Thursday’s DDC Launching Pad Final Field & Preview

This Thursday night, February 25, the renowned Sandown Park are set to host the next feature Australian greyhound race, the $25, 000 to-the winner Group 2 DDC Launching Pad (515m).

Eight top sprinters are lining up for the feature, restricted to greyhounds who have 1-5 race wins, including the Gary Ennis-trained favourite Enry Walt in box two.

Silver Chief winner Enry Walt won heat three last week in a sharp 29.91, the second fastest of the night, and his impressive strike rate of five wins from ten starts and the fact he has competed in two Group 1 finals already means this promising youngster will be popular with the punters on Thursday night.

Drawn ideally in box one is the unbeaten Elite State bitch Arsonist. Trained by Heather Collins Arsonist has had only three race starts but has claimed victory in all including her outstanding and nearly unprecedented 16 length heat victory. She ran a scintillating 29.76, the fastest of the qualifiers by far, and her speed combined with the inside draw means she will be mighty hard to catch if she gets away well.

Another talented youngster who may cause an upset in the Launching Pad is the in-form Iceman Raikkonen in box three. The Anakie based runner has been seemingly unstoppable since they started racing in December last year.

Iceman Raikkonen won on debut over 450m and since then has gone on to succeed in five of their seven career starts, including the last four in succession. They also have three Sandown Park runs up their sleeve, and although they have never started from box three before, still look well positioned for a minor place here if they can keep on the pace.

The Group 2 DDC Launching Pad is scheduled as race eight on the night’s terrific eleven race programme and is due to jump at 9:35pm (VIC time).

2010 DDC Launching Pad Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time

1 111 ARSONIST H L Collins 29.76
2 12161 ENRY WALT G S J Ennis 29.91
3 21111 ICEMAN RAIKKONEN R J Britton 30.17
4 11611 SCARLETT GIRL G Jose 30.25
5 1141 MESSI P A Craig 29.86
6 51321 ARVO’S COUGAR T Womann 30.01
7 21121 STEPPING STONE M J Stephens 30.11
8 61331 WILD HALEY S A Holmes 30.23
Reserves:
1st 31132 ERCOLE BALE G J Bate
2nd 11122 NAPOLEON TIGER T K Auld