With next week’s final worth $25,000 to-the-winner, there is a great opportunity for greyhounds to qualify. Only 13 runners will contest the two heats with eight advancing to the decider.
Here is a look at the two heats;
Race 3 – Schweppes Summer Cup Heat 1 – 8:08pm
1 – My Miss Diva (John James) – A winner of six from 34 who has done most of her racing in northern New South Wales. She has only won one race here from six attempts and is likely to need luck to feature.
2 – Joane (Christine Proctor) – A young run on type who has been consistent at Wentworth Park, winning three and placing in five of her nine appearances there. She has been sharpened up for this with a few runs over the sprint trips and could be a rough hope at double figure odds.
3 – My Boy Brodie (Mick Player) – A winner of just two races who comes into this having never raced over the longer trip. He is yet to win in town and faces a sharp class rise here. He looks hard to have based on that data.
4 – Zipping Maggie (Peter Dapiran) – A Wentworth Park Group winner who took out the Chairman’s Cup here back in September. She has the pace to lead and boasts a personal best at the track of 41.78. Her recent performances have been slightly below her very best but she did make the Group One Bold Trease final last week at Sandown Park. She drops in class here and has to be considered as one of the main hopes.
5 – VACANT
6 – Pumped Up Zarr (Neil Staines) – Grand old campaigner who has been in great form of late, winning his last three over this journey. He will be up challenging for the lead early and loves the track with seven wins from 13 appearances there. He is a big hope again in this.
7 – Avondale Maurick (Ron Bell) – Does not win out of turn with four victories from 20 goes at this trip. He is also yet to flatter on the clock with his best of 42.34 unlikely to be good enough to win this. Place chances appear his best hope.
8 – Greta’s Rescue (Rodney McDonald) – An interesting youngster who has been bought along slowly by astute mentor Rodney McDonald. Has done most of her racing in the country with a win and two placings from her four Wentworth Park distance efforts. She is likely to be a fair way back but, with a clear run, could well run into a placing.
Race 4 – Schweppes Summer Cup Heat 2 – 8:29pm
1 – Sweet It Is (Darren McDonald) – The undisputed Queen of Australian staying races who notched up her fourth Group On win last week. She possesses a freakishly strong finish and will relish the small field. She will start at a very short quote here and should be winning.
2 – Zipping Rory (Bethany Dapiran) – A consistent Victorian chaser who returns after falling in a heat of the Bold Trease a fortnight ago. He did spear the lids to win a heat of the Chairman’s Cup here in a rapid 41.75 and is very capable when he lands on the lure. That has been his only placing in four starts at Wentworth Park which is some sort of concern.
3 – VACANT
4 – Dusty Moonshine (Denice Warren) – Talented local bitch who returns from a six week break for this series. She has won four from eight at the track with a best of 41.86 and is usually very close to the lead in her races. Given the right breaks, she is a knockout chance.
5 – Beks (Patrick Bouchier) – Another Victorian who comes into this after making the final of the Group One Bold Trease last week. His strike rate is only fair and he makes his Wenty debut here so he is the type that would have to be taken on trust in this heat.
6 – VACANT
7 – Luzaka Icon (Marien Sullivan) – A seasoned distance campaigner who only yields moderate results in easier classes than this. She will be well back early and is unlikely to trouble the class dogs in this race.
8 – Raramuri (Ian Morgan) – A young up-and-comer who takes the plunge into Group racing in this event. She has won three from eight over the journey and boasts a best of 42.15. This will be a real litmus test for her but she has the ability to run a place.