Top dogs sprint for success at Callaghan Park
GREYHOUNDS: The Best Eight sprint at Callaghan Park this afternoon could not be better named as the field has a number of interesting contests.
The well-performed One Stone deservedly goes into the battle as favourite as the Jason Feeney dog just keeps winning no matter what company he is in.
Last time he ran, One Stone was too quick for Dallas Beckett dog Maverick Lee, also a runner in this race.
The draw did not favour One Stone last time and yet he got home comfortably ahead of the Beckett dog. Consequently it can be expected the main challengers will be coming from other dogs.
Bill Boon has his in-form dog Thorny in this race and he will be fancied to be somewhere in the mix, especially as he recorded the fastest time when winning a second grade sprint last week. There are also a number of dogs coming through the grades that are capable of testing the best around.
Big is Beautiful, the Walter Bennetts-trained dog, has been one of the big improvers and was far too quick for the field when winning a 3rd/4th grade sprint last week. The question will be whether that improvement can be taken to another level when racing in this company.
Trent Thorley's Totally Mine is another quick dog, but has drawn the outside box, and on last week's form Big is Beautiful has his measure.
Back Page has raced well at Callaghan Park in the past and could be the one to test the field even though the Bundaberg dog, trained by Gary Thorpe, is drawn in the middle of the pack.
Only six go around in the “Best Eight” race over 510 metres, but an estimate of the quality on show is that Boon's Lamb Chop is the pre-race outsider.
Another Thorpe dog Centre Page looks to have the credentials to win this race although Boon's Aye Jay Cee and Our Irish Betty are usually competitive over this distance.
Boon also has two dogs racing in the third/fourth grade sprint, but it's the bitch Just Jazzy attracting most interest. Having raced in good company in the south of the state, picking up placings in the process, Just Jazzy is expected to be too good for this field.
Day Seas Fonzie moves up the rankings after winning a fifth grade sprint but is not expected to challenge.
It's trainer Darren Taylor, with Premier Knight and Terradome Bale, who could collect a winner's cheque with Premier Knight well drawn to make the biggest impact.
Pie Guys has had some ordinary results over the 510 metre course, but the Beckett dog can be expected to produce a better showing this week when he returns to the sprint distance for a fourth/fifth grade race.
Andrew Suli and Mark Lutter could have some say about the eventual winner as both have big chances with Suli having Sammy Automatic, a dog with two wins and a second from three races, and Lutter with Sarina Cane and Louch in Roull. Damien looks to be the pick in the fourth/fifth grade race over 510 metres.