Last week’s Queensland Schweppes National Distance final runner up That’s Twitchy will be out to make amens this Thursday night with the absence of winner Seminole.
The Carine Lazari-trained dog beat Seminole in the heats the week before, but failed to hold on from a late dash by the late Mick Thrupp’s proven bitch.
That’s Twitchy has drawn a third consecutive box four draw and is sure to start favourite in the Best Eight Garrards 710m (Race Eight).
He will need to come out explosively again this week with proven performer Code in box one, Hot Dessa in box two and last week’s 710m Best Eight winner Smart Choice.
Smart Choice blitzed the field in his third start back for trainer Bob Giltinan, showing great early speed with a blistering 16.13 first sectional.
Smart Choice beat Hot Dessa in this race to win by a length and a half, which would suggest a more competitive rivary this week with Hot Dessa starting from box two instead of box six.
Another to keep an eye on in this race is Count The Dough who has been consistently chasing in his short career as a stayer, with four starts for one second and one third.
Other racing on Thursday night’s card also includes a second and third grade 520m race, sponsored by Sky Racing.
Top contender for the 2009 Brisbane Greyhound of the Year, Ryan’s A Rocket will jump from box six, and will benefit greatly from a vacant inside box.
The Townsville Cup-winner won well last Thursday to beat Kathy’s Recall.
An outside chance that has been racing very well is Premier Chief who has gained strong third placings recently against Group quality greyhounds in Bogie Bomber and Voodoo Prince, who in their last starts broke the 30-second barrier.
Premier Chief has been climbing the ranks well and will be a top contender in this race.
In Race Five, the Give Me Five at Stud 520m, southern greyhound Scheckler Bale will have his second start at the Creek after running second last Thursday night.
Trained by Tom Tzouvelis, Scheckler Bale is now in Queensland after running in Melbourne, and found the line well last week.
Fire Sale in box five will be one to keep an eye on, having blitzed the field in a freshen-up at Capalaba on Saturday. He is expected to come out firing.
Tonto Tears has won six from her 15 starts at Albion Park over the distance, with a best time of 30.10.
However, Gary Moore’s Black Attack will be on the hun to improve again, running a solid 30.21 last week, and boasting a record of five starts for two wins and two placings over the distance.
Andy Albion’s Best Bets:
- Race 4 Number 1 Premier Chief
- Race 6 Number 8 Tonto Tears
- Race 8 Number 4 That’s Twitchy