Tonight’s Launceston Cup Final Preview

Launceston Greyhound Club are gearing up to host the highly anticipated final of the $40 000 Group 2 Country Club Tasmania Launceston Cup (515m) tonight.

Pedro Pronto has secured the favourable box one for the final. Winner of heat six last week in a sharp 29.89, the son of Where’s Pedro is looking for his fourth successive victory – the likely pacesetter well placed to do so here as long as he gets away fast.

Other classy dogs coming off sensational recent form include Sultan’s Swing and Gardam Prince.

Youngster Sultan’s Swing has drawn awkwardly with box five while Gardam Prince will start wide from seven.

Sultan’s Swing has the speed and skill to still do well here despite the middle draw, as the impressive two-year-old has won two of his eight career wins from box five and another two from box four. He claimed a dominant seven length victory in Heat 1 last week and is a definite contender tonight as he aims for his fourth consecutive victory.

Victorian sprinter Gardam Prince, who took out Heat 2 by 3 ¾ lengths, is the most experienced dog in the Launceston Cup this year. The son of Black Enforcer has won 29 of his 41 race starts, including six wearing the black rug. If he jumps well from seven and takes an early lead in the sprint feature he will be hard to catch, especially if he can reproduce his sizzling 29.83 run from last week that was the fastest of the eight heats.

Another consistent dog to watch is Where’s Fly in box four. Where’s Fly ran a blistering 29.86 when taking out the fourth heat to qualify for tonight’s final last week, also from box four.

Fisherman has drawn the outside box eight tonight following his impressive 6 ½ length win in heat seven last Monday.

Big Zues in box three is trainer Butch Deverell’s chance to claim a hat trick of wins in the Cup following his previous success with Akka Boy in 2008 and Big Moose last year.

Whichever dog wins it is sure to be a hotly contested and exciting affair with the winner having their name on the Launceston Cup honour roll along with champions including Top Shiraz (2001) and Jeanie’s Queen (2002).

The Launceston Cup is programmed to run as race seven on the night’s cracker ten event card and is due to jump at 9:30pm (TAS time).

2010 Launceston Cup Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

1 111 PEDRO PRONTO Robert Grubb
2 431 UNO KEYSY Len Howard
3 151 BIG ZUES Butch Deverell
4 121 WHERE’S FLY Troy Murray
5 111 SULTAN’S SWING Debbie Cannan
6 521 TRILOGY MISSION Donna Goodluck
7 111 GARDAM PRINCE Darren McDonald
8 421 FISHERMAN Robert Sutcliffe
Reserves:
1st 212 MAD MAGIC A Bullock
2nd 212 TOPLINE DOOVEE M Stringer