The scene is set for one of the biggest greyhound races of the year as fields for the 2012 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun – to be held at The Meadows on October 27 – have now been released.
The field is headlined by Andrea Dailly pair Heston Bale and recent Adelaide Cup winner Spud Regis - two greyhounds involved in a serious car accident less than two weeks ago. The speedy duo again have the chance to turn tragedy into triumph with victory in Saturday week’s Group 1 extravaganza – now worth $150,000 to the winner for the first time in the race’s 19-year history.
Queensland fans will have two greyhounds to cheer home on the night with Don’t Knocka Him and Glen Gallon making the dynamic field of eight, with the duo both legitimate chances to give their state victory for the first time since 2005 when the Tony Brett-trained Black Enforcer was victorious.
Despite the heart-breaking injury to star Barcia Bale, maestro trainer Graeme Bate will be represented by litter sister Desalle Bale, a winner of four from five over the 525-metre journey at The Meadows and a chaser blessed with lots of early speed.
Trainer Jason Thompson will be aiming for his third Topgun success (No Intent, Whisky Assassin) with the brilliant Peggy May – already a two-time Group winner and a top-three finisher in 41 of her 51 race starts.
Her Australian Cup conqueror Zara Zulu has also made the final cut, while New South Wales will have a sole representative in Bye Bye Bucks – a dog already victorious in two quality Group 2 races in his home state.
The all-important box draw for the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun will take place on track at The Meadows this Saturday (October 20).
As always, patrons on course for the October 27 extravaganza will have the chance to win some amazing prizes, including AFL memberships, bikes for the children, TAB giveaways and entertainment for all ages in what has become one of the biggest nights at The Meadows.
2012 Topgun Field
- Bye Bye Bucks (NSW) Ken Lewis FSH
- Desalle Bale Graeme Bate 29.88
- Don’t Knocka Him (Qld) Reg Kay NBT
- Glen Gallon (Qld) Tony Brett 29.69
- Heston Bale Andrea Dailly 29.45 record
- Peggy May Jason Thompson 29.89
- Spud Regis Andrea Dailly 30.04
- Zara Zulu Ros Hume 29.75
- David Bale (Reserve) Graeme Bate 29.83
- Transcend Time (Reserve) Mark Azzopardi FSH