Sorting the quickest youngsters
TWENTY-EIGHT runners across four heats should sort out which are the quickest young greyhounds coming through the grades.
The 4th/5th grade sprints provide a highlight in this afternoon’s seven-race card at Callaghan Park.
With trainers Dallas Beckett and Bill Boon having some excellent young dogs they should have a sprinkling of runners in next week’s sprint final.
Heat one has Boon’s Five To Go and Beckett’s Freeze State well-positioned for a win.
Five To Go could need a few more runs as this will just be the second time out, but Boon will be looking to make it two wins from two outings.
Freeze State is drawn in the middle of the pack and needs a clean break from the box to stay in touch.
Andrew Suli’s Yankee Trick has the perfect draw and should challenge, but Warren Pirie may well have the winner as Jorgy Monster has won races in better company.
Beckett and Boon go head to head again in the second heat when Boon’s Aussie Flyer has a good draw close to the rail, although Beckett’s Cold Speed might enjoy the wide draw.
Boon again has the favourites tag on one of his dogs in heat three where One Florin has the draw and credentials to win.
Boon also has Goodtime Gal racing from the eight box but Beckett’s Clear Speed should have her run covered.
Michelle Brider’s Belliochi could cause an upset and get through to the final if she can stay clear of traffic.
With no Beckett or Boon racing in heat four it is a chance for recently returned trainer Christine Pollard to get her dog Rev Head through to the next stage.
The draw has not been good to Rev Head and that could assist Aliza Gem but the Barry Hall bitch has a lot of work to do to make the cut.
If there is a surprise it could come from William Smith’s Bunker Road or Nev Jackson’s Tiger Twelve.
Tardis has proved he is the pick of young dogs coming through with wins in the Derby and last week’s Young Guns.
However, those races were over 510 metres and he returns to the sprint distance today for a second/third grade race and may struggle.
Paul Fredericksen’s Mulberry Pie runs well at Callaghan Park and the Mackay dog could surprise and provide a decent return for punters.
The only race on the card over 510 metres is a 4th/5th grade contest where Wal Bennetts Fuelled Speed looks good for the win as does Beckett’s Chilling Speed but Mark Lotter is the one who may walk away with the prizemoney if Buster’s Reward can repeat his last run.
Pollard could return home with a double as Big Fun looks ready for a win in the maiden.
But it will have to run well as Beckett has Spring Idol and Boon has Festino Fiesta with better draws.