Galaxy & Perth Cup Heats Previews

This Saturday the heats for two elite Group 1 greyhound races will be conducted at Cannington – the $80, 000 Sky Racing Galaxy (715m) and the $140, 000 Sky Racing Perth Cup (530m).

Eight heats of the Perth Cup will take place and are scheduled as races one, two, six, seven, eight, nine, ten and eleven.

The Galaxy has three heats programmed as races three, four and five. For the times of each heat see the race programme below.

Perth Cup Heat 1:

The first Perth Cup heat features start sprinter Dyna Lachlan drawn in box eight. The Andrea Dailly-trained champion will jump as the hot favourite following his recent wins in both the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and the Group 1 Australian Cup. Dyna Lachlan has had just one start at Cannington in the National Sprint where he was narrowly defeated.

Other quality dogs engaged in the first qualifier include Queensland runner My Amigo and speedy bitch Joanne Monelli.

The Sandra Hunt-trained My Amigo looks good for a place here if he can get away well from box seven in his first start at Cannington.

Speedy bitch Joanne Monelli, who was one of WA’s Greyhound of the Year finalists, is drawn well in box two. One of the best chasers in WA if not Australia, she has displayed scintillating recent form of late winning six of her past eight starts and placing second in the other two. May cause an upset.

Perth Cup Heat 2:

The second Perth Cup heat is more of an open affair featuring a star-studded field headlined by odds-on favourite, Group 1 Hobart Thousand winner Prankster. The Robert Britton-trained son of Bombastic Shiraz has been on fire over the last few months, and if successful here will be running in his sixth Group 1 final since November.

Prankster’s biggest rival is the Graeme Bate-trained Dentax Bale in box seven. The son of Collision missed out on a spot in the Australian Cup when he fell in his heat and will be looking to make amends for this here.

Oxley Spirit has secured the prized inside running with box one. The daughter of Whisky Assassin is a fast starter and despite this being the toughest test in her short career, she has the speed to lead here and may be hard to catch.

The Darren McDonald-trained Octane Show is good dog and would be in with an excellent chance in his first start at WA since August if it wasn’t for his awkward box six draw and the class of his rivals. Still one to consider for an each way bet.

Perth Cup Heat 3:

The third qualifier has one of the most even fields of all the Perth Cup heats with at least four really strong chances.

Having secured the rails draw, the Linda Britton-trained Regent Diamond is a definite contender coming off an impressive Group 3 Sprint Challenge run from the same box last week.

South Australian chaser Strictly Mambo is also a big threat. Having drawn barrier two the Adelaide Cup runner-up won at trial here last start and if he jumps well will be one to watch.

The Kenneth Gill-trained Sunny Boy Love always shows good early speed and so has a chance here despite his box six draw. And finally, another of Anakie trainer Andrea Dailly’s contingent Allen Shaul in box three is a well positioned to at least place here with a solid strike rate.

Perth Cup Heat 4:

The fourth qualifier of the night stars hot Queenslander High Earner in box three. Is coming off a succession of good runs at Group level including a win in the WA Derby, fastest heat winner for the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and a close runner-up in the Group 1 Temlee. High Earner looked set for a sensational Australian Cup run too but fell in the final and will be looking to atone for that and finally secure a Group 1 victory this year.

The other highly fancied starter will be wearing the pink, the Mark Delbridge-trained Flash Of Light. The Victorian daughter of Premier Fantasy is a strong runner and has the speed and Group race experience, including a recent win in the Group 2 Rookie Rebel, to take the lead early and hold on for the win.

Flying Shambi has a brilliant record over this trip, winning all five from the rails. Is a proven chaser with plenty of ability and looks well positioned for a place or even a win here at decent odds.

Perth Cup Heat 5:

Zini’s Gump is a local runner with a good chance here following their recent form and their favourable box one draw. Other top dogs with claims in the fifth heat include the speedy son of Collide Sandhog in box five and Proven Jett wearing the green rug.

Proven Jet ran second to High Earner in their Group 1 Australian Cup heat and with an impressive record finishing no worse than fourth in 16 of his 17 starts, looks a real threat.

Also keep an eye on the Andrea Dailly-trained Manuel Bale in box eight who has a few great Group race heats up his sleeve.

Perth Cup Heat 6:

The sixth Perth Cup heat is dominated by Kay Size in box three with the Jason Thompson-trained Lady Gaga in box four also a consistent bitch with a chance here if they can gain a clear run.

Also on the path to success is Queenslander Pacific Maestro in box eight. Has plenty of ability as proved by his beating Dyna Lachlan in the Group 1 Silver Chief heats. One of the better chances in this qualifier.

Perth Cup Heat 7:

Wearing the red is Code One, a speedy son of Pure Octane who has a brilliant record at this track and enjoys the rails. Has won all four of his starts from this draw and has the stocks to win the seventh qualifier.

Other strong rivals include speedy black bitch Arvo’s Breeze drawn well in both three and the Darren McDonald-trained Ultra Rumble in box five having his second start at the Cannington track.

Perth Cup Heat 8:

The final Perth Cup qualifier of the night features another excellent eight dogs, headlined by Michael Stringer’s classy Topline Doovee, the bitch from Tasmania with the biggest chance here. A daughter of boom sire Bond, Topline Doovee is already a Group winner having taken out the Group 2 WA Oaks last year.

Also watch the dog in the pink, Hanify’s Legend. The Jason Thompson-trained Victorian chaser has finished in the money in 12 of his 15 starts. Has run second in two Group heats in recent times and looks a big show.

Galaxy Heats:

The three Galaxy qualifiers feature an elite line up of eager dogs with loads of talent. Big names in the heats include the brilliant Graeme Jose-trained son of Pure Octane Mantra Lad.

The sensational Victorian chaser looks set to take out the first Galaxy qualifier without a worry, drawn ideally in box two the multiple Group winner is a top chance with his only foreseeable threats being the Graeme Bate-trained Jarvis Bale in seven and New South Wales runner Blue Lorian in the pink.

Jarvis Bale has made the finals for 10 Group race finals in the past year and is a definite contender as is Blue Lorian who won the Group 3 Stayers Challenge here last week in his maiden run at WA.

The second heat has last year’s National Sprint champion Dashing Corsair looking ripe in box two, the classy Next Top Model with the speed to lead from box five and the emerging superstar Satanic Cash coming off a brilliant second in the Group 2 Zoom Top wearing the pink.

The third Galaxy qualifier is headlined by the dazzling Drill ‘Em fresh off a victory in the Group 1 Super Stayers at The Meadows. Drawn ideally in box two Drill’ Em is the one to beat here. Other dogs that have claims include Symmetry in box three and the impressive Group winner Forty Twenty in box five.

Finals for the Galaxy and Perth Cup will be held next Saturday night on March 13.

Race Programme – Cannington – Saturday March 6, 2010:

Race #

Race Name

Distance

Prizemoney

Time (WA)

1 Perth Cup Heat 1 530m $14, 415 7:12pm
2 Perth Cup Heat 2 530m $14, 415 7:35pm
3 Galaxy Heat 1 715m $14, 415 7:57pm
4 Galaxy Heat 2 715m $14, 415 8:17pm
5 Galaxy Heat 3 715m $14, 415 8:32pm
6 Perth Cup Heat 3 530m $14, 415 8:52pm
7 Perth Cup Heat 4 530m $14, 415 9:07pm
8 Perth Cup Heat 5 530m $14, 415 9:27pm
9 Perth Cup Heat 6 530m $14, 415 9:42pm
10 Perth Cup Heat 7 530m $14, 415 10:02pm
11 Perth Cup Heat 8 530m $14, 415 10:20pm
12 Canning Stake 530m $4, 415 10:37pm