2016 Group 2 Bulli Cyril Rowe Cup – free tips & best bookie odds

THE action heads to Bulli on Friday night for the Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup (472m), which features some of the hottest speedsters in NSW.

Ritza Lenny currently holds favouritism at $3.20 with Bet365 following his slick 26.15 heat win off box three. The son of Barcia Bale and Lagoon Lowanna is the youngest and least experienced runner in the race, having faced the starter on just eight occasions from which he has managed five wins and two minor placings.

Trained by Mark Gatt, Ritza Lenny has won three from four over the track and trip, with a scorching 26.02 personal best. The main query on Friday night will be the wide draw, with the 36kg powerhouse yet to register a success outside of box three.

The classy Black Bear Lee is on the second line of betting at $4.50, with the regally-bred son of Brett Lee and Paua Of Love registering a commanding 26.21 qualifying win last weekend. The black speedster appears well drawn on Friday night and will be aiming for his 16th career victory at start 34.

Barking Bad took punters by surprise in his heat last week, shanghaiing out of the traps to score at 20-1 odds. The Michael Eberand-trained youngster moves to box one for this week’s $40,000 feature and looks perfectly poised to punch up along the fence and storm into the calculations. You won’t be able to get a big price about Barking Bad this week, with Crownbet pricing him at $6 to take out the race.

The ‘Nangar’ brothers must be respected in this event, with Nangar Flash set to exit box two and Nangar Flame from the four. Both have similar records and have run some cracking races throughout their careers, with ‘Flame’ owning a sizzling 26.09 at Bulli which puts him right in contention for this race. Both boys can be tardy early and will need a bit of luck which is reflected in their prices at $9 (Nangar Flash) and $6.50 (Nangar Flame) respectively.

The Group 2 Cyril Rowe Cup is race eight on the card at Bulli this Friday and is set to jump at 9:38pm AEDT.

Box One – Barking Bad
Black Dog – 35.3kg – May 2014
Bella Infrared x Ebby Miss
Prize money: $16,613
Trainer: Michael Eberand
Career: 11: 5-4-1
Box: 2 starts: 0 wins, 2 placings
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 26.26
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.45, 30.59, Richmond 31.10

“Form has peaked at exactly the right time having won at his past four starts. Last week he exploded from box seven and gave nothing else a chance when scoring in a slick 26.26, if he can step like that again this week he should be able to punch up along the fence and be somewhere near the lead. Bred to be as strong as a bull and I think he will improve off his heat last week with the right run.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $6 with Crownbet

Box Two – Nangar Flash
Black Dog – 32.3kg – August 2013
Collision x Flash Fancy
Prize money: $49,804
Trainer: Dennis Barnes
Career: 22: 8-6-4
Box: 1 start: 0 wins, 0 placings
T/D: 1: 0-1-0
T/D Best: 26.42
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.65, 29.90, 29.92, Grafton 22.95

“Was only fair to begin in his heat but managed to find a spot on the fence and worked home nicely to finish second behind Barking Bad. The inside draw is an advantage tonight and he will be looking to find the rails again and sneak into the money.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $9 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Black Bear Lee
Black Dog – 35.7kg – May 2013
Brett Lee x Paua Of Love
Prize money: $111,855
Trainer: Ruth Matic
Career: 33: 15-4-7
Box: 1 start: 0 wins, 1 placing
T/D: 5: 1-1-1
T/D Best: 26.21
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Magic Maiden, 2ND 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic

“Classy greyhound which deserves to win a big race and is well drawn in between two steady beginners. He is capable of running fast times when on the bunny and should get every chance to do so in this race.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $4.50 with Crownbet

Box Four – Nangar Flame
Black Dog – 34.6kg – August 2013
Collision x Flash Fancy
Prize money: $45,466
Trainer: Dennis Barnes
Career: 25: 8-13-2
Box: 4 starts: 2 wins, 2 placings
T/D: 4: 2-2-0
T/D Best: 26.09
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 1 National Derby, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, 2016 Group 1 Paws of Thunder

“Owns a commanding 26.09 personal best over the track and trip and a similar performance would probably see him winning. The concern in this race is the squeeze box as there is a lot of pace in this event and he could get into trouble in the early stages.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $6.50 with Crownbet

Box Five – Pedro Cerrano
Black Dog – 34.8kg – August 2013
Where’s Pedro x Chasing Diana
Prize money: $34,581
Trainer: John Little
Career: 35: 14-7-3
Box: 6 starts: 2 wins, 2 placings
T/D: 5: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 26.34
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 National Derby, 2015 Group 3 Nowra Spring Puppy Classic

“Above average chaser which ran a nice race behind Black Bear Lee in his heat. Generally has a nice turn of foot but he will definitely need to be at his best to overcome the awkward draw.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $15 with Bet365

Box Six – Black Bordeaux
Black Dog – 34.6kg – May 2013
Brett Lee x Paua Of Love
Prize money: $7,726
Trainer: Julie Brodie
Career: 17: 4-6-3
Box: 3 starts: 1 win, 2 placings
T/D: 9: 2-4-1
T/D Best: 26.21
Career Highlights: WON Bulli 22.71, 26.21, 26.46

“Litter brother to Black Bear Lee and he probably would have been a contender had he drawn an inside box. Has gotten out of the boxes here like a scalded cat in the past, however the six makes things a lot more difficult for him and is hard to see him featuring.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $26 with Crownbet

Box Seven – One Samuel
Black Dog – 36.8kg – September 2013
Spring Gun x Fascinate Marina
Prize money: $10,844
Trainer: Noelene Holloway
Career: 29: 5-7-4
Box: 4 starts: 0 wins, 1 placing
T/D: 2: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 26.25
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 30.18, Maitland 24.95

“Showed his best when clocking a fast 26.25 here last week when working hard to find the front. Moves to box seven this week which isn’t ideal with one of the most promising pups in the state drawn on his outside.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $9.50 with William Hill

Box Eight – Ritza Lenny
Blue Dog – 35.9kg – June 2014
Barcia Bale x Lagoon Lowanna
Prize money: $16,307
Trainer: Mark Gatt
Career: 8: 5-1-1
Box: 1 start: 0 wins, 1 placing
T/D: 4: 3-0-1
T/D Best: 26.02
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.71, 29.82, Bulli 26.15, 26.12, 26.02

“Brilliant heat winner here last week and if he can time the start right he should be able to swoop around the field and take control. The only concern is his box manners from out wide, however he is one of the most talented youngsters in training and I think he can improve off his last start from the eight.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $3.20 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Sandave Prince
Black Dog – 35.0kg – April 2013
Miagi x Stately Sapphire
Prize money: $9,900
Trainer: Dave Richardson
Career: 21: 7-7-4
Box: N/A
T/D: 5: 1-2-2
T/D Best: 25.85 TR
Career Highlights: WON Bulli 25.85 TR, Maitland 22.48, 25.01

“Track record holder over the track and trip which mixes his box manners making him hard to tip unless he can draw the one or the eight.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $5.50 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – La Grand Logie
Black Dog – 32.8kg – March 2013
El Grand Senor x Oh Em Gee
Prize money: $97,739
Trainer: Jeff Eaton
Career: 62: 21-9-12
Box: N/A
T/D: 2: 0-0-2
T/D Best: 26.45
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 2 Maitland Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Black Top, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, 2015 NSW Sprint Championship, 2015 Group 2 Healesville Cup, 2015 Group 3 Xmas Gift

“Had been a terrific dog for quite a while now and deserves to win a race of this calibre, however he would need to do everything right to feature against some talented types if he were to gain a start.”

Odds to win the Cyril Rowe Cup: $13 with Crownbet

Tips: 8-1-3-4

Sign-up with William Hill and claim up to $700 in bonus bets to place on the Cup final.