THE biggest night on the South Australian greyhound racing carnival is finally here with the running of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup (515m) at Angle Park.
The 2017 edition is a wide open affair, with the current favourites with many online bookmakers being Seona Thompson’s powerhouse greyhounds Aston Dee Bee (Barcia Bale x Aston Elle Apr ’15) and Bewildering (Black Magic Opal x Outlandish Feb ’15) which have drawn boxes two and eight.
Both won their heats of the $75,000 to the winner series last Thursday – Bewildering setting the time standard of the night with a stunning 29.52 win.
Aston Dee Bee wasn’t far behind him, clocking 29.60 when narrowly defeating fellow Victorian Raw Ability (Barcia Bale x Bugatti Flyer Mar ’15) which is trained by Anthony Azzopardi.
Thompson also qualified former SA greyhound Worm Burner (Oaks Road x Little Looper Dec ’13) which will be aiming to go one better than last year when finishing runner-up behind Aqua Cheetah.
The big V will also be represented by Striker Light (Kc And All x Pretty Fancy Mar ’15) and Zara’s Entity (Mogambo x Girl Aloud Apr ’15) which went 29.92 and 29.83 in their heats.
The home state isn’t without a chance and will be represented by High Eden Frost (Banjo Boy x Zardae Feb ’15) which has drawn perfectly in box one and Cairnlea Kenny (Premier Fantasy x Cairnlea Ellie Apr ’15) which will have to overcome box five to claim the final.
Aside from the Adelaide Cup meeting we have a cracking night of racing around the country, highlighted by the Group 3 Mandurah Cup (490m) in Western Australia.
Paul Stuart trains the two most fancied elects in the race, with half-brothers Astrozone (Cosmic Rumble x Starlight Delly Nov ’14) and Gold Reserve (Brett Lee x Starlight Delly Mar ’14) drawn in boxes two and five respectively.
With some cracking races set to be run and won, Australian Racing Greyhound has done the hard work for you, studying the form to help you find the winners of the big races as well as some best bets from the other meetings around the country.
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Group 1 Adelaide Cup – Angle Park race 8 – 9.28pm
Aston Dee Bee (2) is in sensational form at the moment and he is ideally drawn to land his first group 1 success here. There is a lot of speed engaged in this race but if he can find the fence and hold his spot around the first turn he will be there to make the most of any interference.
Bewildering (8) would be the top selection but he may struggle to get across and get into the race from box eight. The wide draw would normally suit but this is a phenomenal final and there are some greyhounds in this race with high speed which will all be driving to the front in the early stages.
Raw Ability (4) is the underrated greyhound of the final. His first section was brilliant last week and if he can reproduce that he should lead and I don’t think they’ll run him down with another run at the track under his belt.
High Eden Frost (1) is the best of the local hopes. He relishes box one and if he can find a nice spot in the early stages he can run a cheeky race.
Tips: 2 – 8 – 4 – 1
Group 3 Mandurah Cup – Mandurah race 6 – 11.37pm
Gold Reserve (5) was flawless in his heat last week and if he can reproduce that run he looks unbeatable. Needs to get out well in order to overcome box five, but he does have good speed on most occasions. If he can get within a few lengths of the leader through the turn he will be finishing strongly and is the one to beat.
Desert Rampage (3) is a great beginner which stepped up to the 490m last week and tired in the closing stages to finish a narrow second behind Astrozone in 27.48. He should strip fitter for that run and if he can get out in front again he will give a good sight.
Pepper Fire (8) bounced back to her best with a solid 27.71 heat win last week. She goes well from out wide and if she can put herself into the race early she is more than capable of figuring in the finish.
Astrozone (2) has won his past two and holds a 27.09 personal best over the track and trip. Drawn well but he will need to step better than he did in his heat in order to lead this field.
Tips: 5 – 3 – 8 – 2
Best bets – Friday October 1, 2017
Angle Park R3 No.3 Bogie Bekim
Bogie Bekim is the class runner of this field and provided he has taken no ill-effects from his fall at Gawler last week he should be hard to beat. Prior to that he ran two nice seconds over 643m at Gawler, but he is better over the longer journey and he will be powering to the line. Better boxed on the other side of the track but he is definitely the class runner of the field.
Angle Park R9 No.1 Barton Bale
Barton Bale made his South Australian debut last week and he was far from disgraced when placing third in a heat of the Adelaide Cup behind Worm Burner. This is a massive drop in class for him and he appears well drawn in box one to bounce straight to the front and make every post a winner.
Sale R6 No.6 One Required
One Required is in stellar form, having won four of his past five including some sensational performances at Bendigo (23.71), Ballarat (25.11) and Cranbourne (30.33). Box six is a concern but he has been beginning better at his past couple and he has found a race with little speed on his outside. If he can cross to the fence it is hard to see them running him down.