Big night last night with the final of the Group 2 QLD Futurity, Purcell Bale was the overall victor in a rough house affair; kennel mate Xylia Allen finished second and Celtic Diva wound up 3rd.
The heats of the Derby provided only the one upset, with 2 of our selections running first and second in the upset race of the night. Captain Clarrie and Pharmocopia both home bred dogs ran 1 and 2 in the final heat to book spots in next weeks QLD Derby Final, which is sure to be a really interesting affair with plenty of speed and strength engaged.
Ipswich Greyhounds Race 9 Box 7, And It's Gone. 6.35pm
And It's Gone looks to be just over the line in this race here tonight. She was a recent Vince Curry finalists and raced extremely well throughout the series. Since then she has been around the mark but has failed to salute running placings. She has a very quick PB of 30.57, and that is much quicker then anything in this field. I'm a little concerned that Abbey Corsair from the 6 box might pose a little problem early for our selection. Abbey is quite quick early and she may bring And It's Gone undone. Hopefully she drags our selection into the race rather that interfere with her. The only other danger is the very talented Mysterious Thing she has a big motor and no doubt will develop into a handy stayer in the future. She will be giving the leaders a start but if they find trouble she will no doubt be there ready to swoop. And It's Gone to win, she should be far too classy here.
Casino Greyhounds Race 9 box 6 Glass. 2.35pm
A maiden race here and it appears as if there are very few chances. Glass is my selection and he looks the likely winer in this. There is very few winning chances and the only other 2 appear to be little Tiny Mumble, who was meant to end up with the name Tiny Rumble, however someone made an error and landed her with Mumble instead of Rumble! She has been going ok but probably lacks the speed to win here. Boo Rose High, from the red box appears the only other danger, having run a time of 27.96 a while ago from a similar box; but he is very inconsistent and can't be backed with confidence. Glass for local trainer Charlie Northfield is out of the super stayer Miss Grub who a few years back was one of the country's best stayers for Charlie. Glass will enjoy racing from the outside box and he only needs to step away here to win this one. He was Favourite in Tuesday's race at Lismore from box 1, but failed to negotiate the first turn in the pouring rain. He's much better suited from the outside here today and he only needs to steer clear of the trouble early to win this.
Wentworth Park Greyhounds Race 1 Box 6 Compass, 7.19pm
Yet again another very good dog from a home breeding venture. Compass the daughter of Hidden Image and Dance of Nights, has been sensational wining just about everything that has been asked of her. He last run at Dapto was brilliant running a near record. She makes her long awaited step up to the staying trip here and I have no doubt she will acquit herself very well. She has plenty of early toe and does have plenty of different arsenal to win races - she's not limited to one style of racing, and she can do it from behind or in front. Bralyn Casey makes the race interesting and she is making her Wentworth Park Debut here for trainer Doctor George Clegg. She too has plenty of ability, but I'm totally unsure on how she will handle this. There's no doubt she can run the trip but here will to win has been questionable of late. I know the dog quite well, and she can run the time it will take to win this but I'm going to have to go with Compass here. Expect Compass to fly out and head straight to the front, and if she handles the extra journey with ease; expect to hear a lot more about this bitch in the future.
Geelong Greyhounds, Race 2 Box 8 Leprechaun Macey, 7.27pm
680m staying event here, and it appears a two dog war with Coulta Harvest and Leprechaun Macey appearing the two that will fight it out. Our selection is by the great Bombastic Shiraz from the Champion Betty's Angel. This is her first attempt at the longer journey and its questionable whether she can run it out strong. She is very moody but does find a race where she can win in. She can go a bit early and I expect her to lead from go to whoa here. I doubt very much she can come from behind to win this. Coulta Harvest is the main threat and he too probably needs to land near the front to win this. His form is pretty good and he has shown he can handle the journey, with placings over the trip at Sandown in mid-week class. Generally a front runner who is able to stick on, but in his last run he was unable to lead and surprisingly worked home well to finish second. He's getting stronger, and appears the only danger. Leprechaun Macey must lead to win and I'm afraid if she doesn't she cant win. She'll get plenty of room from box 8 and with her best jump should cross here. Win bet only, as I fear if she cant lead she cant run a place.
Best of Luck
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