2008 Brisbane Greyhound of the Year, Black Ruler, will make a return back to Albion Park this Thursday night over his specialty 600m distance.
The Reg Hazelgrove-trained performer has made the trip back to the Sunshine State after a short stint at the Meadows, where he picked up a third and a fourth placing.
Black Ruler will line up in the Best Eight Give Me Five at Stud (Race Five) on Thursday night, and will be looking to reclaim his title as the Brisbane 600m king from a difficult box six.
It will be a tough first start back for Black Ruler, with an impressive performance last week from the Robert Giltinan-trained Code, who had his first start at Albion Park to run a half head behind Black Monty.
Code will jump from box two in this race, and is expected to jump strongly, but will need to find blistering pace to get ahead of Black Monty from box seven.
Black Monty showed he knows how to burn them off at the start, leading the entire race and just hanging on in his final stride to win last week.
Magaret Quarrell’s quick bitch Kathy’s Recall is also sure to be a contender in this race, boasting three wins and one third from five starts over the distance at the Creek, and boasting a best time of 35.05 in late February this year.
Another thrilling race will follow this 600m derby, with the Jason’s Social Club classic over 520m (race six).
There should be some value betting in this tight race with Makushla (box one), Tommy Power (box three), Classy Cha Cha (box five) and Whirly Storm (box eight) going head to head.
Makushla wearing the red will be a force to be reckoned with after posting recent top times including a blistering 30.05 on February 26 at Albion Park.
However, Tommy Power should improve on last week’s solid run which saw him fire out of the boxes to post a first sectional of 5.75.
Classy Cha Cha and Whirly Storm both back up after starting in the Group Two Bogie Leigh Qld Futurity where Whirly Storm finished a four-length second to classy bitch Millennium.
Another backing up from the Bogie Leigh Futurity on Thursday night is Gnarraloo, who struggled from box five against that class, but is sure to be favourite in this week’s fourth and fifth grade Hawkins Media Solutions 520m.
Gnarraloo will jump from box two and with her early speed will be very heard to beat from this box and being in such strong form.
Other chances in this race include Gypsy Indigo, who ran fifth last week dropping back to 520m from 600m, and Red Jazz from box seven, who boasts two third placings in his past two starts at Albion Park.
A competitive Best Eight over 520m is on the card in Race Eight, sponsored by Brandons Electrical.
In-form dog Elma Fud will jump from box two in this race, the same box his been in for his last two starts, resulting in two wins.
His early speed improved last start, with a 5.79 first sectional, and will need to produce a similar result if he wants to keep out Eskimo Dancer and Inflammable on the first turn.
Eskimo Dancer is very capable of winning this race from box four, showing strong form last week to finish second behind Rattle And Hum.
Speed demon Inflammable showed the value of a Capalaba freshen up with his first sectional of 5.68, and this being his second start back at Albion Park should see him improve again.
The night’s racing is capped off with another quality field, with the fifth grade Winning Edge 600m (Race 10).
Royston Renegade showed the jump in distance to 600m was a top decision from trainer Peter Roy, winning a fifth grade last week from box six in 35.15.
However, it will be a tougher race than last week’s lining up in this race against Texas Ranger, a proven performer over 600m, and how is jumping from a more favourable inside box three.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets :
- Race 1 Number 5 Bogie Bomber
- Race 3 Number 3 Genista Reign
- Race 7 Number 2 Gnarraloo
- Race 10 Number 5 Royston Renegade