• Thursday, 14 Sep, 2023,
  • by Gerard Guthrie

The Stir Up | September 14 Edition

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

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Andrew Guys, we’ve got Victorian stars in action all around Australia over the next few days. We’ll start off in Adelaide tonight, with the finals of the Group 3 SA Derby and Group 3 SA Oaks at Angle Park and the Vics have a strong hand in both races.

Gerard Jeff Britton has a strong hand in both races Andrew! Jeff’s no stranger to success in Adelaide and he’s chasing a family Derby/Oaks double with littermates Mepunga Smokey and Mepunga Surprise. Jeff was especially bullish about Mepunga Surprise’s chances in the Oaks when I spoke with him this week.

Peter Mepunga Surprise has drawn box one and another Victorian in Schillaci is favourite for the Derby after drawing ‘the red’ too. Schillaci is the one to beat if he can repeat his sensational heat performance.

Andrew Speaking of box one, Umberto led from go to whoa in the Group 1 Megastar at Dapto last Thursday. On Friday night he’s drawn box one again in the heats of the Group 2 Black Top in Newcastle. Umberto will be suited at The Gardens and should qualify for his second straight Group final.

Gerard Jason Thompson also has Stealth in the Black Top heats and Anthony Azzopardi told me that Head The Charge is the best chance of his three heat runners.

Peter Closer to home, two heats of the Group 3 Warragul St. Leger will be run and won on Friday night and Jason Thompson is a major player there too, especially the first heat where he has Alpha Zulu and Got Attitude. Jason has Navarino in heat two.

Andrew Steve White’s Professor Snitch is unbeaten in two starts at Warragul and I reckon she’ll be very hard to beat in the second St. Leger heat. Interestingly, one of her main rivals is the Waterloo Cup winner Funny Old Fellow.

Gerard  The Vics have also been making their mark in the regional Million Dollar Chase qualifying series across NSW. On Friday night at Wagga, Hector Fawley takes on Kelsey Bale – what a race that should be. It might be the best race anywhere this weekend.

Peter How about the win of Al’s Entity in the Bulli regional MDC Final on Tuesday? It was an unbelievable run! I’m looking forward to the Temora Final on Monday afternoon. Can the young gun Mackenna repeat her heat victory over Baby Jaycee?

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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