2016 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic tips and betting preview

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ANDO’S Mac is on track to claim his first group title when the lids fly open for the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Despite being drawn in box six against a quality field, the Jason Mackay-trained dog has been installed as the $2.50 favourite with online bookmaker Sportsbet.

The skinny quote follows two stunning performances in his heat and semi-final of the $75,000 series, clocking 29.72 and 29.65 respectively.

A son of El Grand Senor and Brook’s Doll, Ando’s Mac has gone from strength to strength since joining Mackay’s kennel back in September, winning seven of his eight starts.

He will have to be at his best on Saturday night, taking on some hot youngsters, including his unbeaten kennel mate, Mister Twister.

A regally bred son of Collision and former NSW Greyhound of the Year Double Twist, the black dog is unbeaten in all five starts, with 29.97 and 29.94 victories so far throughout the series.

Also given a leading chance is powerhouse performer Benteke which appears ideally drawn in box one. The last time the 34.6-kilogram sprinter drew the cherry, he scored a sensational 29.67 win over the track and trip in the final of the NSW Sprint Championship.

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Group 3 Magic Maiden winner Wicked Warrior is also given a leading chance, coming into the event following a strong second behind Clock’s Ticking in his semi-final. Prior to that, Wicked Warrior had clocked 29.80 in winning his heat of the Vic Peters, at just his second start since resuming from a two-month spell.

Clock’s Ticking is the only other runner under double figures, currently rated an $8.50 shot. A kennel mate to Wicked Warrior, the black dog is also unbeaten throughout the series, with 30.06 and 30.11 wins beside his name.

Given a rough chance to land the final is Reviewer at $12, with the speedy frontrunner aiming to pinch a break on his opposition early to be in with a chance of landing the major prize.

The Group 1 Vic Peters Classic is race eight on the card at Wentworth Park this Saturday and is set to jump at 9:50pm.

Group 1 Vic Peters Classic – form and statistics

Box One – Benteke
Black Dog – 34.6kg – August 2014
Collision x Pearl Napoleon
Prize money: $43,563
Trainer: Brett Bravo
Career: 17: 8-3-2
Box: 4: 4-0-0
T/D: 9: 5-3-0
T/D Best: 29.67
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2016 Group 1 Adelaide Cup

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $2.80 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Chaser
White and Fawn Dog – 34.8kg – July 2014
Knocka Norris x Physical
Prize money: $16,711
Trainer: Mark Gatt
Career: 18: 4-4-2
Box: 4: 1-0-1
T/D: 13: 2-3-2
T/D Best: 29.96
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.96

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $41

Box Three – Wicked Warrior
Black Dog – 32.1kg – April 2014
Where’s Pedro x Bit Sassy
Prize money: $50,008
Trainer: Jason Magri
Career: 14: 8-2-0
Box: 5: 3-1-0
T/D: 7: 5-1-0
T/D Best: 29.80
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 3 Magic Maiden

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $5

Box Four – Clock’s Ticking
Black Dog – 30.7kg – April 2014
Glen Gallon x Detonate
Prize money: $40,220
Trainer: Jason Magri
Career: 28: 12-6-4
Box: 5: 2-2-1
T/D: 11: 5-3-0
T/D Best: 29.87
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.87

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $8.50 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Mister Twister
Black Dog – 31.0kg – January 2015
Collision x Double Twist
Prize money: $25,130
Trainer: Jason Mackay
Career: 5: 5-0-0
Box: 2: 2-0-0
T/D: 2: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 29.94
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.94

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $8

Box Six – Ando’s Mac
Fawn Dog – 31.8kg – June 2014
El Grand Senor x Brook’s Doll
Prize money: $49,386
Trainer: Jason Mackay
Career: 25: 13-4-1
Box: 2: 0-0-0
T/D: 8: 6-0-0
T/D Best: 29.65
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.65, Bulli 26.03, Warrnambool 24.92

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $2.50

Box Seven – Reviewer
Black Dog – 32.7kg – September 2014
Fabregas x Scissor Queen
Prize money: $27,940
Trainer: Garry Williams
Career: 10: 6-1-1
Box: 1: 0-0-1
T/D: 7: 4-1-1
T/D Best: 29.97
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.97

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $12

Box Eight – Srixon
Black Dog – 30.7kg – April 2014
Spring Gun x Navel Juice
Prize money: $11,925
Trainer: Mark Beagan
Career: 33: 5-9-5
Box: 5: 2-1-1
T/D: 9: 1-3-2
T/D Best: 30.09
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.27, The Gardens 29.78

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $51

1st Res – Black Hole Sun
Black Dog – 31.2kg – January 2015
Cosmic Rumble x Chasing Diana
Prize money: $7,710
Trainer: John Little
Career: 7:3-1-2
Box: n/a
T/D: 4: 1-0-2
T/D Best: 30.20
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.20

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $31

2nd Res – Mack Tux
Black Dog – 31.5kg – April 2014
Lochinvar Marlow x Oxley Falcon
Prize money: $14,155
Trainer: Bruce King
Career: 12: 5-2-3
Box: n/a
T/D: 6: 1-2-2
T/D Best: 30.13
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.13, Richmond 30.90

Odds to win the Vic Peters: $31

Tips: 1 – 6 – 3 – 4

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