2015 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic semi-final tips and preview

NINETEEN heats of the Group 2 Warrnambool Classic were run last week, with successful greyhounds making it through to the semi-finals which will be conducted on Wednesday night.

The first two from each qualifier will progress through to the final next Wednesday which boasts a $75,000 purse for the winner.

Australian Racing Greyhound‘s tipster Brad Bugeja has studied each semi-final to bring you his top four selections from each respective race.

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Race No. 1Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic S/f16:58 PM (VIC time)
S/E Semi Final event over 450 metres at Warrnambool Of $3,900 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,000 2nd: $600 3rd: $300.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SHARED EQUITY [2]1111124.87(2)A Langton (Anakie)
2LOCH ROMAN (TAS)[5]46652NBTR Britton (Lara)
3PROVEN SCARY [5]2216125.52(2)B Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
4PERCY’S LAD [4]1431125.36(4)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5NUNYA TRON [5]3411225.66(7)S Barker (Elphinstone)
6COMPELLING (NSW)[6]1233125.52(3)P Presutto (Devon Meadows)
7FEAR THE BEST [3]2521125.40(4)N Davis (Lara)
8LEKTRA OUTLAW [5]11842NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
9WATTA SPECTER (NSW)[5]Res.17232NBTM Greer (Londonderry)
10COME ON FANTASY [5]Res.22423NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)

Shared Equity has the good draw and she has won six on the trot in explosive fashion. Last time out she led all the way here and broke both sectional records before stopping the clock in a blistering 24.87 overall. She is likely to be very short but from the red she should be making every post a winner.

Lektra Outlaw is a classy chaser and he was extremely unlucky here last week, from the pink draw he should get a clear run early and with a keen railer drawn directly underneath he should be able to swoop into the first turn and settle in a prominent spot.

Loch Roman is drawn to get a nice sit behind the red early and she showed a lot of improvement here last week, I dont think she can win but she is great value the place.

Nunya Tron rounds out the chances, he is hit or miss early but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot and he just needs some luck early.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 5

Race No. 2Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic S/f27:18 PM (VIC time)
S/E Semi Final event over 450 metres at Warrnambool Of $3,900 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,000 2nd: $600 3rd: $300.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DASHING ROMAN (TAS)[5]7375125.67(7)R Britton (Lara)
2BLACK ILLUSION [4]2522125.32(3)A Langton (Anakie)
3STOP MOOCHIN’ [4]2511125.44(1)T Mitchell (Lara)
4LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]46182NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5EXUBERANT [4]7544124.95(3)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
6COSMIC LILY [3]2111225.57(3)D Fisher (Lara)
7WESTON EAST (NSW)[5]37672NBTA Langton (Anakie)
8WEATHER WHATEVER [7]6433125.54(1)J Thomson (Boolite)
9ZENERGY [M]Res.2NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
10DEWANA HITMAN [5]Res.11113NBTM Dewan (Carrum Downs)

Lektra Utopia is normally a very reliable beginner and he should improve on his solid heat placing. He was making his debut here last week and he was far from disgraced when placed behind the classy Ballerino, if he can ping the lids tonight he should handle the turn a little better and I think he can hold out Exuberant and Weston East.

Weston East was beaten by Exuberant last week but he did find a lot of bother in the early stages and with a clear passage tonight he could turn the tables. He will get back in the early stages but there is a fair bit of speed in this event so there might be some trouble up front and he should be there to swoop at the right time.

Exuberant will start very short with William Hill and he was brilliant in his blistering 24.95 heat win. If he pings the lids again he simply wins, however his box manners do let him down on occasions.

Stop Moochin’ rounds out the chances, he has won three on the trot and he should be in contention for a long way.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 5 – 3

Race No. 3Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic S/f37:38 PM (VIC time)
S/E Semi Final event over 450 metres at Warrnambool Of $3,900 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,000 2nd: $600 3rd: $300.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LEKTRA KHAN [5]71152NBTP Lenehan (Toolong)
2DEWANA RESULT [5]37172NBTB Dewan (Edithvale)
3MAGIC SUCCESS [7]15482NBTJ Bell (Woodford)
4FUTURE PAST (SA)[4]1242125.48(8)P Franklin (Moyston)
5ONE STEP BEYOND [4]2881125.51(4)D Geall (Lara)
6LEKTRA CONCORD [4]151F125.26(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
7SPLASH MOUNTAIN [5]67732NBTT Mitchell (Lara)
8WHAT’S CHEWING (NSW)[4]2715125.08(2)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
9RAMBO’S PARTY [5]Res.87722NBTA Caramia (Melton)
10SONIC DASH [4]Res.6611225.57(3)A Langton (Anakie)

Lektra Concord caught the eye with a slick 25.26 heat win last week and if he steps cleanly again he should prove hard to reel in. He isn’t as brilliant as some of his rivals but he is very reliable and I think he can get down to the 25.10 mark if he lands on the lure tonight. He should be around the $6 mark with William Hill and he is worth an each way ticket.

What’s Chewing is well placed in the pink draw and he has scored some devastating wins in recent weeks. Last week he was slow to begin but he powered to the line when posting an impressive 25.08. He is likely to miss it away again but if he gains a clear passage he will be right in the finish.

Dewana Result is a super freak and he will start a short priced favourite with William Hill. If given a clear run he will be winning, however like the pink he isn’t the greatest of beginners and he may get crowded in the early stages.

The winner should come from one of those three but if you’re looking for value for the place, Splash Mountain could be the one. He has been racing consistently of late and he has enough early speed to put himself into contention early.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 2 – 7

Race No. 4Macey’s Bistro Warrnambool Classic S/f47:58 PM (VIC time)
S/E Semi Final event over 450 metres at Warrnambool Of $3,900 Prizemoney.
1st: $3,000 2nd: $600 3rd: $300.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1AFRICAN STORM [5]5717225.61(7)C Capuano (Anakie)
2NAYLA SWIFT [4]1651125.55(7)D Geall (Lara)
3BALLERINO [3]1415125.18(7)J Borg (Maryborough)
4EMRYS [4]5528125.50(2)M Briganti (Tuerong)
5DARK JAMESON [4]4163125.19(3)M Delbridge (Balliang)
6FEARLESS JOHN [5]2222225.54(3)N Davis (Lara)
7TRUE OPTIMIST [7]125.50(2)D Brennan (Ross Creek)
8ZIGSTAR (QLD)[5]1F172NBTJ Magri (Avalon)
9LEKTRA CRASH [6]Res.73642NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10WATTA BARGHEST (NSW)[5]Res.14572NBTM Greer (Londonderry)

Zigstar is an exciting prospect and he is armed with blistering speed once he hits the ground. Last week he was far from disgraced when placed behind the classy What’s Chewing and he should be able to go one better tonight. From the pink he should get a clear passage early and if he finds the lure he should prove hard to get past as he will be running around the 25 flat mark.

Ballerino has the class edge and he powered to the line in his 25.18 heat win, he will need some luck from the draw but he has a slow beginner on his outside so he should get all the breaks early.

Emry’s was a strong 25.50 heat winner and he is already a multiple Group Race finalist, he is better suited to a longer journey but he is too good to totally dismiss.

Dark Jameson and Fearless John round out the serious hopes, both have the talent but they will need a lot to go their way in the early stages from their poor draws.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 4 – 6

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