2015 Group 2 Shepparton Cup heat tips & betting preview

THE 2015 Group 2 Cup series will see some of the sport’s brightest stars compete for a spot in Sunday night’s final worth $45,000-to-the-winner.

With six heats being conducted, each winner plus the two fastest seconds will progress through to the final.

Lets get straight into our selections…

Race No. 4Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht18:07 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZEPPELIN BALE ()[5]81421FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
2SAAHD [4]6183325.38(7)G Ennis (Sandhurst)
3DREAM IT [4]12272NBTB Ennis (Lara)
4RONRAY SPIRIT (NSW)[4]11111FSHT Reid (Yuroke)
5QUARREL BALE (NSW)[4]2146225.22(8)S Collins (Lara)
6QUICK SUCCESSION [2]7115425.14(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7CALL ME HANK [5]16111FSHG Hansen (Daisy Hill)
8JACK SILVER (NSW)[2]2162225.24(7)M Carter (Kialla)

Heat One

Great lineup to kick off the Shepparton Cup series and I think the Darren Mcdonald-trained Quick Succession might have the speed to burn them off and score. Three starts back she was airborne early in her sizzling 25.56 Geelong win and a repeat of that effort will see her score again.

Ronray Spirit recently captured the Group Two final and he appears to be going from strength to strength. My only concern with him is that he isn’t a lid pinger and he takes a couple of strides to get going but when he does hit full stride there aren’t many chasers that can go with him.

Dream It is a class act and he returned to form at Sandown last time when placed behind his kennelmate in brilliant time. He is better suited to the 500m journey but he still has enough zip to be competitive.

Quarrel Bale has a big engine and he should run a big race if he can gain a clear passage early.

Top Four: 6 – 4 – 5 – 3

Race No. 5Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht28:28 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[4]42333NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
2DEWANA RESULT [3]8111325.01(6)B Dewan (Edithvale)
3TRAIL BLAZING [4]7342425.77(6)T Womann (Lara)
4NATURAL PLAYER (NSW)[5]11165FSHM Wilcox (Bringelly)
5GRAND LEGACY [2]3424325.32(7)P Dapiran (Northwood)
6ARMED AND READY (NSW)[5]35111FSHD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
7ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]7142225.54(1)S Collins (Lara)
8CAPULLO BALE (NSW)[5]14565NBTJ Hunt (Lara)

Heat Two

Armed And Ready has won six of his nine starts to date and last time out he won at Warragul and went faster than the Cup final on the same night. He seems to ping the lids when he exits wide draws and there doesn’t appear to be a lot of speed drawn around him. This is his toughest test to date but he should be up to the challenge.

Dewana Result is probably one of the fastest chasers in the land and if he can step cleanly he will be in the finish. He is first up from a spell and he should be primed for a bold first up showing, my only concern with him is that he can bomb the start and he may get squeezed out in the early stages.

Natural Player is an explosive NSW speedster who has won 27 of 43 on the provincial circuit in his home state. If he handles the track at his first look he should run a monster race.

Grand Legacy could be the value in the race, he has won three of four here and if he can hook to the outside early he may run over the top of them late.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 4 – 5

Race No. 6Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht38:50 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SISCO RAGE [4]11128NBTJ Galea (Lara)
2QUICKER THAN AL [4]1622225.79(3)A Hanson (Marong)
3BENZO BALE (NSW)[4]5573225.60(7)J Hunt (Lara)
4WAR ROOM [5]54127NBTM Carter (Kialla)
5FUELISH [4]1113125.38(8)K Hellmuth (Pearcedale)
6 (NSW)[3]11211FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
7LAMIA BALE (NSW)[4]12123FSHS Collins (Lara)
8ACCESS [3]8252125.41(2)I Garland (Longlea)

Heat Three

Dyna Villa is probably the most reliable chaser to race since El Galo and with the empty draw underneath he should get every chance to lead throughout tonight. He is already a multiple Group One winner in his brief career and he is likely to be the first ever greyhound to crack the million.

Sisco Rage is in career best form and his effort when placed in a heat of the Warragul Cup was enormous, he can be hit or miss early but if he gets away he will make the favourite work hard for victory. There is one small concern though, if he misses away from the red he may get buried back mid race.

Access is a classy provincial sprinter and he is well placed in the pink, he probably isn’t as brilliant as some of his rivals but he is reliable early and he always puts himself into contention.

Lamia Bale rounds out the chances, she returned to form with an explosive 29.27 Sandown win and she will be hitting the line hard.

Top Four: 6 – 1 – 8 – 7

Race No. 7Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht49:08 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SAMUS ALLEN (NSW)[5]2336225.37(6)J Hunt (Lara)
2ASTROMATIC [5]61147FSHS Cameron (Maffra)
3SIZE DOES MATTER (QLD)[4]47546FSHB Ennis (Lara)
4QUANTUM BALE (NSW)[3]7125125.57(6)T Womann (Lara)
5DYNA LEMMY (NSW)[5]34618NBTT Womann (Lara)
6AMARO BALE (NSW)[6]26778FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
7TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[4]4255525.31(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8CAUSTIC BALE (NSW)[4]4116125.41(3)S Collins (Lara)

Heat Four

Caustic Bale is an absolute beast and if he gets room to wind up in the first 50 metres he should put a space in them. Last time out he missed the kick from this draw but he whipped around the field quickly and put a space in them before posting a dazzling 25.14 Ballarat win. Once again, the concern is what he does at box rise but he has great track sense and he should be able to overcome a couple of early difficulties.

Samus Allen has the great draw and she is unbeaten in her two tries here, she has the early speed to hold them out and she can run some serious time when on the bunny.

Size Does Matter has a ridiculous amount of talent but he has been a little disappointing to date, he is second up after six weeks off and he should be ready to fire.

Tiggerlong Amigo could be the value, he is better than his form reads and he should be suited to the wide draw.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 3 – 7

Race No. 8Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht59:30 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALEX’S ENTITY [5]14122FSHK Greenough (Pearcedale)
2AXIS BALE (NSW)[5]63552FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
3AZZA AZZA AZZA [3]4161425.18(6)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
4ZAMBORA MAGIC (NSW)[4]64173NBTG Whitford (Yarram)
5DAWKINS BALE (NSW)[5]13753FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
6LUCA NEVEELK [3]11212FSHG Kleeven (Denison)
7DYNA KEITARO (NSW)[5]52317NBTT Womann (Lara)
8WHO TOLD BLACKIE [3]1515325.55(6)M Fothergill (Numurkah)

Heat Five

Luca Neveelk is super talent and he has dominated the country cups in recent months. He was a tad unlucky when runner up in the Warragul Cup last time and he should make amends tonight. He is making his debut here tonight but he generally handles himself quite well when having his first look.

Azza Azza Azza has explosive speed and he is unbeaten in his two starts here, he normally pings the lids and if he does he should be able to go with the favourite for most of the journey.

Dawkins Bale is a promising speedster and he turned in a real eye catcher when placed in a heat of the Warragul Cup recently, he is going to need some luck from the draw but if he gets it he will run a monster race at nice odds.

Alex’s Entity must also be respected, he has plenty of gears but I’m a little concerned that he may get shuffled back soon after the start.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 5 – 1

Race No. 9Ckh Painting Shepparton Cup Ht69:52 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 450 metres at Shepparton Of $7,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,500 3rd: $750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LUKEY DEEZ [5]23112NBTM Hynes (Arcadia)
2LADY RONRAY (NSW)[4]13126FSHR Steele (Menangle Park)
3EL GRAND SEAL [5]31661FSHJ Britton (Anakie)
4BIG TICKET [3]1412425.15(2)S Clarke (Tooradin)
5WARRIOR KING (NSW)[4]71665FSHB Ennis (Lara)
6WALT BALE (NSW)[6]22434FSHJ Hunt (Lara)
7GOVERNOR BALE (NSW)[5]21111FSHS Collins (Lara)
8MIDNIGHT [3]2124725.29(3)M Carter (Kialla)

Heat Six

Lady Ronray is a faultless beginner and she has scored some sizzling wins at Maitland and in her career to date. With a slow beginner on her inside she should be able to find the rail early and if she finds the lure she will prove extremely hard to reel in.

Big Ticket loves racing here and he is armed with a devastating turn of foot soon after box rise, he has the luxury of a slow beginner on his outside tonight so he should get plenty of room to drive through.

El Grand Seal should put pressure on Lady Ronray for most of the journey and she should be able to hang on for some minor money.

Walt Bale could be the value for the place, he will get burnt off in the early stages but if he can find the fence he will be powering home.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 6

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