The daughter of Primo Uno and Messines was headed by kennelmate Full Circle before gaining back the lead in the shadows of the post to win the first of the heats in a Best of Night 42.76. The black chaser has now won five of her six race starts over the staying journey at The Meadows.
Shimaguni is trained by Andrea Dailly, who also has Adelle Bale – a sister to Bekim Bale and Heston Bale – qualified for the $75,000-to-the-winner final.
Thrilling Brat – the pride of greyhound racing in New Zealand – will attempt to become the first Kiwi-owned and trained chaser to a win a Group 1 race in Australia when he competes in Saturday’s Group 1 final.
The son of Hallucinate and Thrilling Faith has drawn perfectly in box eight, with front-running railer Befitting drawn on his inside.
Other dangers to Shimaguni appear to be Red Hot Andy, who took out the second heat in 42.91 when coming off the pace.
The Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers will be the entrée to the fabulous night of racing next Saturday, with the highlight being the running of the Group 1 Rover Mowers Australian Cup, worth $175,000 to the winner.
Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers
$75,000 to the winner (725m)
Box 1 – Shimaguni – Andrea Dailly – 42.41
Box 2 – Echelon – Craig Treherne – 42.52
Box 3 – Red Hot Andy – Wayne Vassallo – 42.91
Box 4 – Double Champ – Tina Womann – 43.16
Box 5 – Full Circle – Andrea Dailly – NBT
Box 6 – Adelle Bale – Andrea Dailly – NBT
Box 7 – Befitting – Jason Thompson – 43.02
Box 8 – Thrilling Brat – Karen Walsh – NBT
1st res – Slick Lee – Keith Pedrana – NBT
2nd res – Mission Complete – Michelle Mallia-Magri – 42.87