Group 2 Horsham Cup heats – betting preview and top bookie odds

STAR Victorian trio Marbo’s Magic, Blazin’ Bomber and Aston Bolero are the equal favourites to take out this year’s Group 2 Horsham Cup final (480m) ahead of Tuesday night’s heats.

The three speedsters are rated $5.50 shots with Bet365 to take out the $47,000 to the winner final on Sunday and all head into the series with top form.

Marbo’s Magic (heat one, box one) is drawn ideally to bounce back to his brilliant best after two unplaced runs for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. The son of El Grand Señor and Willow Blaze has the great overall record of 13 wins from 17 starts and can run some sensational times on the bunny, having recorded scintillating times at Maitland (24.80), Bulli (26.06) and Healesville (18.86).

He will face a tough test on Tuesday night up against star kennel mate Zambora Brockie (heat one, box eight) who comes into the series having won eight of his last 10 starts including a triumph in the Group 2 Warrnambool Cup four starts back. Zambora Brockie is a $7.50 chance to win the final.

Blazin’ Bomber is also set to play a prominent role in the series, having drawn box three in the third heat of the night. The Darren Pattinson-trained chaser is in the best form of his career and comes into the Horsham Cup series following a freshen-up after finishing third in the Group 1 Harrison-Dawson on May 19. He just needs a little bit of luck in the early stages and he should be winning his qualifier.

Aston Bolero is also short in the all-in markets after drawing ideally in box seven in the sixth heat. The son of Fabregas and Aston Dream bounced back from a last finish in the Harrison-Dawson with a BON 27.95 victory at Bendigo last start and, despite making his debut at Horsham, he is clearly the dog to beat in his heat and would be a massive player in the subsequent final.

Also given top chances in the series are To The Galo’s ($8.50) and Dalgetty ($13) which are drawn in heats five and two respectively.

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For punters looking for a bit of value, there is plenty to be found, and we have picked out some rough hopes at big odds.

Shared Equity is a proven greyhound at group level and she is ideally drawn in box one. She hasn’t started since finishing down the track in the Group 1 Sapphire Crown on May 19, but she comes from a top kennel and should be ready to fire out and make an impact. $15 to win the final looks a nice price.

Ricardo Racer is a rough shot of making the final and if he happened to draw out wide on the track he could cause an upset. Currently $101 to win the final, the Keith Helmuth-trained greyhound resumes from a spell in this series against a quality line-up including Temlee winner Dalgetty, however he is well drawn in the seven and he has previously recorded slick time around Horsham.

Dyna Keitaro is another $101 shot. He is risky at box rise and is poorly drawn in box six, but there is a lack of speed on his outside and if he can balance up early he could feature in the race. The South Australian has raced at the track five times for two wins and two seconds and comes into the series with some sensational form, having recently put together three in a row at Angle Park with a 29.39 personal best.

Group 2 Horsham Cup – all-in market

Marbo’s Magic – $5.50
Blazin’ Bomber – $5.50
Aston Bolero – $5.50
Zambora Brockie – $7.50
To The Galo’s – $8.50
Dalgetty – $13
Cutting Edge – $15
Shared Equity – $15 with Bet365
Pantera Nera – $15
Margins – $21
Sleek Master – $26
Nymeria – $26
Mincin’ Machine – $34
Shared Bonus – $34
Asa Killa Queen – $41
Jack Walker – $51
Pure Titanium – $51
Zipping Chubbz – $67
Alpha Hermes – $67
Fuelish – $67
Zamperini – $67
Asa Hard Knox – $67
What’s Chewing – $67
Tiggerlong Await – $67
Kryptonian – $67
Barking Bad – $101
Penny’s Roman – $101
Twist Of Thunder – $101
Soda Man – $101
Marvellous Marvin – $101
Myrniong Star – $101
Ricardo Racer – $101
Brilliant Shot – $101
White Bandit – $101
Dyna Keitaro – $101
Caustic Bale – $101
Marlow Brown – $151
Weston East – $151
Katey Roman – $151
Dream Edition – $151
Pictures Pearce – $151
Dance Craze – $251
Fleet Return – $251
Two Tone – $251
King Size Shambi – $501
Schooner Doll – $501
Howies Flyer – $501
Cryer’s Fred – $501
Coo Coo Coconuts – $1001
Starvin’ Seagull – $1001
Dream Ticket – $1501