Group One action returns to Wentworth Park this Saturday night, with six heats of the Vic Peters Classic to be conducted over 520 metres. This famous age restricted classic event is for greyhounds that were born on or after 1 April 2012, with the final winner taking home a mouth watering $75,000 for connections.
Past winners include Belfast Johnny (2013), Proven Nitro (2012) and Spring Gun (2011), with the large purse attracting some of the country’s most talented youngsters.
New Gosford 515 metre track record holder Avondale Al will attempt to rectify a disappoint debut at headquarters last week, exiting from box six in heat one. The Beau Hedley trained chaser set the Central Coast track alight two-weeks ago, shaving 0.16 off the previous record of 29.30.
Electrifying sprinter Lady Ronray will also lineup in this years series from box seven in heat two and will be looking to secure her eleventh straight victory. Trainer Ray Steele has knocked back several big offers for this gifted daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco, who has a perfect record of four wins from four starts at Wentworth Park.
A star-studded heat one includes Gosford track record holder Avondale Al, who will attract plenty of attention at just his second start at Wentworth Park from box six. The son of Mogambo and Avondale Miss put in a disappointing performance last week on debut at the track after finding a heap of trouble, finishing in fourth position. He won his first two race starts, including a blistering 29.14 at Gosford and will post a sizzling time if given room to move early on.
Anthony Azzopardi’s smart chaser Shoulders returns to headquarters after a short stint in Victoria, where he finished second in a Melbourne Cup prelude. The son of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed has a solid Wentworth Park record of two wins from six starts, including a flying personal best of 29.36. Despite a box four draw, this greyhound possesses good early speed and can figure heavily at the finish.
Jewel Action suffered her first defeat in five starts last week, after stringing four impressive wins together at Richmond and Wentworth Park. Trained by Kristy Sultana, the daughter of Tuiaki and Miss Beeslee clocked a fast personal best of 29.66 two weeks ago and will relish a favourable box three draw. She has a brilliant career record of eleven wins from sixteen starts, including four victories at this track.
Lady Ronray steps out in heat two for trainer Ron Steele and will be looking for her eleventh career win from just her twelfth start. This exceptionally talented daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco has an unbeaten record of four wins from four starts at Wentworth Park, with a personal best time of 29.87. Despite being drawn out wide, Lady Ronray has exhibited sizzling early pace and should cross this field with slow beginners on either side.
Anything Less loves Wentworth Park and recorded his fifth win from just six appearances at the track last week. The son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel clocked a brilliant time of 29.57 on Saturday, however will need to be on his best behaviour at box rise to escape cleanly from the squeeze alley.
Frattini will make her debut at Wentworth Park and exit from box four. She comes into this race with plenty of good form from Angle Park where she clocked 29.71 and Nowra last week, were she record a fast time of 29.82. Now trained at Appin by Christine Oldfield, the daughter of Collision and Dusty Retreat has eight career wins from twelve starts and will figure largely in this affair if she begins well from a tricky draw.
Are Jip has firmly stamped his authority as a force to be reckoned with after being victorious in five of his eight starts at the track, including a blistering personal best of 29.48. The son of Fabregas and Monique’s Doll was brilliant last week, leading all the way from box two in 29.63. Owned and trained by talented trainer Kristy Sultana, this up and comer will have to overcome the middle draw, but does pack plenty of punch in the run to the line.
Zipping Bruno returns to headquarters after a two-week stint at Maitland, finishing third in both attempts over the 450 metres. Despite a lack in early pace, the son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss is drawn inside two risky beginners and will finish off the race nicely if given room to move. Trained by Anthony Azzopardi, Zipping Bruno has three wins from nine attempts at the track and a personal best of 29.81.
Jumble has been ultra-consistent of late, placing at his past five outings, including a 30.06 performance at Wentworth Park. This beautifully bred chaser by Where’s Pedro out of Surpassing has one win and three minor placings from four starts at the track, which is sure to give trainer Craig Chappelow plenty of confidence heading into Saturday night.
Paua To Roar will be looking for his fifth consecutive win on Saturday night after producing some outstanding performances at Nowra for in-form trainer Steve White. The son of Head Bound and Paua To Erupt has an impeccable career record of 11 wins from 15 starts and despite just the one victory at headquarters, possesses exhilarating early speed to overcome a difficult task from box five.
Miss Sueko has come up with a favourable inside draw that trainer Justin King will relish. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Miss Lolola possesses genuine early pace, which has contributed to her three wins at Wentworth Park and a flying personal best time of 29.67.
La Grand Logie is a very consistent chaser with five wins from six starts and he was victorious at his track debut last week in 30.28. Despite needing some improvement on the clock, a handy box two draw will give owner-trainer Jeffrey Eaton plenty of confidence that his chaser can be competitive in this affair.
Lochinvar Impact has produced two sensational victories at his past two outings, recording sizzling times at The Gardens (29.60) and Gosford (29.69). The son of Collision and Multicam Girl has an excellent Wentworth Park record of two wins and two minor placings from five starts and a speedy personal best of 29.78. The Robert Smith trained chaser will have to overcome a tricky box six draw, however he consistently steps well and should get across to a nice position at the first turn.
Talented Victorian trainer Kelly Bravo will make the trip North with Kiltah Magic, who has been victorious in six of 11 career starts, including a sizzling performance at Sandown Park two weeks ago in 29.35. The daughter of Kilty Lad and Beltah Magic is a consistent lid-pinger and will relish a favourable box three draw.
Zipping Weston returns to Wentworth Park after one start in Victoria and will be looking for his third consecutive win at the track for trainer Anthony Azzopardi. The son of Smooth Fancy and Navigator Miss is another gifted chaser from the famous Hallinan bloodlines and recorded a sizzling 29.62 over the 520 metres back in April, followed by an equally impressive 29.69 performance two weeks ago.
The sixth and final heat contains plenty of winning chances including Jason Fletcher’s Xtreme Knocka, who despite having just the one victory at Wentworth Park; set a fast personal best of 29.82 over the 520 metres back in September. The son of Knocka Norris and Misty Fields has been extremely consistent of late, recording a superb win at Bulli two weeks ago over the 515 metres, clocking 28.73. He hasn’t been unplaced at his past nine outings and has a solid box three record of two wins and two minor placings from four starts.
Classy Kid comes into this affair with outstanding form at the track, having won two of his past four attempts at Wentworth Park, with a fast personal best of 29.82. The son of lesser-known sire Special Kid out of Bit Classy, will give trainer Vicki Prest plenty of confidence exiting from box two, having record six victories from the inside alleys. Cosmic Angel will exit from box one and despite failing at her past two outings, will be primed for this event by astute trainer Anthony Azzopardi. This impeccably bred daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Bit Stressed has two wins from six attempts at the track and is certain to improve on her personal best time of 29.99.
Heat one will be run and won at 7.50pm EDST, with a determined number of semi-finals to be conducted next week.