• Friday, 06 Aug, 2021,
  • by Peter Quilty

‘Banners flying high’ for Buddy & Koblenz?

Sydney Swans’ fans will ‘lift that noble banner high’ if Lance Franklin and Koblenz ‘are marching onwards to victory’ on Saturday night.

TAB is offering $4.00 for Franklin to kick 3+ goals against St Kilda and ‘next big thing’ Koblenz (Box 2) to salute in the G3 Warragul St Leger final (460m).

“Buddy” is just 15 goals shy of kicking a career 1000 goals and has 41 goals this season (2.7 per game).

The Sydney Swans (13-6) appear to be the current form side of the competition and will be keen to keep the momentum going to snuff out any chance of St Kilda (8-11) making the top eight.

Meanwhile, the David Geall-trained Koblenz has won 17 races from 24 starts, including 12 of his past 14. He’s TAB’s $2.15 favourite to claim the St Leger’s $25,000 first prize.

He posted a slick 25.65sec heat win last week, is undefeated in three starts from the ‘check’ trap.
Koblenz – a ‘cousin’ of freakish Ferdinand Boy – won the Pink Diamond Rookie Sprinter final (500m) at Bendigo in June.

The St Kilda vs Sydney Swans clash at Marvel Stadium commences at 7.40pm while Koblenz is in Race 8 at 7.44pm.

WATCH: Lightning-fast Koblenz (6) leads from go-to-whoa, clocking 25.65sec in a G3 Warragul St Leger heat last week.

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

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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