The son of Magic Sprite and Bellbird Park, trained by Dennis’ son Mathew, needs to run in the first two to qualify for next week’s $25,000-to-the-winner final.
The four-year-old, currently $2.25 with Bet365, comes into the race after a luckless last in the Group 2 Black Top at The Gardens, but Dennis says he is doing everything right leading into Friday’s event.
“He was a bit jaded from all the travelling after his run in the Black Top, but he has picked up fine now,” Dennis told Australian Racing Greyhound.
Reid says the correction of a persistent bowel problem is the secret to Miner’s Moss being in career best form at present.
“He has always had ability but he had been a bit off colour when he was starting out.
“He had a problem in his younger days with his bowel and we could never fix it up properly.
“We ended up getting some advice on what to do and we had to continually feed him some stuff for about two months to get it to clear up.
“Since fixing that he has been a different dog – his coat is gleaming and prior to that he had a very dull coat.
“We are thrilled with how he has been going lately, he still loves his racing, he is a mad chaser.”
The well travelled speedster, a winner of 41 from 98, will jump from box three on Friday against a handy field against the likes of Pace Ventura (box one), Jake Kade (box five) and Bill’s Fantasy (box eight).
Reid rates his greyhound a top chance from the suitable draw.
“I think he will improve on his time of 28.09 – the trick with this dog is that he is a very good beginner, if he cant begin then he really loses his chances of winning – he is the type of dog that has to bounce on the bunny.
“I am hoping that he can begin well on Friday because he deserves to win a big race.”
Miner’s Moss will contest race five which is set to jump at 1:50pm.
Other chasers to look out for in the series include Hope’s Magic, $4 with Bet365, which will exit box three in the second heat. Trained by Bill Elson, the daughter of Magic Sprite and Regal Silver is drawn well and has won two from three over the track and trip including a slick 27.82 personal best.
The third heat features the in form Lachie Lyndan, $3.50, which will relish box one and comes into the series as a winner of five of his last eight starts.
The fourth and final qualifier looks to be at the mercy of Mincin’ Machine, $2.50, which owns a sizzling 27.64 PM at Casino.