The Terence McCarthy-trained dog stormed out of box six last Thursday night clocking in at a solid 30.31 ahead of consistent sprinter Bluey’s Spirit.
Wearing the lucky red on Thursday night the bookies are sure to have him priced as favourite in the fourth grad Give Me Five at Stud 520m (race five) ahead of Bluey’s Spirit (box four) and Gypsy Indigo in box five.
Gypsy Indigo, who is trained by Ray Burman, posted a blistering 30.18 in a fifth grade over the same distance last week and will be looking to replicate this top performance.
Other chances in this race will come from the far boxes with John Reimer’s Heza Wild One in box seven, and consistent place-getter Sideways in box eight.
Thursday night’s racing marks the start of several strong chasers’ campaigns for the 2009 Sky Channel Winter Carnival, which kicks off on June 4 with the Group One Carwtwright Property Group Gold Cup.
Cole Sherwood’s Lucky Alive has in the past shown Group-type speed when he ran in 30.01 in the Platinum Paws qualifier in Brisbane, and will start this Thursday night in the Best Eight Garrards 520m.
Lucky Alive has shown strong form against the likes of Group One winners, and Queensland Greyhound of the Year contenders, Queen Lauryn and Size Can Matter.
Jumping from box four this Thursday, Lucky Alive will not get an easy start with Reg Hazelgrove’s promising young performer Eskimo Dan drawing the lucky red box.
Eskimo Dancer ran a solid third behind smart dog Sangio King last week, and is expected to improve from this alley.
Another favourable number one box draw of the night is in race six, the fifth grade Cartwright Property Group 520m.
Strong Breeze, which hails from the Hazelgrove Park Ridge kennels, is expected to firm in the betting returning to the red box after recording a very strong 30.14 with a first sectional of 5.76.
The impeccably-bred black bitch, by Black Enforcer and out of Cyclone Chrissy, is sure to lead into the first turn and will be looking to extend the margin to ward off challengers including Luva Drink in box five, and Inflammable from box eight.
The following race (race seven) the fifth grade Winning Edge 520m will see Nikita Beriman have her second start back, and is expected to improve with the race fitness after finishing flat last week.
Jumping from box three should not be too much of a problem for the Kathie Evans-trained performer but will have to start solidly to keep Like The Look (box eight) behind her.
Distance racing at Albion Park again features a quality field with race one, over 710m, featuring several strong greyhounds.
Shadow Boxer should start short with the bookies, jumping from box seven, having had his first competitive run over 710m to finish second behind Lady Moscato two weeks ago.
The Greg Brennan-trained dog is sure to be joined by Killough Orchid who won impressively last week to win in his second start over the distance, clocking in at 42.50.
The third grade A-Team 600m (race nine) will also be one to watch, with proven middle distance runners, On The Ropes and Monarch’s Merlot, going head to head from box one and two, respectively.
The two are expected to take out the quinella in the six dog field, but may be pushed to perform with Sam Beau Stanley (box five) hot on their heals.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets :
- Race 2 Number 1 Dashing Cosair
- Race 3 Number 5 Ryan’s A Rocket
- Race 4 Number 2 Bethanga
- Race 5 Number 1 Rattle And Hum
- Race 6 Number 1 Strong Breeze
- Race 7 Number 8 Like The Look