The Queensland Winter Greyhound Racing Carnival continues this Thursday night, with the highlights being the finals of the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic (520m) and the Group 3 Dashing Corsair (720m). Let us warm you up with our expert comments and tips on this great 12-race program.
Race 1: Borgbet Tipping Service Novice (520m)
This is a good novice race to start this great night of greyhound racing. Good young trainer Jedda Cutlack has Scintillate (box 4) entered in this race. She showed good early speed to win easily on debut at Ipswich on June 4 from box seven, clocking at quick 30.61 seconds. Tonight, she makes her Albion Park debut from a tricky middle draw but looks the greyhound to beat. The Tony Apap-trained Dr. Libby (box 6) looks the main danger. This daughter of Bernardo has finished second in all four starts since coming to Queensland. She is bursting to win a novice race and has the luxury of a vacant box drawn directly inside of her. You Orson You (box 2) and Hurricane’s Fury (box 7) finished behind Hoover and Dr. Libby last Thursday night in a good novice field. They both look good place chances to round out exotic betting.
Race 2: TAB Long May We Play M5 (520m)
This is our 5th-grade masters race tonight. The Cyndie Elson-trained Special Cyndie (box 1) looks perfectly drawn and the greyhound to beat in this race. This daughter of Magic Sprite has recently been running in open and 3rd/4th-class races. Tonight, she drops back to a more suitable level. Expect her to be contesting the early lead and be hard to run down. The Jeff Ahern-trained Burnt Ends (box 2) should be the main danger. This son of the great Fernando Bale has a good low draw tonight and should get a good run early behind Special Cyndie. The Noel Evans-trained Sweet Werina (box 6) can show good early speed to offset this tricky draw. This daughter of the great Fernando Bale is currently in good form, winning at Ipswich last Saturday night from box four.
Race 3: Sky Racing 4th Grade (520m)
Just A Sort (box 5) and Declan Monelli (box 7) look the greyhounds to beat in this race. Just A Sort is currently in good form, winning or finishing second in his last three starts over this track and distance. Can show good early speed to offset box five and may lead all the way. Declan Monelli is well suited to this wide draw, as he has won all three starts when coming out of box seven. On June 12, he won at Capalaba when resuming after a two-month break. This son of Collision is making his Albion Park debut tonight but must be a top winning chance. The Cyndie Elson-trained Dynamite Cyndie is yet to win from nine starts when wearing the red rug, but she looks a good place chance tonight. Elson also has Love Game (box 3) and Hopeful Hope (box 8) entered in this race. They both look place chances and must be included in all trifecta and first-four bets.
Race 4: Orson Allen @ Meticulous Lodge FFA (710m)
We have a small but good field of staying greyhounds assembled in this race. The Frank Hurst-trained Sound Of Silence (box 2) should be the one to beat, having finished second behind Miss Ezmae in The 715 at The Gardens last Saturday night from box five. He is making his Albion Park debut but should lead all the way here. The Dave Irwin-trained Oh Oh Range (box 7) is the only greyhound in this race that is not sired by the great Fernando Bale, being by Out Of Range. He was unplaced in the $500,000 final at The Gardens last Saturday night from box two. He is also making is Albion Park debut but can show early speed and looks the obvious danger to Sound Of Silence. The South Australian visitor Fantastic Radley (box 8) is an interesting runner with great Adelaide form. He is yet another making his Albion Park debut in preparation for upcoming distance races over the next couple of weeks. He has won 25 races from 42 career starts and must be included in the winning chances. The Warren Nichols-trained Days Of Thunder (box 1) looks the best local hope. She is normally a slow beginner but is a good railer and is very suited to a small field. She can finish off her races well and could be a knockout chance.
Race 5: Sennachie @ Stud – Steve White 5th Grade (520m)
This is a good 5th-grade race. The Michael Patterson-trained Respectability (box 4) could lead all the way in this race. He can show good early speed and he has three slow beginners drawn inside of him tonight. The Steve Withers-trained Eagle Monelli (box 2) was a good third behind Photo Man from box five in a heat of the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic last Thursday night when making his Albion Park debut. He should improve from that run and has a good low draw tonight. Looks the obvious danger to Respectability. Top trainer Tony Apap has entered Fearghal Monelli (box 7), who was a winner at his only start at Albion Park back on February 17 and can handle a wide draw. The Daniel Gibbons-trained Kelsey Bale finished second behind Pazienza from box five in her heat of the Flying Amy Classic last Thursday night when making her Albion Park debut. She would prefer an inside draw but should improve on last week’s run.
Race 6: The Dashing Corsair Group 3 Final (710m)
This is the final of The Dashing Corsair over the longer distance of 710m. The Daniel Gibbons-trained Rohan Bale (box 1) looks the greyhound to beat in this final. He won his heat last Thursday night from box three, clocking 42.44 seconds, after beginning slowly on his Albion Park debut. He is not normally a fast beginner but is well suited to box one. He is a hard railer, so expect him to clock a fast time tonight. Bedrock Fred (box 6) finished second behind Rohan Bale from box seven in his heat last Thursday. He will have the Tony Brett polish put on him, so he looks the main danger to Rohan Bale again. The Rusty Dillon-trained Dundee Ember (box 8) was the fastest heat winner last Thursday, clocking 42.40 seconds from box five. She is normally a slow beginner and will need luck tonight from this wide draw. The Travis Elson-trained Magic Miss (box 5) showed good early speed and just got run down by Dundee Ember late in her heat. That was her first start over the 710m distance, so she could improve from that run.
Race 7: Box 1 Photography Best 8 (520m)
The Mitchell Northfield-trained Kooringa Lucy (box 8) returned to Albion Park last Thursday night and was a little unlucky when finishing a good third behind Orchestrate from box four. She can handle a wide draw and looks the greyhound to beat in this race. The Leanne Hall-trained Extra Malt (box 2) looks the obvious danger. She has been luckless in her last three Albion Park starts. Tonight, with a noted slow beginner drawn inside, she gets her chance to bounce back into the winner’s circle from this good low draw. The Jason Thompson-trained Decimate should improve after being luckless when making his Albion Park debut last Thursday night from box six. He will appreciate wearing the red rug and should get his chance to show his best form. The Jedda Cutlack-trained Showdown (box 4) can show early speed so must be respected. He looks the best of the rest.
Race 8: Flying Amy Classic Group 2 Final (520m)
This is the final of the Flying Amy Classic Group 2 over the sprint distance of 520m. Five good heats were run and won last Thursday night. The Western Australian visitor Panama Pepper was the fastest heat winner, clocking a slick 29.65 seconds. The Gavin Clifton-trained Photo Man (box 1) was a good heat winner from box three, clocking 29.76 seconds. This Victorian greyhound began well and dug in deep to hold off the very promising, and fellow Victorian, Amron Boy when making his Albion Park debut. He has drawn the coveted red rug in this final, which is a big advantage. The Peter Lagogiane (box 8) looks the main danger and the best winning chance from the Sydneysiders. She was a good heat winner when making her Albion Park debut from box seven, clocking 29.96 seconds. She was made to work hard outside the Queenslander Zip Stream in her heat last week but finished off well in the straight to win. She could get clear galloping room out wide in this final. The Steve Withers-trained Panama Pepper was only fair to begin when making his Albion Park debut from box two but still managed to drive through early and win his heat. Might jump better this week and be hard to beat again. The Brooke Ennis-trained Amron Boy has a horror middle draw tonight. Not a noted quick beginner but is a good railer. He will need early luck and can finish off his races well.
Race 9: Garrard’s Horse And Hound 5th Grade (600m)
This is a good, open 5th-grade race over the middle distance of 600m. The Ned Snow-trained Pocket Money has the best box draw but is having his first start at the Albion Park circuit. This son of Out Of Range is undefeated from two starts when wearing the red rug. He did contest a heat of The 715 at The Gardens, but tonight he drops back to 5th grade and a more suitable distance. The Jedda Cutlack-trained Lily Monelli (box 4) steps up to the middle distance for the first time, and the trip should suit this daughter of Hecton Bale. She can show some early speed which could offset her tricky middle draw. Jedda Cutlack also has Shaye (box 7) entered in this race. Has finished second in both starts over this track and distance. She can handle wide draws and must be a winning chance. The Jamie Hosking-trained Pebble’s Girl (box 2) is currently in good form without winning. She has been placed in two of her three starts at this distance. She has a good low draw and may slot in behind Pocket Money early. Must be included in the winning mix.
Race 10: Tiggerlong Tonk @ Stud 5th Grade (520m)
Top trainer Tony Apap could finish off a good night by winning with Paddy Monelli (box 3) in this race. This is Apap’s last of four good winning chances on the card. This son of Collision is currently in good form, either placing or winning in each of his last five starts. He should be bale to hold a good early position and be hard to beat. The Andrew Bobak-trained Supreme Machine (box 6) could be the main danger. While yet to win in four attempts at this track and distance, he has been placed twice and can offset this tricky draw with some good early speed. The Matt Bourke-trained Hopeful Cyndie steps up to the 520m again after running over the short-course distances recently. She can also show some early speed to offset her tricky middle draw. The Corey Mutton-trained Mink Lake (box 1) has the premier box draw tonight. This daughter of the great Fernando Bale has placed five times from six starts out of box one. She must be included in all exotic betting.
Race 11: Borgbet Tipping Service 5th Grade (520m)
The Robert Greensill-trained My Name’s Earl (box 6) is not well drawn but must be considered as a winning chance in this 5th-grade race. On May 26, this son of Aston Dee Bee won his novice race at Albion Park from box five, clocking 30.26 seconds. A repeat of that run would see him winning this race. The Robert Essex-trained Red Wombat (box 7) is normally a slow beginner but can finish well in his races. This daughter of My Bro Fabio has been placed twice from three starts over this track and distance. She must be included in trifectas and first-fours. The Cyndie Elson-trained Hopeful Lana (box 1) is well drawn and can show good early speed. This daughter of Fernando Bale struggles to run the 520m distance out well. She looks the early leader tonight but will need luck to go her way if she is to win.
Race 12: Brisgreys.com 5th Grade (520m)
The outside three boxes may hold the key to this race. The Peter Evans-trained Night Capers (box 8) can handle wide draws and may get a good run down the outside early in this race. If so, this daughter of Keybow looks the greyhound to beat. The Brett Kline-trained Magic Fever (box 6) steps up to the 520m distance tonight. He has won five of his eight career starts, but they all have been down the straight grass track at Capalaba over 366m. He may be the early leader in this race but is unknown over the 520m distance and two turns. The John Thompson-trained Timely Mover (box 7) was unplaced in a heat of the Group 2 Flying Amy Classic last Thursday, and now this son of My Bro Fabio drops back to a suitable 5th-grade race. He can handle wide draws and could get a good run early in this race. He must be included as a winning chance. The John Catton-trained Busted Axel (box 2) has a good low draw tonight but has only been placed once from nine starts over this track and distance. He only looks a place chance again tonight.