It is a massive night ahead for the Northern Rivers with Lismore hosting the Group 2 Lismore Cup. Six banana benders are lining up in the feature and they appear to have the race at their mercy with only two NSW dogs standing in their way. One of which, Battistuzzi, was the quickest qualify when running a scorching 29.97. The action kicks of at 6.42pm NSW time.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 8 Box 5 Yogi Blue, 5.12pm
Yogi Blue is an interesting animal. I’ve spoken to his own, George Zammit, before and he’s been upbeat about the dog. Early on in his career he was very weak and struggled with the 500, but in the past few months he’s found added strength in the run to the line. A while back he recorded a flying 30.28 win and then headed across to the Adelaide Derby where he had superstar Ernie Bung Arrow clearly beat but decided to turn his head. Since then he’s come back here and been very up and down. But, he trialled in front of the stewards at Ipswich, and went a scorching 30.25. If he repeats that here today, he’ll be in one race and the rest will be in another. The only danger is the equally talented Celtic Diva, who has also recorded and flying 30.33 here. These two look clear cut, but Yogi looks the clear winner for mine. Great bet.
Lismore Greyhounds Race 8 Box 6 Shabeky, 9.05pm
Lismore Cup final and what a cracking race it will be. I’m going with Shabeky, who posses a huge motor when on song and is capable of breaking 30.00 here. Her run last week in the heat was brilliant and it really shows her tremendous talent. But it will all boil down to who gets the fly and who comes out running and receives the breaks. Box 6 makes it tough, but she does have early speed to offset the horror box draw. She should clear most of the runners surrounding her and look to race up outside box 1 runner, Miners Moss. She’s far quicker then he is and if she draws level with him early on, she’ll take care of him. If she jumps and finds the top she’ll win. However, there’s realistically 6 other dogs who can win this and its really hard to split them. Punters should be able to achieve odds of $5.00 about Shabeky and, if not, I suggest staying out and watching a great race.
Horsham Greyhounds Race 5 Box 1 Ozzy Bale, 8.09pm
I was disappointed by not backing Ozzy Bale last start at Sandown. I knew he was nearing a win, but I couldn’t make a case for him from box 7. He won and won well on that occasion, so I’ll stick with him here from the cherry. He’s a fast dog and looks to be getting better with racing. He should lob handy in this, and will look to rail and rave away in this. He’s capable of running fast times and he should get down to about 27.30 here tonight. The only danger is the young up and comer Wise Chief, who flew around Sandown, and stopped the clock at a fast 29.55, but he’s young and less experienced then Ozzy Bale, and will have to contend with box 3. Stick with Ozzy Bale- he should get the cash.
Best Of Luck
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