He Knows Uno Headlines AWM Distance Championship Heats
Written By George Farrugia, The Meadows Greyhound Racing Correspondent Wednesday 18th July 2012
Recent Group 1 Gold Cup winner He Knows Uno heads a quality line-up of chasers in two heats of the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows over 725 metres on Saturday night.
Trained by Mick Patterson, the son of Primo Uno and Honeymoonâ€™s Over is racing in career-best form, winning his last six starts, including that famous Group 1 win over Miata at Albion Park on June 14.
The black chaser â€“ winner of over $377,000 â€“ will start from a favourable box eight draw in the first heat. His rivals include the brilliant Irma Bale (box seven), who recently claimed the Group 2 McKenna Memorial in a race record time of 33.99 at Sandown Park, and Group 2 Queensland Oaks winner Katie Merry, who steps up to the half-mile journey for the first time in her 32-start career.
In the second heat, Lektra Jay â€“ already a Group winner at The Meadows after taking out the Rookie Rebel in February â€“ will be the greyhound to beat after a super 41.92 win at Sandown Park last start. The son of Whereâ€™s Pedro and Elektra will start from box seven, and will take on the likes of track specialist Fyna Bale and up-and-coming stayer Arising.
The first four past the post in the two heats will qualify for Saturday weekâ€™s final, this year worth $40,000 thanks to the recent prizemoney increases implemented at The Meadows.
The July 28 climax will be a fantastic night of racing, and will also include the $100,000-to-the-winner Group 1 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic. Lots of prizes will be on offer for those on course on Grand Final night, including a home-theatre package, pamper packs for the ladies, childrenâ€™s bikes and dinner packages in The Meadowsâ€™ upstairs dining room.
For full fields of Saturday nightâ€™s Meadows meeting, click here The Meadows Fields for Saturday 21st July 2012.