2015 Group 2 Launceston Cup heat tips & betting preview

SIX heats of the Group 2 will be run and won in Tasmania tonight with the local chasers taking on some tough interstate competition.

The first four greyhounds from each heat will progress through to next Monday’s semi-finals before the $40,000-to-the-winner final on February 16.

Lets get into the preview for tonight’s qualifiers…

Race No. 3A Total Car Rentals C…8:22 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RAZ SIMPSON643X30.11
2LILLYCETTE323129.66Edward Medhurst
3HER HIGHNESS654629.88
4QUICK ADVANCE552730.11Robin Grubb
5UNDERCLASS HERO558429.79Michael Stringer
6CLASSIC SPENCE254630.04Anthony Bullock
7CHICKA SCOTT236629.86Richard Hall
8RORY MAC112229.96Sonia Martin
9WAREHOUSE MOUSE6246NBTPaul Hili
10RAPIDDORE525830.29Gary Johnson

Heat One

Her Highness has been quite disappointing in her four runs since winning a heat of the Devonport Cup, however tonight she returns to a track where she has won five of nine and I can see her leading throughout in this event. She is armed with devastating early speed and this race doesn’t appear to have a lot of speed in it, so if she can get away cleanly she should get all the breaks.

Lillycette is absolutely flying and last time out she ran the hands off the clock when posting a breathtaking 25.81 Hobart win. If she reproduces that effort she will obviously win but my concern with her is that she can miss away and she may get too far back early.

Rory Mac has recorded two handy placings here of late and if he pings away he should run a big race again.

Quick Advance rounds out the chances, he should follow Her Highness across early and he should be in the mix throughout.

Top Four: 3 – 2 – 8 – 4

Race No. 4A Total Car Rentals Launceston C…8:40 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ROXY RHYTHM483629.88Robert Grubb
2SENOR SCOOBY148630.27
3WYNBURN RUSH183129.89Ben Englund
4BAIN’S LANE171529.87
5STAR CHAMBER262430.03Edward Medhurst
6DARK SPIDA712330.22Gary Johnson
7GEMSTONE JACK636230.07Anthony Bullock
8RIDE THE RAILS1113NBTKelly Bravo
9CLASSIC JOEL264429.99Anthony Bullock
10WAREHOUSE MOUSE6246NBTPaul Hili

Heat Two

Ride The Rails is an absolute beast and from the pink draw he should be able to cross and lead and if he finds the bunny early he will be running some serious time. Last time out he was placed in the Group Two final and on that occasion he was desperately unlucky, tonight he is drawn to get the breaks and if you can find a $1.60 that is massive overs.

Roxy Rhythm can be hard to follow but she has the good draw and she does have a great record here. She generally steps well and she does possess a good turn of foot, so that should allow her to settle in the top two or three early.

Bain’s Lane is all class and if he can step on terms he should put himself into contention. He can bomb the start at times so that’s a big concern but he has the speed to go with the pink if he steps with the rest of the field.

Wynburn Rush has strong place claims, she has a 29.89 PB and she returned to form with a dazzling 33.25 Devonport win last time.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 4 – 3

Race No. 5A Total Car Rentals Launceston C…9:02 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

11811NBTKelly Bravo
2BRAD HILL BILLY131329.64Allan Clark
3WHAT IT SHRINKS411630.13Anthony Bullock
4RIP AND TEAR172730.33Gary Fahey
5YEAH RIGHT146129.76Edward Medhurst
6BAILEY’S COMET122829.96Butch Deverell
7CHINCHERO774130.57Anthony Bullock
8SING THE SONG323329.88Robert Grubb
9WAREHOUSE MOUSE6246NBTPaul Hili
10RAPIDDORE525830.29Gary Johnson

Heat Three

Quality lineup set to do battle but Secret Spell is likely to go around at short odds and she should give Kelly Bravo another semi-finalist. She looks ideally drawn in the red and she comes here after scoring at in a scintillating 29.77. She is having her first look at the track, so that’s a small concern but if she holds them out at the first bend it should be a matter of times and margins.

Brad Hill Billy is an exciting local and he had everyone talking when he recently posted a 29.64 victory. That is the fastest time recorded over this trip for quite some time so he must be respected in this.

Yeah Right continues to improve with every run and he looked super impressive when winning here last time in 29.76, he is going to need some luck in the early stages but if he gets it he should be able to make an impact.

Sing The Song appears to be the only other hope, she is suited to the pink draw and she has been solidly placed in her past six starts.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 8

Race No. 6A Total Car Rentals Launceston C…9:24 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GREAT TAYLORS135730.22Anthony Bullock
2NOOEE’S LAD411429.87Butch Deverell
3GLOBAL DEEJAY621730.26Peter Phillips
4BREAKER’S TIP141129.84Gary Fahey
5LOVELY BANKS271129.78Edward Medhurst
6HUNTER’S HERO313630.11Eileen Thomas
7MENTAL AS BEN876129.98Ricky Martin
8REBELATION3633NBTPaul Donaldson
9CLASSIC JOEL264429.99Anthony Bullock
10WASHINGTON235530.20Kyron Ebdon

Heat Four

Breaker’s Tip continues to impress and he has scored two powerful sub 30 second wins here in recent weeks. The box draw hasn’t done him any favours tonight but he does possess a wonderful turn of foot so if he is given galloping room in the first 50m he should be able to push through and lead at the first bend.

Lovely Banks should follow Breaker’s Tip across in the first 50m and she is flying at present. Last time out she reeled off a blistering second section in her 29.78 victory, if she reproduces that effort she will make the favourite work hard for victory.

Nooee’s Lad is a lid pinger and he has won 10 of 39 over this journey, he isn’t overly strong but he can find a fair bit when he finds the lure early.

Outside of those three I can’t see anything else really contending, maybe Mental As Ben could threaten for a place if he got away cleanly.

Top Four: 4 – 5 – 2 – 7

Race No. 7A Total Car Rentals Launceston C…9:42 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DIRTY RICH842130.05Peter Phillips
2ONE DEE5214NBTShane Taylor
3NIGHT TREMORS256629.97Eileen Thomas
4MINNIE MOGUL253329.93Paul Hili
5MANDY CHARM614729.72Edward Medhurst
6HELLYEAH MISSILE668430.08Anthony Bullock
7221230.08Gary Johnson
8BRUNY VENTURE153129.84Gary Fahey
9WASHINGTON235530.20Kyron Ebdon
10CLASSIC JOEL264429.99Anthony Bullock

Heat Five

Senor Slamma isn’t the strongest of chasers but he is armed with ridiculous early and mid-race speed. If he pings away tonight he should be able to find the early lead and I’m expecting him to break them up mid-race, the last 40m is a concern but he should have built up a big enough lead to hold on.

One Dee is a classy Victorian and two starts back she showed explosive speed when scoring at The Meadows in 29.96. She is having her first look at the track so she will need some luck at the first bend but she is quite strong and if she can settle in the top three she will be right in the mix.

Bruny Venture is a gun sprinter and he has won here previously in a sizzling 29.84, he should be able to follow Senor Slamma across in the early stages and if he avoids trouble he will definitely put the pressure on him as they turn for home.

Mandy Charm can be hard to follow but she has enormous talent, if she goes around at silly odds she could be worth an investment as there is no doubting her ability.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 8 – 5

Race No. 8A Total Car Rentals Launceston C…10:04 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Launceston Of $2,360 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,655 2nd: $470 3rd: $235.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HALF CENTURY222829.89Anthony Bullock
2DOMINATOR GIRL165529.81Paul Hili
3COSMIC FIRE382130.22Sonia Martin
4BLACK SIENNA113330.13Edward Medhurst
5WAYMORE’S BLUES1251NBTKelly Bravo
6GO BETTY GO445429.91Susan Gittus
7HANKOS325329.90Dale Hammersley
8TRUDELS574829.96Anthony Bullock
9RAPIDDORE525830.29Gary Johnson
10WASHINGTON235530.20Kyron Ebdon

Heat Six

Waymore Blues is a class act and he should give the Bravo team a fourth semi-finalist. He has done most of his recent racing over the 600m journey and that has allowed him to regain a lot of confidence and he is beginning a lot better than normal. The draw is a big disadvantage but he has a slow beginner on his outside so he should get every chance to drive through in the first 50 or 60m.

Black Sienna has the speed to lead and she should give a nice sight, she does get a little tired in the run home but she is an improving type and if they shuffle up behind her she might just steal the prize.

Hankos is better than his recent form reads and he has won here previously in a smart 29.90. He should settle in the top three early and he should be strong in the run home.

Cosmic Fire rounds out the chances, he returned to form with a brilliant 599m Hobart win and if he can get out into some open space early he will definitely make an impact.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 3 – 4

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