2010 Albion Park Gold Cup Preview – Dashing Corsair the Favourite

Tonight Brisbane’s Albion Park track will come alight as eight of the nation’s best stayers converge for the $50,000-to-the-winner final for the Group 1 Cartwright Property Group Gold Cup (710m).

Sure to start as the hot pre-race favourite after last week’s sensational 41.62 heat win is Dashing Corsair. Last Thursday night the Dwyer Lennon-trained star sizzled to a 7.25 length victory ahead of Allen Zander and Jarvis Bale in the opening Gold Cup heat, running just short of the track record he previously set, a sizzling 41.44.

Dashing Corsair (Malfoy x Rose Flamenco) has drawn box seven tonight, which is the only thing working against the April 07 whelp as he has only won two of his 10 starts wearing the black rug.

But if Dashing Corsair gets away well he should lead, always running impressive first sectionals, and will be very hard to catch here at his favourite track especially if he can reproduce his track record, making it five wins in as many starts at Albion Park over this distance.

One of Dashing Corsair’s biggest threats will come from the classy daughter of Flying Penske, brilliant black bitch Nellie Noodles in box three.

Nellie Noodles was the fastest heat winner last week when she claimed an emphatic 12.75 length win ahead of Countess Of Cork in a sharp 41.57. Trained by master mentor Robert Britton, Nellie Noodles is the in-form stayer of the season and remains unbeaten in her three starts at the track as she seeks her fourth consecutive Albion Park victory tonight.

Having had just 14 race starts, Nellie Noodles looks a top chance as she has her debut run wearing the white rug.

Other top dogs lining up in the Gold Cup tonight that look good for a place bet with Ladbrokes.com.au include the Andrea Dailly-trained Allen Shaul drawn ideally in box one, and talented NSW stayer Blue Lorian who always finds the line hard in box four.

Meanwhile two dogs that could cause an upset and with a bit of luck beat home the favourites are the Darren McDonald-trained Reign Over Me who also took out a heat last week and if improves this start will be one to watch in box six, and Graeme Bate’s super consistent Jarvis Bale having his 82nd race start who has the experience and class to out run them all if he is at his best wearing the pink rug tonight.

The Group 1 Cartwright Property Group Gold Cup Final is scheduled as race eight on tonight’s bumper 10-event card at Albion Park and is due to jump at 9:08pm.

The other group greyhound race final on tonight is the $40,000 Group 3 The Dawson (515m) at Sandown Park featuring talents such as Fedex, Atomic Voodoo, Cosmic Chief and Flash of Light.

Check out the odds for both of these excellent finals at Ladbrokes.com.au before they jump tonight!

Gold Cup Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

1 342 ALLEN SHAUL Andrea Dailly
2 232 COUNTESS OF CORK Darren McDonald
3 111 NELLIE NOODLES Robert Britton
4 313 BLUE LORIAN Peter Whye
5 452 ALLEN ZANDER Andrea Dailly
6 211 REIGN OVER ME Darren McDonald
7 511 DASHING CORSAIR Dwyer Lennon
8 163 JARVIS BALE Graeme Bate
Reserves:
9 123 OUR MOVIE STAR Reg Hazelgrove
10 114 NEXT TOP MODEL Jason Thompson