Big Dog Challenge winner Black Ruler will look to extend his Brisbane Greyhound of the Year lead with a sixth straight win this Thursday night at Albion Park.
The 600m king will start from box one in the $5,900 New Years Trophy (race four) and will be chasing another ten-point Thursday night win to take his lead to 184 points.
Black Ruler sits ahead of Black Monty who is on 149 points, and Nicely Done on 146 points.
The Reg Hazelgrove-trained performer is sure to start odds-on favourite in the betting ring, ahead of Ron Ball’s Xanadu’s Image in box two, and Sassy Sprite in box four.
Seminole will also contend the finishing placings boasting a best time of 35.62 and knowing the track with 51 starts over the distance at the Creek.
The New Years Day race card is sure to excite racing enthusiasts with several Queensland greyhound racing stars ready to race.
The fifth grade Brandons Electrical 710m (race six), will see Thistle Whistle, Supreme Command and Time To Play battle it out for the $3,300 winner’s cheque.
Thistle Whistle, who is trained by Helen Keep, has shown promising form in recent months including a best time of 42.10 in late November.
Jumping from box three, the quick bitch will need significant speed from the start to hit the turn with the lead ahead of Supreme Command in box one, and Time To Play in box five.
Time To Play will be one to watch in this race posting quick times recently, and having won his last two starts over 600m and 710m.
Race Seven, the Cartwright Property Group 520m, will see Intelligence looking to break a streak of second and third placings to cross the line first from box two.
The Lee Wylie-trained dog has shown exciting ability recently running a third in the Group One Brisbane Cup behind winner El Galo and second place getter Trew Millions.
However, competition is sure to come from box seven with Eskimo Dan who boasts a record of 19 starts for five wins over 520m at Albion Park.
The in-form Nikita Beriman is also sure to be in the finish improving each week and winning well on December 16 with a personal best time of 30.28.
Another thrilling 520m match will be between Tony Brett’s Bogie Ace and Beverley Chappell’s Hay Carter in the fourth grade Big Dog Pet Foods 520m (race eight).
Reg Hazelgrove’s Whirly Storm will also be hot competition in this race coming off a convincing Boxing Day win at Ipswich.
Race nine of the night will see Allan Lang’s performing dog Shooster take on Kathy’s Recall and Surfin Silence.
Shooster has an impressive Albion Park 520m resume of six starts for three wins and three placings.
Jumping from box two, he will have to come out firing with the very quick Kathy’s Recall on his inside, and Surfin Silence looking to cross from out wide in box seven.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets :
- Race 3 Number 5 Bogie Blue
- Race 4 Number 1 Black Ruler
- Race 5 Number 1 Killough Orchid