Exeter trainer Anthony Bullock is more than happy that outstanding bitch Posh Di has drawn the check box in the $57,000 Group 2 Country Club Tasmania 2011 Launceston Cup Final to be conducted at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
“That is really where she needs to be to have a winning chance, a lot depends on what the dog in the red box does when the lids fly, but I am confident that she will be there at the finish,” he declared on Thursday.
Bullock is full of praise for the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz, which is raced by prominent Burnie owner-breeder Allan Clark, a former chairman of the North West Greyhound Racing Club.
“Posh Di is the only bitch to make the Launceston Cup Final and the only bitch to be invited to compete in the Group 2 Rookie Rebel to be run at The Meadows on February 19,” he said.
Posh Di is no stranger to Victorian big race success, having taken out the Roy Maidment Memorial conducted at Sandown Park on January 27.
The bitch qualified for the Launceston Cup Final by defeating Regent Typhoon and Classic Citi in the time of 30.04 and is sure to be cherry ripe for Monday night's assignment.
The fastest qualifier, smart Victorian chaser Drill Bit, blitzed his rivals by 10 lengths on Monday night in the time of 29.79.
Prepared by Ray Henness, the son of Where's Pedro is obviously a huge chance of capturing Monday night's prize, but has drawn the blue box and will need an ounce of luck in running.
Magpie Lomar, which will be attempting to give champion trainer Darren McDonald his second successive win in the Cup, also drew poorly in the yellow.
The son of Pure Octane recorded 30.06 in defeating Abira and Thirteen Black in his heat, when away tardily from the red box.
Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer has done best of the local trainers by qualifying Victorian owned chasers Banger Harvey and Philby.
Banger Harvey led throughout to score in 28.89 and will occupy the pink box on Monday night, while Philby ran down tearaway leader Led Zeppelin to score in 29.90 and has drawn the coveted red.
Debbie Cannan, fresh from her Devonport Cup success with St Pierre, proved that she has a great chance of taking out the feature double when that chaser thrashed his rivals to score in 29.86.
The son of Surf Lorian has proven to be a wonderful money spinner since being transferred to Tasmania by New South Wales owner Chris Nutt and will be in the firing line for a long way from the green box.
The shock of the heats came when the Leigh Wood prepared Cracker Boy, a Devonport Cup heat winner, stormed home to score in the time of 29.99.
He has drawn the black box in the rich final and the remaining qualifier, the Mark Sutcliffe prepared Fisherman, which recorded 30.01 in defeating Beau Joker and Daegan, will occupy the white.
GROUP 2 COUNTRY CLUB TASMANIA LAUNCESTON CUP FINAL
- 1. Philby
- 2. Posh Di
- 3. Fisherman
- 4. Drill Bit
- 5. Magpie Lomar
- 6. St. Pierre
- 7. Cracker Boy
- 8. Banger Harvey
- 9. Led Zeppelin (Res)
- 10. Where's Ned (Res)