The headquarters of greyhounds racing in Western Australia becomes the showcase as the Group 1 Perth Cup series begins this Saturday night over 530m. With history-making Queenslander, High Earner not around to try for the hat-trick, a new champion will be crowned amongst the 64 entrants racing across eight heats.
Headlining the nominations is reigning Melbourne Cup and Hobart Thousand winner, Dyna Tron, who is looking to make a fourth Group 1 final in as many months. Lining up in heat six, the Andrea Dailly trained star will be trying to atone for a couple of recent defeats and starts from box seven. Fellow Victorians Autoamerican and Knocka Knows All are engaged in the same race from boxes eight and four respectively, along with Big Noter who looks the most threatening of the locals from box three.
Somebody in New South Wales must have been owed a favour by lady luck, as three of the state’s greyhounds have drawn box one in their respective races. Oaks Road (heat five), Things Missing (heat seven) and Divine Law (heat eight) have all come up with a cherry draw, with Oaks Road looking the most likely, coming in with a brilliant hat-trick of wins under the belt.
Glen Gallon is another big name to make the trip across and will be looking to keep the cup in the possession of the Sunshine State. It will take its place in the second heat from the awkward six box, and has drawn up against Dyna Bert in box two. Premium Love is also not without a chance, along with Black Wolf and Big Jo King.
Queensland also has young chaser, Prince Elite from the Lesley Wyatt kennel entered, however it looks to be an uphill battle to win the fourth heat, as the super-talented Heston Bale will exit box six. The Meadows track record holder has already had a win at the Cannington circuit last week, running a BON 30.21 and will be hoping to lower that time further. Also in the same race are Kalden Aurora (box four) who returns home after a long stint in South Australia, and Proven Mayhem, another returning to Perth, starting from the seven alley.
Sale Cup winner Mystic Apple is due to start from box two in the third heat, though it will need to be at its best in order to beat local champ, Vocal Enforcer, who will wear the white vest. That pair are not the only genuine hopes in what is bound to be a hot race, with Mepunga Geordie, Serena to Excel and Flying Machine all likely to be in the market as well.
While the aforementioned Vocal Enforcer is probably the pick of the locals, it has been proven in the past that there are some more than handy types capable of making life tough for visitors. Beau One has drawn a nice box in the opening race of the night, while Hot Irish will be looking to topple Things Missing in heat seven (race eleven). Old-timer Blue Goose may just make another Perth Cup final if it can win heat five against Oaks Road, but that’s only if Rousay doesn’t beat them both instead.
The Perth Cup final will be run Saturday week February 5 and will coincide with the final of the Group 1 Galaxy for the stayers.