Another superb 12 race program this Thursday night at the Creek as the Queensland winter carnival continues roles on and starts to heat up. The highlight races are- four heats of the Group 1 Queensland Cup over the staying distance of 710m and six heats of the Goup 1 Brisbane Cup over the sprint distance of 520m. Let us warm you up with our expert comments and tips.
Race 1: Queensland Cup Heat #1 (710m)
This is the first of four good Group 1 Queensland Cup heats run over the staying distance of 710m. The first two greyhounds in each heat will qualify for the final next Thursday night. Top local trainer Tony Brett has Bedrock Fred (box 2) flying at present. Last Thursday night, he trashed a good field in the Super Stayers Invitational, clocking a personal best of 41.42 seconds from box five where he pinged the lids and led all the way. He has a great low draw and can repeat the dose again tonight. The three interstate greyhounds look the main dangers, namely Zipping Alabama (box 3), Collinda Lady (box 4) and Drako Bale (box 6), but they are all having their first start at the Albion Park circuit. The Sydney-based Zipping Alabama has been impressive winning her last two starts at Richmond over 622m in good times. The Victorian Drako Bale led all the way in his heat at Richmond on June 4 when having his first run at the track from box seven. Obviously, he can handle travelling and adapt himself to different greyhound racetracks. The other Victorian visitor Collinda Lady has been slowly away in her past few runs but could bounce back into form tonight.
Race 2: Queensland Cup Heat #2 (710m)
In this second stayers heat, the Jason Magri-trained Zipping Kansas (box 6) looks the obvious greyhound to beat. This Sydneysider finished third last Thursday night behind Bedrock Fred from box 7, when making his Albion Park debut. Tonight, he has drawn one of the easier heats and would be greatly improved from last week’s run. The Victorian Collinda Patty (box 8) looks the main danger. She is making her Albion Park debut tonight but does have the Jason Thompson polish on her. Three starts ago, she travelled to NSW and finished a close second behind Gypsy Wyong in a rich heat at The Gardens when handled by Jason Magri. The South Australian-visitor Fantastic Radley (box 1) has the best draw. He finished fourth behind Oh Oh Range when making his Albion Park debut from box eight, then finished second behind Days Of Thunder last Thursday night. He has track experience and a great draw. Bad And Boujee (box 4) looks the best local hope. Normally a slow beginner but can finish off well but only looks a place chance in this heat. Pocket Money (box 7) has failed twice over 715m so will need to improve to be a chance.
Race 3: Queensland Cup Heat #3 (710m)
The Sydney visitors hold the key to this heat. The David Smith-trained Super Estrella (box 6) should be the greyhound the beat. This daughter of the great Fernando Bale is normally a fast beginner but is having her first look at the Albion Park circuit. Last start, she was an impressive winner leading all the way at Wentworth Park from box six. That was her first start after a three week freshen up. She can cross to lead early and be hard to run down. The Ned Snow-trained Oh Oh Range (box 2) looks the main danger. He has a good low draw and can show early speed. Last start, this son of Out Of Range won beating Days Of Thunder clocking a good 41.69 seconds when making his Albion Park debut. The other two Sydneysiders only look place chances, namely Zipping Virginia and Nimble Lulu. The Victorian visitor Aston Velvet (box 3) is making his Albion Park debut tonight. Last start, she was a good winner at The Meadows beating Hank The Hustler from box two. She likes an inside draw and can show good early speed. Looks the only greyhound who could spoil the Sydney party.
Race 4: Queensland Cup Heat #4 (710m)
This is the fourth and final chance to qualify. The Frank Hurst-trained Sound Of Silence (box 6) could be the greyhound to beat. On June 16, he finished a close third behind Oh Oh Range from box two when making his Albion Park debut, clocking a good 41.76 seconds. Tonight, he should improve from that experience. He does have good early speed to offset this tricky draw and could lead all the way. The best local hope is the Warren Nichols trained Days Of Thunder (box 7). She was suited to the small field last Thursday night but did win impressively. She normally settles back in her races but does possess a great finish. She is a keen railer but will need luck to get through this field. The Thomas Dailly-trained Gypsy Wyong (box 1) has the best draw. Last start, she finished second behind Bedrock Fred beaten 4.5 lengths from box one, clocking 41.76 seconds. Yet to win from four attempts over this track and distance but gets her chance tonight. The John Finn-trained Tania Keeping (box 3) makes her Albion Park debut, She can show good early speed and has a good low draw.
Race 5: Brisbane Cup Heat #1 (520m)
This the first of six brilliant Group 1 Brisbane Cup heats. The six heat winners plus two fastest second placegetters will make up next week’s final. The Jason Thompson-trained Equalizer (box 4) looks the greyhound to beat in this heat. He is undefeated in four starts at this track and distance and returned to Albion Park last Thursday night to score a brilliant victory over Orchestrate from box three in the Group 3 Super Sprinters final. He is normally not a fast beginner but can rail hard and finishes off well. Black Comanche (box 1) and Impress Shades (box 2) both like to course in the middle of the track so Equalizer could get a lovely run through on the rail. Black Magic Rose (box 3) looks one of the best local hopes from trainer Frederick Swain. She has good early speed and may be the early leader but will struggle to hold out some of these greyhounds late in the straight. The Western Australian Rippin’ Tomahawk (box 7) makes his Albion Park debut with form around local star greyhound Momentum. Might be a tough ask tonight from his wide draw.
Race 6: Brisbane Cup Heat #2 (520m)
The Jason Mackay-trained Fantastic Raven (box 7) makes her Albion Park debut tonight, she finished second behind star greyhound Good Odds Cash from box two last Friday night in the Group 2 Richmond Oaks final. She should be able to work her away across early and be hard to run down. The star Victorian greyhound Big Opal Rocks (box 2) looks the obvious danger. On June 9, he was luckless and finished fourth behind Shipwreck when making his Albion Park debut from box eight, clocking 30.12 seconds and will improve tonight from this more suitable draw. The best local hopes are the Mitchell Northfield-trained Kooringa Lucy (box 6), and the Ned Snow-trained Shipwreck (box 8). Kooringa Lucy is a grand old campaigner who is never far away at the finish. She will need early luck from her tricky draw, but you must include her in all exotic betting. Shipwreck is currently in great form with a recent win over Good Odds Emma and placings behind Photo Man and Panama Pepper. He is better suited to an inside draw but should be in the finish if breaks go his way.
Race 7: Brisbane Cup Heat #3 (520m)
Top local trainer Tony Brett has Just A Sort (box 1) entered in this heat. Last start, this son of Aston Dee Bee beat Black Comanche in a tight photo at Ipswich from box three, clocking a fast 30.44 seconds. They matched motors from start to finish in a great seesawing tussle. He has won four races, and placed once, from five starts when wearing the red rug. Has the Tony Brett polish on, should hold a good early position and be hard to run down. The Gavin Clifton-trained Photo Man looks the obvious danger. He is the recent winner of the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic here on June 16, and last start finished a close third behind Equalizer. Tonight, he has a tricky middle draw but has great Albion Park form. The other Victorian trained greyhound is Amron Boy (box 8) for Brooke Ennis. In both of his Albion Park starts, he finished a close second behind Photo Man in fast times. He is better suited to an inside draw but does finish off his races well. He is a very talented greyhound and will be in the finish if breaks go his way. The Frank Hurst-trained Good Odds Emma (box 3) has been a little disappointing in both of her starts at Albion Park after moderate starts. She will need to begin faster tonight if she was to qualify.
Race 8: Brisbane Cup Heat #4 (520m)
The Michael Patterson-trained Respectability (box 7) is currently flying at present. This son of Raw Ability has won three of his last four starts at this track and distance, clocking very fast times. He is normally a quick beginner and can handle a wide draw. Expect him to be contesting the early lead and be hard to beat. The John Finn-trained Zipping Kyrgios (box 5) looks the obvious danger. This star Sydney greyhound was luckless last Friday night in the Group 2 Richmond Derby final. He drew box four and found early trouble before steaming home late to finish third. He will need a bit of early luck from another tricky middle draw, but hee can certainly win if breaks go his way. The best local hope may be Impact (box 1). This Shane Ellis trained greyhound is unbeaten from three starts when wearing the red rug. Young local trainer Josh Priest has Samona (box 4) entered in this heat. She has just been struggling to find her best form since falling at Sandown May 19, when on an interstate trip. She looks a place chance.
Race 9: Brisbane Cup Heat #5 (520m)
The Tony Brett-trained Orchestrate (box 4) looks the greyhound to beat and one of the best local hopes to win the Brisbane Cup final. This son of the great Barcia Bale is currently in great form. Two starts ago, he led all the way to beat Impact from box eight, clocking 29.82 seconds. Last start, he led but was just run down in the shadows of the post by Equalizer from box seven, clocking 29.84 seconds. A repeat of those runs will have him winning this heat and he looks the best bet on the program. The Western Australian Eagle Monelli (box 8) looks the only danger. This Steve Withers trained greyhound has been excellent in all three starts at Albion Park. He loves an outside draw as he is not the quickest greyhound early but can muster speed when given clear galloping room. The Victorian visitor Zara’s Ivan (box 5) has a tricky middle draw and is making his Albion Park debut. He may get galloping room behind Orchestrate early which will enhance his chances. Other local places chances could be Cincinnati Lana (box 1) and Dulceria (box 3) as they both have good low draws.
Race 10: Brisbane Cup Heat #6 (520m)
This is the final heat and last chance to qualify for the Group 1 Brisbane Cup. The Frank Hurst-trained Good Odds Cash (box 8) makes her Albion Park debut tonight. This superstar from NSW is arguably the second best greyhound in NSW behind She’s A Pearl at present. Her last two wins at Richmond have been awesome. She has begun fast and led all the way in fast times. She has raced and been successful on numerous different tracks so Albion Park may not cause her any problems. The Steve Withers-trained Panama Pepper (box 3) looks the obvious danger. This Western Australian greyhound has been impressive winning two races from three attempts at Albion Park over this Queensland winter carnival. Not the quickest greyhound out of the boxes but can muster good speed soon after the start. The Leanne Hall-trained Extra Malt and the Tony Brett-trained Milligan look the two best local chances. Extra Malt is a local favourite and can never be left out of winning contention. She has won thirteen races at the creek. Milligan will need to begin fast and hold out Good Odds Cash if she was to qualify for next week’s final.
Race 11: 4th & 5th Grade (520m)
We start to wind down after ten magnificent heats contested over the sprint and staying distances. The John Dart-trained Gypsy Del (box 4) looks the greyhound to beat. This daughter of Zambora Brockie is currently in great form. Two starts ago, she beat Black Magic Rose from box one, clocking a fast 29.69 seconds. Last Start, she finished third behind Panama Pepper from box eight. Not normally a quick beginner but drops back to a suitable and winnable race. The dangers look to be Hara’s River (box 5), Sauve Ripple (box 6) and Declan Monelli (box 8). Hara’s River and Sauve Ripple look to be good young greyhounds on the way through the grades. They both are average beginners and have tricky draws but can finish off their races well. Declan Monelli is suited to a wide draw and should get clear galloping room out wide on the track early.
Race 12: 5th Grade (520m)
A good 5th grade race to finish this great night of greyhound racing at the creek. The Sharon Grey-trained Tickle Me Elsie (box 3) is coming to Albion Park for the first time with strong NSW form. This daughter of Moreira has finished second behind Guelph and Context. Both of those greyhounds would be odds on favourite to win this race. She looks the greyhound to beat. Top local trainer Tony Apap has Paddy Monelli (box 5) entered in this race. Has finished second behind Supreme Machine And Eagle Monelli in his last two starts. Must be given a good winning chance. The Cyndie Elson-trained Hopeful Lana (box 1) has a great draw and can show good early speed. She might be the early leader but struggles to finish off well over the 520m. The Warren Nichols-trained Faulty System (box 7) steps up to the 520m distance for the first time tonight. This son of Fernando Bale can show good early speed so could contest the early lead and could be the greyhound to run down.