Group Two Maitland Cup Final Preview

Eight chasers line up at Maitland on Thursday night to contest the final of the Group Two Maitland Cup over a distance of 450 metres. Paw Licking set the standard last week, breaking the track-record and becoming the fastest qualifier through to the final.

He will start as the obvious short priced favourite and is currently showing fixed odds of 1.45 at Sportsbet, with Natural Player and Rose Sannette sharing the second line of betting at 6.00.

Here is a close look at the form of each of the finalists.

 

Box 1
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Rose Sannette
Trainer
Kevin Johnson
Owner
Kevin Johnson
Prizemoney
$32,650.00
Last 10 Starts
1221113241
37 Months White & Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble Sarah Sannette
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,256.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 26 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 4 5 2
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 7 3 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Very consistent race bitch who has her favourite draw. She will be competitive from the draw and is an each-way chance.
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.17 25,25 N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
Fire Elusive
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Mark Moroney
Prizemoney
$18,030.00
Last 10 Starts
6151784411
26 Months Blue Dog by El Grand Senor Cathella Ice
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $668.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 11 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 1
Comments: Jason Mackay (Trainer) – “It’s common sense when a dog breaks a record and runs near-record or record sections that it will be real hard to beat. I sort of don’t worry too much about the opposition, I am more focused on him. I think he’ll be a good chance. He will go in with probably a little bit of improvement in him which he probably has to do to try and win the race.”
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.12 25.12 N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Natural Player
Trainer
Mark Wilcox
Owner
Mark Wilcox
Prizemoney
$12,645.00
Last 10 Starts
7111114111
36 Months Blue Brindle Dog by Knocka Norris Winning Shiraz
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $632.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 16 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
80% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: Mark Wilcox(Trainer) – “I think he will go all right if he is left alone early and he can get into a good position. He was caught wide a bit last week. After the run last week we had a few little issues with him.  We’ve just kept him fresh this week. It’s all got to do with the start there Thursday. There’s a bit of speed around him. The eight looks the one to beat.”
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.21 25.27 N/A N/A
Box 4
 Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Miner’s Moss
Trainer
Mathew Reid
Owner
Dennis Reid
Prizemoney
$20,290.00
Last 10 Starts
1251151561
32 Months Black Dog by Magic Sprite

Bellbird Park

Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $507.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 16 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: Dennis Reid (Owner) – “I think the eight is an absolute certainty and the six dog will run second. We are just hoping to get a place. We don’t think we can win it.”
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.28 25.29 N/A N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
Magic Diore
Trainer
Garry Streatfield
Owner
Garry Streatfield
Prizemoney
$16,605.00
Last 10 Starts
4316313581
38 Months Black Bitch by Magic Sprite Avon Lee
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $449.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 12 2 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Heat winner at long odds and will need luck from this box draw.
Best Maitland  Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.46 25.46 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
New Gleam
Trainer
Darren Russell
Owner
Wayne Brookman
Prizemoney
$26,545.00
Last 10 Starts
5211122322
32 Months Black & White Dog by Fear Zafonic Joy Esme
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,062.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 9 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 3 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1  0
Comments: Darren Russell (Trainer) – “I think he will go all right. I’m actually happy with the box draw. His last couple of runs at Maitland he has had the red box and cut right down on the fence and probably cost himself two to three lengths in the run to the first corner. Hopefully out there he will go straight. When he had the four there he went 25.12 and went straight as a die. He has pulled up enormous from last week.” 
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25,12 25.22 N/A N/A
Box 7
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
Gradence
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Joseph Scerri
Prizemoney
$128,945.00
Last 10 Starts
2412131331
46 Months Black & White Dog by Vapour Whirl Ding’s Rocket
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,573.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
82 23 17 21
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 5 3 1
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) –  “Paw Licking will be really hard to beat. I’m just hoping he gets a clean run and flashes home and maybe we can run into the money somewhere. He has been hitting the line really good. He is just a consistent dog. We are just hoping he gets a clean run and maybe run a a place. You never know, there could be a bit of trouble and he could get up for the win. We would be wrapped if he could run a place.”
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.32 25.32 N/A N/A
Box 8
Race Odds
$1.45
Heat Replay
Paw Licking
Trainer
Kelvyn Greenough
Owner
Allan Lang
Prizemoney
$341,850.00
Last 10 Starts
2112312221
36 Months White & Black Dog by Elite State Kingsbrae Di
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $6,703.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 29 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
57% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 1 2
Comments: Kelvyn Greenough (Trainer) – “I never get over confident in any race. I know it’s a dog race and anything can go wrong but he’s certainly in there with a chance. The dog is fine, there’s no dramas at all.”
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.87 24.87 N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$17.00
Heart Replay
Waymore’s Blues
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$22,135.00
Last 10 Starts

1512315362

26 Months Black Dog by Collide Casey’s Angel
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1.383.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 7 3  2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Very unlucky not to have scored a spot in the final. If he gets a run, he is a natural improver and looks and each-way chance.
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.30 25.30 N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
Magic Marlow
Trainer
Allan Woodward
Owner
Allan Woodward
Prizemoney
$611,190.00
Last 10 Starts

6283611122

27 Months Black Dog by Lochinvar Marlow Gembaz
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $509.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 5 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Went well last week. Has been beginning consistently of late. He will need to draw well if he is to factor in the business end.
Best Maitland Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.30 25.30 N/A N/A

 

If Paw Licking (8) repeats the effort from last week, he will be winning. The main dangers appear to be the inside division consisting of Rose Sannette (1), Fire Elusive (2) and Natural Player (3). Rose Sannette rarely runs out of a place and she has a love affair with box one. Fire Elusive went very well last week and is open to improvement, while Natural Player has been kept fresh for this. He is a very fast dog and is a track-record holder in his own right (over 350 metres at Goulburn).

New Gleam (6) looks to be positioned well. The greyhounds on his immediate inside, Miner’s Moss (4) and Magic Diore (5), will both be looking for the fence and he has a slow beginner, Gradence (7), drawn on his outside. His trainer is hoping he runs straight into the turn and if he does, he is rated a good chance. Gradence (7) is a slow beginner but manages to work his way well through a field. He is another that is an each-way chance, especially if there is a bit of interference in front of him. Miner’s Moss and Magic Diore will need luck to feature from their respective draws.

The race jumps at 9:58pm. All eyes will be on Paw Licking to see if he can claim the Maitland Cup and shave a little more off the track-record in the process.