National Futurity Semi Final Preview

Following last week’s heats, The Gardens are set to host the highly anticipated semi-final round of the Group 1 Nexia Court National Futurity (515m) this Friday afternoon.

The semi finals will nut out the best bitches whelped on or after July 1st 2007 in anticipation of the $50 000 final due to be held on February 5.

The first Futurity semi features the Chris Phillips-trained Silent Hill, who took out heat one last week in a shock defeat of the odds-on favourite Odessa Shiraz by 2 ½ lengths with the longest-priced runner at $54.30, Jaydo’s Neglect, coming in a surprise third.

Silent Hill has drawn box four for the semis, starting on the outside of Odessa Shiraz in box three as the pair face off again. They will also come up against the speedy Brett May-trained Daydream.

The solidly consistent Daydream boasts the best time over the distance, a sharp 26.56 and has secured the inside running with box one.

Another one to watch in the first Futurity semi is Brendan Wheeler’s Greata Bale in box six. Greta Bale managed to place second in heat two last week behind Mighty Elite, after jumping wide from box seven.

Trained by Norm Becroft, Mighty Elite will contest the second semi on Friday, but has drawn awkwardly in box five.

While Brendan Wheeler’s other semi finalist, Zambola Bale has fared better in the second semi with box three. Zambola Bale placed second to Simply A Miss in heat three last week, but will have a chance at redemption as Simply A Miss will start on their inside from box two in the semi.

Drawing wide with box eight, Brett May’s Bit Stressed is coming off a brilliant three successive victories and boasts a blistering personal best time over the distance of 29.67, so keep an eye on this one too.

The other highlight races of the twilight meeting will be the two semi-finals of the National Derby, which is the male greyhound equivalent of the Futurity.

The National Futurity semi finals will run as races five (5:07pm) and seven (5:46pm), NSW time.