Dapto will be host to its first Group 1 race tonight when the lids fly open for the Dapto Megastar. The $75,000 to the winner event delivers a mixture of proven group talent and emerging young superstars all vying for top honours.
Box 1: Proven Nitro- $4.80 fixed odds with Sportingbet
The Jason Thompson-trained sprinter has been afforded the luxury of the rails draw from which he has recorded six wins from eight starts. Proven Nitro brings with him fantastic Victorian form, competing against group winners such as Desalle Bale, Tomac Bale and Kokoda Spirit at his most recent starts. The winner of 25 races has the pace to land on the bunny and avoid trouble on the first turn from box one. He will prove hard to catch if he manages to sneak away from his opposition.
Box 2: Peter Rocket- $8.00 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Peter Rocket was sensational in the Megastar Prelude when chasing down Mexico City to score by half a length in a sizzling 29.79 seconds. The son of Where’s Pedro is boxed ideally on the inside and should be able to find a nice position in the run to the first turn. The Group 2 Horsham Cup winner is a safe beginner and is one of the main chances to take out the race.
Box 3: Glen Gallon- $5.50 fixed odds with Sportingbet
The star Queenslander is a crowd favourite and is in with a great shot after registering a slick 29.57s trial at the track last week. Trained by Tony Brett, the red brindle powerhouse is a multiple group winner and will be aiming to take his prizemoney earnings past the whopping $675,000 mark with a win in tonight’s feature. The son of Flying Stanley does not have blistering early speed but is adept at navigating his way through a field to find the bunny. Despite turning four last month, he is still racing in great style and is capable on notching up his 38th win as he draws towards the end of a stellar career.
Box 4: Double Twist- $10 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Double Twist will be aiming to make it three wins in a row when she jumps from box four tonight. The daughter of Where’s Pedro and Tifi clocked a near record 29.56s success at the track last month before returning the following week with a sizzling 29.86s performance. Double Twist has been showing more early speed of late however she will still have to contend with the awkward draw.
Box 5: Jagger Swagger- $8.00 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Jagger Swagger is the query runner of the field as he has not been seen on the track since June when finishing last behind Quiz Bale. Prior to that run he had been in terrific form claiming the Group 1 National Derby, the Group 2 Richmond Derby and the Group 3 Bulli Gold Cup. Box five will make it difficult for the son of Premier Fantasy as he is not an overly quick beginner however he has an enormous motor once he hits the ground.
Box 6: Mexico City- $31 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Mexico City ran a cheeky race at huge odds in last week’s Prelude and almost stole the honours when going down by just half a length to Peter Rocket. The Mark Gatt-trained greyhound is as honest as they come and can post some sensational times when he is given the chance, as shown by his phenomenal 29.58s triumph at Wentworth Park five starts ago. Despite being drawn poorly in box six, he has the pace to lead the field and could run a top race at big odds.
Box 7: Amadeus Strikes- $17.00 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Amadeus Strikes flashed home from nowhere to clinch third in the Prelude after finding trouble in the early stages. The daughter of Bombastic Shiraz is super strong and will be storming home late but will need to avoid interference from box seven to be in with a genuine winning shot. With a moderate beginner on her outside and an excellent beginner on her inside, she should be given every chance to place herself in a prominent position early. If she can do that, she will be the one to watch at juicy odds.
Box 8: Zulu Zeus- $2.25 fixed odds with Sportingbet
The NSW National Sprint representative returns home for his first race start since finishing third in the Group 1 showdown last month. Box eight is ideal for the son of Where’s Pedro and Fancy Jaffa as he is a big striding dog that needs a few steps for his motor to kick in. From box eight he should be able to muster plenty of momentum and accelerate around the outside of the field. His sizzling 29.46s trial over the track and distance last week further affirmed his chances in the $75,000 to the winner feature, with all the signs now pointing towards a victory for team Hurst.
1st Reserve: Magic Moves- $51 fixed odds with Sportingbet
The Anthony Messina- trained bitch has a good record over the track and distance but looks outclassed in this event should she get a run.
2nd Reserve: Dainty Banquet- $21 fixed odds with Sportingbet
Honest bitch that is always thereabouts but is stepping up dramatically in class.
TIPS: 1st Zulu Zeus, 2nd Glen Gallon, 3rd Peter Rocket, 4th Proven Nitro.
The Group 1 Dapto Megastar is race eight tonight and will jump at 9:40pm.
*All fixed odds correct at time of publication