Dogs to burn up the hot track
Christmas is almost here, but far from it being a time for winding down, today’s meeting is one of the biggest on the Rockhampton Greyhound Club’s calendar.
No fewer than 11 races are on the card, with two heats of the Christmas Cup over the 510 metre course attracting some of the best dogs around, while four heats of the Patlaw Securities Maiden will give an insight into the quality of dogs coming through the ranks.
In the first heat the 2008 winner of the True Value Hardware Christmas Cup, Dimple Assassin, looks to be close to the form that took her to victory last year.
The Walter Bennetts-trained dog led a good field home in last week’s Best Eight with some of those dogs in the mix again this afternoon.
One that disappointed last week was Fat Lady Sings with the Les Wisener dog out of the frame for the finish.
This time around “The Fat Lady” has a kinder draw and should finish a lot closer to the bunny, even pushing for a place in next week’s final. Pie Guys was well beaten last week, finishing nearly five lengths adrift of Dimple Assassin, but cannot be discounted as the draw is similar to last week for the Dallas Beckett dog.
Beckett also has Spring Malawi running in this company but comes into the race as something of an unknown, having run over shorter distances and finishing a disappointing fourth in last week’s 4th/5th grade sprint, against a field he was expected to beat.
In the other heat Son of Macbeth will go into the race as favourite as the Tony Brett-trained dog has shown he has the credentials to race in good company, picking up placings when racing at Albion Park.
John Betro’s Sister Cool makes the trip from Bundaberg and it is unlikely she will have a wasted journey.
Bill Boon’s Aye Jay Cee likes this distance and won’t be far off the pace, while Beckett’s Maverick Lee could get up there if he gets a little bit of room when racing from the middle of the pack.
Seven dogs in each of the four heats of the Patlaw Securities Maiden sprints will provide interesting racing with veteran Rockhampton trainer Ray Pike having one dog in each heat and all four fancied by the bookies.