It’s young talent time as Laurie Healion Maiden series begins

A PLETHORA of up-and-coming starts will be on show at Newcastle’s premier track, The Gardens, this Saturday, with the commencement of the Group 3 Laurie Healion Memorial Maiden heats over 515 metres.

This series has been won by some outstanding greyhounds in the past six years, with several greyhounds going onto victory in Group 1 finals. won the final back in 2009 and in 2010 saluted in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder. Magic Sprite was successful in the 2009 final and retired in the middle of 2010 with 10 wins from 11 career starts, he’s since gone onto to become one o the most popular and proven sires in Australia at present.

Six heats will be conducted on Saturday afternoon, followed by semi-finals next Friday, with the decider to be run and won on 31st July, with $22,500 being presented to the winner.

Some of the standout greyhounds to follow are:

$3.50 with Bet365 – Spring Gun x Punk Angel – Heat One, Box Two – Trained by Frank Hurst. This red brindle bitch is a half-sister to outstanding chaser Evil Punk and from all-reports has been trialling well at The Gardens in preparation for this event. Recorded a time of 31.07 in a performance trial at over 535m last month and will be making her race track debut.

Pantera Nera – $10 with Bet365 – Mildean Panther x Go Jessie’s Girl – Heat One, Box Three – Trained by Nancy Mcintosh. This 31kg dog looked solid in his 30.01 performance trial at The Gardens two weeks ago.

Chevy Prince – $1.50 with Bet365 – Fabregas x Chevy Princess – Heat One, Box Six – Trained by Jason Mackay. Everyone is anticipating this greyhound’s first race start, particularly after sizzling around in a performance trial last week, clocking 24.98.

Heir Of King – $2.50 with Bet365 – Bogie King x Bogie Angel – Heat Two, Box Four – Trained by Beau Hedley. Despite finishing seventh on debut at this track two weeks ago, this talented greyhound finished second and recorded 29.82 at Gosford back in May, followed by a solid 25.65 performance trial at Maitland last month.

Blipple – $3.50 with Bet365 – Fabregas x Chevy Princess – Heat Two, Box Eight – Trained by Bradley Canty. Was very raw in her first start at Albion Park back in April, however is a litter sister to Chevy Prince and is in a red-hot kennel at present.

Top Caliber – $4.00 with Bet365 – Spring Gun x El Sutro – Heat Three, Box One – Trained by Ron Bell. This greyhound is surely to be well schooled at The Gardens and carved out a handy time of 29.97 in a performance trial three weeks ago. Perfectly drawn on the inside to bounce out in front, after clocking 5.08 to the first mark.

Goods Odds Ocker – $2.50 with Bet365 – Spring Gun x Punk Angel – Heat Three, Box Six – Trained by Frank Hurst. Another talented offspring of Punk Angel, this 32kg chaser clocked a flying time of 22.56 in his first performance trial over the 400m at Richmond last month and followed up with a 30.01 win in a 4-dog performance trial at .

Mulwee Dream – $1.85 with Bet365 – Spring Gun x Teenage Dream – Heat Five, Box Seven – Trained by . Flew around Gosford last month in her first performance trial over 515m, clocking 29.86. Showed stamina, running home in 12.78 and, provided she gets a clean getaway, will carve out a nice time in this heat.

Our Gypsy – $6.00 with Bet365 – x Diamondo – Heat Five, Box Eight – Trained by Gregory Adamthwaite. Was pipped on the line in her only performance trial at The Gardens last week in 30.05. Recorded a solid 5.04 to the first mark and can run a cheeky race on debut.

Movie Fever – $2.80 with Bet365 – Buck Fever x Midnight Movie – Heat Six, Box Two – Trained by . Recorded a handy performance trial at two weeks ago in 26.07 over 450m. The biggest test for this beautifully bred greyhound will a combination of travelling and how he handles the two-turn circuit.

Pass Lee – $2.50 with Bet365 – Brett Lee x Surpassing – Heat Six, Box Six – Trained by Craig Chappelow. Won her only performance trial at Dapto a month ago by fifteen lengths in 30.20 and will be primed for this event. Showed good early pace, which is a huge asset when racing at The Gardens.

Zipping Sasha – $3.50 with Bet365 – Magic Sprite x Pink Bandanna – Heat Six, Box Seven – Trained by Jason Mackay. Found the line well in her only performance trial last week at The Gardens, clocking a respectable time of 30.05. Expect plenty of improvement this week in her first racetrack appearance.

The first heat will jump at 5.53pm EST.

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