2014 Group Three Sydney Cup Final Preview

Eight stayers will vie to become a part of over 50 years of greyhound racing history on Saturday night when the Group Three Sydney Cup is run at Wentworth Park.

The test of stamina over the 720 metre trip was first run in 1963 and has been won by dogs such as Zoom Top, National Lass, Miss High Lo and Kobble Creek. The 2013 final was taken out by Lucy Wires for Robert Britton.

This year three Victorian trained conveyances will take on the best that New South Wales has to offer in an open affair with $25,000 awaiting the connections of the winning greyhound.

The 2014 Sydney Cup is Race 8 on the card and is scheduled to jump at 9:47pm

All prices are courtesy of Centrebet, who are also offering ARG readers with up to $200 in free bets.

Here is a look at the field with comments from the connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Mr. Corsair
Trainer
Michelle Shambler
Owner
John Summers
Prizemoney
$12,235
Last 10 Starts
4741533232
35 Months Fawn Dog by Dashing Corsair Adios Magic
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $437 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 5 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
ARG opinion is – Ran home fairly to grab second behind Ruff Cut Diamond last week. Faces some quality opposition here and may get a run that presents him the opportunity to run a place here.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.15 16.74 16.74
Box 2
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
Ruff Cut Diamond – SCRATCHED
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Career Record
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Track & Dist.
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Box 2 Record
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Best Wentworth Park Times
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Box 3
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
My Asuncion – SCRATCHED
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Box 3 Record
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Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
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Box 4
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$45,195
Last 10 Starts
1734144351
32 Months Red Fawn Dog by Mantra Lad Cho Chang
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,507 Rating X
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 2 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Peter Dapiran (Kennel Representative) – “We thought he could land on the bunny last week and he is hard to beat any time he does. The worry this week will be dogs coming across from the outside which may harm his chances.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.75 41.75 16.13 16.13
Box 5
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$81,275
Last 10 Starts
5111211145
29 Months Dark Brindle Bitch by Turanza Bale Natalie Rass
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,386 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 12 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
Peter Dapiran (Trainer) “She cut hard left last week which is very uncharacteristic of her, it may have been due to the small field. She also collided pretty hard out of the straight and bruised a toe. She should be better this week and may even lead.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.78 42.27 16.06 16.23
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.30
Heat Replay
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Two Bears – Mgr B Finn
Prizemoney
$439,595
Last 10 Starts
2112123222
35 Months Black Dog by Mogambo Off Springer
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,722 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 11 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 2 1
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “Hopefully she will improve this week, she needs to improve. She needs a little bit of luck, she has not been very lucky lately.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.78 42.00 16.53 16.53
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Paddles Anderson
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Melissa Baker
Prizemoney
$16,845
Last 10 Starts
1777118521
30 Months Blue Dog by Surf Lorian Amy Be Good
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $602 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 4 5 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
ARG opinion is – Produced a fair effort not much slower than his best last week but could only manage fourth. Based on that, it is hard to see him doing any better in this sort of company.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.26 42.34 16.29 16.45
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Dusty Moonshine
Trainer
Denice Warren
Owner
Alanna Orbell
Prizemoney
$48,375
Last 10 Starts
2111461113
36 Months Blue Bitch by El Grand Senor Kiacatoo Pearl
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,419 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 11 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Denice Warren (Trainer) – “We are just happy to be in the final. Hopefully she can get to the front, she is a better dog when she is on the bunny. She might be a couple of lengths off being a top Group dog but we are just hoping.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.86 42.10 16.18 16.36
1st Res
Race Odds
$6.50
Heart Replay
Space Star
Trainer
Dawn Garrett
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$24,190
Last 10 Starts
1411111315
30 Months Black Dog by Bekim Bale Tonto Tears
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,423 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 11 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
65% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG opinion is – A young up and comer who already boasts two track records. Should he replicate his personal best of 41.84 then he may not be without a winning hope.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.84 42.23 16.16 16.52
2nd Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Tears Siam
Trainer
Dawn Garrett
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$7,085
Last 10 Starts
1136141365
30 Months Black Bitch by Bekim Bale Tonto Tears
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $443 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 4 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG opinion is – A winner of four from 13 who is yet to make an impression at the top level. She is likely to struggle in this company.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.34 42.40 16.50 16.86

Zipping Maggie (5) and Dusty Moonshine (8) are likely to be prominent early and that speed battle could go a long way towards governing the chances of both greyhounds.

If Zipping Rory (4) can exit the traps like he did last week, he may be some sort of hope.

Sweet It Is (6) will need luck in the running and if she gets it, she will be powering home late.

Space Star (9) has ability and could be a knockout chance at odds.