ALL eyes will be on South Australia tonight for the running of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup heats over 515m at Angle Park.
The series has attracted some of the best chasers from across the country in pursuit of next week’s $75,000 winner’s cheque.
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The winner of each heat and the two fastest seconds will progress through to the final which will be run and won at Angle Park next Friday night.
Adelaide Cup heat one – race three – 7.52pm
Aston Dee Bee (8) has a massive engine and is one of the best greyhounds in the country. He has never seen Angle Park, but he is a pretty adaptable kind of dog and he is well drawn out in box eight. He comes into this race high on confidence having won his past three straight and if he can get anywhere near the leaders around the first turn he will take some stopping.
Raw Ability (2) was far from disgraced when placing third on debut here two weeks ago, clocking a slick 29.86 at his first look at the track. Capable of improvement and box two is a massive help – he is the biggest threat to Aston Dee Bee and if he can land on the bunny he will make it an exciting race.
Signal Peak (7) has plenty of early speed and he looks drawn to get a nice run into the race. Doubt he is strong enough to hold out dogs like Aston Dee Bee or Raw Ability but he can run a cheeky race for the multiples.
Lachlan Brown (6) is likely to lead. He has been racing over the 400m trip in recent months and he steps back up to the 500m which is a concern – but if he is anywhere near his best he should be running around the 29.60 mark which will put him in contention.
Tips: 8 – 2 – 7 – 6
Adelaide Cup heat two – race four – 8.13pm
Bewildering (8) looks poised to give Seona and Jason Thompson a race to race double when he exits the pink. The powerhouse greyhound is drawn on the outside of a fast beginner so should get a nice run into the race and if he is left with clear galloping room it is hard to see any of these runners being able to hold him out.
High Eden Frost (2) is a track specialist and appears well drawn in box two. Not a lot of speed drawn around him so he gets the chance to push up towards the front in the early stages and he can definitely make his presence felt.
Black Bombshell (7) returns to Angle Park after winning the Group 3 SA Derby last start. He is a good beginner and is probably capable of improving on his 29.65 personal best with a clear run.
Diego Bale (1) is racing below his best but comes into this race with six weeks on the sidelines. Doubt he is going well enough to win but can run into the minor placings from the gun draw.
Tips: 8 – 2 – 7 – 1
Adelaide Cup heat three – race five – 8.34pm
Zara’s Entity (8) trialled here last week in a breathtaking 29.29 – if she can repeat that performance tonight there wouldn’t be a greyhound in this race which could match her. She doesn’t have much experience from wide draws, but she generally has good early speed so if she jumps well she should find the front and be hard to stop.
Lightning Frank (6) has been racing well and his form is probably a bit better than it appears on paper. Ran third here last start when debuting at Angle Park clocking 29.86 – should strip fitter for that run and can improve, although he will have to get out well from box six.
Cairnlea Ollie (7) has found career best form in recent weeks – doesn’t mind a wide draw and can run a handy race at decent odds.
Striker Klinsman (2) isn’t a fast beginner, but he has a big motor and he has drawn favourably to feature in the placings.
Tips: 8 – 6 – 7 – 2
Adelaide Cup heat four – race six – 8.55pm
Striker Light (1) trialled here in a nice 28.89 last week and connections are confident that she can find plenty off that performance. She has great early speed and if she can punch up to take the lead she should be winning comfortably.
Aqua Cheetah (4) won the Adelaide Cup last year and he is the last start winner of the Group 1 Megastar at Dapto. Couldn’t put him on top because he has a tendency to be tardy out of the boxes and the four makes things tricky, however it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him win.
Premier Jet (2) is racing really well and completed his preparation for this series with a solid 29.89 win over the track and trip last start. He has a good mix of speed and strength to be competitive, but this is much tougher than his recent assignments.
Hukanui (7) goes well from out wide and has been racing competitively against some top class chasers at his past few starts. One for the exotics.
Tips: 1 – 4 – 2 – 7
Adelaide Cup heat five – race seven – 9.19pm
Worm Burner (2) is the class runner of the field which ran second in this race last year before joining the powerful Thompson kennel. Returns to his home state for this series where he boasts a phenomenal 29.17 personal best. Probably isn’t going as well now as he was a year ago, but he is still capable of carving out some slick times and should appreciate being back at his local track where he has won 37 races over 515m.
Jaqui Blax (4) should have her confidence up after posting back to back wins over 600m in recent weeks. Box four isn’t ideal but she is blessed with good early toe and if she can find the bunny she will run a cheeky race out in front.
High Eden Snow (8) is racing a bit below his best, but he loves box eight and he gets the chance to run a nice race from out wide.
Sassy Ginger (7) is a powerhouse WA talent and has seen this track a couple of times in the past. Would have preferred him drawn closer to the fence but can still run a prominent race.
Tips: 2 – 4 – 8 – 7
Adelaide Cup heat six – race eight – 9.40pm
Cairnlea Kenny (4) has won two of his past three starts and holds a brilliant 29.47 personal best at Angle Park. He has been racing well against the top class greyhounds week in week out and there is no reason why he can’t do so again tonight. Met Ando’s Mac here two weeks ago and took a stack of ground off him in the run home – if he can settle closer in the early stages he should run a big race.
Ando’s Mac (5) is the one to beat. Debuted here with a massive 29.61 win and a repeat of that would see him qualify for another big race final – however he can be a bit hit and miss at box rise.
Zipping Inglis (2) ran a big race here last week after finding early bother. Is likely to be giving them a start again but he has a massive engine and can run on into some money.
Stitch ‘Em Up (8) has been racing successfully through the grades and although he faces his biggest test to date it is hard to fault what he has done so far.
Tips: 4 – 5 – 2 – 8