GRNSW Country Challenge Armidale Cup Final Preview

This Saturday the next leg of the coveted GRNSW Country Challenge series will be held when Armidale host the Hardmans Armidale Cup (520m).

The two winners of last week’s heats Bellbird Park and Devine Ruler have drawn boxes two and three respectively for the final.

The Mathew Reid-trained Bellbird Park took out their heat last week in a sharp 30.58 seconds while Devine Ruler boasts the fastest time over the distance, which he ran in his imposing seven length heat victory, a brilliant 30.44.

Devine Ruler is likely to start as the favourite in the Armidale Cup, the son of Bond on the path to the prestigious $250, 000 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg. He has a good record with box three as well, having one four times and placed once from his six starts wearing the white rug.

Securing the prized inside draw, Muscle’s Monaro trained by Graham Pickering, is another consistent dog to watch in the final. Muscle’s Monaro ran second to Devine Ruler in the heats, but prior to that the son of Droopys Maldini had won their past four races in succession and will be looking to return to winning form this Saturday night.

The other runner-up from the heats, Devine Rush, has drawn wide for the final with box seven. The daughter of Bond and Majestic Rush has had only one of their 22 career starts from box seven but has won two from box eight. Devine Rush is kennelmate to Devine Ruler, both trained by Patrick Parrelli.

The Armidale Cup will run as race seven on the afternoon’s great 10 event programme and is due to jump at 3:00pm (NSW time).

2010 Armidale Cup Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Greyhound

Trainer

Best Time

1 1112
MUSCLE’S MONARO
Graham Pickering 30.91
2 6521
BELLBIRD PARK
Matthew Reid 30.58
3 1181
DEVINE RULER
Patrick Parrelli 30.44
4 1125
HAYLEY’S SHIRAZ
Graham Pickering
5 7123
EAGLETON LAD
Ranald Dawes 30.87
6 3125
JOSE LUIS
Troy Callaghan
7 1362
DEVINE RUSH
Patrick Parrelli 30.82
8 3143
MISS MASON
Russell Harland 30.98
Reserves:
1st 4215
ZIP ZIP MARINA
Shane Robinson
2nd X334
BRUMBY TRICK
John Wilcox 30.92