An exciting nights racing beamed directly to our lounge rooms tonight with 5 heats of the 2009 Group 2 Westside Tabaret Horsham Cup as well as the final of the rich Group 3 2009 Highland Smash Repairs Vince Curry Memorial.
Horsham is one of the best and safest tracks in Australia and just like Bulli gives every dog and your punting dollar a good run for your money. Ipswich on the other hand can be a punters graveyard and as a general rule punters avoid investing in the 431m races unless you are laying them on Betfair.
Tonight’s other greyhound racing comes from Ballarat (Victoria), The Gardens (New South Wales) and later on Cannington (West Australia). In general punters can bet with confidence at Ballarat over all distances and the track suits both speedy and strong greyhounds. The Gardens strongly favours early speed dogs and the 413m races should be avoided at all costs. Cannington is one of the fairest two turn tracks in the country although wide runners can be disdvantaged.
Horsham Greyhounds – Race 4 – Box 7 – Velocette
In Race 4, the opening Horsham Cup hea, Velocette will start very short odds from box 7 after his Group 1 Australian Cup win but being a Bombastic Shiraz will relish the outside draw and should prove too good in the run to the line.
Horsham Greyhounds – Race 5 – Box 5 – Stoner Bale
With the scratching of Invisiting Me, Cracked Ice looks an easy leader with Stoner Bale getting the gun run in behind him. Stoner Bale fresh from an excellent 600m Meadows win running down Bo Frazier will be too good for these.
Horsham Greyhounds – Race 7 – Box 8 – Kendale Bale
Last years Horsham Cup winner has never won from box 8 and has recent indifferent form, but this field is not hard and Unique Daisy is likely to attract a lot of money while being a good risk at her first start at Horsham. Kendale Bale will be juicy odds and worth the risk. With the scratching of Pedro’s Reality, talented youngster Kinka Bale (box 2) will be worth throwing in the exotics.
Ipswich Greyhounds – Race 4 – Box 8 – It’s A She
Pop Culture (box 4) exploded from the same box last week to lead his Vince Curry Memorial heat only to get the staggers and narrowly miss a final berth, running third. While It’s A She was the unluckiest of thirds behind Keroma Oh Seven, after missing the start, getting squeezed out and then checking off heels through the first corner. Pop Culture should lead and as long as It’s A She can find the rail through the corner, It’s A She will be way to strong for Pop Culture and win this Vince Curry Memorial Consolation Final easily.
Ipswich Greyhounds – Race 5 – Box 1 – Uneek Hope
Uneek Hope looked gone several times in the run last week but still held on to run second in the fair time of 31.18. With the vacant box outside her in two, Uneek Hope has enough pace to lead this field or at least hold the rail without getting crossed and her style of getting off the track in the back straight before cutting down on the corners will cause too much trouble to the better dogs behind her. California Blue (box 4) will start a very short favourite, Uneek Hope so look for a little value.
Ipswich Greyhounds – Race 7 – Box 3 – Keroma Oh Seven
In the Group 3 2009 Highland Smash Repairs Vince Curry Memorial Final, Keroma Oh Seven, who found more than half a second to absolutely bolt in his Semi Final; looks the key to the race. If able to reproduce the flying 5.39 first section and 30.27 overall, he will just win and win easily. Of concern he looks to drift off the track will accelerating and with good beginners Another Level (box 4), High Earner (box 5) and Midfield General (box 6) to his outside the run to the first corner will be all important. Being a son of Bond, if Keroma Oh Seven gets back in the field and in traffic we can safely rip up our tickets.
The Gardens Greyhounds – Race 8 – Box 7 – Master Quinn
Very speedy type who looked impressive winning here two starts back. Has the early pace to lead this field easily just a little weak in the run to line, so look for trouble back in the field. Should be a good risk at the odds.
Ballarat Greyhounds – Race 6 – Box 5 – Black Ruler
Albion Park’s 600m track champion Black Ruler is yet to win since venturing down south, but his run last Saturday night at The Meadows was full of merit. He lead a high quality 600m field easily from box 7 and was run down by Group Racing performers Stoner Bale and Bo Frazier but was only beaten 1 length in to third. Black Ruler should win this easily. If there are any dangers they should come from Mantrra Lad’s little half-sister, Natalie Rass (owned and trained in the same interests), or ever consistent provincial performer Atlantic Prince.
Ballarat Greyhound – Race 11 – Box 7 – Betty Boo
7 Starts for 6 wins, 2 of them in best of the night. In capable hands and a weak field. Betty Boo just has to turn up to win this, there is nothing else to say.
Cannington Greyhounds – Race 4 – Box 6 – Colossal Gamble
This half brother to Group Racing performers Cradle Mountain and Right On Ruby has enough early pace to lead this field easily from box 6. A last start second in the Puppy Classic final when just run down by the talented Benno, Colossal Gamble should prove too speedy here and with the Sayer kennel likely to back either of their two runners, we should get a price.