Last week’s Molly Campbell Memorial final winner Matching Outcome will be looking for a double when he takes on Queensland’s best young greyhounds this Thursday night.
Matching Outcome is expected to start favourite in heat five (race seven) of the Greyhounds Queensland Young Guns heats at Albion Park tomorrow night.
The $14,700 Young Guns final will be held at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club next Thursday night (20 November).
The Kathy Evans-trained Matching Outcome has shown promising form lately and won last week’s final by almost seven lengths and in a best time of 30.03.
He then went on to win another 520m on Monday night by a convincing three lengths.
Other threats in this heat will be Berella Rhianna, who has finished in the top two five of the seven times she has raced over 520m at Albion Park, and Billion Smiles, who has what it takes, boasting a best time of 30.10 last September.
Heat One of the night (race two) is sure to be a hot contest when Rattle and Hum goes head to head with Brandy Snap from box one and seven respectively.
Brandy Snap has shown strong form lately and boasts top three finishes in her four starts over the track and distance.
However, Rattle and Hum will be hard to beat coming from a very comfortable box one.
In Heat Two (race three) Quays on Logan will be looking to improve on last start having run sixth to Matching Outcome in the Molly Campbell Final.
Nikita Beriman is expected to make the step up in this heat showing promising pace last Thursday night when she ran second by two lengths behind Texas Ranger, who won in a slick 30.28.
Like The Look appears to be a very promising greyhound from the Ron Ball kennel and Draks, from the Darren Russell kennel, adds an extra dimension to what is an intriguing race.
Kathy Evan’s other promising young star, Jamaican Bolt, will be one to watch in Heat Three (race four) after winning on debut at Albion Park on November 3 in 30.22. Jamaican Bolt has drawn box one.
A hot contender in this heat will also be Shadow Boxer, who scored a personal best last week at the Creek clocking in 30.14 over the 520m.
Proving the depth of Queensland greyhound racing is Hervey Bay Flyer in Heat Four (race six) who makes the trip from the Fraser Coast after showing solid form at Bundaberg. While it will be its first start in the City and over 520m, the dog boasts a winner’s pedigree, by Black Enforcer and out of Kay Cee Chambers.
In this heat, Shooster should start favourite, after running a blistering 30.11 two starts ago at Albion Park.
Top trainer Tony Brett has his only starter, Autumn Waltz, in Heat Six (race eight) which is sure to continue to improve at Albion Park having started for her first time last week and running second.
The last heat of the night (race nine) will have leading Brisbane Trainer Ron Ball’s Straight Wicked take on Graham Hall’s Three Copies and Selena Zammit’s greyhound named Flint, in what should be a very even race.
Thursday night’s best eight is race 10, the Mick Cox Stand 600m.
Michael Menken’s in-form greyhound Stone Cold Sober is back to 600m, a distance where he boasts five starts for three wins at Albion Park.
Contesting from box eight in this race will be Black Ruler who blitzed the field last Thursday night over 520m in 30.04, and then ran a strong second to Black Monty over 600m on Monday night.
One never to leave out of the mix is Tony Zammit’s One Missing, who returns to a longer race after finishing fifth over 520m last week.
In other Queensland greyhound racing news, Size Can Matter will go for its second New Zealand Group One title, after qualifying for the New Zealand Cup Final.
Jumping from box five in the $120,000, 520m race this Thursday night, the Dave Iriwn-trained performer is the only Australian representative in the race and is expected to be in the finish with a good qualifying time of 30.28.
Queen Lauryn is expected to open the betting favourite coming off the back of a stellar performance to win the Group One Sapphire Crown last week.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets:
- Race 5 Number 2 Black Monty
- Race 7 Number 8 Matching Outcome
- Race 8 Number 4 Royston Renegade
- Race 10 Number 8 Black Ruler
- Roughie: Race 1 Number 1 Pretty Boy Zinn (each way)