Cranbourne Cup Final Preview

Next Monday night, January 25, Cranbourne is set to host the final of the Group 2 Karingal Hub TAB Cranbourne Cup (520m) where eight quality sprinters are ready to fight for the $30 000 to the winner prize.

The Darren McDonald-trained Ultra Rumble is likely to start as the odds on favourite after taking out heat five last week in impressive style, blowing his rivals away by over eight lengths. He likes the wide draws too and so starting from box eight will be of no concern to the local star.

Jumping beside Ultra Rumble is the fastest qualifier from the heats Arvo’s Florence in box seven, who blasted home in heat six in a time of 30.26. The ever consistent Arvo’s Florence is still at decent odds and is aiming for their third successive win.

Ultra Rumble still boasts the best time at this track and distance, a brilliant 30.23 that he ran back in October last year.

Another dog sure to put in a great run and play a big part in this final is the classy Fedex. Drawn in barrier four, the Jason Thompson-trained Fedex was victorious in heat seven, is a natural born leader and a dual Group 1 winner in 2009.

Stagger Inn, who took out heat three last week and is trained by Garry Seldrig, has secured the prized inside alley and if they can get away well and gain some early speed they may cause an upset.

Ultra Rumble, Arvo’s Florence, Fedex and Stagger Inn are the four locally trained dogs in the final and as the Vic’s dominate the betting markets, it may just be a local trifecta on the night.

The Cranbourne Cup will take place as race eight at the meeting’s monster 12 race card and is scheduled to jump at 9:18pm (VIC time).

Cranbourne Cup Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Greyhound

Trainer

Best Time

1 17F61
STAGGER INN
G W Silkrig 30.36
2 28181
BOOK OF MUSIC
A Langton 30.49
3 27132
ATOMIC VOODOO
J Galea NBT
4 14131
FEDEX
J Thompson 30.32
5 66741
CURWEN WALKER
N C Rilen 30.40
6 33621
BLITZEM BALE
S J Collins 30.32
7 23311
ARVO’S FLORENCE
T E Burns 30.26
8 33161
ULTRA RUMBLE
D N McDonald 30.23
Reserves:
9 16452
SYDNIE ALLEN
A L Dailly NBT
10 31452
PRINCE FUSER
K P Smyth 30.74