Our Irish Betty and Dimple Assassin race first and second in a heat of the Christmas Cup, but will be further tested over the sprint distance this afternoon.
Our Irish Betty and Dimple Assassin race first and second in a heat of the Christmas Cup, but will be further tested over the sprint distance this afternoon. File

Drenched track augurs well

If veteran trainer Ray Pike has got it right about heavy rainfall making the Callaghan Park track faster, then the dogs should be flying around on Saturday afternoon.

Pike seems to be on the money when he says heavy rainfall compounds the track surface, which makes the winning times appreciably faster.

Therefore the main race on today’s eight-race card should be a cracker.

The New Year’s Gift is a sprint for 1st/2nd grade greyhounds and looking at the field it could be anyone’s race.

Springsure trainer Bill Boon must fancy his chances of getting his hands on the main prize as he has three dogs nominated and also Frank the Tank as one of the reserves.

However, there are many dogs in this field that have good form, but have been doing their racing over the longer 510 metre course.

Lamb Chop looks the best bet of the Boon dogs despite a fall off in form compared to races earlier in the season.

A quicker track will suit the Boon bitch, but first she has to overcome the unfavourable draw that sees her race from the seven box.

Our Irish Betty is a rank outsider and races better over the longer distances while Thorny is Boon’s other nominated dog and might perform the best for him.

Dallas Beckett has two runners in this race and while Maverick Lee has the better form on paper, most of the recent runs have been on the longer course.

Pie Guys has struggled lately, but the draw on the rail could see him perform far better.

Ces Ringuet’s dogs can never be discounted and Rules the Roost should give the leading dogs a run for their money while Walter Bennetts also has two racing with Big is Beautiful more likely to bring home the money rather than Dimple Assassin over this distance.

Three heats of 5th grade heats are the other meeting highlight.

In heat one there are options aplenty with the William Smith dog, Bunker Road, attracting the early interest.

Neville Jackson’s Surf Babe has been running successfully, but is drawn wide on the track while Buster’s Reward has a show for trainer Rosemary Hall.

Hot favourite in the second heat is the dog of visiting trainer Trent Thorley, Team Onyx.

The dog has run in stronger company and despite the form looking ordinary and the draw not the best, should have the speed to prevail.

Bundaberg trainer Michelle Brider has the barrier draw and Nice Going could be up there at the finish.

The third heat could be a race between the dogs drawn closest to the rail although the Ros Svensen dog, Rolling Surf, might be good enough to break into a top three finish.

If Beckett is going to have a collect for the afternoon, it should come in the 3rd grade sprint where Spring Malawi has the pace to win.

Beckett’s other dog in the race, Tiger Swift, gains top draw, while Boon has a real chance with Rubber Soles as does Brider’s well performed Miss Nice.

In other races, there are just six dogs in the 4th grade sprint with Ray Young’s Bec’s Sapphire the standout.

The 4th/5th grade dogs go over the longer 510 metre course with the Andrew Suli dogs Damien and Sammy Automatic good chances. However, Boon’s Son of Macbeth can’t be ruled out while Beckett’s Palomino is capable of beating them all.



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