The Brisbane Club’s annual Greyhound of the Year competition is heating up with four top performers within a win of each other.
Leading the table is consistent greyhound Luva Drink, then National sprint champion Dashing Corsair, followed by High Earner and Ryan’s A Rocket.
Aside from High Earner, who is a reserve in the Paws of Thunder final in Sydney, the top competitors will be racing for the top position this Thursday night, lining up in separate top races at Albion Park.
A Thursday night win is worth 10 points towards the annual tally.
Dashing Corsair, who is currently sitting on 134 points in second place, will jump from box four in the A Team first and second grade FFA 520m (Race Four).
Jumping with a vacant inside box, it will be a top test for the Dwyer Lennon-trained champion, returning to Brisbane after several tough races including the National Sprint Final, and the Paws of Thunder Heats.
Hot on his heels will be regular performer Azakhan who run a very sharp 30.10 win last week from box six. Jumping from box five tonight, he is sure to sit on the outside of Dashing Corsair on the first turn.
In Race Six, consistent performer Luva Drink will contest the fourth and fifth grade Big Dog Pet Foods 520m from box eight.
Luva Drink’s regular placings has meant his tally continues to climb in first place at 138 points, despite only winning eight times in his 52 start career, and having only crossed the line once in his last 16 starts.
It will be a slightly easier task this Thursday night than previous weeks, but will need to pull out as much early speed as possible if he is to take on the blistering box pace of Shanahan Bale in box three.
Shanahan Bale has been running sharp first sectionals, and finished a solid second behind Ryan’s A Rocket, who won in a time of 30.02.
Trained by Tom Tzouvelis, Shanahan Bale has been racing better lately, making a come back against some of Albion Park’s best, and will also enjoy a more even field.
In Race Seven, Ryan’s A Rocket is sure to be a force from box three, after a smoking hot win last week.
The Ron Ball-trained performer is sure to come out firing again, but it will not be an easy run to the first turn with Bogie Bomber out wide in box seven and coming off the back of a sensational second to Dyna Lachlan in the Paws Of Thunder heat.
Bogie Bomber, owned by the Beins, has been racing honestly in previous weeks, and is a regular place getter when starting out wide.
Another to keep an eye on in this race is Gary Moore’s Black Attack in box one, who had been very consistent in recent weeks from awkward boxes and tonight should enjoy wearing the red.
Other top greyhounds to take to the Creek includes Drifting, who won last week’s marathon, the A Team Thunder.
The outstanding stayer ran a very strong race over the 832m, and that was reflected on the TAB.
Since arriving two weeks ago, the Collide-Amy Grace bitch has had two starts for two wins on the track, with trainer Wayne Vassalo deciding to transfer the greyhound up here to the Dart kennels.
There will be several chances in this race to keep an eye on, including Irish Fantasy who made a late dash at Drifting to come within two and a half lengths.
It was a big run by the Albion Park veteran, and it wouldn’t surprise if she put up a similar performance.
Shadow Boxer is also one to watch, with a strong record of four starts for two wins and a second, and will jump from box three.
Count The Dough had a terrific run two weeks ago running second behind drifting by one and a half lengths, and will certainly be up there tonight.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets:
- Race 2 Number 8 Side Cutter
- Race 4 Number 4 Dashing Corsair
- Race 5 Number 7 Miss Jersey
- Race 8 Number 1 Drifting