Group One National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada has a great opportunity to notch up her second group victory for the year on Saturday night, after coming up with box one in the Group Three $25,000 John Stollery Christmas Gift Final.
On the back of a 29.77 best of the night performance last week in her heat, the Melbourne Cup runner up is flying at present, having recorded a sizzling 29.22 in her semi-final win at Sandown Park three weeks ago.
Trainer Doreen Dryan’s daughter Kerry is optimistic of her chances this week, provided she can begin cleanly from the inside draw.
“Mum was actually a little disappointed with box one. She was hoping for something out a bit wider.
“Zipping Willow is the greyhound to beat and she is so quick early, Chica will have to begin very well to match it with her.”
Chica Destacada became a household name amongst greyhound racing enthusiasts, after an all way the way display in the Group One National Sprint Championship in Perth, where she clocked a brilliant time of 30.27 over the 530m journey. The daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra returned home after being invited to participate in the Group One Sportingbet Megastar Final finishing fifth, then made the trip down south to Victoria and produced an outstanding effort to place second behind Dyna Villa in the Group One Melbourne Cup Final.
“We’re lucky she loves Wentworth Park and although she missed the start a bit last week, running second in the Melbourne Cup was really good for her.
“I gave her a post to post at Wentworth Park before this series, just to remind her that she’s back home.”
The 26kg pocket rocket’s Wentworth Park record speaks for itself, having won eight of her sixteen starts with four minor placings, and an electrifying personal best time of 29.49. Last Saturday’s victory took her overall career statistics to thirteen wins from thirty three starts and nine minor placings, with a prize money total of $271,355.
Chica Destacada is no stranger to success from box one, having four starts from the inside alley for two wins and a minor placing, and will only have to step cleanly to give the rest of the field a very talented greyhound to chase.