Dimple Assassin looks for double

DIMPLE Assassin is looking to make it a Christmas double when racing at Callaghan Park tonight.

Winner of the Christmas Cup in 2008, the Walter Bennetts-trained dog enters this year’s race as favourite despite finishing second in her heat behind the Bill Boon dog Our Irish Betty.

Long-time greyhound trainer Ray Pike is in little doubt about the quality of Dimple Assassin, a 39-month-old dog originally trained by Dallas Beckett.

“She’s been a very consistent greyhound for the last couple of years,” he said.

The record of Dimple Assassin bears witness to that claim and a regular winner over the 510 metre course.

She will need to be racing at her best to beat Beckett’s Maverick Lee which was the fastest heat winner.

Both greyhounds are drawn wide on the track, but that is unlikely to be a handicap over this distance.

There are others on this field capable of taking the race with Boon having two useful candidates in Our Irish Betty and Son of Macbeth, a close third behind Maverick Lee.

Added to the list of possible winners, Les Wisener’s Fat Lady Sings and the Andrew Suli dog Damien, a bigger threat than the fourth place in the heats might suggest.

Bennetts’s second dog to earn a place in this race, Fuelled Speed, has been scratched and that will bring one of the heats fifth place getters in for a start

The Christmas Cup may be the main race on the 10-event card, but there will be plenty of other good match-ups during the evening, especially as nine of the races will have full fields.

Last week four heats of Maiden sprints provided the field for tonight’s Mixed Final. On a slowish track the Mark Bube dog, She’s So Rad, was very quick with the best winning time of the night for the distance.

Recent rain should make the track a little quicker and that is likely to suit She’s So Rad, which is again drawn close to the rail.

Mark Lutter’s By A Coop will be better for having a first run last week, but may have been taken out of the reckoning by drawing the seven box.

Three of the heat winners have drawn the inside boxes and that should ensure a close finish.

All six dogs starting in the 1st/2nd grade free-for-all have a good chance of taking the win with Boon’s Lamb Chop and Ces Ringuet’s Rules the Roost gaining the best of the draw. However, the one to watch in this race will be starting at the other side of the track and that is Bundaberg trainer Gary Thorpe’s Back Page.

The 3rd grade sprint should also be a beauty with Boon’s Rubber Soles trying to break a run of top three placings that have not produced a win. Last week’s second in the Best Eight should be an indicator for victory in this company, but Lord Seaton has shown signs of getting back to form for trainer Barry Hall.

Spring Malawi has a lot to do to turn recent form around and win the 4th grade sprint for Beckett with Neville Cumner’s Go Bluey a better option despite stepping up a grade.

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