Lutter-trained Baden Dash top pick
GREYHOUNDS: If all the pre-race favourites have a win then the spoils will be shared around at Callaghan Park this afternoon.
It’s a mixed bag of racing with the Mixed Final promising a real battle, the Best Eight races throwing up some excellent contests and full cards in all but one of the eight races.
If it comes down to quick times for the Mixed Final then there could only be one winner; the Mark Lutter trained Baden Dash.
In the heats Baden Dash was super-quick but that was racing from the number one box. This time Lutter’s dog must rely on others in the field as he races from the middle of the pack and could be slowed as dogs break from their boxes.
Should Baden Dash get a clean start then he will prosper but it is the dogs drawn at either side of the track that could be the ones to beat.
Andrew Suli’s Black Marble took the other heat last week, winning easily but in an ordinary time. While the Suli dog can not be discounted, he will have to step up a gear this time.
Tricia Fuller is the trainer to be feared as she has two runners and both look handy.
Claimant was five lengths adrift of Baden Dash coming out of two box but this week will be on the outside of the track.
That’ll give Claimant a better run but it is the other Fuller dog, One Carat, that may be the one to beat as the fourth placing in the heat, won by Black Marble, was a good result first time out.
Barry Hall also has the chance to get in the money with Miss Ronaldo as she managed a third place in the fastest of the two heats in her first run.
The Australia Day Cup will be raced over the 510 metre course with Beckett having the two race favourites.
Tiger Twelve has been too hot for all challengers in recent week’s and that is unlikely to change after scoring wins of around 10 lengths in the last two races.
While Beckett should get the win with Tiger Twelve, it will be hard for Pie Guys to make it a Beckett one-two as Dimple Assassin, trained by Bennetts, Boon’s Our Irish Betty and even Beckett’s former dog Maverick Lee, now trained by Albert Harker, are looking good for a place.
The Best Eight sprint has the making of being a classic with possible winners all over the track.
The most exciting contest will be wide on the track where the well-performed One Stone and Spring Malawi, a dog racing through the grades, will battle it out.
In other races Trent Thorley’s When’s Dinner moves up in distance and in the 4th/5th grade race over 510 metres but Beckett could be a danger with Palomino.
Heavily backed to win the 4th grade sprint will be the Jeff Kuhl dog Cocoriffic but Mark Lutter has two handy dogs in David Cane and Go Tarney which are well-drawn.
Winners from their last outings, Bennetts Astral Blitz and Lutter’s By a Coop look to be the ones to beat in the first 5th grade sprint on the card.