Friday Night’s 2010 GRNSW Country Challenge Showdown Preview

This Friday night the 2009-10 GRNSW Country Challenge series comes to an end as the highly anticipated $20,000 final takes place at Wentworth Park.

The K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Final features the top eight greyhounds who amassed the most points over the series, including the leading point scorer Tadmore Buckshot.

The Simon Ma-trained Tadmore Buckshot amassed an impressive 49 points over the series, a full six points more than his closest rival, last year’s Country Challenge champ Future Fund.

A son of Tadmore Gunshot, Tadmore Buckshot has drawn awkwardly for the final with box four. Having won just three of his 11 starts wearing the blue rug, his chances weaken slightly so keep an Each Way bet at Ladbrokes.com.au in mind.

John Lawson’s Future Fund is back to defend their title and has drawn ideally with box one for his third successive Showdown final appearance. The speedy black son of Hallucinate has missed out on a top three finish just three times out of his 15 starts from the inside alley and looks a top chance of making it back-to-back Country Challenge wins so check out his odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.

Other top dogs lining up on Friday night include True Kihael, the fast paced sprinter drawn in box two; the Patrick Parrelli-trained Devine Ruler in box eight; and Eagleton Lad, the first emergency who gained a start following the scratching of Devine Rush.

The Kim Hyde-trained True Kihael was the ninth highest point scorer over the series, but with the retirement of Mighty Albert made the final field and really does stand a strong chance.

With a perfect box draw that suits him well and boasting the fastest personal best time at this track and distance of all the contenders, True Kihael is likely to start as the favourite, and Ladbrokes.com.au will have the most lucrative odds for him.

Meanwhile Sandown Park are gearing up to host the McKenna Memorial heats tonight featuring talent including Dashing Corsair, Allen Zander, Pulp, Jarvis Bale, Smooth Fancy & Flash of Light.

The K.S. Black & Co. Country Challenge Final is scheduled as race six on Wentworth Park’s cracker 10-event programme on Friday night and is due to jump at 8:17pm.

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2010 K.S. Black & Co Country Challenge Showdown Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time T/D

1 2454 FUTURE FUND John Lawson 30.31
2 5117 TRUE KIHAEL Kim Hyde 29.82
3 5221 AYE OH KAY Carolyn Hore
4 1211 TADMORE BUCKSHOT Simon Ma 30.31
5 2113 PRINCE ERAGON Troy Callaghan 30.18
6 123X EAGLETON LAD Ronald Dawes 30.67
7 1838 DEVINE RULER Patrick Parrelli 30.22
8 2125 BELLBIRD PARK Matthew Reid 31.05
Reserve:
ETTALONG
Scratched:
DEVINE RUSH