Speed Star – best match race odds and free betting preview

ALL eyes will be on Sandown Park this Thursday night for the running of the third Speed Star series.

The event will see eight of the fastest greyhounds to have raced or publicly trialled at Sandown Park between June 1 and August 28 compete across four two-dog match races, with the winner of each match race pocketing $10,000 and the fastest overall winner receiving an additional $15,000 and the Speed Star title.

The current favourite for the entire feature is Zambora Brockie at $2.10 with Sportsbet, with the son of Nitro Burst and Flying Liddy having qualified the fastest courtesy of a 29.14 win over the track and trip in July.

He will start from the inside trap in the third match race against Dyna Boomer, the least experienced greyhound in the top eight, who has four wins from just seven starts including a 29.35 victory at Sandown Park. Dyna Boomer is an outsider to take out the Speed Star at $17.

The first event of the night looks an open affair, with Lisa Cockerall’s Polijuice Potion ($9) taking on Allen Terminator ($31), with both greyhounds having qualified within half a tenth of each other.

Expect Allen Terminator to jump in front in the early stages, with Polijuice Potion doing her best work late to ensure a competitive battle down to the line.

Match race two should also be a close contest, with the ultra-consistent Jesaulenko ($7) taking on Shima Song ($8.50).

Jesaulenko qualified for the event with a 29.37 trial at Sandown Park on August 21, however, prior to that had recorded a slick 29.13 over the track and trip back in January.

It will be an interesting event with both Jesaulenko and Shima Song having good early toe, with the latter having recorded a nippy 5.01 to the first mark last Thursday night before stopping the clock in 29.30.

The final match race will be an intriguing battle with both Dundee Osprey ($6.50) and Burn One Down ($4.50) known for their strength.

Group 1 winner Dundee Osprey comes into the event following a fourth in the National Sprint Championship at Angle Park, with the son of Fabregas and Dundee Rose having trialled at Sandown prior to that in a slick 29.24.

Alternatively, Burn One Down comes into the Speed Star having recently raced over the staying trips, however the black dog is capable of adjusting to the drop in distance, as shown in his 29.28 trial here last Sunday.

The first match race will jump at 7:46pm, the second at 7:57pm, the third at 8:07pm and the fourth at 8:15pm.

Speed Star – match race one

Inside – Polijuice Potion
Black Bitch – 30.1kg – December 2013
Kinloch Brae x Finlandia
Prize money: $117,990
Trainer: Lisa Cockerall
Career: 58: 16-9-6
TD: 19: 7-2-2
TD Best: 29.38

Outside – Allen Terminator
Brindle Dog – 31.9kg – October 2013
Taylors Sky x Zambola Bale
Prize money: $75,932
Trainer: Mark Delbridge
Career: 49: 24-8-5
TD: 10: 5-2-0
TD Best: 29.34

Tip: Allen Terminator at $2.25 with Bet365

Speed Star – match race two

Inside – Jesaulenko
Black Dog – 32.3kg – October 2013
College Causeway x Elite Fairy
Prize money: $72,160
Trainer: Terri Morris
Career: 41: 20-5-5
TD: 6: 2-0-3
TD Best: 29.13

Outside – Shima Song
Black Bitch – 27.7kg – May 2014
Dyna Tron x Shimaguni
Prize money: $94,157
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 29: 13-5-3
TD: 9: 3-1-2
TD Best: 29.30

Tip: Jesaulenko at $1.70 with Bet365

Speed Star – match race three

Inside – Zambora Brockie
Black Dog – 30.9kg – September 2013
Nitro Burst x Flying Liddy
Prize money: $362,123
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 39: 25-4-3
TD: 3: 1-0-1
TD Best: 29.14

Outside – Dyna Boomer
Black Brindle and White Dog – 36.0kg – October 2014
KC And All x Tonelli Bale
Prize money: $17,430
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 7: 4-0-2
TD: 3: 3-0-1
TD Best: 29.35

Tip: Zambora Brockie at $1.08 with Bet365

Speed Star – match race four

Inside – Dundee Osprey
Black Dog – 36.3kg – December 2013
Fabregas x Dundee Rose
Prize money: $156,885
Trainer: Geoff Scott-Smith
Career: 29: 10-3-4
TD: 7: 4-0-1
TD Best: 29.11

Outside – Burn One Down
Black Dog – 36.8kg – January 2014
Buck Fever x Fancy Jaffa
Prize money: $53,115
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 18: 8-3-2
TD: 3: 1-0-1
TD Best: 29.16

Tip: Dundee Osprey at $2.25 with Bet365

Overall tip: Each-way bet on Jesaulenko

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