2016 Group 1 National Futurity – free tips and best odds

TWO Group 1s will feature on a strong card of racing at Wentworth Park this Saturday night, the first of which being the National Futurity (520 metres).

Open to bitches whelped on of after July 1, 2013, this year’s series has attracted some quality female sprinters, with the current favourite being the Andrea Dailly-trained Dyna Maddie.

The daughter of Barcia Bale and Erica Allen, $2.80 with Crownbet, was the fastest qualifier from last week’s heats, recording an eight-and-one-quarter length triumph in a slick 29.70. Despite only stepping fairly from box two, the red fawn bitch was able to hold her position on the fence, railing under lamplighter Sawadee down the back before charging clear.

Dyna Maddie will move into box three for this week’s $75,000-to-the-winner decider, looking for her fourth career victory at start 10.

Fellow Victorians My Girl Chloe (box two), Lyka Allen (box six) and Mepunga Rosie (box seven) will also be aiming to take the title home south, the latter rated the best chance by bookmakers at $13 following her credible 30.23 heat win.

Fantastic Skye, a member of Jason Fletcher’s airborne Goodesy x Light Fantastic litter, will have to overcome box eight to score, but is more than capable if she can time the start right. The blue bitch is already a Group winner, having won the Group 2 Laurels Classic under the tutelage of Kel Greenough, and she now returns home to a track where she holds a commanding 29.85 personal best.

Also well in the market is Natahli Dedee for Loretta Rice which will be aiming to give her sire, the mighty Queensland champion Glen Gallon, his first Group 1 win as a sire when she jumps from box one. The red brindle youngster has only faced the starter on 13 occasions, but has already amassed eight wins and three minor placings, with some slick times recorded at Dapto (29.77) and Richmond (30.53).

The Group 1 National Futurity is race six on the card this Saturday night and is set to jump at 9:13pm AEDT.

Lets check out the form of each runner in this years final, with individual comments on their chances and the best bookmaker prices available.

Box One – Natahli Dedee
Red Brindle Bitch – 28.8kg – January 2014
Glen Gallon x Smooth Nitro
Prize money: $15,531
Trainer: Loretta Rice
Career: 13: 8-2-1
Box: 2 starts: 1 win, 1 placing
T/D: 3: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 29.92
Career Highlights: WON Dapto 29.77, Richmond 30.53, Bulli 26.31, Wentworth Park 29.92

“Promising young bitch which is boxed to lead and comes into the event with plenty of confidence following her all-the-way 30.14 heat win. She has been racing some of the best greyhounds in NSW in her most recent starts and she is improving with every run. She has already proven that she can break the 30 second barrier here and I think with a bit of luck in running she could sneak away with the prize.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $6 with Crownbet

Box Two – My Girl Chloe
Black Bitch – 30.6kg – October 2013
Fabregas x Natural Sapphire
Prize money: $28,171
Trainer: Brett Bravo
Career: 34: 10-7-8
Box: 5 starts: 2 wins, 3 placings
T/D: 2: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 30.22
Career Highlights: WON Ballarat 25.37, Horsham 23.28, Bendigo 23.99, Warrnambool 25.19

“Comes from one of the best kennels in Australia and was very impressive here last week running past the classy Fantastic Skye to score in 30.25. She can be a bit tardy early so she will need to bring her best, but she does look well suited in box two to get a sit behind the speedy Natahli Dedee.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $15 with Bet365

Box Three – Dyna Maddie
Red Fawn Bitch – 25.1kg – February 2014
Barcia Bale x Erica Allen
Prize money: $8,873
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 10: 3-2-1
Box: 0 starts: 0 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 2: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.70
Career Highlights: WON Ballarat 24.92, The Meadows 29.99, Wentworth Park 29.70

“Very impressive when scoring here last week in 29.70 and with a clear run she should win this event. The only concern is she is drawn on the inside of Cash In Motion which does tend to go left at the start, so she will need to jump better than last week to avoid the bother.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $2.80 with Crownbet

Box Four – Cash In Motion
Black Bitch – 29.3kg – September 2013
Smooth Fancy x Teddy’s Jackpot
Prize money: $103,295
Trainer: Robert Cooke
Career: 32: 15-4-2
Box: 1 start: 0 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 2: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 30.44
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup, 3RD 2016 Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup

“Very talented bitch which tends to do a lot of things wrong in her races. If she happened to jump I think she would blow them away, but she mixes her box manners too much to be able to tip her with confidence.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $7 with Crownbet

Box Five – Mitcharlie Mia
Black Dog – 27.6kg – July 2013
Don’t Knocka Him x Proper Lucy
Prize money: $15,730
Trainer: Mitchell Northfield
Career: 27: 12-7-3
Box: 7 starts: 3 wins, 3 placings
T/D: 2: 0-2-0
T/D Best: 30.20
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 2 Gosford Gold Cup

“Ultra-consistent bitch and she was far from disgraced when finishing second in her heat last week, however box five may make things tough for her here against a quality field.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $8 with William Hill

Box Six – Lyka Allen
Black Bitch – 27.6kg – January 2014
Taylor’s Sky x Bala Bale
Prize money: $16,613
Trainer: Steve Collins
Career: 15: 5-4-3
Box: 2 starts: 1 win, 1 placing
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 30.27
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.17, Warragul 26.06

“Showed great early pace here last week before being run down in the closing stages. This week she will have to overcome box six but if she can show similar early speed she will be up near the lead again and she should be better for last week’s run.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $21 with Bet365

Box Seven – Mepunga Rosie
Black Bitch – 30.5kg – August 2013
Kin loch Brae x Mepunga Diva
Prize money: $33,983
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 27: 7-7-1
Box: 5 starts: 0 wins, 3 placings
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 30.23
Career Highlights: WON Sundown 29.46, 34.43, Wentworth Park 30.23

“Strong to the line here last week when scoring in 30.23, however she is drawn on the opposite side of the track to where she is best suited so she is going to need a lot of luck.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $13 with Crownbet

Box Eight – Fantastic Skye
Blue Bitch – 25.4kg – September 2013
Goodesy x Light Fantastic
Prize money: $85,499
Trainer: Jason Fletcher
Career: 20: 10-4-3
Box: 1 start: 0 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 4: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 29.85
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 Laurels Classic

“Classy bitch which ran second behind My Girl Chloe in her heat after leading in the early stages. She is much better than that run and she is capable of handling herself from wide boxes. She will need to do everything right but if she does she is certainly in the mix.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $5 with William Hill

1st Reserve – Sawadee
Black Bitch – 27.1kg – October 2013
Magic Sprite x Hidden Assets
Prize money: $16,366
Trainer: Peter Simpson
Career: 13: 5-4-1
Box: N/A
T/D: 4: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 30.28
Career Highlights: WON Albion Park 30.17, Lismore 30.34, Casino 23.57

“Led early before being tackled by the classy Dyna Maddie which roared away down the back. She is a very quick beginner on her night, but she probably needs to find a couple of tenths in the last half of her races to be competitive at this level.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $34 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Pearl’s Legacy
Black Bitch – 31.2kg – November 2013
Mogambo x Pearl’s Legacy
Prize money: $5,216
Trainer: Brett Bravo
Career: 12: 2-3-2
Box: N/A
T/D: 2: 0-2-0
T/D Best: 30.41
Career Highlights: WON Dapto 30.00

“Only possesses a modest record but comes from the powerful Bravo kennel so she must be respected, particularly from an inside draw.”

Odds to win the National Futurity: $34 with Bet365

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