Group 2 Warrnambool Classic – free tips and full betting preview

CACTUS Jack looks destined to score the biggest win of his short career on Wednesday night when he lines up in the Group 2 Warrnambool Classic (450m).

Trained by Brett Bravo, the son of Barcia Bale and Size It Up is the $4.40 favourite with William Hill to claim the $75,000 winner’s cheque at just his eighth career start. The black dog has been racing well throughout the series, finishing a narrow second behind Spritely in his heat before stamping himself as a serious contender with a slashing 25.00 semi-final performance off box four last week. The main concern for Cactus Jack on Thursday will be his box manners which won’t be helped by an awkward draw in box five.

Looking to take advantage of the favourite’s tardiness out of the traps will be Aeroplane Bob (box seven) for Jason Thompson. The black dog is probably better suited towards the fence, but should get a nice run into the race on the outside of lid pinger Magic Is Might (box six). The son of Turanza Bale and Ritza Night has a big motor and should be capable of bettering his 25.18 personal best over the track and trip if he can find the bunny. Worth a bet at $5 with Bet365.

Also given a big chance is One For Me off box four. The Jeff Britton prepared greyhound is rated a $5 shot and is racing in career best form. If he can reproduce his 24.94 heat win it would be hard to see them beating him, however he can be hit or miss at the start which makes it tricky to tip him from box four.

A price of $6 is on offer for both Connemara Black and Kilty Express which are set to jump from boxes one and three respectively.

Connemara Black won his heat in 25.23 before finishing second behind Shep (box eight) in his semi, while Kilty Express will be aiming to remain unbeaten throughout the series after two dominant wins, the fastest of which was a 25.11 performance off box two.

In an open race, Striker Klinsman is also under double figure odds, the best price around for him being $9 with Sportsbet. David Geall’s greyhound is well drawn in box two and would only need to run up to his 25.01 heat win to make an impact in the final.

Rounding out the field are Magic Is Might ($11) and Shep ($18). Both have raced well throughout the series but would need to improve on their overall times to take home the title on Wednesday night.

The Group 2 Warrnambool Classic is race eight on the card and is set to jump at 9:22pm.

Group 2 Warrnambool Classic – runner statistics and best odds

Box One – Connemara Black
Black Dog – 37.0kg – January 2014
Nitro Burst x Connemara Suzy
Prize money: $13,130
Trainer: Jarieth Maye
Career: 20: 6-7-1
Box: 4: 1-1-1
T/D: 7: 3-2-1
T/D Best: 25.22
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.22, 25.23, Geelong 22.75

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $6 with Sportsbet

Box Two – Striker Klinsman
Red Fawn Dog – 32.8kg – March 2014
Dyna Tron x So Faithful
Prize money: $24,510
Trainer: David Geall
Career: 18: 6-4-2
Box: 3: 1-1-0
T/D: 5: 1-3-0
T/D Best: 25.01
Career Highlights: WON Sale 24.89, 24.91, Sandown Park 29.71, Warrnambool 25.01

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $9 with Sportsbet

Box Three – Kilty Express
Black Dog – 33.0kg – April 2014
Kilty Lad x Bogie Jewel
Prize money: $13,670
Trainer: Raymond Drew
Career: 14: 5-4-2
Box: 2: 2-0-0
T/D: 3: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 25.11
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.11, 25.21, Bendigo 28.35, Ballarat 25.56, The Meadows 30.50

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $6 with William Hill

Box Four – One For Me
Black Dog – 32.6kg – December 2013
Barcia Bale x My Secret Shiraz
Prize money: $48,640
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 27: 9-4-4
Box: 4: 1-2-1
T/D: 3: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 24.94
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.54, The Meadows 30.18, Warrnambool 24.94

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $5 with Sportsbet

Box Five – Cactus Jack
Black Dog – 33.9kg – April 2014
Barcia Bale x Size It Up
Prize money: $10,845
Trainer: Brett Bravo
Career: 7: 3-3-1
Box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 3: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 25.00
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.00, The Meadows 29.91

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $4.40 with William Hill

Box Six – Magic Is Might
Black Dog – 30.7kg – November 2013
Magic Sprite x Proven Nadia
Prize money: $20,055
Trainer: Peter Presutto
Career: 30: 11-7-2
Box: 3: 0-2-0
T/D: 4: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 25.48
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.48, Ballarat 25.71, Sale 25.06, Healesville 19.19

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $11 with Crownbet

Box Seven – Aeroplane Bob
Black Dog – 35.7kg – January 2014
Turanza Bale x Ritza Night
Prize money: $34,240
Trainer: Jason Thomspon
Career: 23: 9-4-3
Box: 5: 2-0-1
T/D: 2: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 25.18
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.18, The Meadows 30.32, Bendigo 24.00, Sandown 29.70

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $5 with Bet365

Box Eight – Shep
Black Dog – 32.2kg – January 2014
Westmead Osprey x Eily McMahon
Prize money: $9,530
Trainer: Michael Vaughan
Career: 14: 3-3-2
Box: 1: 0-1-0
T/D: 5: 2-1-0
T/D Best: 25.41
Career Highlights: WON Warrnambool 25.41, 25.93, The Meadows 30.18

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $11 with Crownbet

1st Res – Twist Of Thunder
Black Dog – 30.8kg – December 2013
Magic Sprite x Cristalle
Prize money: $21,377
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career:31: 9-4-5
Box: N/A
T/D: 3: 0-1-2
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON Sandown 29.59, Shepparton 25.45

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $10 with Bet365

2nd Res – Fiorelli Rose
Black Bitch – 26.8kg – March 2014
Premier Fantasy x Tarks Jewel
Prize money: $8,305
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 13: 2-3-3
Box: N/A
T/D: 4: 0-2-2
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.98, 29.99

Odds to win the Warrnambool Classic: $10 with Bet365

Tips: 3 – 7 – 5 – 2

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