Well, what a week we are in for here at Wentworth Park, kicking off this Wednesday night with a wonderful 10-race program as the superstars of the greyhound world bide their time before a Super Saturday where several Group races will be decided. First things first, we have to negotiate a tricky program of restricted races for the boys and girls, a very nice free-for-all and a novice stayers’ race. As always, we will try to find you a few winners.
BEST BET: Belmont Bullet (Race 10)
Joseph McFadyen will put the polish on this boy and has taken some time to work him out but has him flying now. Belmont Bullet has now won five of his last nine with a couple of placings thrown in. His effort off this box last week was impressive, beginning well and using box one to zoom away early and win by eight lengths and break that magical 30-second mark. While this race is a definite step up in grade, there is no doubt he is going well enough to lead this field and again prove extremely hard to catch. There is no reason he can’t lead in a race that doesn’t have much pace, and if he leads, he will be very hard to beat. He’ll relish box one, where his record is three wins and a second from five attempts.
Danger — Double Baroque: The wide draw will suit this boy and he has a great midrace turn of foot if he gets around that first turn unscathed. He is two from two from the pink rug and will be sweeping around them at the first turn, with luck.
Race 10 – Belmont Bullet (1)
Form: 545211 | Career: 21: 8-3-0 | Trainer: Joseph McFadyen
NEXT BEST: Zipper Sky (Race 5)
This girl was scratched when we tipped her last time around, and now Peter Sims brings her back to town and she draws perfectly. With a career of three wins and a second from four starts, she is perfectly placed in a restricted race. She has never had box one but is two from two from box two. The concern is all of her starts have been on the big one-turn Temora track, but there is no doubt that master mentor Sims has had her around here once or twice. If she is fully fit, ready to go and handles the first turn here at the often tricky Wenty Park, she will be winning this. This girl looks to have a bright future.
Danger — Tequila Bandit: Another from the all-conquering Lord kennel who has only had the one race for a good win at Goulburn and will be well drawn out in box seven. Whether she is up to this is unknown, but you can be sure if the Lord kennel thinks she can win she will be a danger to Zipper Sky.
Race 5 – Zipper Sky (1)
Form: 1121 | Career: 4: 3-1-0 | Trainer: Peter Sims
BEST VALUE: She’s So Bright (Race 3)
Luke Azzopardi brings this girl to town for her first 720m assignment and she has been racing like this might be her go. She has been mixing distances trying to find some form and goes into this 0-3 wins restricted race well placed. Most of the dogs in the Azzopardi kennel usually improve when they find the fence or draw box one, and being drawn right down on the fence will give this girl a boost and at times she can show good early pace. In a restricted staying race she might well find the front early and then it will be hard to get past her. She has been running on at Richmond but will need to be right up on the speed in this and should be at very good value.