Rev Head fires up for final
IF today's Mixed Final sprint is raced at the same speed as last week's heats then Christine Pollard will be leading Rev Head on to the podium at the finish.
Rev Head didn't just win his heat he demolished the field to race to a seven-lengths win and in a time that made the other qualifiers look pedestrian by comparison.
A time of 23.43 seconds over the sprint distance is quick for any grade of greyhound with the winners of the other three heats more than half-a-second slower.
Pollard has had a spell away from the Rockhampton track, but was one of the leading trainers although most of her former success was with stayers.
Michelle Brider goes into the race with three runners but might need a little bit of luck if she is to come away a winner.
Lotsa Dazzle has the best of the draw and did win a heat last week but that winning time was appreciably slower than what Rev Head produced. Milvena was a heat winner when running from the favoured number one box but may find it far more difficult this week when racing from the middle of the pack.
Allan Svensen's Rolling Surf was another runaway winner in the heats, but the pace could be a little too hot today.
If Rev Head is to be tested then it could come from Andrew Suli's Yankee Trick which has a good draw or, if he gets a run, Bill Boon's One Florin which finished a disappointing third in the heats.
Hottest favourite of the day is likely to be the Jason Feeney dog One Stone in the Best Eight sprint.
One Stone is back to his best form with a string of wins to his name and if he runs to full potential should prove to be too pacey for this field.
Big is Beautiful has the plumb draw and, being a strong dog will make the others work hard to get near the rail.
The one that could sneak into a place is the Mackay dog Mulberry Pie, trained by Paul Fredericksen, even though the draw from box six is less than favourable.
Bill Boon and Dallas Beckett have some first-time runners and they will be going around in the Maiden sprints which are to be raced over three heats.
The gun trainers also clash in the Novice sprint where Boon has two fancied dogs Five to Go and Goodtime Gal while Beckett has the race favourite Spring Idol.
There are two races over the 510-metre course on this 10-race card. The Fifth grade race has Albert Harker with the favourite Sunday Sesh but his day could be spoiled by Beckett's Clear Speed so long as the dog clears the box quickly and gets away from any mid-track clutter.
The Fourth grade race over the same distance looks to be open with Beckett again having a favourite with Chilling Speed but Mark Lutter's Buster's Reward should not be ignored over this distance.
The 4th/5th grade sprint features dogs that failed to make it into today's Mixed Final with Beckett again having a favourite with Freeze State.
Final race is a Fifth Grade sprint which should provide Feeney with his double for the meeting with Serious Heart looking the best in the field.