Townsville greyhound tips & quaddie picks | Tuesday, May 23
Townsville is set to host 12 races on Tuesday afternoon from 3:11pm local time. The feature race on the program is the $180,000-to-the-winner QGOLD final over 380m, where the likes of Teddy Box, Flash Fever and Jackie Chiles are set to fight out the finish.
Best Bet: Lush Ice (Race 4)
Lush Ice lines up as a short-priced favourite in the first of many 498m events on the program. The near two-year-old son of Fernando Bale x Caviar Quality has made an instant impact at his new location in North Queensland having started his career in New South Wales. He has faced the starter on seven occasions in Townsville for four wins and two placings. Last week, Lush Ice stepped up to the longer trip (498m) for the first time and began brilliantly from the low draw, found the lead and looked all over the winner before being pipped late by Jazz Party in 29.04. He will take great benefit from this effort and the track did appear to be water-affected, which certainly didn't help his chances. With his early speed and another low draw to boot, it's safe to assume he will kick up and find the front once again. From there, he will be awfully hard to run down and the only real threat appears My Mate Neo, who has shown no box speed in two Townsville starts to date.
Race 4 – Lush Ice (3)
Form: 2112 | Career: 10: 6-2-0 | Trainer: Robert Lound
Next Best: Winlock All Over (Race 7)
Winlock All Over is shooting for the hat-trick and looks likely to bring it up in the 498m free-for-all race on the program. The two-year-old daughter of Fernando Bale x Jacqui Blax has been in terrific form over her past five starts since stepping up to the 498m, with three wins and two placings to show for it. Overall, she has been a terrific bitch for connections having won 13 from 30 starts. Her will to win was certainly on show last week when having to overcome some obstacles; after jumping poorly from box one, she found herself in a tricky position before weaving her way into the perfect stalking position where she took inside runs to find the lead and fend off Paw Baby late in the piece. Here, she faces a similar field to last week and, despite recent wins, still has more to offer. With clear room, she can run a personal best en route to victory.
Race 7 – Winlock All Over (2)
Form: 1211 | Career: 30: 13-4-0 | Trainer: Bradley Belford
Best Value: Pretty Cindy (Race 5)
Pretty Cindy drops back to the 380m after contesting some hot 498m races and appears the best value on the program. She has consistently run around 29 dead at the longer trip, resulting in two wins and two placings. In her last two races she has run behind kennelmate Winlock All Over, who is currently the in-form dog over the 498m. The step back to 380m also results in a step back in grade for Pretty Cindy, who will face 3rd/4th-grade company. This race appears very top-heavy with Eyes On Meg and Billy Buttons both drawn inside and taking up a lot of market percentage. Both dogs have their quirks and have been slow to exit the boxes in recent weeks, which could lead to Pretty Cindy finding the front. If she does so, both the main dangers will find it extremely difficult to run her down with the four successive 498m runs under her belt.
Race 5 – Pretty Cindy (4)
Form: 1123 | Career: 33: 10-2-3 | Trainer: Bradley Belford