2010 Macro Meats Megastar Final – Elite Blue Size the Favourite

This Thursday night the next Group race on the Australian greyhound calendar will take place at Dapto with the final of the $25,000-to-the-winner Group 2 Macro Meats Megastar (520m).

Last week a prelude was held in anticipation of the showdown, featuring the eight best dogs nominated.

The top three finishers in the prelude have moved on to the final, with the other five spots filled by invitation with five Group winning dogs selected by a panel of experts.

The prelude was won by Seek And Destroy ($5.50) who finished two lengths ahead of Certain Magic ($3.80) with Snozz ($7.30) a mere nose away in a gallant third.

Despite their classy win, the Anthony Azzopardi-trained Seek And Destroy has been scratched from the final, making way for Lovin’ Spoonful to start from box eight.

Seek And Destroy was examined by a veterinary surgeon following their impressive victory last week and was found to have split the webbing on the nearside of their hind foot.

Prelude runner-up Certain Magic has drawn awkwardly in box four, the black daughter of Bombastic Shiraz coming off some consistent form that included a win over this distance at Wentworth Park at the start of the month.

Despite her class, the awkward box draw means she will have some trouble keeping pace.

Snozz, who ran third in the prelude, has fared better in the box draw and will wear the black rug on Thursday night.

The Jason Mackay-trained speedster has won two and placed in three of their seven starts from box eight and will have benefited from their first look at the Dapto track last week.

Snozz looks good for a Place bet through Ladbrokes.com.au after their first-up run here last week

But the biggest dangers in the Megastar final looked to be the five invitees, including the Mark Delbridge-trained Flash Of Light.

Drawn ideally in box one, Flash Of Light will be having their first start at Dapto on Thursday and has won four of her 10 starts on the rails, but tends to prefer wider draws.

The veteran runner is coming off two wins over 595m at Sandown Park and looks best for an Each Way bet with the quality of the field she competes against.

Flash Of Light looks best for an Each Way bet through Ladbrokes.com.au as she prefers wider draws

There is also Reg Kay’s champion runner Elite Blue Size in box two, multiple Group winner Fedex who is never far behind, Ron Ball’s Mr. Metz and the promising Tuiaki.

Elite Blue Size trialled exceptionally well here back in July running a smart 29.84 and is likely to start as the odds on favourite.

Elite Blue Size will start as the odds-on favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au after trialling well here last month

A brilliant starter with plenty of early pace, in this box draw will be hard to beat.

Mr. Metz (box five) boasts the fastest personal best here, having run 29.66 when winning the Dapto Maiden last year.

Ball is confident of the dog’s chances on Thursday night despite their less than ideal draw.

The Queensland runner is likely to fly under the radar and is the best value bet.

Mr. Metz represents the best value bet to win at juicy odds through Ladbrokes.com.au

The 2010 Macro Meats Megastar Final will run as race six on Thursday night’s bumper 10-event card, due to jump at 9:14pm.

The other big events scheduled for this week are the $50,000 Group 1 Maturity Classic Final (525m) and the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship (725m) held at The Meadows on Saturday night.

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2010 Macro Meats Megastar Final Field & Box Draw

Box

Form

Dog

Trainer

Best Time (T/D)

1 2611 FLASH OF LIGHT Mark Delbridge
2 1231 ELITE BLUE SIZE Reg Kay
3 4166 FEDEX Jason Thompson
4 1612 CERTAIN MAGIC Michael Abbott 29.98
5 3121 MR. METZ Ron Ball 29.66
6 1224 TUIAKI Neville Brown 30.39
7 1113 SNOZZ Jason Mackay 29.98
8 1715 LOVIN’ SPOONFUL Raymond Webster 30.03
Scratched
SEEK AND DESTROY