The inaugural running of The Arrow is today’s highlight at Healesville and The Watchdog is tipping Utah Ghost (3 from 3 Trk/Dst – 18.93sec PB) to be the quickest overall greyhound of the four match races and claim the $20,000 first prize.
This month’s Victorian Straight Track Championship winner faces reigning G3 Healesville Cup champion Zambora Lou (24 from 54 – 18.97sec PB) in their head-to-head contest.
Group finalists Smart As Jack and Hadouken commence The Arrow, while Mr. America (8 from 15) races for the first time since March 11 v dual G2 winner Ferdinand Boy (26 from 46 – 19.00sec PB) after the battle between Zambora Lou and Utah Ghost.
Multiple Group finalist Dream Wizard and Weblec Blazer – third in Wednesday night’s G3 525m Speed Star at The Meadows – contest the final match race of The Arrow.
Eight heats of the $15,000 Highway 31 Maiden Challenge took place on Tuesday and Western Blazer – the only finalist with multiple starts – is The Watchdog’s selection in the decider.
Daniel Avocado (4 from 6 Box 1) v Green Blazer (19.14sec PB) v Duncan (19.12sec PB) v Blackpool Flash (26 from 50) v Hill Top Jonah (won last 4) should be a terrific race, while Anita Sonic Love (won last 6) and Aston Geneve (4 from 4) are aiming to extend their respective winning streaks.
At Sandown Park, Knicks Bale (2 from 3 Trk/Dst) is backing up from Wednesday night’s G3 725m Speed Star and Nikoli Bale is eyeing a third-straight win, while Group finalists It’s My Party v Here’s Tears v Fernando Frank is set to be a strong affair.
Speedsters Rilynn Bale (34 from 71) and G1 finalist Papi Go Fast (25 from 46) race at Ballarat, while kennelmates Louie Lou (9 from 17 – 4 from 5 Box 1) and the highly-credentialed Aussie Secret (27 from 51 – 24.45sec PB) are in action at Sale.
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: The Arrow
SMART AS JACK ? HADOUKEN
ZAMBORA LOU ? UTAH GHOST
MR. AMERICA ? FERDINAND BOY
DREAM WIZARD ? WEBLEC BLAZER
? Healesville ? Race 9 ? 350m ⏱ 12:28pm
Form ? https://watchdog.grv.org.au/meeting/666538512/race/9
The Watchdog says ?: We see the inaugural running of ‘The Arrow’ and what a line-up we have. UTAH GHOST (4) heads the betting on the back of three breathtaking wins here and I think he is going to take a power of beating again. With the match race format, he should be able to get out into the middle of the track soon after box rise and with the ability to go sub 18.90sec, he is going to set the standard. FERDINAND BOY (6) was easily accounted for in the Victorian Straight Track Championship recently, however he has bounced back with two electrifying wins here and he is expected to make his presence felt. WEBLEC BLAZER (8) is the interesting runner, he is having his first look at the track, but he has some breathtaking Meadows wins to his credit and being such a high speed chaser, he should be suited to straight track racing. Reigning Healesville Cup champ ZAMBORA LOU (3) must be respected, he may not be posting scorching times like he is accustomed to; however, he is in astute hands and I’m sure connections will have him firing. His kennel mate MR. AMERICA (5) has not raced since May, and he is very hard to assess. He has a tough match up with ‘Ferdinand’, but his trainer has a big opinion of him, and he should be fully wound up for this assignment. It should be a wonderful series and expect the semaphore board to get a workout.
Selections: 4 – 8 – 6 – 3