The Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival continues this Thursday night, with the highlights being five heats of the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic over the 520m distance and two heats of the Group 3 Dashing Corsair over the 720m distance. Let us warm you up with our expert comments and tips on this good 12 race program.
Race 1: Make Money @ Airsharehire Cup Novice (520m)
Good open novice race to start the program off tonight with lots of winning chances. Jedda Cutlack has two starters in this race – Sorority (box 1) and Showpiece (box 8). Both greyhounds have drawn well and look good winning chances and probably hold the key to this race. Other winning chances look to be the Tony Zammit-trained Hurricane’s Fury (box 2), Tony Apap-trained Dr. Libby (box 4) and the Robert Cooke-trained Wildash Boomer (box 6). Early speed and luck will determine the placings in this race. Maybe a good race to take a boxed trifecta as there should be some good value runners.
Race 2: The Dashing Corsair Group 3, Heat #1 (710m)
This is the first of two Group 3 Dashing Corsair heats over the longer distance of 720m. The two greyhounds with proven 700m-plus form look the greyhounds to beat in this heat – Rohan Bale (box 3) and Bedrock Fred (box 7). The Rebecca Gibbons-trained Rohan Bale has a good low draw and is a hard railer. This son of Feral Franky is making his Albion Park debut tonight but comes here with strong Victorian form. Top local trainer Tony Brett now takes over the training duties for Bedrock Fred. He, too, has good recent Victorian and Perth form over the longer distances. He has only placed once from three starts over this track and distance but that was a while ago. The Peter Sullivan-trained Pokie Payout steps up to the 710m for the first time tonight. She has been in good form over the middle distances recently so may handle the extra distance. Other local hopes having their first start over the 710m are She’s Sweet (box 1) and Stanton Warrior (box 6).
Race 3: The Dashing Corsair Group 3, Heat #2 (710m)
This is the second and final heat of the Group 3 Dashing Corsair. The Warren Nicholls-trained Days Of Thunder (box 8) looks the greyhound to beat in this heat. Coming back from an interstate campaign, Days of Thunder was an impressive winner at Albion Park last Thursday night, clocking for slick 41.88 seconds from box four. A repeat of that run will win this race. He is normally a slow beginner, hugs the rail and does finish off his races well. The George Clegg-trained No Regrets (box 1) is an interesting starter from up north. Has been impressive winning his past three starts over the 643m at Townsville. Comes to Albion Park for the first time and a chance to prove himself in this class. The Rusty Dillon-trained Dundee Ember (box 5) normally gets back in her races but can also finish off well. The David Bailey-trained Me And You (box 4) was a good third last Thursday night behind Days Of Thunder but well beaten. The Jedda Cutlack-trained Sunburst (box 7) has failed in two attempts over this track and distance, so willing to risk her tonight.
Race 4: Flying Amy Classic Group 2, Heat #1 (520m)
This is the first of five Group 2 Flying Amy Classic heats. In this heat, Peter Lagogiane makes the trip from Sydney with the promising French Martini (box 7). This daughter of Aston Dee Bee makes her Albion Park debut tonight but can handle wide draws and looks the greyhound to beat. She is currently in good form winning her past two starts at Wentworth Park clocking fast times. Top local trainer-Tony Brett has Milligan (box 5) in this heat and looks a danger. Tonight, he has a tricky middle draw but has won five races over this track and distance from seven attempts. The Gregory Stella-trained Black Comanche (box 1) is a very talented greyhound with lots of ability but is not suit in box one. He likes to track out in the middle of the track and power home. He will need early luck for this to happen. The Greg Paul-trained Chic was unplaced from box three last Thursday night, when making her Albion Park debut. She could improve sharply from that run, so don’t overlook her.
Race 5: Flying Amy Classic Group 2, Heat #2 (520m)
In this second heat, the three well performed Victorian trained greyhounds look the winning chances – the Brooke Ennis-trained Amron Boy (box 2), Gavin Clifton-trained Photo Man (box 3) and the Andrea Dailly-trained Dusty Bourbski (box 6). All three greyhounds are making their Albion Park debuts but have superior form lines. Amron Boy has the best draw and should be the greyhound to beat. Photo Man and Dusty Bourbski will need to begin well and contest the early lead. The James Gallaway-trained Little Zephyr (box 8) can handle wide draws and has finished second from three starts over this track and distance. Spring Elegance (box 4) and Eagle Monelli (box 5) also make their Albion Park debuts but have tricky middle draws tonight.
Race 6: Flying Amy Classic Group 2, Heat #3 (520m)
This is the third heat of the Flying Amy Classic. The Michael Patterson-trained Respectability looks the greyhound to beat. This son of Raw Ability has been very impressive winning his last two starts at Albion Park in very slick times, clocking 29.58 and 29.62 seconds. The Scott Tyson-trained Zambora Tiger (box 1) is wearing the red rug for the first time and making her Albion Park debut. She has been impressive winning her last two starts at Wentworth Park in very fast times. She should be suited in box one and looks the obvious danger. The John Dart-trained Gypsy Del (box 7) looks the best local winning chance in this heat. She was a good win last Thursday night here beating Black Magic Rose from box one. She has a good record when coming out of wide draws. The Steve Withers-trained Panama Pepper (box 2) comes across from Western Australia with good form and a good low draw. Must be included in the mix.
Race 7: Flying Amy Classic Group 2, Heat #4 (520m)
In this fourth heat of the Flying Amy Classic, the Frank Hurst-trained Good Odds Emma (box 3) looks the greyhound to beat. This Sydneysider is a daughter of the great Fernando Bale and is making her Albion Park debut tonight. Like her sire, she has good early speed and is currently in good form. Last start, she ran a close second to Good Odds Cash at The Gardens in sparkling time. The Mario Briganti-trained Big Opal Rocks (box 8) is a very talented Victorian greyhound but can be hit or miss at the start. If he gets the start right tonight, he will be hard to hold out and looks the obvious danger. The other Victorian greyhound in this heat is McKeon Bale (box 4). This Rebecca Gibbons-trained greyhound is also making her Albion Park debut. She could get a good run early behind Good Odds Emma and Zip Stream. Must include her in all exotic betting. The Ned Snow-trained Shipwreck (box 6) looks the best hope of the locals. Has a tricky draw in this heat but could run a place at odds.
Race 8: Flying Amy Classic Group 2, Heat #5 (520m)
This is our fifth and final heat , last chance to qualify for the Flying Amy Classic. Once again, there are five greyhounds making their Albion Park debut tonight – Spring Patriot (box 3), Kelsey Bale (box 5), Decimate (box 6) and Rapaki Rocks (box 7). Two Victorian greyhounds may hold the key to this heat – the Jason Thompson-trained Decimate and Mario Briganti-trained Rapaki Rocks. If Decimate can jump well, cross the field and lead, this should give Rapaki Rocks good clear galloping room out wide on the track. Spring Patriot has a good low draw and looks the best hope of the Sydneysiders in this heat. The Warren Nicholls-trained Derrillean (box 2) looks the best local hope from her good low draw. The Rebecca Gibbons-trained Kelsey Bale is the other Victorian greyhound in this race but has a tricky middle draw to overcome. She will need early luck to go her way. Good open race to round off the Flying Amy Classic heats.
Race 9: Borgbet Tipping Service Best 8 (520m)
A good field of open class greyhounds with numerous winning chances. The Shane Ellis-trained Impact (box 3) has a good low draw tonight and may be the greyhound to beat. He could get a good run early, behind the Cyndie Elson-trained Hopeful Bill (box 1) who looks the likely leader. If so, he could be hard to hold out. The Leanne Hall-trained Extra Malt can never be left out of winning contention. This daughter of Paw Licking has just been a little off her best form lately and has a tricky draw tonight. Top trainer Tony Brett has Orchestrate (box 8) entered in this race. After a two month break, Orchestrate has struggled to find good form in two runs over the Albion Park 395m distance. Tonight, steps up to the 520m distance. He would lead all the way, if he bounced back into good form. Kooringa Lucy and Power Moves have winning claims, if luck goes their way early in this race.
Race 10: Sennachie @ Stud – Steve White 3rd/4th Grade (520m)
The Tony Brett-trained Just A Sort (box 6) looks the greyhound to beat in this race. This son of Aston Dee Bee is currently in good form. Last start, he begun well and led all the way to defeat Power Moves, clocking a fast 29.93 seconds from box seven. Previous start, he led early and was just caught on the post by Impact, clocking a slick 29.79 seconds from box three. The Josh Priest-trained Samona (box 3) and the Matthew Heilbronn-trained Dulceria (box 1) look the obvious dangers. After an interstate trip, Samona was slow to begin and finished a fair third last Thursday night, behind Hopeful Bill from box four. Tonight, expect improvement and a better start from her. Dulceria (box 1) is well drawn. She has won five of her six starts when wearing the red rug. Not normally a fast beginner but rails well and must be a winning chance tonight. Fernando Beach (box 2) and Hopeful Hope (box 8) look good place chances.
Race 11: Orson Allen @ Meticulous Lodge 4th/5th Grade (520m)
On paper, there are two main winning chances in this race- Hope’s Dynamic (box 1) and Cincinnati Bill (box 7). Both of these greyhounds are trained by Cyndie Elson. Hope’s Dynamic will appreciate wearing the red rug. She can show good early speed and will be looking to lead all the way. Cincinnati Bill is normally a slow beginner but can run home well late in his races. Cyndie Elson also has Fernando Travis (box 3) entered in this race. He looks a place chance so Cyndie will be hoping to celebrate and get the trifecta. In this race, there are number of place chances, to spoil the Cyndie Elson party- namely Running Express (box 2), Bad And Boujee (box 4), Ringbark Rage (box 5) and She’s So Gnarley (box 6).
Race 12: Tiggerlong Tonk @ Stud 5th Grade (520m)
A tricky open 5th grade race to finish off this great night of greyhound racing at Albion Park. Hopefully, we have won some cash during the night and can celebrate with a drink or two whilst we watch this race unfold. The Cyndie Elson-trained Dynamite Cyndie (box 6) may lead in this race but struggles to finish off well over the Albion Park 520m. The Jamie Hosking-trained Repeat Dose (box 7) could get a good cart across outside Dynamite Cyndie early and be there to challenge her in the home straight. The Peter Evans-trained Night Capers (box 8) might be another greyhound that could get across with Dynamite Cyndie and Repeat Dose. The John Thompson-trained Timely Mover steps up to the 520 distance tonight. This son of My Bro Fabio has won his last two start down the grass straight track at Capalaba. Tonight, he is well drawn and must be in the winning mix.