Rain hits Albion Park for 2011 Brisbane Cup

Tonight’s 2011 Brisbane Cup is going to be run on a wet track with rain continuing to pour down on the city.

It will be a wet welcome for some of greyhound racing’s heavyweights who have traveled north to watch the Cup.

Trainer Graeme Bate doesn’t always make the trip north but will be at Albion Park to watch Radley Bale contest the Group 1 $107,500 2011 Brisbane Cup  tonight.

Joining him will be Paul Wheeler who spent all day driving up from his property in Young, NSW.

Wheeler has three greyhounds in the final – favourite Dyna Tron, Bekim Bale and Radley Bale.

Wheeler is coming off a high after seven of his dogs filled the first seven placings in the 2011 Melbourne Cup a fortnight ago.

The winner of that Cup was the Andrea Dailly-trained Dyna Tron who will contest this race from the red box.

Box one hasn’t been successful in the Brisbane Cup since 2005 winner Pororoca, trained by Dailly, won in track record time.

Since, the winners have been Pure Burst (box three), Uno Joel (box six), El Galo (box five), Mr. Metz (box five) and He Knows Uno (box 8).

He Knows Uno is aiming to be only the second dog to win two Brisbane Cups.

Tricky Creek achieved the feat in 2001 and 2002.

He Knows Uno is a backmarker and trainer Mick Patterson is hoping for the early speedsters to go hard.

“I think if a runner sitting off the speed is going to win, it will have to come through on the inside,’’ Patterson said.

“I’m hoping Radley Bale will be up there putting pressure on Dyna Tron and Spring Gun who look the leaders in the race.

Bate says Radley Bale has traveled well.

“Box six might be alright for the dog because there isn’t early pace in boxes five and seven,’’ he said.

“I’ve been doing box work with him at home, trying to get him to jump well this time.

“That’s nothing out of the ordinary, I do that with most of my dogs going into a feature race.’’

The Christine Oldfield-trained Spring Gun was  the fastest Brisbane Cup heat winner last week in 29.98 sec.

“From box two I want him to find the fence, in front,’’ Oldfield said.

“Dyna Tron is in box one and I think is definitely the one to beat.’’

“Spring Gun is a very excitable dog and can sometimes get too worked up for his own good.

“We do our best to keep him as calm as we can.’’

Tony Brett says his Cup runner Glen Gallon is in with a good chance.

“I can’t say I’m confident but I reckon he has as much chance as any other runner.

“Box three might just be alright for us,’’ Brett said.

“He can’t match the early speedsters, he’s no chance of leading basically.

“But if the leaders go hard and we’re camped on them, we’re in with a decent chance.’’

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