After winning at her Healesville debut seven days ago, Oriental Amber (23 from 47 – 5 from 8 Box 2) returns to the straight track today as her preparation for next month’s G2 Healesville Cup continues.
The G2 Ballarat Cup finalist and Horsham 410m track record holder got the better of Invictus Ethan in a Grade 5 heat last Sunday and that greyhound has the chance to atone in this afternoon’s final after drawing Box 1. Fastest heat winner Green Blazer is aiming to back up last Sunday’s five-length victory.
Last year’s G2 Ballarat Cup finalist Daniel Avocado (18 from 49 – 3 from 7 Box 2) was triumphant last Sunday in his first race since Boxing Day and will be challenged by noted speedster Slingshot Titan (29 from 56), who has won four of his last six races.
Listed Mount Gambier Cup winner Zipping Zarbo (27 from 59) v Rear View Mirror (6 from 8 Trk/Dst) v Kipling (21 from 55) v Duncan (19.14sec PB) promises to be a fascinating contest, while Anita Sonic Love is eyeing a fifth straight victory.
At Sandown Park, G1 Rookie Rebel winner Fernando Cazz (3 from 3 Trk/Dst) – victorious on her return from almost four months off at Cranbourne on August 4 – is in action along with Cranbourne Winter Cup finalist Usman Bale (6 from 19).
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: Straight Racing….Great Racing Grade 5 Final
INVICTUS ETHAN 🆚 ORIENTAL AMBER 🆚 GREEN BLAZER
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 6 📏 350m ⏱ 12:49pm
The Watchdog says 🎤: Awesome line-up and we get to see all-star provincial speedster and track record holder ORIENTAL AMBER (2) strut her stuff. She has won a staggering 23 of 47 (49%) overall and she was brilliant when winning her heat in a slick 19.24sec last week. It was her first look at the track last week, so naturally she should be able to improve on that time and that will see her figure in the finish, however I think INVICTUS ETHAN (1) is capable of causing a minor upset. ‘Ethan’ went through the first marker in a handy 6.60sec last week but he had to work hard to cross in the initial stages, so he should be able to shave a length off that time and that would likely see him hold the favourite out initially. With the ability to go sub 19 seconds, he may prove too strong in the run home. GREEN BLAZER (4) returned to racing in dynamic fashion with a slashing 19.20 win here last week. He showed enormous potential in his first preparation when scoring sizzling wins in town and a scorching 25.57sec Geelong win. It’s clear he has come back in great condition and if he can stay sound, he could be in for a big preparation. ASTON MARLON (6) rounds out the serious chances. He hasn’t fared well with the box draw, but he does explode soon after leaving the mat and, if given room, he could make a big play in the middle stages. It should be a thrilling affair and I think the eventual winner can rattle the 19 seconds barrier.
Selections: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6
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First 🦵: Place – SPEEDY GARRY
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 7 📏 300m ⏱ 12:06pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.80 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538466/race/4
Second 🦵: Place – INVICTUS ETHAN
📍 Healesville 🏁 Race 6 🔲 Box 1 📏 350m ⏱ 12:49pm ***Must Watch Race***
TAB fixed odds: $1.26 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538466/race/6
Third 🦵: Place – PIRATE TAILS
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 3 🔲 Box 1 📏 595m ⏱ 2:04pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538467/race/3
The Watchdog says 🎤 : SPEEDY GARRY (7) was ultra-impressive here last week, and he meets a similar line-up today, so with a clean getaway he should be able to figure in the finish. INVICTUS ETHAN (1) has explosive pace once balanced and he will scrape the paint. With an ounce of luck early, he should make his presence felt. PIRATE TAILS (1) has been looking for this journey and from the good draw she should be in the top two from the outset.
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First 🦵: Place – BELL BURNER
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 4 🔲 Box 8 📏 595m ⏱ 2:27pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.22 Place (Top two finish required)
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538467/race/4
Second 🦵: Win – COLLINDA PATTY
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 8 🔲 Box 1 📏 595m ⏱ 3:49pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.90 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538467/race/8
Third 🦵: Place – TARGET MASTER
📍 Sandown Park 🏁 Race 10 🔲 Box 1 📏 515m ⏱ 4:27pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.28 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538467/race/10
The Watchdog says 🎤 : BELL BURNER (8) showed tremendous promise in his first prep and he should be primed for a bold showing fresh. COLLINDA PATTY (1) has been looking for this journey and I think she can hold the classy FERNANDO CAZZ (5) at the first bend and that will be the difference maker. TARGET MASTER (1) is showing promise and from the inside draw a top three finish looks likely.
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First 🦵: Place – SHANTELLE ROSE
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 6 🔲 Box 8 📏 440m ⏱ 6:34pm
TAB fixed odds: $2 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538465/race/6
Second 🦵: Win – SECURITY MAN
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 7 🔲 Box 8📏 440m ⏱ 6:54pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.50 Win
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538465/race/7
Third 🦵: Place – BIGSY
📍 Sale 🏁 Race 10 🔲 Box 1 📏 440m ⏱ 7:56pm
TAB fixed odds: $1.40 Place
Form 👉 https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538465/race/10
The Watchdog says 🎤 : SHANTELLE ROSE (8) is normally very reliable at box rise and she will get a nice cart across from the favourite in the initial stages. SECURITY MAN (8) shattered the clock at Warragul during the week and he is expected to make light work of this line-up. BIGSY (1) is racing with tremendous confidence and with an ounce of luck, a top three finish is on the cards.
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