2015 Adelaide Cup – free tips, best bookie odds & betting preview

ONE of the best fields to have raced in South Australia will line-up for Friday night’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup, with $75,000 awaiting winning connections.

The eight finalists have contested 272 races between them resulting in 128 wins and 90 minor placings with a staggering $1.6M in prize money earnings.

Of course, over half of that money belongs to the almighty Fernando Bale – arguably the best chaser the sport has seen. The white and dark brindle powerhouse will become the first greyhound in the world to break the $1 million mark if he is successful in the feature, with just over 29 seconds standing between him and immortality.

Paul Wheeler discusses Fernando Bale – read that story here.

Trained by Andrea Dailly, ‘Flying Fernando’ will jump from box six on Friday – but that shouldn’t pose any problems. In fact, Fernando Bale has achieved a unique feat in that he has won a group race from every box.

The last time the son of Kelsos Fusileer and Chloe Allen started wearing green he scored an emphatic victory in the Group 2 Traralgon Cup final, breaking his own track record in the process.

He then followed up that run with a stunning triumph at Angle Park last week, clocking a phenomenal 29.36 at his first look at the track.

Punters should have no fears stepping up to take the $1.50 with Bet365 – it is as close to being a certainty as you will find.

While Fernando looks the winner, there is some value to be found if you believe the champion could make a mistake.

Dyna Double One, a kennel mate to Fernando Bale, has continued his run with bad boxes, coming up with the five ahead of Friday’s race. In any other era, the son of Barcia Bale and Crystin Bale would have been considered a champion, but he is often overshadowed Fernando.

Nonetheless, the $8.50 on offer with Sportsbet is a massive price for a dog capable of running 29.30 around Angle Park. In fact, team Dailly have made it quite clear in the past ‘Double One’ trials as quick, if not faster, than Fernando Bale. A winner of 20 races, he has clocked extraordinary times around The Meadows, breaking the 29.60 mark on seven occasions.

And what about Secret Spell? The Kelly Bravo-trained bitch is just one of two greyhounds to have defeated Fernando Bale in his last 24 starts. If you believe in omen bets perhaps this is the one for you. When Secret Spell scored over Fernando back in July at The Meadows, the black bitch had box three and Fernando Bale had the six – meaning that both chasers are drawn identically in the Adelaide Cup final.

Additionally, Bravo is expecting Secret Spell to improve, with the bitch first up for eight weeks in last week’s qualifier. Without a 500 under her belt, the daughter of Bartrim Bale and Wicked Witch clocked a slick 29.74 at her track debut.

If you think Secret Spell can upset the champ once more, be sure to snare the $15 quote available with Sportsbet.

The Group 1 Adelaide Cup is race eight on the card this Friday night and will jump at 9:28pm.

Group 1 Adelaide Cup – 515 metres

Box One – Waymore’s Blues
Black Dog – 32.2kg – January 2012
Collide x Casey’s Angel
Prize money: $127,810
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 80: 20-19-12
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.76

Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 3 The Racecallers, 3RD 2014 Group 1 National Derby, 2ND 2015 Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Rookie Rebel.

“Great old stager which showed a lot of cheek when taking ground off Fernando Bale in last Thursday’s heat. From box one he should be able to hold his position on the fence and it would be no surprise to see him sneak into the minor placings.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $31 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Lachlan Brown
Black Dog – 32.0kg – January 2014
Lochinvar Marlow x Liza Brown
Prize money: $9,590
Trainer: Paula Hearnden
Career: 6: 5-1-0
T/D: 2: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 29.83
Career Highlights: WON Angle Park 29.83.

“Fairytale runner in the event which stepped into Group 1 company following four wins over the 400 at Gawler and won his heat in an impressive 29.83. This is another quantum leap in class and he may find it a little tough, but at just 21 months of age we can expect to hear big things from him in the future.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $34 with Bet365

Box Three – Secret Spell
Black Bitch – 28.8kg – January 2013
Bartrim Bale x Wicked Witch
Prize money: $130,695
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 33: 18-2-1
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.74
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2014 Group 2 Ballarat Cup.

“Was very impressive at her first look at the track last week and with natural improvement she could run a cheeky race at nice odds. She does her best racing when on the lure, but box three will suit and she does have the speed to be up near the lead in the early stages.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $15 with Sportsbet

Box Four – Mobius
Brindle Bitch – 29.1kg – May 2012
Collision x Koombooyana Star
Prize money: $13,325
Trainer: Bozidar Stamenkovic
Career: 23: 7-3-6
T/D: 18: 5-3-4
T/D Best: 29.69
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 SA Anniversary Cup.

“Local hope who went down narrowly behind Lachlan Brown in her heat, but this is a huge rise in class and she is likely to struggle from the poor draw.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $201 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Dyna Double One
Black Dog – 35.0kg – March 2013
Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale
Prize money: $244,448
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 36: 20-8-4
T/D: 4: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.30
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation, Albion Park 29.51TR, 2ND 2015 Group 2 WA Derby, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, 2015 Group 1 Winter Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 3 SA Derby.

“Freakish talent which is let down by his box manners, if he were ever to jump he would be virtually unbeatable. From the middle alley he will have to do everything right in order to be close enough to Fernando to give him a scare.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $8.50 with Sportsbet

Box Six – Fernando Bale
White and Dark Brindle Dog – 29.6kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $931,110
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 37: 30-2-2
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.36
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 1 National Derby, 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, 2015 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup, 2015 Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial.

“Absolute champion in every sense of the word and only bad luck can stop him from racking up his 10th Group title. Box six shouldn’t pose too many problems – he should be off and gone with the prize at the winning post the first time.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $1.50 with Bet365

Box Seven – Kayda Shae
Red Fawn Dog – 33.7kg – June 2013
Kilty Lad x Cosmic Aphrodite
Prize money: $95,830
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 21: 10-7-0
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 29.62
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup, 2ND 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, 2ND 2015 Group 2 Healesville Cup, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup.

“Exciting young greyhound which never seems to have much luck in big races but definitely deserves to win one. Box seven will do him no favours with speed drawn either side, but if he can stay out of trouble early he may get a run into the race with Fernando and be able to collect some minor coin.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $6.50 with William Hill

Box Eight – Shared Equity
Black Bitch – 28.6kg – February 2013
Brett Lee x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $91,265
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 26: 19-3-2
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.61
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Horsham Cup.

“Speedy bitch who ran the quickest first split last week but she will be facing an uphill battle to cross tonight with an abundance of pace in the race. Despite the challenge she is good value at $11 and could be worth chucking into your exotics.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $11 with Sportsbet

1st Reserve – Kiss The Hawk
Black Dog – 33.0kg – November 2012
Bit Chili x Groovey Goddess
Prize money: $34,005
Trainer: Petar Jovanovic
Career: 52: 9-8-18
T/D: 6: 2-2-1
T/D Best: 29.75
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.91, Angle Park 29.71.

“Local charge which ran second in his heat behind Secret Spell. Doesn’t possess a great deal of pace and will find this too tough if he gains a start.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $101 with Sportsbet

2nd Reserve – Scarp Missile
Black Bitch – 27.1kg – March 2013
Take The Kitty x Barney’s Beauty
Prize money: $28,285
Trainer: Trevor Jessup
Career: 50: 16-15-3
T/D: 11: 3-4-0
T/D Best: 29.70
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 SA Oaks

“Has been racing in great style in recent weeks, but this is a massive jump in class and it looks well beyond her.”

Odds to win the Adelaide Cup: $34 with Bet365

Top Four: 6-1-5-3

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