Two features highlight tonight’s card at Albion Park with the running of the finals of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup and the Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden.
Both races have been run at Albion Park since the closure of the Parklands track at the Gold Coast and have often proved to be races of high quality, with the 2015 editions likely to be no exception.
The main event, the 2015 Group 3 Gold Coast Cup, will be run as Race 7 on the card with $25,550 heading to the connections of the first past the post. Tony Brett’s multiple Group 1 winner Keybow is sure to dominate the market given his recent form and his liking for the Albion Park circuit. He has been jumping brilliantly in his races of late and is likely to be hard to catch if he begins well again.
Veteran Miner’s Moss (Mathew Reid) is the most likely contender to Keybow in the speed battle and he has shown that age is no barrier, with an impressive 30.00 heat win last week. Reid also produces Norm The Storm from Box 8 and he and Robert Cooke’s flying youngster Cash In Motion (Box 5) are likely to be running on for the prize if things go awry for Keybow and company up front.
The field is dominated by NSW representatives, with Lady Abigail (Box 3, Frank Hancock) and recent Casino Cup third Waikarie Magic (Box 6, Brian Baker) joining Cash in Motion and Reid’s two greyhounds in representing those south of the border.
Rounding out the field is Lauryn’s Best for Bill Elson in Box 1 and Don’t Go Quietly in Box 7 for Pamela Field. The race is packed with quality from 1 to 8 and any of the competitors would be a deserving winner.
The Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden, Race 5, will see eight young greyhounds do battle for the $12,880 winner’s cheque. Top Prosecutor for Neil Catchpole, was impressive winning his heat in the fastest time of 30.22 and has come up with Box 8 for tonight’s event. Not to be discounted are other heat winners Mr. Couragous (Box 1, Paul Matts) and Fabulous Bill (Box 4, William Elson) who produced solid debut performances last week.
Premier trainers Peter Ruetschi (Rhythmic Earner, Box 5) and Tony Brett (Angel Princess, Box 6) must be respected and you would expect their respective greyhounds to improve with experience under their belt. Finito (Marilyn Johnson, Box 2) showed ability behind Top Prosecutor last week and could surprise.
The most experienced greyhound in the field, Panamera (Sandra Hunt, Box 3) has tremendous early pace and could be right there if she can jump cleanly. The first reserve, Just Spiffing for John McCarthy has gained a start with the scratching of Gold Diva and will go into box 7.
The bumper 10 race card kicks off at 6:40pm with the two features, The Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden and the Gold Coast Cup being run at 8:12pm and 8:55pm respectively.