THIRTY Talks is the favourite to take out the inaugural Richmond Riches final (535m) on Saturday night after two dazzling performances in his heat and semi-final.
Trained in Queensland by Tony Brett, the brindle dog is unbeaten over the track and trip, with three wins including a sensational 30.37 personal best which was recorded last weekend in his semi. The son of Where’s Pedro and Unfinished, a winner of 10 from 13 overall, moves into box two for the $100,000 to the winner decider, a draw from which he has won his only start. Bet365 are offering the best price for Thirty Talks, owned by Leonard Antonio, which is rated a $2.10 shot to take home the title.
His biggest threat as far as bookmakers are concerned is boom NSW sprinter Ritza Lenny at $4 with William Hill. The blue dog is one of the best sprinters in the state, having faced the started on 17 occasions from which he has managed nine wins and four minor placings. He holds a commanding 30.32 personal best at Richmond, however he will have to overcome box seven to land the cash, with the 35 kilogram powerhouse only having won one from four from the outside boxes.
Struggle Street is drawn to run a nice race along the fence for Kristy Sultana, with the son of Swift Fancy and Joy The Weapon having qualified for the final when finishing second behind Thirty Talks in his semi. Has run around the 30.60 mark in both rounds of the series and if he can step with them he should get every chance to push through at the first turn and run into some money at $6 with Crownbet.
Joyanna, a litter brother to Ritza Lenny, set tongues wagging with a sublime 30.31 semi victory last weekend, however he will need a bit of luck in the initial stages after drawing box four. Despite the bad box, he must be respected as he clearly has a big motor, but will need a bit of room to move, tipping the scales at just over 36 kilograms.
Megaladon is one of the underrated chasers in the race but she is blessed with her fair share of ability. She is capable of some slick first sectionals which is sure to put her in contention for a race such as this, with the $17 available with Bet365 well and truly overs.
Brock On ($15) is putting together a nice record with seven wins from just the 20 starts, but he will have to do everything right at box rise after drawing box five on the inside of some speed.
Vidi Vici is a big talent, but is not drawn well in box eight. She would have been a big chance if she had of drawn on the inside of the track, but it is hard to see her getting across from out wide.
The field is rounded out by Unique Gatsby for Tracey Hurst which is the rank outsider of the field at $51. The regally bred son of Brett Lee and Cheap Chloe has ability but will have to bring his best to make an impact here.