It may have a new timeslot, a new sponsor and a new format but the Adelaide Cup series remains as the show piece for greyhound racing in South Australia. If you are thinking “hasn’t the Adelaide Cup already been run?” you would be correct, as for the first time it is being held twice in the one year.
This time around, it reverts back to a two-weeks series, with the Interstate Challenge and seeded semi-finals being scrapped. Seven heats will be conducted Thursday night at Angle Park, with the finalnow worth$75,000. There will also be a consolation event worth $14,000.
While the locals are without star performers Dark Duo or Led Zeppelin, it still won’t be easy for the interstate raiders to take them out on home turf and the heats are shaping up as the most even and entertaining in years.
2011 Adelaide Cup Preview & Tips
There’s a lot of early speed in the opening heat, however Black Hombre looks the classiest runner. He’s drawn poorly in five, but has already found form on the track after a good effort behind Yowyeh in the Derby final. After an easy kill in Melbourne last week, Black Hombre will take catching if he gets to lead.
Allen Hertz is fresh from the Paws of Thunder final and is drawn well in box two. It looks likely that it’ll have to come from behind to figure, but that’s not beyond him.
Where’s Pancho (box 7) and Ruarc Entity (box 6) are two locals who canbegin well and make life tough for the others, while Aston Thomas (box 1) is a rough chance after running well in the Sister Cities Cup final in NZ.
Strong Intention (box 4) is also a chance in this event.Hetrialled fairlyin 30.37 on a wet track during the week.
Hard to go past Cape Hawke. He’s done very little wrong in a string of wins that includes a track record at Sandown. Will appreciate box two, and should be able to muster up and lead.
Cold Fusion (box five) is a Queenslander with mammoth ability, but will need luck from a poor draw. If he survives the first turn, then he’s a real chance to make the final. Big run at Wentworth Park two starts ago.
In a race without a heap lack of early speed, Kalden Komoto (box four) is the best chance for locals. Able to break 30 seconds on multiple occasions, the Ray Murray trained dog can be a force as long as it begins as well as we’ve seen before.
Dyna Bert is the best of the rest, however box eight is not where you want to be in this field. Will need luck but can surprise on his day.
Mepunga Nicky was ultra-impressive when easily winning the S.A Oaks here recently. She returns here from box six, and with sizzling early sectionals, there seems to be little reason why she can’t zip across and lead all the way. Anything above even money looks to be a good price.
Miss Roman Nose (box 3) and Don Chendo (box 2) look obvious picks for trifecta players. Don Chendo is the stronger of the two, but can put in a shocker on occasions. Look toward Bad Boy Pedro (box 5), David Bale (box 7) and Gold Tiger (box 8) for value in multiples.
What a cracking race this is. Radley Bale (box 3) will be the likely favourite, but he’s a type to either blow them away or spit the dummy. You’ll know the outcome after a few strides. With a plethora of speed on his outside, it might be worth taking the risk andgoing against. Be warned though, there’s very few dogs that can lay down the times that Radley Bale can when on song.
Dino Ferrari (box 2) trialled well during the week, running 30.07 in pretty ordinary conditions. Has a nice rails draw and can find the line well. As too can Point Two Over in box eight, who will appreciate the wide alley. He can’t afford to get shuffled too far back but has caused boilovers in the past.
Where’s Cisco (box 7) begins like a gun but may struggle to run enough time to hold some of the others. Looks an excellent place chance though. Same can be said about Woodside Woody in box four.
Allen Lawson (box 6) should be good odds too. He’s out of touch at present, but his best can easily feature here, while Push The Paint has ability but tends to scout wide – not a good trait to have at Angle Park.
Middle boxes look the best chances in the fifth heat. DynaTron (box 5) is usually a very good beginner and has an excellent strike rate. The Andrea Dailly-trained sprinter is in good form with wins at Sandown and The Meadows. First look at Angle Park is a slight concern.
Explosive Drop (box 4) ran a mighty third in the S.A Derby behind Yowyeh and seems to begin well at this track. Although he’d be better suited from a wider draw, it may be crucial to hold out the two dogs on his outside in the early stages.
One of those that will be looking to cross is Aston Galilee from box six. The form on paper looks good, but he doesn’t get the luxury of an inside draw this time around. Will need to begin perfectly to cross DynaTron and Explosive Drop, but has shown some rare talent in the past and is in good hands with Jason Thompson.
Jessenia Bale (box 1) is the best of the locals and has been given a perfect draw. Will get back but looks likely to run on into a place, and could win if there is a jam on the first turn.
Can Kilty Lad make the Adelaide Cup Final twice in 2011? He exits box five and has pace all around him, so he’d need to spear to the front to avoid trouble. His 29.39 winning time from earlier in the year is simply ridiculous, and would win any race at Angle Park. Admittedly, the track was hot that night, and he doesn’t seem to be going as well as he was back then, but he still should be the one to beat.
Yowyeh (box six) is the obvious danger after being too good in the S.A Derby. He has stepped out the boxes a lot better at Angle Park than back in Victoria and they won’t catch him if he can find the front. That won’t be so easy with Kilty Lad to the left and star South Aussie dog Random Test in box four.
Crazy Heart (box 3) is another who can set a good first section and may run a cheeky race, while Adjust (box 8) is as honest as they come and will finish hard.
Numero Uno Bale will be in the market after a good win at Sandown last week, but has drawn terribly in seven and should be safe to leave out.
So we’ve come to the final heat and by now punters should be well in front for the night. A Tasmanian should be last dog to book a place in the Adelaide Cup final, as Clyde’s Angel is the top selection here. Usually an ultra-reliable beginner, The Kel Greenough-trained speedster has already shown an ability to handle wide draws, and has a win in FFA company over Enry Walt two starts back. Trialled in 29.93 during the week and expect improvement come race night.
Allen Harper (box 7) is the next best, with tremendous form coming out of the Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park. While early speed is not his forte, his strike rate is enough to suggest the dog is more than capable of giving his opposition a start and a beating.
Hutmaker (box 3) is first up from a lengthy break, but never runs a bad race. He must be included in trifectas, along with Premier Boloney (box 4), Johnny Will (box 6) and Midget Farrely (box 1) drawn nicely along the rails.
Stove Rocks (box 2) is very powerful but has a love affair with the outside fence, while Goosebumps (box 5) is capable but has failed when the pressure is applied in the past.
View the full fields for the 2011 Adelaide Cup Heats here: 2011 Adelaide Cup Heats Fields