Group 3 Nowra Summer Puppy Classic semi tips, odds and comments

THREE semi-finals of the Group 3 Nowra Summer Puppy Classic will be run at the Shoalhaven track on Monday afternoon, featuring some of the best chasers the restricted series has ever seen.

The first two from each race, plus the two fastest thirds, will progress through to the $25,000-to-the-winner final to be run on Saturday April, 25.

Australian Racing Greyhound‘s Brad Bugeja has analysed each semi-final to help find you the winners.

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Race No. 2Classicbet Puppy Classic S3:51 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Nowra c Of $2,015 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,400 2nd: $410 3rd: $205.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANTASTIC SPIRAL311129.61Jason Fletcher
2BIG GIVER416430.89Geoffrey Stafford
3SILENT WITNESS155230.05Frances Goodwin
4EUROGEM284531.11Aaron Williams
5TUIAKI BAY143531.02Garry Erwin
6LORD GEE121130.29Christine Proctor
7FLASH FOCUS8430.48Chris O’brien
8MAKO MAN773130.20Tracey Bryant
9CALYPSO STAR816630.02Kayla-jane Coleman
10FRUITY BITES658631.12Adam Campton

Fantastic Spiral is blessed with explosive early speed and from the red draw he should be leading from go to whoa. Last week he roared through the first marker in a blistering 4.31 before stopping the clock in an overall 29.61. He is going to start odds on with William Hill but he really does look poised to win.

Lord Gee has scored some top class wins at Wentworth Park in recent weeks and he handled himself well when scoring here last week in 30.29. The time wasn’t flashy but if he steps cleanly and gains a clear passage he is capable of getting down to the 29.70 mark.

Mako Man is a strong chaser and he will be hitting the line hard, I dont think he can win this event but he could run home and grab some minor money.

Silent Witness rounds out the chances, he has a tremendous record here and he didn’t have much luck in his heat last week. He can be a little slow to begin but he does muster speed quickly and if he is in the top three as they head for the back straight he can make an impact.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 3 – 8

Race No. 4Classicbet Puppy Classic S4:31 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Nowra c Of $2,015 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,400 2nd: $410 3rd: $205.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANTASTIC SID461130.25Jason Fletcher
2BRO IN MOTION1X5330.63Nathan Goodwin
3YOUNG GUN813330.46Judith Richardson
4MILLDEAN FOCUS36430.73Chris O’brien
5SENORITA DOLLY126430.45Denice Warren
6ONE FOR ANNE24X530.20Tracey Bryant
7PREOCCUPIED230.54Kayla-jane Coleman
8MY BOY BRODIE131230.16Trevor Rice
9TRUE BLU DESTINY563630.41Susan Sundstrom
10REGAL POLLY576730.72Glenn Summerfield

Fantastic Sid has come up with the good draw and he should give Jason Fletcher his second finalist. Last week he charged home after finding bother to score in 30.25, today I’m expecting him to ping to the lead from the red draw and he will prove hard to run down whilst running around the 29.60 mark.

My Boy Brodie was desperately unlucky in his heat last week and he should finish in the money today. He is likely to settle in the second half of the field but he does possess a wonderful finishing burst and he is capable of putting the time on the board. I dont think he can reel in the red but he should qualify for the final.

One For Anne is a strong chaser and she has place claims, she has been taking on strong company in recent weeks and she has raced well here in the past.

Young Gun must also be included in your exotic bets, he didn’t have much luck here last week and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 6 – 3

Race No. 6Classicbet Puppy Classic S5:11 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Nowra c Of $2,015 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,400 2nd: $410 3rd: $205.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ANGRY THUNDER513429.99Kenneth Staines
2DESTINY’S DYNAMO357330.74Susan Sundstrom
3COBBER IN MOTION362330.00Nathan Goodwin
4BLACK BEAR LEE111229.89Ruth Matic
5BAY TIME152530.57Janel Erwin
6FRUIT SPICE721530.98Adam Campton
7MASTER GEE828330.10Christine Proctor
8MY GANGSTA223130.16Tracey Bryant
9LORELLA FIRE234631.00Troy Halligan
10ASTERIX ROSE455630.59John Thorpe

Black Bear Lee has won three of his four starts to date in brilliant fashion and he would have derived a lot of benefit from his heat run here last week. He is a faultless beginner and with average speed drawn around him, he should be able to drive to the early lead and that will be the end of the section. He will be short odds but he should be winning.

My Gangsta hit the line powerfully in his top 30.16 heat win and he shouldn’t be too far away again. I dont think he will be able to reel in Black Bear Lee but he should be able to grab the quinella spot.

Master Gee is armed with smart early speed and he should go with the favourite for a little while, however he struggles to run out the journey and he will be stopping in the home straight.

Cobber In Motion is an interesting runner, he is still a maiden but he has showed a fair bit of talent in his five starts to date.

Top Four: 4 – 8 – 7 – 3

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