond graduate Mepunga Ruby may have only had nine starts (five wins), but she is the greyhound to beat in tonight’s main event, the $15,250 Winter Cup Final (660m) at Bendigo.
Another big name racing at Bendigo tonight is Blackpool Flash (23 from 42), who made it four straight wins in last Sunday’s Puppy Championship Final at Healesville.
Speaking of the Yarra Valley straight – a great battle will take place there today between Chop Scotch (12 from 23) v Slingshot Hammer (37 wins), while at Sale tonight the impressive Massimo (11 from 24) will be looking to return to the winner’s list.
Finally, at Geelong tonight, a couple of speed demons – Benchester v Fortuna Bale – are set to face off, while other big names on the card include Gypsy Yankee (Pink Diamond Champion Sprinter Finalist) and Speed Star (46 wins), the latter being the headline act in a Veterans event.
Here’s an extensive analysis of today’s Must Watch Race, and be sure to scroll down further for 💰 The Watchdog’s $10 spend…
👀 MUST-WATCH RACE: Winter Cup Final Mixed 4/5
BOUNCE BACK 🆚 MEPUNGA RUBY 🆚 SHADOW MIST 🆚 DRUMROLL PLEASE
📍 Bendigo 🏁 Race 8 📏 660m ⏱ 5:39pm
The Watchdog says 🎤: Rich final and the Bendigo GRA could not have asked for a stronger line-up. New-kid-on-the-block MEPUNGA RUBY (3) captured the Pink Diamond Rookie Distance Final here last week. She is three from three since stepping up in distance and she appears to be getting stronger with every run, so she should be ready to tackle 700m soon and has the potential to be one of the best stayers in the land. BOUNCE BACK (1) is the obvious danger, and he has been taking on and beating some elite chasers in recent months. From the red draw, he is expected to hold a prominent spot at the bend, and he can run a dazzling 600m, however the last 40 to 60m is a slight concern, so he will need to turn with a solid lead. SHADOW MIST (6) is a star SA chaser and he returned to form with a dynamic 34.38sec Meadows win and should have no trouble running out the extra 60m. The only concern is the awkward draw, as he will need some room to move soon after box rise. DRUMROLL PLEASE (7) is a prolific winner who likes to scout wide in his races. He should settle in the top four and can run a cheeky race. The value runner appears to be ALL INN DUNGEE (8). He can make mistakes in his races, but he has a v12 motor and he will get plenty of room to balance up early on.
Selections: 3 – 1 – 8 – 4
📢 THE WATCHDOG’S $10 INVESTMENT 📢
📅 Friday 25 June
💰 $3 Multi
First 🦵: Win – BIG FONZIE
📍 Bendigo 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 7 📏 425m ⏱ 4:22pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.65 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960242/race/4
Second 🦵: Win – EARN THE ANSWERS
📍 Bendigo 🏁 Race 6 🔲 Box 1 📏 500m ⏱ 5:05pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.50 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960242/race/6
Third 🦵: Place – BENCHESTER
📍 Geelong 🏁 Race 7 🔲 Box 1 📏 400m ⏱ 9:08pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.50 Place (top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960240/race/7
Fourth 🦵: Win – GYPSY YANKEE
📍 Geelong 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 7 📏 460m ⏱ 9:27pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.65 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960240/race/8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : BIG FONZIE (7) has been impressive to date, and he has star potential, so he should be winning today. EARN THE ANSWERS (1) was brilliant in the Pink Diamond Final last week and he looks well graded in this event. BENCHESTER (1) will get plenty of cover early and a top two finish looks likely. GYPSY YANKEE (7) has the class edge and he should be leading throughout in his event.
Multi price: $6.12
💰 $2 Win – KRAKEN PEARLER
📍 Bendigo 🏁 Race 5 🔲 Box 2 📏 500m ⏱ 4:46pm
TAB fixed odds: $6.50 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960242/race/5
The Watchdog says 🎤 : She continues to get better with every run and has been crying out for this distance range. With the vacant draw inside, she essentially has the red now, and that will allow her to settle in the top three early. She should prove too strong for her rivals in the run home.
💰 $3 Place – ALL INN DUNGEE
📍 Bendigo 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 8 📏 660m ⏱ 5:39pm *** Must Watch Race***
TAB fixed odds: $2.10 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960242/race/8
The Watchdog says 🎤 : His last three runs have been enormous, and he appears drawn to get all the breaks today. Last time out at Shepparton, he showed he has no trouble covering this distance range, and with the ability to carve out serious time a top three finish looks likely.
💰 $2 Win – WILSON’S WAY
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 8 📏 440m ⏱ 7:50pm
TAB fixed odds: $2.80 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/565960239/race/4
The Watchdog says 🎤 : He has been in the money in three of four to date and he appears to be improving all the time. With LITTLE KIT (7) expected to carve across and lead, ‘Wilson’ should get a nice cart across initially and he is likely to burn them off at the bend.
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