• Thursday, 07 Sep, 2023,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

The Stir Up | Healesville Cup Edition

GRV’s Peter Quilty, Gerard Guthrie and Andrew Copley provide their thoughts on some of the star greyhounds racing in Victoria.

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Andrew: Lads, all roads will lead to Healesville on Sunday for the running of the Group 2 Sportsbet Healesville Cup, but before that we have three Victorians chasing Group 1 glory tonight at Dapto in the Megastar.

Gerard: Jason Thompson has two Megastar finalists and he told me this week that while Umberto ran second in his heat, if he can repeat that run from box one tonight he’ll be “very hard to beat”. I agree with Jason!

Peter: Jason also has Stealth in the Megastar and don’t discount Afire for another Jason – Sharp – either. Afire took out the Speed Star prior to heading to Dapto and he’ll take great benefit from his heat run as he didn’t get the chance to trial there.

Andrew: There’s also very strong Victorian representation in Adelaide tonight in the heats of the Group 3 SA Derby and SA Oaks. Jeff Britton has a strong hand in both events, with Mepunga Smokey chasing a fifth straight win in the second Derby heat.

Gerard: Schillaci goes around in the first heat of the Derby, and it would be great to see him make a feature final for Jihad Talgi after he knocked back two $100,000 offers earlier in the year.

Peter: Fellas, I can’t wait for Healesville on Sunday. What a fantastic training feat from Danny and Rebecca Gibbons to qualify litters brothers Quinlan Bale and Nicolson Bale for the final two years in a row. Quinlan Bale was electric in his heat win and has a great chance to go one better than his close second in last year’s final.

Andrew: Unleash Collinda was very unlucky in last year’s final too. That’s the only time he’s missed a place at Healesville and victory in the Cup would be the final jewel in the ‘King of Healesville’s’ crown.

Gerard: Maybe Yesterday has been airborne up the straight too. He was less than a length behind Unleash Collinda in both the National and Victorian Straight Track Championship finals last month. If Unleash Collinda wasn’t on the scene, we’d probably be talking about Maybe Yesterday as the ‘King of Healesville’.

Peter: Cybertruck has been flying under the radar. He’s been very competitive against the big guns at Healesville lately. Deadly Rookie is very underrated too. He has a great record at Healesville and “Gus” Selkrig knows what it takes to win a country cup. Roll on Sunday!

Gerard GuthrieGerard Guthrie

Gerard Guthrie

One of Australia’s leading greyhound racing journalists since 2000 with the Greyhound Recorder and now with Greyhound Racing Victoria. Part-owner 2013 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder winner Sheikha. (The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of GRV)

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