All of the youngsters in the series were nominated as puppies, with a $100 nomination fee paid up prior to 12 months of age to make them eligible for the $25,000 to the winner event.
Donna Campbell looks to have a firm grip on the feature in 2017, putting the polish on Tiempo Dinero, La Chica Pequena and Big Black – all of which are from the handy El Grand Senor x Time And Money litter.
The race always attracts quality greyhounds, with last year’s winner Megsie Marble getting within 0.05 seconds of Aphorism’s track record in both her heat and the final.
Who will win the race this year? With a cracking line-up, we check out the main chances heading into the decider to help you pick the winner.
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BIG Black (8) showed his class with a slick 29.92 heat victory last week – with a repeat performance sure to see him go close to winning the feature. The black dog can handle a wide draw and should get every chance with a slow beginner drawn on his direct inside. If he can find a nice spot within a couple of lengths from the leader through the first turn I would expect him to be too strong in the run to the line.
Tiempo Dinero (3) looks the obvious danger – he has enough pace to put himself in a prominent position early and could run a cheeky race. He won his heat last week in 30.10 which was a good effort at his debut over the track and trip.
La Chica Pequina (6) reeled off a blistering 4.33 early last week when leading to score in 30.38 – the late stages will be a query but if she can show the same speed she should be in this race for a long way.
Tiny Terror (1) is better than her recent form reads – she has been racing some top greyhounds such as Your Shout Punk, Wild Water and Pantera Nera – the latter two having recently contested the Group 2 Maitland Cup. She hasn’t really begun that well at Nowra thus far, but if she happens to time the start she can reel off some breathtaking sectionals and put herself in contention.
Panel Beater (7) is a regally bred pup with a big engine, however he can be tardy at box rise and he is probably better suited closer to the rails.