Australian Racing Greyhound’s expert Rockhampton analyst has examined the fields, done the form and given their tips for Friday night’s 10 race card, which will get underway at ??.
Race 1: Garrard’s Horse And Hound Maiden (407m)
We start the night off at Rockhampton with our standard maiden race over the Rocky 407m. The Trent Thorley-owned and trained Spot On Albert (box 1) makes her debut tonight wearing the red rug. The perfect way to start your racing career is drawing box one. The Rob weeding-trained Unify (box 3) looks the best winning chance from the raced brigade. She finished second on debut from box eight in the life members heats, and unplaced in final from box three. Has shown early speed and may lead all the way here. Local leading trainer Ken Boody has Raven On Koby (box 4) entered in this maiden race. Placed in all three career starts at Rocky from good low draws. Tonight, has a tricky middle draw but could settle outside Unify early in this race. Looks a danger to Unify. The Dallas Beckett-trained Bay County (box 6) finished third on debut at Rocky March 30 from box four. Has a tricky draw again but could improve sharply. The Clinton Thompson-trained Systems Down (box 2) finished fourth, in both the heat and final of life members maiden. From this good low draw, she must be in the winning chances and is at nice odds with Australian online bookmakers.
Race 2: Diplock’s Collision Repair Centre Novice (407m)
The Andrew Suli-trained Suited It (box 5) looks the greyhound to beat here. This son of Beast Unleashed is currently in good form, finishing second at his last three starts over this track and distance. Another win is overdue but needs to overcome this tricky middle draw. The Clinton Thompson-trained Dr. Kammi (box 6) looks the main danger if settles outside Suited It. They finished alongside each other last Friday behind Our , so expect the same result tonight. The Darren Taylor-trained Genius You (box 2) looks the other danger from this good low draw. First time he has drawn inside box five, so looks a winning chance here. The Dallas Beckett-trained Goody Goody Yum (box 8) looks better suited tonight from this wide draw. Has wanted to get off the rail early from inside draws. Could be a good place chance and one for the exotics.
Race 3: Sky Racing M5 (407m)
Local leading trainer Ken Boody has two starters in this master’s race – Bago Dry (box 2) and Won’t Win Larson (box 4). Bago Dry (box 2) drops back into master’s grade after finishing unplaced behind Hearts Colliding and Love You Peaches over the longer distance. Normally a slow beginner but could get through early from this low draw. Won’t Win Larson (box 4) is Ken’s main winning chance here. May be able to lead early from this middle draw and be the greyhound to beat. The Mark Bube-trained Surreal (box 3) won a master’s race here March 23 from box four, clocking 24.30 seconds. Likes the Rockhampton circuit and looks a danger from this low draw. The Darren Taylor-trained My Bro Beach (box 5) is currently in good form. Finished second behind Fluro fella last Friday in good time. Does not win many races, but a repeat of that effort, gives him a winning chance.
Race 4: Rocky Feed And Seed 4th / 5th Grade (407m)
The Clinton Thompson-trained Zipping Raven (box 5) looks the greyhound to beat in this race. Pinged the lids last Friday from box three, beating the promising Francis Geoffrey, clocking a quick 23.87 seconds. Can handle middle draws, looks the early leader and winner. The Christine Pollard-trained Camino Angel (box 3) could get a good run tonight from this low draw. This daughter of Barcia Bale looks the main danger. The Rob Weeding-trained Until Late (box 1) has the gun draw. Has been contesting harder races of late and looks a good place chance tonight. The Andrew Suli-trained Lines (box 6) may get across following Zipping Raven and be another place chance. Has a good 44% place record, should be one for the trifecta and First4 players.
Race 5: Dinky Di Web Design 4th / 5th Grade Final (407m)
This is a good strong 4th / 5th grade race final with numerous winning chances. The Christine Pollard-trained Five Putt Cal (box 1) could be the greyhound to beat from this great draw. Has won his last three races here, clocking fast winning times. Leading trainer-Ken Boody has Barely Friendly (box 5) in this race. Currently in great form, winning her last five races. Has the tricky middle draw tonight. Clinton Thompson has two starters in this final – Rosa’s Memory (box 3) and Blazing Norman (box 7). Rosa’s Memory looks his best winning chance from her low draw. Has won her last four starts from good draws and must be a winning chance. The Peta Boon-trained Velocity Cazau (box 2) could get a good run early behind Five Putt Cal. Looks a good place chance and must be included when taking trifectas and First4’s.
Race 6: Rocky Carnival Sprint Final Open (407m)
Only a field of six starters in this race, with the early scratching of Love You Peaches from box one. Local leading trainer-Ken Boody trains four of these six starters. Wink At Me (box 4) might be Ken’s best winning chance. Tonight, has a vacant box direct outside of him which helps offset this middle draw. Both littermates Blue Jean Talks (box 6) and Tiger Talks (box 8) have good winning chances as well if breaks go their way early in this race. Blue Jeans Talk could follow Wink At Me across early and be in a striking position. Tiger Talks would prefer an inside draw but should appreciate this small field. The Clinton Thompson-trained Rosa’s Money Bag (box 3) will be out to spoil the Ken Boody party here. Can show good early speed and has won five races over this track and distance.
Race 7: TAB Rockhampton Cup (Group 3) Consolation (510m)
This is the Rockhampton Cup consolation race, for greyhounds who failed to qualify for the big cup last Friday. The Tony Brett-trained Just A Sort (box 1) was unplaced when making his Rockhampton debut last Friday from box six. Should improve from his first look at the Rocky circuit and has won all four starts when wearing the red rug. Looks the greyhound to beat. The Robert Ayres-trained Lucky Lance finished third behind Milligan in his heat last Friday from box four. That was his first run at Rockhampton, looks the obvious danger from this good low draw. The Adam McIntosh-trained Maddison finished third behind I’m Explosive in her heat from box eight. Can handle wide draws and has been placed or won, in all three starts at this track and distance. Must include in all exotic betting. Canary Wharf has gained a lucky start into the cup final so is an early scratching in the consolation race. The Ken Boody-trained Dixie Gambles (number 9) will get a start from box four. Can show good early speed and looks a good place chance.
Race 8: TAB Rockhampton Cup (Group 3) Final (510m)
This is the $60,000 Rockhampton Cup Group 3 Final. What a good final it is! All eight greyhounds are trained by different trainers, which is unusual but great for greyhound racing. The Tony Brett-trained Milligan was the fastest heat winner last Friday, clocking a very fast 29.66 seconds from box three. Looks the greyhound to beat in the cup final. The Ken Boody-trained Zip Stream won his spot into the Rockhampton Cup by winning the Rockhampton Wildcard race April 13. Can ping the lids and looks the early leader in the cup final. Might be hard to run down if there is trouble behind her. The John Catton-trained Little Byrnes (box 7) showed good early speed but was just beaten on the post by I’m Explosive in his heat. That was his first look at the Rockhampton circuit so could improve tonight. Must be included in the winning chances. The Robert Ayres-trained I’m Explosive (box 8) won his heat clocking 30.02 seconds from box four. That was his Rockhampton debut run as well. Would prefer an inside draw but must be included as a winning chance.
Race 9: Wendy Mulry Travel 3rd / 4th Grade (407m)
Good open 3rd / 4th grade race. The Gary Weeding-trained Mexicali Jane (box 5) is currently in good form. Has a tricky middle draw tonight but may get a good run across if she begins well. Might be the value runner in this race. Dallas Beckett has two starters in this race – Red Card Bob (box 1) and Swift Twitch (box 6). Red Card Bob has the best draw and looks his best winning chance here. Loves wearing the red rug, has won or been placed in all five starts from box one. The John Catton-trained Busted Axel (box 7) won last Friday when making his Rockhampton debut, clocking a quick 23.85 seconds from box two. Can handle wide draws and must be included in the winning chances. The Clinton Thompson-trained Exit Plan (box 2) could get a good run early from this good low draw. Can win if breaks go his way early.
Race 10: Newsxpress Richardson Road 5th Grade (407m)
Billy’s Memory (box 1) could give trainer Juanita Thompson a good welcome back to the training ranks after her spell on the sidelines. Billy’s Memory has not raced since January 28 but is probably primed for this first up run. Has finished second behind Zip Stream when wearing the red rug. The Christine Pollard-trained Tokyo Chief (box 6) has a tricky draw tonight but loves this circuit. Has been placed 11 times from 14 career starts at this track and distance. The Neville Jackson-trained County Mist (box 2) needs clear galloping room early but is better suited to a middle draw. Can finish in the placings if things go her way early in this race. The Darren Taylor-trained We’re Back Boys (box 3) may get a good run through early if County Mist spears off on the first turn. Looks a good place chance tonight from this low draw.
Race 11: Sky Racing 5th Grade (407m)
The Dallas Beckett-trained Francis Geoffrey has only started from wide boxes in all five career starts. Should appreciate wearing the red rug for the first time tonight, looks the greyhound to beat here. On paper, there appears to be lots of place chances in this race. Local leading trainer-Ken Boody now trains Hyperfine (box 4). This former Victorian makes her Rockhampton debut tonight. Has shown early speed but will need to overcome this middle draw. The Christine Pollard-trained Tokyo Dreamer (box 5) has a tricky middle draw again tonight. Will need luck early but can run home well when given clear galloping room. Both of the Clinton Thompson trained greyhounds have good place chances – Rosa’s Kitchen (box 6) and Zipping Fern (box 8). The Gary Weeding-trained Blazing Brothers (box 2) could get a good run early behind Francis Geoffrey so also looks a place chance. For trifecta players, take plenty of placegetters behind Francis Geoffrey.
Race 12: Garrard’s Horse And Hound 5th Grade (407m)
A 5th grade race to finish off this excellent card of greyhound racing. The Neville Jackson-trained Our Anneeka (box 3) was a good win last Friday when gaining a start from box four, clocking a good 24.28 seconds. A repeat of that effort would see her winning again. Local leading trainer-Ken Boody has Foxy One (box 8) entered in this race. Switching back in distance tonight. Looks a danger if she gets across from this wide draw. The Christine Pollard-trained Tokyo Flying (box 6) has a tricky draw tonight. Has a 62% place record at this track and distance so looks a good place chance again. The Allan Svensen-trained Kooky Loopy (box 2) has a noted slow beginner drawn inside him tonight. Should get a good inside run early, looks a good place chance.