With Australia’s ‘Golden Girl’ Stephanie Rice breaking records in Beijing, greyhound racing’s ‘Pin-Up Girl’ Queen Lauryn is hoping for national glory at Brisbane’s Albion Park.
Tonight, greyhounds from three states will earn places into the Rapidvite National Grand Finals at Wentworth Park on Saturday August 30, with the highlight Queen Lauryn’s clash with group one winner Made To Size and fastest qualifier Knocka Norris in the Queensland National Sprint Final.
Queen Lauryn has won 15 races from only 21 starts, with seven out of eleven wins at Albion Park. But, the Queen will have to be at her best, after drawing awkwardly in box four in the middle of the field.
Although her main dangers haven’t faired much better in the draw, with Knocka Norris in box six and Made To Size in the outside trap, box eight.
In the Queensland National Distance final, it looks a race in two between kennel mates Smart Choice (box one) and Nicely Done (box three). Nicely Done was favourite going into the series, but after Smart Choice’s outstanding heat win, she is now a short price to represent the sunshine state in Sydney.
At Sandown, Mogambo’s blistering 29.52 heat win last week, has the Jamie Ennis trainedspeedster a warm favourite for the Victorian Sprint final. His price shortened even further after coming up with the coveted rails ally.
Mogambo’s biggest dangers seem to be All Caution in box four and Bliksem in box five. Angle Park will host the finals of the South Australian National Sprint and Distance finals.
In the stayers, Uncle Remus (box one) could not have been more impressive in his heat win last week. Debuting over the 731 meter distance, Uncle Remus showed great mid race speed and more importantly strength at the end of the longer trip.
In the Sprint final, any one of the eight competitors could win, but the main hopes are White Admiral (box one), Cool Keepsake (box three) and Jaykayell (box four). The last time Jaykayell carried the blue rug, he ran a sizzling 29.67, much faster than the best time of his rivals tonight.
Final winners and second place in Victoria tonight will go through to the $50,000 to the winner Grand Finals of the Rapidvite National Sprint and Distance Championships at Sydney’s famous Wentworth Park circuit on Saturday, August 30, hosted by the NSW GBOTA.