Touring bitch Blue Osti will not have room for jet lag this Thursday night when she lines up against a quality field of bitches in the annual Winged Runner Trophy Final.
The Kirsty Sultana-trained bitch has headed to the Sunshine State for her shot at the $7,600 race, which includes a bonus service to quality southern middle distance runner Jamazz.
The Winged Runner Trophy has been a feature event at Albion Park since 2002, sponsored by racing enthusiast Lionel Ledlie who owned champion bitch Winged Runner.
Blue Osti will have some frequent flyer points up her sleave, having made the trip across the Tasman in the past week after winning in New Zealand on February 28, in a top 520m time of 30.09.
The week prior to this she raced at Wentworth Park, and the week before that, managed a top win in Launceston.
It will be a stellar win if Blue Osti can come out victorious, as it will be her first trip to Brisbane.
Seasoned Brisbane bitches Sky Larking, Whirly Storm and Bundy Babe will be looking to draw on their experience in this race in a bid to claim the $5,000 winner’s cheque.
The box one draw for Sky Larking will be a great advantage for the Sandra Hunt-trained youngster, who has won two and place once out of her four starts wearing the red. Her first sectionals are also worth spruiking and she is expected to hit the first turn in the lead.
Whirly Storm, trained by 2008 award winning trainer Reg Hazelgrove, is sure to find comfort in her second start back at the Creek after a short campaign at the Gardens, and having finished a strong second behind Rattle And Hum’s blistering 30.05 performance last week.
Another to watch out for in this race is Bundy Babe from box five, who boasts a quick 30.01 best time from last year in Brisbane.
Albion Park’s Thursday night race card is honouring those who won Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club yearly awards, including the fourth grade race two over 710m, named after Young Achiever of the Year, David Sigston.
Bikini Beach should start favourite from box two, beating $1.10 favourite Shadow Boxer last week in a time of 42.42, and ahead of Mitolo Jester.
Mitolo Jester will jump from box one for the second week, and will need to draw on all her speed to try and keep ahead of Bikini Beach.
Killough Orchid from box six is a safe each-way hope, with an impressive staying record of four starts for three top-three finishes with one win.
Dawn Garrett’s Little Egyptian is also one to keep an eye on from box eight, in what will be her second start at Albion Park after a descent 600m preparation race last week. Little Egyptian comes from Port Macquarie and previous starts include placings at Richmond.
Race three of the night, named after Jack Coleman, the 2008 Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club catcher of the year, will feature Makushla, who is certain to start favourite in the betting ring.
The Michael Briant-trained bitch by Surf Lorian and out of Rutile Rhapsody, blitzed the field last week to run in a very quick 30.05 ahead of Take A Squizz.
Take A Squizz lines up again against Makushla in this race, and will be one to consider with last week’s margin behind Makushla only a quarter of a length.
The Best Eight, Reg Hazelgrove 600m race, is sure to be a thriller, with a quality field lining up.
Smart Choice will jump from box one in this race, and has shown fantastic form from this box in the past, and should find it again if he can hold onto the lead heading into the first turn.
In box two, Nicely Done has her second start back in Brisbane after one win in Ipswich and before that a win at Wentworth Park.
Others to look out for in this race include Sassy Sprite and Monarch’s Merlot.
Sassy Sprite will jump from box three, and will be looking for her first win over 600m having collected three second and four third placings from seven starts.
Monarch’s Merlot, in box seven, has shown he has what it takes, boasting a best time of 34.85 from two weeks ago with a blistering first sectional of 9.86.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets :
- Race 2 Number 2 Bikini Beach
- Race 3 Number 2 Makushla
- Race 5 Number 7 Monarch’s Merlot