Fernando Phil (top left) and Explicit (bottom left) are two of the main drawcards in Monday night’s Shepparton Cup heats. 📷 by Clint Anderson.

  • Friday, 15 Mar, 2024,
  • by Andrew Copley

Explicit, Fernando Phil headline Shepparton Cup heats

Two of the hottest names in the sport – Explicit and Fernando Phil – will head north for Monday night’s heats of the Group 2 CKH Painting Shepparton Cup (450m).

Explicit, widely regarded as the ‘next big thing’, will contest the opening heat at 8pm, while Fernando Phil is fresh off a stunning Horsham Cup victory after gaining a start as a reserve.

Other notable contenders include Flying Zulu (29.02sec PB Sandown Park), Shima Current (last start Horsham winner in 26.75sec) and recent Shepparton Classic victor Matt Loch, with that trio to face off in a red-hot fifth and final qualifier.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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