Saturday’s Australian Cup & Super Stayers Heats

This Saturday night The Meadows will again be host to the best night of greyhound racing over the weekend as they fill their event card with the hotly contested second round of heats for the Group 1 MTD Australian Cup (525m) and the two heats for the Group 1 Macro Meats Super Stayers (725m).

Eight heats of the Australian Cup will run, featuring 64 of the country’s top sprinters, many of who are coming from the prestigious Group invitation-only features held at the same track last week.

Australian Cup Heat 1:

Heat one features the talented High Earner in box two who put in a sensational run in the Group 1 Temlee last week. He lead all the way only to be overtaken by Fedex in the final few metres and missed out on the win by just three quarters of a length. He looks well positioned for a win here though, if he can find the front first ahead of Pacific Maestro on his inside. Pacific Maestro in box one loves the rail draws and may just cause an upset. Also keep an eye on the speedy and consistent Proven Jett in box seven, seeking his third consecutive win.

Australian Cup Heat 2:

The second heat has Queensland speedster Mr. Metz in box one, a possibility to lead all the way here. Last week he was slightly outclassed in the Temlee, placing eighth. Now he has the experience of a run at the track up his sleeve, he is sure to recover. Starting beside Mr. Metz in box two is last-start winner Arvo’s Sphinx who likes this track, while Graeme Bate’s consistent Dentax Bale in seven may also feature.

Australian Cup Heat 3:

Recently crowned the 2009 Victorian GOTY, Cindeen Shelby is setting herself up for another win from box one. Despite two poor performances last start, including seventh place in the Temlee, her level of competition in this heat is nowhere near as high and she will enjoy the rails. Andrea Dailly has her speedy runner Manuel Bale starting at the other end of the field in box eight. Manuel Bale loves the outside draw and has won four from five wearing the pink. Also worth a look is Papa Cool in seven who boasts the second fastest time at this distance and has shown sensational recent form, winning three times and placing second twice in their last five starts.

Australian Cup Heat 4:

Last start winner of the Group 2 Rookie Rebel, Flash Of Light starts from box two in this heat. She is likely to start as the favourite and boasts a scintillating best time here of 29.89s. Also worth a look are the in-form Shredded Cheese in seven and Allen Shaul in box three who is coming off four successive wins.

Australian Cup Heat 5:

Fedex, who took out the Group 1 Temlee here last week, has claims in heat five despite an awkward box six draw. On either side of him he has two consistent rivals in Heather’s Tiger (box five) and the talented Zenith (box seven). Both dogs are coming off two consecutive wins and Heather’s Tiger also boasts the fastest personal best time, a sizzling 29.67 that he ran at this track last week.

Australian Cup Heat 6:

In the sixth heat Cranbourne trainer Darren McDonald has his consistent dog Cosmic Rumble starting from three. Cosmic Rumble is coming off two successive victories and has won two of his three starts wearing the white rug. Drawn wide in seven is the Graeme Bate-trained Dyna Forte, who boasts an impressive personal best her of 29.93. Dyna Forte loves this track and if they can cross the field early and beat Cosmic Rumble to the front they may be in for a win.

Australian Cup Heat 7:

Heat seven will surely be one of the night’s highlights featuring a star studded field that includes Robo Raptor and Hot Price starting in boxes one and two respectively. Both runners are coming off a string of unbeatable recent form, winning their past five starts. Also lining up is Ultra Rumble in box three, another top dog from the Darren McDonald kennel. Allen Zander also has claims.

Australian Cup Heat 8:

The final Australian Cup heat is another beauty with the in-form Mystical Soul, trained by Jamie Ennis, starting in box six. But all eyes will be on the brilliant Dyna Lachlan jumping from box three, who ran an astounding personal best of 29.79 here. Also keep an eye on box two where Springvale Dash will be looking for the lead.

Super Stayers Heats:

Both of the Super Stayers’ heats star an elite line-up of classy runners. Engaged in heat one is Dashing Corsair blessed with box one. The Dwyer Lennon-trained son of Malfoy has won seven of their nine box one starts and did well to place second to Lochinvar Vogue in the Gold Cup last week at Wentworth.

Starting on the outside from box eight is the promising and reliable South Australian chaser Satanic Cash who ran second to Drill ‘Em in the Group 2 Zoom Top here last Saturday. Drill ‘Em is also running in heat one, but is drawn awkwardly in box five and has not won any of their previous starts wearing the yellow rug.

The second Super Stayers heat has a terrific field that includes pacemaker Headley Bale, the classy Next Top Model and Jarvis Bale.

Headley Bale has plenty of ability to lead from box one, but often fades in the later stages of the race. Next Top Model starts from box three and always shows blistering speed, but could only manage fourth in the Zoom Top last week. Third placegetter in the Zoom Top, Jarvis Bale starts wide from seven in the heat. The Graeme Bate trained son of Sonic Flight does not have an impressive record wearing the black, but may be able to sneak in for a place here.

The Meadows Race Programme – Saturday February 20, 2010:

Race #

Race Name

Prizemoney

Distance

Time (VIC)

1 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 1 $10000-3000-1500 525m 7:13pm
2 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 2 $10000-3000-1500 525m 7:35pm
3 SUPER STAYERS HT 1 $5250-1500-750 725m 8:00pm
4 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 3 $10000-3000-1500 525m 8:20pm
5 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 4 $10000-3000-1500 525m 8:37pm
6 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 5 $10000-3000-1500 525m 9:00pm
7 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 6 $10000-3000-1500 525m 9:20pm
8 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 7 $10000-3000-1500 525m 9:38pm
9 MTD AUSTRALIAN CUP HT 8 $10000-3000-1500 525m 10:20pm
11 MTD GRADE 5 $4200-1200-600 525m 10:42pm