The classy southern bitch had the racing gods on her side last week running in the quickest heat in 30.24 and then drawing box two in the Final this Thursday night (March 19, 2009)
The Queensland Futurity Final is an historic race in the Queensland greyhound racing calendar, dating back to 1973 and boasting $38,000 in prizemoney for the final.
The race, which is for best female greyhounds whelped on or after May 1, 2006, is sure to open betting with Digital Magic as favourite, but she will not be by herself.
Consistent Albion Park performer, Gnarraloo, won an impressive heat out of box five on the back of a string of quick Brisbane races, clocking in at 30.11, 30.18 and 30.15 in her previous three starts, respectively. Gnaraloo has again drawn box five.
The dash to the first turn should be a very quick sprint, with Digital Magic posting a quick first sectional last week of 5.72, and Whirly Storm’s (box four) 5.73.
Outside Gnarraloo is another quick starter, Take A Squizz (box six), who ran in a first sectional of 5.73, to win in a time of 30.37.
Another to keep an eye on in this race is Classy Cha Cha, who drew the red after finishing second behind Millenium in her heat.
Classy Cha Cha hit best form in March last year, but has shown strong winning ability in recent starts at Albion Park in 2009.
Millenium in box three is sure to be a top contender, breaking 30 seconds to run in 29.98 on February 16 at the Creek.
The rest of the card at Albion Park on Thursday night shows off an array of top greyhounds, including the field of the second and third grade A Team 600m (Race Six).
However, Kathy’s Recall should start favourite from box six in this race, after impressively beating Monarch’s Merlot last week by 2.75 lengths and in a time of 35.26. Her early speed should also mean that the outside box shouldn’t factor.
Race Seven, the Best Eight Brandons Electrical 520m, will see some of Brisbane’s best sprinters go head to head in the third leg of the quaddie.
Sleek and Smart will get the chance to show his stuff from box one again, the last time five starts ago running in a career best time of 30.08.
However, he will have to come out firing after Anthony Marras’ promising dog Yorklea Glory ran a blistering 30.05 from box five last week in his first start in Brisbane, including a lightning fast 5.59 first sectional.
Rattle And Hum makes a return after a couple of weeks off in this race and should never be taken lightly considering his last start was 30.05.
Another quality 520m race is the third and fourth grade Sky Channel 520m (race three).
Bob Belford’s Tommy Power will be a strong chance from box two, running a close second behind Sky Larking, who won from box one last week.
In box three, Manhattan drops back in distance from 600m racing, and should be considered with his descent record of eight wins over the distance at Albion Park.
Sky Larking will jump from box six and should find the rail fairly easy with her early speed.
Robert Giltinan’s Inflammable will be one to watch from box seven, after a freshen up at Capalaba last Saturday where he blitzed the field at odds on.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets:
- Race 8 Number 2 Digital Magic
- Race 9 Number 1 Yorklea Diva