Thursday’s Queensland Futurity Preview

This Thursday night Queensland’s premier metropolitan greyhound club at Albion Park will host the next feature greyhound race, the $25, 000 Group 2 Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity (520m).

Eight of the best bitches whelped on or after September 4, 2007 will line up in the 2010 Queensland Futurity including the three winners from last week’s heats – Gold Nebo, Velocity Trish and Fawn Magic.

The Denise Robinson-trained Gold Nebo claimed an easy victory in the opening qualifier, defeating Sydney chaser Little Sparkle by nearly six lengths. Her speedy time of 30.23 was the fastest of the three heats, but the daughter of Collison has drawn awkwardly with box six in the final; Gold Nebo has never won wearing the green.

Still Gold Nebo, who suffers from diabetes, has shown plenty of promise and ability to overcome the box six draw and claim her ninth career win.

Runner-up in heat one, Kenneth Chappelow’s Little Sparkle still has claims here despite their substantial defeat last week by half-sister Gold Nebo. Another daughter of Collision, Little Sparkle is drawn on the inside of Gold Nebo in box five and is coming off a recent second place in the Group 2 Cyril Rowe Plate.

Last week’s heat run was Little Sparkle’s first look at the Albion Park track and she will have benefited from the experience.

Velocity Trish’s win in the second heat last week was a close affair as she beat home Lilly’s Pride by half a length with Twin Impact in third.

The top three finishers in the second qualifier have all drawn ideally in the final. The Tricia Fuller-trained Velocity Trish will jump from box two with Sandra Hunt’s Lilly’s Pride in three and Twin Impact securing the cherished rails alley.

The final qualifier last week saw Fawn Magic secure her spot in the final by claiming victory ahead of Velocity Regina and Special Chance.  Special Chance jumps from box four on Thursday night while Fawn Magic and Velocity Regina fill the outside two boxes starting from seven and eight respectively.

Special Chance is the first Group finalist for trainer Joy Harding, who has been in the industry for three decades.

The bitch was a surprise qualifier after not even having been originally nominated for the Futurity heats. Harding had the daughter of Black Enforcer ready for a Novice event at last Thursday night’s meeting, but a lack of nominations in the prestigious Futurity saw GQL graders appeal to Harding to run Special Chance. The rest is history.

The 2010 Queensland Futurity is programmed as race eight at the meeting’s excellent ten-event card and is due to commence at 9:11pm (QLD time).

2010 Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Dog

Trainer

1 TWIN IMPACT Raymond Burman
2 VELOCITY TRISH Tricia Fuller
3 LILLY’S PRIDE Sandra Hunt
4 SPECIAL CHANCE Joy Harding
5 LITTLE SPARKLE Kenneth Cappelow
6 GOLD NEBO Denise Robinson
7 FAWN MAGIC Raymond Burman
8 VELOCITY REGINA Tony Brett
Reserves:
1st FIE FIE Faye Currey
2nd AS YOU DO Peter Ruetschi