Feature racing returns to the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club Thursday night with two quality finals for up-and-coming greyhounds in the form of the Racing Queensland Young Guns (520m) and the Dave Brett Memorial Maiden (520m).
The Young Guns Final will be headlined by fast heat winners Bogie Bekim and Fabulous Bill, who will likely fight out favouritism come jump time Thursday.
The Steven Scott-trained Bogie Bekim (Box 8) is an ever improving chaser who raced away from his rivals to score in a fast 29.91 last week. The half-brother to Group 1 winner Bogie King will have to overcome the awkward wide draw, but is undoubtedly the dog to beat.
Bill Elson’s Fabulous Bill has been a model of consistency in his career to date, winning eleven of his thirty-two race starts including last year’s Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden series. The son of Fabregas and Elson’s quality producer Regal Silver was a heat winner in the recent Group 2 Queensland Derby and he ran a career best 29.94 in last week’s heat, sizzling through a 5.51 first section before holding off the Kathryn Friend-trained Dogmatic by a head. Fabulous Bill has come up with a middle draw of box five in Thursday’s event, but his tremendous early speed should help him avoid early trouble.
The aforementioned Dogmatic, a fast-finishing second to Fabulous Bill last week, has come up with the coveted inside draw and might be able to reverse the placings if the fancied runners encounter trouble in running.
Darren Russell’s Tripum (Box 6) has the fastest Albion Park win of any of the eight finalists, clocking 29.76 earlier this year and cannot be totally discounted.
Little Fonzie (Michael Boody, Box 2), Spring Mystery (Desmond Heilbronn, Box 3) Shadeena (Christina Harman, Box 4) and George Gallon (Hassell Rolph, Box 7) make up the remainder of the finalists chasing the $10,220 winner’s cheque in the Young Guns Final, race seven.
The second feature of the card is the Dave Brett Memorial Maiden, one of two feature maiden’s run by the Brisbane club each year. Greyhounds qualified through heats last Wednesday and will be vying for the prestigious title, and the $10,220 first place prizemoney.
Park Ridge trainer George Kadniak appears to have a strong hand in the event, with littermates Smashniak Smash (30.52) and Smashniak Taser (30.88) taking out two of the heats last week. The box draw was also kind to the son and daughter of Barcia Bale and Am Classy, who have drawn boxes one and two respectively.
Rusty Dillon’s Fast Azz El was probably the most impressive of last week’s heat winners, recording slick early splits of 5.59 and 11.65 in a 30.51 second win. Despite her box five draw, the striking white and blue fawn chaser, a sister to top line youngster Gelantipy Gold, looks a good chance of finding the early lead and could prove hard to catch.
Transkei Rocca (Bob Giltinan) was the fastest qualifier, clocking 30.47, and he has drawn wide in box seven for Thursday night.
The Dave Brett Memorial Maiden final will be run as race five on the program.
Also on the high-quality program is an open 600m event which will see last week’s last gasp Rockhampton Cup winner start from box one, she will take on Vegas Bound who returns to Brisbane after finishing down the track in a 595m event at Sandown Park last week.
The first of ten events on a fantastic night of racing kicks off at 6:39pm.