Missing danger dogs give one stone hope
GREYHOUNDS: Eight races are on the card and plenty to be interested in at Callaghan Park this afternoon.
Pick of the fields is usually the Best Eight and that's not changed with the Best Eight over the sprint course the expected highlight of the program.
One Stone failed badly last week in a similar contest when finishing fourth in a race that was completed in a very fast time.
However, today the Jason Feeney-trained dog is not racing against the flying Totally Mine while the dog that finished third, Back Page, is not starting either.
Of those finishing in front of One Stone last week only Rules the Roost remains, but he is drawn on the other side of the track and that will certainly affect his chances.
One Stone will have other dogs in this race trying to prevent him getting back to winning ways.
Walter Bennetts's Spring Tin Man has not had the form on the board recently but has the draw to win this one while the two dogs outside One Stone on the track, Barry Hall's Surfing Devil and the Dallas Beckett dog, Maverick Lee, should not be too far away.
An interesting sprint race on the card is the Mixed Final.
Two heats of Maiden's were raced last week and the winners of those heats have been treated very differently by the draw.
Pompous Shiraz, the Barry Hall dog, had the slower winning time, but started that race from out wide.
This time he has a far better draw as he starts next to the rail while Jeff Kuhl's Cyril Says, which was a far quicker heat winner, will come out of the seven box.
Both won their heats convincingly and it could be Mark Lutter's dog, Go Tarney, that makes the biggest improvement this time.
Only six dogs are racing in the 2nd/3rd grade race over the 510 metre course and that should give Lamb Chop the room she needs to gain the win for trainer Bill Boon.
Trent Thorley has moved Totally Mine up to the middle distance race after being far too quick for the rest of the field in the Best Eight sprint. It will now be interesting to see if Thorley has got it right and Totally Mine can be competitive over the extra distance.
Over the past few weeks Big is Beautiful has had a startling rise in credibility but last week he crashed back to earth when finishing at the back of the field in the Best Eight sprint.
Today the Walter Bennetts dog is back for a 3rd/4th grade start and that should be more to his liking.
Paul Frederickson has the unknown dog in this race with Mulberry Pie a winner at Townsville last time out and drawn next to the rail while Kuhl's Cocoriffic is looking to work her way back up the grading ladder after winning a 4th/5th grade sprint last week.
Andrew Suli's Damien is an evens favourite to win the 4th/5th grade race over 510 metres, but that may be an injustice to the rest of the field as it promises to be an open race with Frederickson's Disco Dancer, Bennetts's Fuelled Speed and Darren Taylor's Tammy Shiraz too good to be ignored.
The Novice sprint is a wide open race while the Maiden has a couple of good Mark Lutter dogs that must be fancied.
- Alan Kennedy