What a cracking night of greyhound racing we have on Saturday with a Group 1 double from The Meadows.
We’ve also ventured off to Wentwork Park with our eyes set on two dogs who look extremely hard to beat.
Let’s chase that bunny!
The Meadows race 5 - Country Championship Final
#3 paua of Oscar
Paua Of Oscar hails from the Steven Bruce White kennels and lit up the Warragul 460m circuit last start with a smart three-length win in 25.56.
The extra distance here should not be any issue for him as he was still holding his spot easily to the line last start and drew away when in a ding-dong battle with Aston Marlon.
What will suit him ever more here is the two dogs drawn inside of him are unlikely to have the early speed to keep him off the rails.
Only danger looks to be the dog in box seven.
Suggested Bet: Paua of Oscar win at $3.4
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 3, 7/ 3, 5, 7/ 3, 5, 7
The Meadows Race 7 - CUP NIGHT MIDDLE DISTANCE
#3 ASTON ULYSSES
Looks a race in two between Aston Ulysses and It’s My Party.
The market is suggesting that is the case as well but we will side with Aston Ulysses who just looks a little bit sharper than It’s My Party and that will be the difference here.
The Paul Abela-trained two-year-old dog has been in brilliant form.
His last two starts at Sandown registered impressive victories and his three runs at The Meadows prior to that were enough to put him on top here.
He loves the 600 metre distance range having four career wins from six starts.
His form at this course and distance reads three starts for a win and two runner-up placings with a sharp 34.46 being his best time.
All he needs to do is ping the lids here and cross in front of It’s My Party in box one, if he does that, it’s game over.
Suggested Bet: Aston Ulysses win at $2.70
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 1/ 3/ Field
The Meadows Race 8 - FANTA BALE SUPER STAYERS FINAL
#1 HOUDINI BOY
We declared him two weeks ago and he saluted by a whisker over this course and distance in a thrilling finish where he held out Stanley Road.
He was a touch disappointing last start when flying home to run second behind Zack Monelli who will lead this for a long way.
The positive for Houdini Boy here is that he is drawn to settle much closer to the lead speed than he was last start. Provided the gaps open up, he will use his jet propelled motor to prove why he is one of, if not, the best staying prospects in the country.
If he gets to anything over $2 he is worth a win bet, for now we will suggest taking him in a quinella with Sunset Bourbski who looks much better value than Zack Monelli.
Suggested Bet: Quinella 1 & 5
THE MEADOWS RACE 9 - Australian cup final
#6 fernando bluey
What to love about this dog is that he brings a different form line into this race than that of the favourite Tommy Shelby and it’s his starts that are just breath-taking.
Every time trainer Kayla Cottrell has asked the question of him to take the next step towards becoming a champion greyhound, he answers with aplomb.
He is unbeaten in his last four runs and never looked like losing in any of them.
A bombproof greyhound who jumps to the lead, runs and doesn’t look back.
His 29.77 victory here last start turned heads and if he crosses here, it’s sayonara.
Suggested Bet: Fernando Bluey win at $3.10
Suggested Exotic – Exacta 4 & 1
wentworth park race 7
Manipulate has strung together three wins in a row and made the progression to city grade racing with ease last start.
His 30.13 victory where he led all the way to win by just under three lengths was a personal best in his seven-race career to date.
This, again, is another step up from what he has contested prior with it being his first start on a Saturday night at Wentworth Park but he is more than capable.
For a dog in winning form and running the time he did last start he is worth an each way play here.
Suggested Bet: Manipulate win at $8 and place at $2.3
WENTWORTH PARK RACE 8
#2 kid psycho
With two wins in a row, his most recent being at the Wentwork Park 520m circuit, Kid Psycho looks set to add to his winning streak on Saturday.
He has run the fastest time of this field in recent races by a fair way with a slick 30.25 victory.
Being the only dog who possesses genuinely consistent early pace, he’ll bounce to the front here and leave them all chasing his tail.
Watch the clock if he gets a clean run at it. He looks like he is a genuine improver and could go sub-30 seconds if he continues to progress .
Suggested Bet: Kid Psycho win at $1.90
Suggested Exotic: Trifecta – 2/ 6, 7, 8/ 6, 7, 8