The high-class action continues at Albion Park this Thursday night with the running of four heats of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup (520m).
The heats are sure to provide plenty of intrigue with a number of top level performance taking part and the contests are likely to be lively betting affairs as a result.
The opening heat, Race 5, sees recent Casino Cup third Waikarie Magic (Box 1) line up against 2015 Flying Amy Classic winner Elusive Desire (Box 3). Also opposing is recent 29.79 winner Norm The Storm (Box 5) and veteran campaigner Yogi Blue (Box 4) who has performed admirably in the class of race in the past and cannot be discounted. Mpingo (Box 6) is likely to get back in the run, but with clear running he could find himself there or thereabouts at the finish.
Race 6, Heat two, looks to be a wide open event, with all 8 greyhounds having claims to the victory after producing solid recent efforts. Swap Ya (Box 1) was the winner of the Ipswich Derby a few weeks ago, and Magic Maiden (Box 6) was the winner of the Rockhampton Futurity last Wednesday night and as a result they would likely be two of the stronger chances. Annie Benz has proven herself a consistent performer in the highest grade, finishing a close second to Group 1 winner Keybow in last week’s Best 8 and Apatite (Box 8) has been racing in terrific form over both 520 and 600m and is a definite chance.
The third heat sees Group 1 Winter Cup winner Fabulous Storm get the chance to produce his mid-year form after drawing the inside box. His main rivals will be Cash In Motion (Box 2) who rattled home in the Young Guns Final last Thursday and Mincin’ Machine, who has produced some sizzling Albion Park runs in recent months, the most impressive being a 29.79 win just over a month ago.
Race 8, the last of the four heats, is perhaps the most straightforward of the four contests. Multiple Group 1 winner Keybow for champion trainer Tony Brett has come up with the inside box and with clear running he will prove very difficult to beat. If he encounters difficulty, Renouf’s Magic and Pikelet could be there to strike, having both placed 2nd in feature races last week.
The top 2 placegetters in each final will advance to the $38,000 final next Thursday night which will be run as one of two features on the card, alongside the final of the Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden (520m) for which finalists will qualify from three heats this Wednesday afternoon.
The action Thursday night kicks off at 6:42pm with the features kicking off with race 5 at 8:05pm.