2016 Group 2 Ipswich Auction series final: free tips & preview

VEGAS Bound is the greyhound to beat in Saturday’s Group 2 Ipswich Auction series final after two dominant performances in her heat and semi-final.

Rated a $2.50 shot with online bookmaker Bet365.com.au, the daughter of Head Bound and Tina’s Show has drawn box three in the decider, an alley from which she has two wins and two placings from four appearances.

Trained by Tony Apap, Vegas Bound holds a personal best of 30.35 over the track and trip which was recorded in her stunning last to first semi-final victory last weekend where she defeated Legacy Chief by a widening three and three quarter lengths on the line.

Also right in contention is Magical Yessam (box six) for Donald Massey which also comes into the final having won both his heat and semi in impressive fashion.

The son of Magic Sprite and Kiewa Show has the strong record of 13 wins and nine minor placings from 31 career starts, with three from four over the Ipswich 520m distance and a fast 30.42 PB.

Just one other runner is under the double figure quote, that being Royal Prize from box seven. The 34 kilogram speedster is known for his great early toe and is expected to be out in front in the initial stages.

In both his runs throughout the series he has tires in the run to the line, finishing second in his heat and third in his semi-final. However, bookmakers recognise that it is better to be out in front on the bunny, installing him on the third line of betting at $5.50.

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The Group 2 Ipswich Auction series final is race eight on the card this Saturday and is set to jump at 8:38pm.

Box One – Winsmit
Black Dog – 34.7kg – February 2014
Lochinvar Marlow x Koongal
Prize money: $2,134
Trainer: Michael Boody
Career: 8: 1-0-4
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 8: 1-0-4
TD Best: 30.72
Career Highlights: WON Ipswich 30.72

“Ran on very strongly in his semi-final last week to finish third behind Magical Yessam. Moves into box one this week for the first time and will be aiming to position up early and run home into a placing.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $11 with Bet365

Box Two – Under Advice
Black Dog – 32.4kg – December 2013
Superman x Hayley Boo
Prize money: $998
Trainer: Merv Page
Career: 4: 0-2-0
Box: 1: 0-1-0
TD: 4: 0-2-0
TD Best: 30.88
Career Highlights: 2ND Ipswich 30.88

“Most inexperienced runner in the field which has run two fair races throughout the series from inside draws. Will need to begin a lot better in the final otherwise he will be giving some quality greyhounds a big start.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $17 with Bet365

Box Three – Vegas Bound
White and Black Bitch – 28.8kg – August 2013
Head Bound x Tina’s Show
Prize money: $37,632
Trainer: Tony Apap
Career: 24: 8-9-5
Box: 4: 2-2-0
TD: 11: 4-2-3
TD Best: 30.35
Career Highlights: WON Ipswich 30.35, Albion Park 30.36, 35.22

“Highly talented bitch which has put in two sensational runs in as many weeks. Will be giving them a head start but if she gets some luck in running she should be too good for them.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $2.50 with Bet365

Box Four – Hypnotized
Black Bitch – 29.6kg – December 2013
Turanza Bale x Simmerly
Prize money: $8,504
Trainer: Peter Hay
Career: 21: 4-3-4
Box: 1: 1-0-0
TD: 5: 1-0-1
TD Best: 30.87
Career Highlights: WON Ipswich 25.28, 31.27

“Clocked a slow 31.27 on a slow track two starts back. Has been running well without winning but will need to find a bit on the clock to give this a serious shake.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $15 with Bet365

Box Five – Magic Beau
Black Dog – 30.0kg – October 2013
Magic Sprite x Karching
Prize money: $6,354
Trainer: Sharon Morris
Career: 23: 3-4-7
Box: 5: 0-0-0
TD: 2: 0-1-1
TD Best: 30.99
Career Highlights: WON Townsville 22.12, Cairns 24.47, Albion Park 22.81

“Has only won the three from 23 overall, with those wins being against a lower class of dog. Has run in the placings at his past four but this is another step up in class and he is likely to struggle from the poor draw.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $12 with Bet365

Box Six – Magical Yessam
Black Dog – 33.5kg – November 2013
Magic Sprite x Kiewa Show
Prize money: $27,321
Trainer: Donald Massey
Career: 31: 13-3-6
Box: 4: 0-0-1
TD: 31: 13-3-6
TD Best: 30.42
Career Highlights: WON Grafton 23.00, Albion Park 30.45, Ipswich 30.42

“Hard to fault on his two qualifying runs, leading all the way in solid style. Can’t afford to miss the kick here, with a speedy beginner on his outside, but should be right in the mix if he gets out on the bunny.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $3 with Bet365

Box Seven – Royal Prize
Black Dog – 34.0kg – December 2013
El Grand Senor x Perfect Thrill
Prize money: $15,484
Trainer: Sandra Hunt
Career: 20: 7-7-3
Box: 3: 1-1-1
TD: 5: 1-2-1
TD Best: 30.73
Career Highlights: WON Ipswich 30.73, Albion Park 22.65

“Despite being drawn off the track he is expected to lead this for a long way. Gets a stitch around the home turn but will give himself every chance if he is out in front.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $5.50 with Bet365

Box Eight – Legacy Chief
White and Black Bitch – 32.2kg – September 2013
Cosmic Chief x Pilgrim’s Legacy
Prize money: $4,521
Trainer: Shane Armstrong
Career: 25: 1-6-3
Box: 2: 0-1-0
TD: 14: 1-5-1
TD Best: 30.57
Career Highlights: WON Ipswich 30.57

“Has shown his true potential in his last few starts and should get a nice run into the race on the outside of Royal Prize. Don’t think he is good enough to win but could sneak into some minor money.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $13 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Master Corsair
Blue Fawn Dog – 33.5kg – October 2013
Dashing Corsair x Hannah’s Angle
Prize money: $11,072
Trainer: Sidney Goodwin
Career: 37: 3-6-13
Box: N/A
TD: 2: 0-0-1
TD Best: 31.19
Career Highlights: WON Albion Park 22.59, 25.40

“Has only won the three from 37 and looks out graded if he gets a run.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $26 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Gold Total
Blue Dog – 30.4kg – October 2013
Fear Zafonic x Ultra Cool
Prize money: $16,889
Trainer: Sharon Morris
Career: 38: 8-6-4
Box: N/A
TD: 2: 0-0-0
TD Best: 31.20
Career Highlights: WON Albion Park 19.20, 22.75

“Consistent greyhound but is yet to win over the 500 and it is hard to see him doing that against this field if he were to gain a start.”

Odds to win the Ipswich Auction series final: $26 with Bet365

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