Australian Greyhound of the Year hot favourite Cindeen Shelby will size up a fourth Group One win in 12-months when she lines up for the 2009 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup at Albion Park this Thursday night.
The talented southern sprinter wowed Brisbane regulars in her return to Albion Park in six months in the heats showing her elite abilities to win her heat in the second fastest qualifying time of 29.99.
The Kel Greenough-trained performer made a huge improvement on her Winter Carnival campaign in July earlier this year, where she had two starts for one second.
Cindeen Shelby has drawn box seven in the $55,000 to the winner final and is a big chance to add another title to her packed Group One resume which boasts wins in the Crown, Top Gun and Paws of Thunder.
However, track experience seemed to prevail last week in the Heats, which may be a sign of things to come in the final with the other seven in the field Albion Park regulars.
From the Heats, top rated is My Amigo who ran the quickest time of 29.93 from box one, a career best for the 15-start youngster. Trained by Sandra Hunt, My Amigo hasn’t drawn as lucky in the final, but box three will still see him contest the lead.
The lucky red has gone to Tony Brett’s top performer Bogie Bomber who has been on the brink of Group One glory and Thursday night could be his night.
Bogie Bomber ran second behind emerging greyhound Mr Metz in his heat from an awkward box six, and should improve vastly after drawing box one.
Mr Metz showed up critics of his run the week before in the Greyhounds Queensland Young Guns in his heat to find the line first in a time of 30.12.
Box five will make it a difficult task for Mr Metz with Cindeen Shelby sure to come across from the outside, however, if he can replicate the blistering 5.60 first sectional from last week he should find the lead without to much trouble.
One with Group One experience is the National Sprint champion Dashing Corsair, who will need to pull out something missing from his last three starts over the distance, failing to finish off when needed.
Another rising Brisbane start will jump from box eight, the Ron Ball-trained Vociferous.
The Trewly Special – Bacardi Cruiser dog will showed a tonne of class last week to beat Melbourne Cup winner Lord Ducal in his heat.
Jumping from box eight is not ideal for Vociferous, who gained advantages from the box one last week, but is sure to put up a strong contest.
Lord Ducal has decided to stay in Brisbane for an extra week despite the loss, and will start in the Brisbane Cup consolation (Race Six).
Jumping from box seven, the Jon Roberts-trianed performer is sure to improve in his second start at the Creek and comes up against less competition.
However, High Earner, who has drawn inside him in box six, will surely make a strong bid for the $4,000 winners’ cheque after running third behind Mr Metz and Bogie Bomber in last week’s heats.
Another to keep an eye on in this is Margaret Quarrell’s Premier Chief, who has made a late dash at the Brisbane Greyhound of the Year title, overtaking current leader Luva Drink on the points tally after a personal best 30.18 win on Monday night.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets:
- Race 2 Number 1 Robo Raptor
- Race 8 Number 1 Bogie Bomber