Saturday’s SKY Racing Galaxy Final Field & Preview

This Saturday, March 13, Cannington Greyhound Racing Club will be host to an elite night of racing highlighted by two brilliant Group 1 finals, the $80, 000 to-the-winner SKY Racing Galaxy (715m) and the $140, 000 to-the-winner SKY Racing Perth Cup (530m).

The 2010 Galaxy final features a sensational field of stayers including the fastest qualifier from the heats last week, Jarvis Bale.

The Graeme Bate-trained son of Sonic Flight ran a sensational 41.36 when defeating Sirocco Style and Blue Lorian by an easy four lengths. The run shattered the track record and it was only his second try at this trip.

Jarvis Bale will jump from box eight on Saturday night and while he has only won two of his twelve starts wearing the pink, is an excellent Each Way pick considering his seven placings from box eight and the fact that his impressive all-the-way heat win was from out wide in seven. Likely to start as the odds-on favourite.

Another highly fancied contender for the Galaxy is David Knocker’s brilliant son of Texas Gold, Drill ‘Em. Drill ‘Em ran a slick 41.43 when he finished ahead of Supreme Command and Symmetry in the third qualifier last week.

Recently named as the AGRA Greyhound of the Month, the four time Group 1 winner has drawn awkwardly in the final with box five. This draw is the only thing stacked up against the super star, as he has never won wearing the yellow rug.

Still, don’t discount him just yet. Drill ‘Em did defeat Jarvis Bale two starts back when he won the Group 1 Super Stayers and if he can find the lead early he is still in with a chance.

Winner of the second heat last week, Next Top Model, also has claims in the final on Saturday after the Victorian chaser drew well with box three. The Jason Thompson-trained bitch beat home Dashing Corsair and Satanic Cash in 41.61 in the qualifiers after jumping well from box five. If she gets away as good as she did then this time she is a definite contender.

Dogs well worth a look at for Place bets include Dashing Corsair and Blue Lorian.

Dashing Corsair was beaten by just under a length by Next Top Model here last week. The Dwyer Lennon-trained Queenslander has been a consistent runner placing second in three of his past six starts.

He stepped up to over 700m for the first time in January at Wentworth Park where he did well to win ahead of Jarvis Bale. Has a fairly solid strike rate wearing the blue and should finish up there in the money if all goes well for him.

Having secured the prized inside alley, the Peter Whye-trained Blue Lorian from NSW is another good bet for a place here on Saturday night. Despite finishing over six lengths back from Jarvis Bale in the opening heat last week, the better draw and first look at the track out of the way should improve the December 2007 whelp’s chances tremendously.

The 2010 Galaxy is scheduled as race five on the evening’s bumper 12-event programme and is due to jump at 8:27pm (WA time). The other feature final of the night, the Perth Cup, will run as race seven at 9:12pm.

2010 SKY Racing Galaxy Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Form

Greyhound

Trainer

1 413
BLUE LORIAN
Peter Whye
2 252
SUPREME COMMAND
Linda Britton
3 131
NEXT TOP MODEL
Jason Thompson
4 362
DASHING CORSAIR
Dwyer Lennon
5 211
DRILL ‘EM
David Knocker
6 212
SIROCCO STYLE
Belinda Smithson
7 243
SYMMETRY
Robert Britton
8 421
JARVIS BALE
Graeme Bate
Reserves:
1st SATANIC CASH
2nd SITKA