2016 Group 2 Bendigo Cup – best odds, tips and betting preview

ASTON Bolero is a huge chance of breaking through for his first group victory on Friday night when he contests the Group 2 Bendigo Cup (425m) final.

Trained by Jason Thompson, the son of Fabregas and Aston Dream is a seven time group finalist, with his closest finishes thus far being seconds in both the Group 2 Maitland Cup and the Group 2 Warragul Cup.

A winner of 27 of his 45 starts, Aston Bolero is drawn ideally in box two on Friday night, with online bookmaker Sportsbet installing him as the $3.50 favourite to take home the cash.

Rated the best chance to topple the favourite is Unlawful Entry ($4) which comes into the event following his tenacious heat performance.

The brindle and white dog was only fairly away in his qualifier on Sunday and had to produce a powerful finish to hit the lead right on the line in a speedy 23.68.

A dual group winner and track record holder, Unlawful Entry is well positioned out wide in box seven, with a clean getaway sure to see him figure in the finish.

Anthony Azzopardi’s Ultimate Magic ($4.40) is also given a big chance in the $47,000 to the winner event and comes into the race having won three of his past four including his 23.74 heat victory.

The son of Magic Sprite and Daydream is normally a reliable beginner, but he will have to be at his best to cross from out wide given the calibre of greyhounds in this event.

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Another greyhound given a big shot is recent Traralgon Cup winner Pantera Nera at $5.50 with Crownbet. The black dog is as consistent as they come and is normally a brilliant beginner, however he may struggle to find the top against a high speed line-up from the squeeze box.

The only other greyhound under double figure odds is Proven Kodiak ($6.50) which will jump from box four. The Wayne Vassallo-trained dog has a stack of ability, but can be risky at box rise which may be his undoing in this race.

Next best in the market is Shepparton Cup winner Gotta Get Back ($15) which has drawn the coveted rails box, while the ultra-consistent Zoltina’s Legacy ($21) will jump from box three.

Rounding out the field is Mumma Josie ($34) for Jeff Britton which is facing an extremely tough task from box six.

The Group 2 Bendigo Cup final is race eight on the card and is set to jump at 9:28pm.

Box One – Gotta Get Back
Blue and White Dog – 31.8kg – December 2012
Vee Men Vane x Majestic Land
Prize money: $83,210
Trainer: John Mcclelland
Career: 43: 22-6-3
Box: 5: 2-1-0
TD: 6: 2-0-0
TD Best: 23.76
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 2 Shepparton Cup

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $15 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Aston Bolero
Black and White Dog – 32.7kg – October 2013
Fabregas x Aston Dream
Prize money: $118,595
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 45: 27-6-4
Box: 6: 4-2-0
TD: 4: 3-0-1
TD Best: 23.68
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 2 Maitland Cup, 2016 Group 2 Warragul Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Australian Cup, 2016 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 2016 Group 2 Shepparton Cup, 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup, 2016 Group 2 Horsham Cup

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $3.50 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Zoltina’s Legacy
Black Dog – 33.5kg – June 2013
Sir Prize x Zoltina Jay
Prize money: $53,845
Trainer: John Barbara
Career: 38: 21-8-4
Box: 3: 2-1-0
TD: 6: 6-0-0
TD Best: 23.68
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 21.65 TR

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $21 with Sportsbet

Box Four – Proven Kodiak
Black Dog – 36.6kg – January 2013
Nitro Burst x Blue Pie Girl
Prize money: $36,547
Trainer: Wayne Vassallo
Career: 41: 16-8-4
Box: 5: 1-3-1
TD: 6: 2-2-1
TD Best: 23.76
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Listed Northern Districts Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 2 Shepparton Cup

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

Box Five – Pantera Nera
Black Dog – 31.6kg – November 2013
Milldean Panther x Go Jessie’s Girl
Prize money: $81,162
Trainer: Gavin Burke
Career: 29: 14-6-4
Box: 3: 2-0-1
TD: 2: 2-0-0
TD Best: 23.79
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 2 Traralgon Cup, 3RD 2015 group 2 Dapto Puppy Classic

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $5.50 with Crownbet

Box Six – Mumma Josie
Brindle Bitch – 28.2kg – April 2014
Barcia Bale x Charming Louise
Prize money: $26,100
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 25: 9-3-5
Box: 2: 1-0-0
TD: 1: 1-0-0
TD Best: 23.98
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 29.91, Sandown Park 29.74

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $34 with William Hill

Box Seven – Unlawful Entry
Brindle and White Dog – 28.2kg – December 2013
Knocka Norris x She Ain’t Late
Prize money: $243,553
Trainer: Brett Bravo
Career: 42: 17-3-7
Box: 2: 2-0-0
TD: 3: 1-0-1
TD Best: 23.68
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Hobart Thousand, 2015 Group 2 Great Chase, Sandown Park 28.95 TR, Warrnambool 24.72 TR, 2016 Listed Cup Night Sprint, 2ND 2016 Group 2 Ballarat Cup, 3RD 2016 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Temlee, 2016 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup, 2016 Listed Australian Sprint

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $4 with Sportsbet

Box Eight – Ultimate Magic
Black Dog – 30.5kg – April 2014
Magic Sprite x Daydream
Prize money: $33,715
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 19: 13-0-3
Box: 4: 3-0-1
TD: 2: 2-0-0
TD Best: 23.65
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.35, The Meadows 29.85

Odds to win the Bendigo Cup: $4.40 with Sportsbet

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