Feeney's One Stone one to watch
IT is going to take a brave punter to back against Walter Bennett’s Astral Blitz in this afternoon’s Q Dog final for 5th graders.
Last weekend Astral Blitz was not just a heat winner but also the fastest in all the heats and recording the second quickest winning time over the sprint distance for the meeting.
The bitch was certainly too good in her heat, leading the pack home by over nine lengths.
Can she repeat the performance?
The draw is a lot better with Astral Blitz coming out of the number two box rather than from the middle of the pack like she did last time.
The only dog to get a better draw is the Neville Jackson trained Peppermint Pete but he would have to make vast improvements to get up in this race as he was a third placegetter in the heats, coming home behind Day Seas Bruiser.
Peppermint Pete also came out of the one box in that heat with Day Seas Bruiser in the next box. For the final, however, the Andrew Suli dog will have to make the perilous sprint across the track if he is to mount a serious challenge.
Jeff Kuhl’s Maywyn Maybe was second to Astral Blitz when running from the outside box but was not rewarded in the draw having to come from the midst of the pack.
Race of the day promises to be the Best Eight sprint with a multitude of possibilities for a winner.
Dallas Beckett’s Pie Guys won in similar company last week to take the New Year’s Gift and deserves to go into the race as favourite.
Pie Guys is again drawn well, coming out of the two box, but last week’s main challenger, the Bennett’s dog Big is Beautiful, gained little reward from the draw, again getting the six box.
Springsure trainer Bill Boon has two in this field with Lamb Chop capable of getting up to win from the four box.
The one to watch could be One Stone. The Jason Feeney dog is back on the track after a month’s rest and if he is in racing form could well be the one to take the money.
Two smart Beckett dogs go head-to-head in the 4th/5th grade race over the longer 510 metre course.
Last week Tiger Twelve disappeared into the distance leaving the field to scrap for the minor placings.
In this race it might be a little tougher as there is always a possibility of interference when coming from a middle boxes. However, the pace of Tiger Twelve is likely to prove too much for this field with the main challenge coming from kennel mate Palomino.
It will be a good race in the 4th grade sprint with some capable dogs in the field.
Cocoriffic has been paying his own fare recently with wins on the Bundaberg track for trainer Jeff Kuhl but the question now is whether that form can be replicated at Callaghan Park.
There will be some dogs trying to chase Cocoriffic down.
Ray Young’s Bec’s Sapphire knows how to win races in reasonable winning times but was off the pace last week when running behind the pack in a race won by Mulberry Pie.
Pre-race favourite is the Tricia Fuller trained Promises Nothing but it may be asking too much as her good results were achieved over the longer 510-metre course and this her first outing after a break.
Bill Boon could also have a say in the outcome with Ben Morvan as the dog has a reasonable draw and on his day is a match for any of this field.
Apart from the 5th grade sprint final there are two other 5th grade sprints races with the Mark Bube bitch She’s so Rad heavily backed to win although William Smith’s Bunker Road could have a say.
The other 5th grade sprint, the final event of the eight race card, sees Mark Lutter’s By a Coop step up a grade after last week’s win but will need to be three or four lengths faster for a top three placing.
Trent Thorley usually takes home some prizemoney when racing here and he will fancy his chances with When’s Dinner.