It promises to be an excellent night of racing on a bumper twelve race card this Wednesday, April 16. Four semi-finals of the maiden series will support five strong heats of the cup.
The Gold Rush Maiden Series is fascinating this year, with the semi-finals of the event over the 425 metres oozing talented up and comers in each of the four run offs.
The first semi-final pits the Jenny Hunt trained Capullo Bale, who scored a terrific heat win in 24.20 seconds against the impressive Leading Edge for Brooke Ennis,, who also won his heat win in 24.20 seconds. Conquer Fear was the quickest qualifier in the first semi, with a superb 23.95 heat victory for Geoff Howell.
In semi-final two, it’s hard to go past the heat win of Hard Urned Burst for Darren Pattinson, who ran a stunning 24.00 seconds on debut. The other main chances appear to be Arena Allen for Jenny Hunt and Detcord for Barry Marshall, who both impressed in their heat victories.
Semi three again sees Brooke Ennis to the fore, with her runner Bejay The Dejay setting a hot tempo before winning his heat in 24.01 seconds. Valladares must rate as the danger going on his heat win in 24.14 seconds, while the other main contender appears to be Trent Twogood who won his heat in 24.35 seconds.
The fourth semi contains perhaps the most interesting runner in the whole series in Bradley Benz. Bred in the UK and imported to Australia as a pup, the son of Droopys Scolari out of group one winning bitch Westmead Sula, went gangbusters on debut, winning his heat in 24.02 seconds. Dangers look to be Fratelli Fresh, who ran home strongly in his heat win in 24.29 seconds, while Cosmic Angel led throughout in his heat win in 24.05 seconds.
The heats of the Group Two Bendigo Cup over 425 metres will pit some of the best horseshoe greyhounds in Australia against one another for a shot at the huge riches on offer in 2014.
While only five heats have been drawn, the quality is sensational, with the Jason Thompson trained Ronan Izmir attempting to defend his 2013 Bendigo Cup Victory in the first heat. The dangers look to be Quara Bale who has won seven of her past eight starts, while Zambora Storm and Nic Nat Nui look best of the rest.
In heat two, Paw Licking is ideally drawn in Box eight and he looks a class above his rivals.
Heat three looks a match race between Deadly Vane and Whata Good Size. Others with claims look to be Ollie Bale, while youngster Fine Diner has plenty of early speed.
In the fourth heat star sprinter Black Magic Opal has box one and looks almost unbeatable. If there was to be an upset perhaps Great Spartacus or Al Moran look the most likely.
Heat five is perhaps the most open of the 2014 Bendigo Cup Heats. Locally trained sprinter Matty’s Entity for Scott McKenzie has been racing in terrific form and has loads of early speed. National Futurity winner Zipping Brook looks a threat as does the Rob Britton trained Clone Your Own.
The Bendigo Gold Rush Carnival culminates on Easter Sunday with the finals of both the Group Two Bendigo Cup and the Gold Rush Maiden, as well as several other graded finals, in what shapes as being a wonderful evening of greyhound racing at Lords Raceway.