2014 Group One Megastar Final Preview

All eyes will be on Dapto tonight with the running of the Group One Megastar final. A star-studded line up of greyhounds will take their place in the boxes at 9.40pm, with one group of connections walking away with $75,000.

After a superb 29.69 performance in last week’s prelude, Shoulders is likely to start the favourite from box one, just ahead of Jason Mackay’s superstar Zipping Willow, who will be looking for her tenth consecutive win in tonight’s final.

Londonderry trainer Anthony Azzopardi had the opportunity to select his box last week and certainly gave plenty of hope to Shoulder’s breeders and owners Brett and Deborah May, who will make the trip from the Hunter Valley today to be trackside.

Recent National Sprint winner Chica Destacada has also drawn well in box two and can never be underestimated in these big affairs. Trainer Doreen Drynan is having a dream run with her at present and will be looking to notch up her second Group One victory for the year.

All prices are courtesy of Sportingbet, who are also offering ARG readers with an exclusive $700 free bet.

“Shoulders is drawn ideally from the cherry and is entitled to be favourite after winning last Friday’s Prelude in smart time,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.

“Chica Destacada will make things interesting from Box 2 though and if she finds the lead early you can bet she’ll take some running down.”

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.20
Shoulders
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Deborah May
Prizemoney
$61,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3211222121
27 Months Black Dog by Comic Rumble Bit Stressed
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3.824.06 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 7 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comment (Brett May – Owner): “I am really happy with the draw and if he steps well and gets some room to move on the rail that would be great. He loves Dapto and hopefully things can go his way.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.49 29.69 5.36 5.40
Box 2
Race Odds
$5.00
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee Syndicate
Prizemoney
$131,615
Last 10 Starts
1162563111
28 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble Eluthra
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,062.12 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 11 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comment (Kerry Drynan – Kennel Representative): “It’s a hard race and she will definitely have to do everything right to be competitive. Her trial last Friday was a little disappointing, but the conditions weren’t the best so it is hard to get a guide on that run. What I can tell you though is that she is sound and well so we are just hoping for a good start and a little luck.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Tommy Brislane
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Geoffrey Slattery
Prizemoney
$41,890.00
Last 10 Starts
1111151122
24 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy Mary Virginia
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,222.31 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 9 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
69% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Comment (Steven White – Trainer): “I think he’s well boxed, very hard race as it should be for a group one. He’s fit and healthy just needs luck in running through the first corner.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.80
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$159.585
Last 10 Starts
1113111116
33 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy Orara Flash
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $8,865.83 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 89%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 2 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comment (Tony Brett – Trainer): “I was really happy with how well he trialled last week, given it was his first look at the track. Obviously the box isn’t ideal, but I’m hoping he can get away well and have some luck at the first turn.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT NBT NBT NBT
Box 5
Race Odds
$61.00
Heat Replay
Woods
Trainer
Marie Burton
Owner
Kevin Maloney
Prizemoney
$53,305.00
Last 10 Starts
4871757736
42 Months Black Dog by Goodesy Ominous Spirit
Start Average Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $683.40 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
78 15 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 45%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 2 1
ARG Comment: Found a lot of trouble before getting a run through in the megastar prelude won by Shoulders. Is drawn badly once again and will really need to lift to challenge this field.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.59 30.59 5.34 5.34
Box 6
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
Ritza Hattie
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$150,810
Last 10 Starts
2142331126
34 Months Black Bitch by Bombastic Shiraz Midnight Flare
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,386.07 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 14 8 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Returns from a four month spell and trialled 30.26 at this track last week. Faces a tough task from box six, however if she jumps and is given some clear room to move is capable of winning this final.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 30.07 5.43 5.47
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$157,410.00
Last 10 Starts
2111111111
39 Months Black Bitch by Goodesy Sirocco Lass
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,935.25 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 28 6 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
70% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
ARG Comment: Absolute superstar who is unbeaten at this track and will be looking for her tenth consecutive win tonight. Faces a tough test crossing from a wide draw, however only needs to be up the front early on to test this field.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.48 29.48 5.37 5.37
Box 8
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
Lacey Lois
Trainer
Peter Acers
Owner
P Acers & A Powell
Prizemoney
$24,915.00
Last 10 Starts
4223242662
33 Months Black Bitch by Superman Naughty Nicki
Start Fast Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $803.71 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 12 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 3 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 0 3 1
Comment (Adele Powell – Part-Owner): “I know she will be competitive and if there’s any trouble with the inside division she may get the fly. She is well and will be a little fitter for the run last week, I’m looking forward to Friday.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 30.03 5.37 5.37