West Australian chaser Miata will start a short-priced favourite in this Saturday’s night’s Group 3 Topcat Video Cup after drawing the coveted red alley.
Despite running second behind Fyna Bale in last week’s heat, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird looms as the greyhound to beat after the box draw and a personal best time more than six lengths clear of her nearest rival.
Victory on Saturday would push Miata’s prizemoney to a tick over $438,000, with 30 wins from 37 starts.
In a fantastic training effort, conditioner Andrea Dailly has three greyhounds through to the final, including last week’s heat winners Erica Allen and Fyna Bale, with the classy Empire Mariah rounding out the trio.
Master trainer Graeme Bate will be hoping Irma Bale can again be the giant killer, already enjoying victory over Miata in the Group 1 Sandown Cup earlier in the year.
Group 3 Top Cat Video Final
$25,000 to the winner. (725m)
Box 1 - Miata Paul Stuart 42.37
Box 2 - Gold Affair Two Martin Hanke 43.41
Box 3 - Erica Allen Andrea Dailly 42.92
Box 4 - Double Jeopardy Jeffrey Britton NBT
Box 5 - Empire Mariah Andrea Dailly 43.07
Box 6 - Zipping Man Wayne Vassallo NBT
Box 7 - Irma Bale Graeme Bate 42.82
Box 8 - Fyna Bale Andrea Dailly 42.73
1st Res - Mission Complete M. Mallia-Magri 42.87
2nd Res - Bizarre Barbie Angela Jackson NBT