Following two heats of the Group 3 Sydney Cup last night at Wentworth Park, a sensational final eight will line up next Saturday night in the 720m, $25,000 to the winner final.
In the heats it was Tasmanian Bell Haven which broke through. Many had predicted the Ted Medhurst prepared greyhound would break through in Group company on the mainland, after landing herself on the radar during the AGRA Nationals Series, and tonight was the night.
Bell Haven was able to go with early leader Irma Bale before taking the lead at the home turn and withstanding a late charge from He Knows Uno at the post.
Having led for most of the journey, Victorian Irma Bale will look to settle the ledger next week, having drawn box one in the final, with He Knows Uno drawing unfavourably for connections, in box seven.
Heat two went the way of Graeme Barnett trained favourite Hotwire. Beginning only moderately, the short priced favourite had to work to catch early leader Mr. Caluela, but was able to do so in the home straight, running away in the 42.74 victory over Buddy Right and Mr. Caluela.
The box draws for the 2012 Group 3 Sydney Cup Final is:
Race 8 - WENTWORTH PARK SYDNEY CUP FINAL 9:57 PM
NG 720 Metres $25,000 - $6,250 - $3,125
Box 1 - 2213 IRMA BALE Graeme Bate 42.32
Box 2 - 3243 MR. CALUELA David Righetti 42.59
Box 3 - 6562 BUDDY RIGHT Ronald Bell 42.39
Box 4 - 6524 PLATINUM PLAYBOY Brent Attard 42.65
Box 5 - 1321 HOTWIRE Graeme Barnett 42.38
Box 6 - 4541 BELL HAVEN Edward Medhurst 42.69
Box 7 - 5152 HE KNOWS UNO Michael Patterson 42.09
Box 8 - 6864 EBBY MISS Michael Eberand 42.39
1st res - 7525 DUSTY DAVE Jimmy Magnisalis 42.60
2nd res - 8135 REGAL GATE Ernest Borg 42.56
Next Saturday’s program will also see the running of the GRNSW Country Challenge showdown.