The Group Three Nowra Summer Puppy Classic now moves into the semi-final stage with two semi-finals to be conducted on Monday afternoon at the Pinebowl circuit. The first four from each heat will progress to the final to be held on Saturday, 29 March.
Semi-Final One – Group Three Nowra Puppy Classic (Race 5 at 4:06pm)
Flying heat-winner Stilton Blue (8) has drawn the outside in the first semi-final. If he runs the first section he did last week he should have no trouble crossing the field. However, he has had three starts from the box without notching up a win. Based on overall times at the track, he is the one to beat.
Trainer Sue Sundstrom will be happy with the rails draw for Leica Destiny (1). She overcame box six last week to win in 30.37 and ran 4.34 to the first mark. She will need to lead to be a chance.
Highbury (3) competed very well last week, running second behind Stilton Blue and recording 30.03 in the process. He is a place chance based on that performance.
Solar Pak (2) is a Wentworth Park winner in 30.03 and is capable of running time on the bunny. With two wins from box two she can put herself right in the race.
Of the others, Power Of Will (4) looks a chance of claiming a spot in the final. He finished fourth on debut last week and is the likely improver.
Semi-Final Two – Group Three Nowra Puppy Classic (Race 7 at 4:46pm)
The runners engaged in the second semi-final would count themselves lucky, as every single heat winner from last week has been drawn in semi-final one. Only three dogs in this field ran a place last week.
Someone Tifi (8) showed good heart to finish second to Dark Seeker after suffering interference at the first turn last week. The half-brother to NSW Greyhound of the Year Double Twist is yet to record a win at Nowra, but has shown he can win from box eight as he has won from his only start from the box (which was at Dapto).
White Pointer (5) ran a good second behind Leica Destiny last week and will be improved after having a look at the track. Based on his run last week, he looks a chance to fill a top four spot.
Gold Buccaneer (7) has shown he can run time, with a fast 22.50 steward’s trial at Bulli in November last year. He has since gone on to win two of his 10 career starts and placed on five other occasions. He couldn’t get across from box eight last week and isn’t drawn much closer to the fence this week.
Stilton Blue’s sister, Hollie Anne (1), is very strong and her two most recent wins at Nowra have been over the 630 metre distance. In an open race, she is worth some consideration.
Quick To Go (6) is the big query in the race. The Collision – My Hot Fantasy bitch is still a maiden after three starts and was unlucky to run into Stilton Blue last week, running fourth. In the process she was credited with a finishing time of 30.24. If she can repeat that effort and run the same 4.35 first section, she just might crack her maiden.
The other runner in the race with sound early speed is Thunder Clay (4). He is yet to win over the 520 metre distance after six attempts, with his only two career wins coming over the 365 metre trip. He will need to lead and hope for some interference behind him in order to get away with this race.