2016 Group 2 WA Derby – best bookmaker odds & betting preview

RAMIFICATIONS is on track to score his first feature race success when the lids fly open for the Group 2 WA Derby (520m) at Cannington on Saturday night.

Trained by leading mentor Chris Halse, the son of Barcia Bale and Disco Girl has won five from seven over the trip at the newly opened race track and ran a credible fourth in last month’s Group 1 Perth Cup behind local star Ima Wagtail. The January 2014 whelp is the $3.70 favourite with William Hill to claim the title, but will have to overcome box eight to land the cash against a quality field.

Monaro Monelli is the most fancied greyhound to topple the favourite at $4.20 and will get every chance after coming up with an ideal draw in box one. The black dog ran second in his heat behind Eisenhower last weekend, but is capable of improving on that effort off the cherry. A winner of eight from 22 overall, his biggest concern is at the start as he can be a little hit and miss away, however he should be capable of mustering along the fence in the early stages and putting himself into a prominent position.

Eisenhower, which recorded a neat 30.17 in winning his qualifier, has drawn box four in the $40,000 to the winner event, but bookies still consider him a danger at $5 with Bet365. The regally bred son of Razldazl Jayfkay and El Brooklyn has run some scintillating times around Northam and, while he is yet to show the same brilliance at Cannington, he is capable of just about anything on his night.

Victorian chaser My Silver Chisel, $6.50, was far from disgraced in his heat at his debut over the track and trip when finishing second behind Ramifications. The David Burnett-prepared greyhound was well away from box one but was swamped late by the local dog, clocking a respectable 30.36 in defeat. A runner-up in this year’s Group 2 Queensland Derby, there is no doubt he has the ability to be competitive in this race however he will have to do everything right at the start after coming up with box five.

Shell Shocked, which clocked a best of night 30.11 when winning his heat last Saturday, represents big value at $10, however he is awkwardly drawn in box seven on the inside of some speed. He does come into the race in top form though, having won three of his past four starts.

Junk Yard Wolf was the remaining heat winner last week, clocking a moderate 30.57. He will need a lot of luck from box six despite owning a 30.20 personal best at Cannington.

The field is rounded out by Blank Space (box two) and West On Gaz (box three) which both ran second in their qualifiers and are given rough hopes at $26 and $10 respectively.

The Group 2 WA Derby is race six on the card at Cannington and is set to jump at 10:47pm.

Box One – Monaro Monelli
Black Dog – 35.2kg – April 2014
Barcia Bale x Sharon Monelli
Prize money: $22,415
Trainer: David Hobby
Career: 22: 8-5-4
Box: 3: 2-0-0
TD: 7: 3-2-1
TD Best: 30.14
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.14, Mandurah 27.53

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $4.20 with Crownbet

Box Two – Blank Space
Red Brindle Dog – 30.2kg – December 2013
Barcia Bale x Rock Fusion
Prize money: $18,960
Trainer: Joe Dailly
Career: 35: 8-6-1
Box: 8: 1-1-0
TD: 4: 0-1-0
TD Best: 30.48
Career Highlights: WON Northam 29.44

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $26 with Crownbet

Box Three – West On Gaz
Black Dog – 32.6kg – May 2014
Collide x Evanescent
Prize money: $13,670
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 7: 3-1-1
Box: 0: 0-0-0
TD: 5: 3-1-0
TD Best: 30.20
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.20

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $10 with Bet365

Box Four – Eisenhower
Black Dog – 32.1kg – March 2014
Razldazl Jayfkay x El Brooklyn
Prize money: $34,735
Trainer: Brian Jacobson
Career: 15: 7-1-4
Box: 4: 2-0-1
TD: 6: 2-1-2
TD Best: 30.17
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.28, Northam 29.08

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $5 with Bet365

Box Five – My Silver Chisel
Black Dog – 32.8kg – March 2014
Magic Sprite x Silver Avenue
Prize money: $63,960
Trainer: David Burnett
Career: 25: 9-5-2
Box: 3: 2-1-0
TD: 1: 0-1-0
TD Best: 30.36
Career Highlights: 2ND 2016 Group 2 QLD Derby, FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $6.50 with Crownbet

Box Six – Junk Yard Wolf
Light Fawn Dog – 28.4kg – December 2013
Dyna Tron x Fruits Monelli
Prize money: $11,368
Trainer: James Jeffries
Career: 6: 3-2-0
Box: 1: 1-0-0
TD: 5: 3-2-0
TD Best: 30.20
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.20

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $21 with Bet365

Box Seven – Shell Shocked
Black Dog – 33.3kg – July 2014
Bekim Bale x Whispering Ling
Prize money: $17,930
Trainer: Enzo Crudeli
Career: 9: 4-2-1
Box: 1: 0-0-0
TD: 5: 2-1-1
TD Best: 30.11
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 30.11, Mandurah 27.61

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $10 with Bet365

Box Eight – Ramifications
Black Dog – 33.0kg – January 2014
Barcia Bale x Disco Girl
Prize money: $53,610
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 20: 11-2-0
Box: 2: 0-1-0
TD: 7: 5-0-0
TD Best: 29.88
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Perth Cup

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $3.70 with William Hill

1st Res – Lochinvar Style
Black Dog – 32.2kg – November 2013
Collision x Lochinvar Vogue
Prize money: $7,220
Trainer: Nick Minutillo
Career: 15: 3-3-4
Box: N/A
TD: 3: 0-0-2
TD Best: 30.52
Career Highlights: WON Mandurah 27.55

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $21 with Crownbet

2nd Res – Topology
Black Dog – 31.1kg – March 2014
Brett Lee x Starlight Delly
Prize money: $28,210
Trainer: Paul Stuart
Career: 12: 6-2-4
Box: N/A
TD: 6: 3-1-2
TD Best: 30.12
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Mandurah Derby, Cannington 30.12, Mandurah 27.51

Best odds to win the WA Derby: $7 with Crownbet

Tips: 4 – 8 – 1 – 5