Group 1 Perth Cup odds, tips and betting preview

THE biggest race on the WA greyhound racing calendar will be run this Saturday night, with the Perth Cup to take centre stage at the brand new Cannington track.

Despite the track only being open weeks prior to the series, 24 interstate raiders made the journey west last week to tackle the heats of the Perth Cup and the Galaxy, however the locals stole the show, with six WA-trained greyhounds qualifying for both features.

Blazin’ Bomber, one of only two Victorian greyhounds to make the Cup final, was the fastest qualifier from last week’s heats, clocking a blistering 29.85 over the 520m trip. The Darren Pattinson-trained chaser has won all three starts since resuming from a spell and should be ready to produce his best in the $140,000 to the winner feature from box three.

The Victorian powerhouse should get a beautiful run into the race on the outside of Ramifications which is currently the $2.40 favourite with Sportsbet. Trained by leading WA conditioner Chris Halse, the son of Barcia Bale and Disco Girl is generally a reliable beginner and if he can find the lead he will prove hard to reel in with a 29.88 personal best to his name.

Also set to be in a battle for the lead in the early stages is rails runner Ima Wagtail. The black dog is trained by local mentor John Iwanyk, who has run second in the Cup on two previous occasions, and is expected to feature prominently from the cherry. A winner of seven of his 35 starts, the son of Oaks Road and Aella clocked a slick 29.97 in his qualifier last weekend but should improve on that effort after missing a run the previous week due to an abandoned meeting.

Shared Equity is the class runner of the race, but is drawn awkwardly in box six. The black bitch is by Brett Lee out of the top producer West On Bluebird, a sister to former WA champion Miata, and comes into the race as the winner of 25 races and $238,558 in earnings. This will be the 11th group race final for last year’s Group 2 Ballarat Cup winner and she will be aiming to break through for a deserved first victory at the highest level.

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Paul Stuart, who won the Cup in 2013 with Dyna Nalin, has Tiggerlong Await drawn in box five for the decider, however he will have to be at his absolute best to overcome the squeeze box in this high quality affair.

Also given rough chances are Lorus Time (box four) and Katsuro Sahara (box seven) which are $17 and $16 respectively. Both were good winners of their heats but have not fared well with the box draw, making their task just that little bit more difficult.

Miracle rounds out the field off box eight, with bookies confident he will need one to win, sending him out as the race roughie at a massive $101.

The Group 1 Perth Cup is race eight at Cannington and is set to jump at 11:27pm AEST.

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Box One – Ima Wagtail
Black Dog – 27.9kg – March 2013
Oaks Road x Aella
Prize money: $23,955
Trainer: John Iwanyk
Career: 35: 7-4-7
Box: 4: 2-0-0
T/D: 3: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.97
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 29.97, Mandurah 27.67

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $4.50 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Ramifications
Black Dog – 33.0kg – January 2014
Barcia Bale x Disco Girl
Prize money: $47,610
Trainer: Chris Halse
Career: 17: 10-2-0
Box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 4: 4-0-0
T/D Best: 29.88
Career Highlights: WON Cannington 29.88, 29.91, 29.99, Mandurah 22.53, 27.48

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $2.40 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Blazin’ Bomber
Black Dog – 33.0kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $91,865
Trainer: Darren Pattinson
Career: 25: 15-3-4
Box: 1: 1-0-0
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.85
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Dillon Memorial

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $3 with Sportsbet

Box Four – Lorus Time
Black Dog – 31.9kg – April 2013
Magic Sprite x Wongawillilesley
Prize money: $45,415
Trainer: Tim Mullany
Career: 53: 17-10-4
Box: 11: 3-2-1
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 30.11
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Tassie Derby, 3RD 2015 Group 3 Devonport Cup, FINALIST 2015 Tassie Gold Cup

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $17 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Tiggerlong Await
Black Dog – 32.7kg – December 2012
Fabregas x Tiggerlong Petal
Prize money: $66,675
Trainer: Paul Stuart
Career: 42: 18-6-10
Box: 2: 2-0-0
T/D: 3: 2-0-0
T/D Best: 30.23
Career Highlights: WON Shepparton 25.25, Ballarat 25.50, Sale 24.79, Cannington 30.23

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $13 with Sportsbet

Box Six – Shared Equity
Black Bitch – 28.4kg – February 2013
Brett Lee x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $238,558
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 57: 25-7-3
Box: 5: 2-1-0
T/D: 2: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 30.02
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 Ballarat Cup, 2ND 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 2016 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup, 3RD 2016 Group 1 Temlee, 2015 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2015 Group 2 Horsham Cup, 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup, 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet, 2016 Group 2 Warragul Cup

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $8 with Sportsbet

Box Seven – Katsuro Sahara
Black Dog – 29.6kg – December 2012
Oaks Road x Uno Emi
Prize money: $75,890
Trainer: Michael Johnson
Career: 68: 21-11-11
Box: 8: 0-1-2
T/D: 3: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 30.25
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 WA Derby

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $16 with Sportsbet

Box Eight – Miracle
Black Dog – 31.7kg – December 2013
Magic Sprite x Indigo Gem
Prize money: $26,142
Trainer: Brian Jacobson
Career: 22: 7-6-5
Box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 4: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 30.29
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Dapto Maiden Classic

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $101 with Sportsbet

1st Reserve – Moreira
Brindle Dog – 31.2kg – September 2013
Knocka Norris x Donna Ricca
Prize money: $368,959
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 36: 15-9-3
Box: N/A
T/D: 36: 15-9-3
T/D Best: 1: 0-1-0
Career Highlights: WON 2016 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2016 Listed Maidment Memorial, 2ND 2016 Group 1 Rookie Rebel. FINALIST 2016 Group 1 Silver Chief Clasic, 2016 Group 1 Australian Cup

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $3.50 with Sportsbet

2nd Reserve – Eisenhower
Black Dog – 33.0kg – March 2014
Razldazl Jayfkay x El Brooklyn
Prize money: $24,570
Trainer: Brian Jacobson
Career: 12: 6-1-2
Box: N/A
T/D: 3: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 30.17
Career Highlights: WON Northam 29.08, The Meadows 30.08, Cannington 30.17

Odds to win the Perth Cup: $10 with Sportsbet

Tips: 2 – 1 – 3 – 6

Find out what Tim Mullany had to say about his runner Lorus Time when he spoke to ARG earlier this week.