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Group 1 Winter Cup Preview

1 July 2015

Group 1 action returns to the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club this Thursday night for the final of the Garrard’s Winter Cup.

The race is sure to be a hotly contested affair after some scintillating heat performances which included a track record-breaking performance by Victorian chaser Dyna Double One.  The Andrea Dailly trained son of Barcia Bale and Crystin Bale, second to superstar Fernando Bale in the Group 1 Peter Mosman the Saturday before, flew around the 520m circuit registering a time of 29.51 seconds, lowering the mark of 29.57 previously held by Made To Size and Late Angel Lee.

Drawn immediately inside him in the 4 box is his kennelmate, Dawkins Bale, who again last Thursday showed his liking for the Albion Park track with his second win in three starts in an impressive 29.76.

Local up-and-comer, Pop The Cork, for leading trainer Peter Ruetschi is likely to be the main rival to the Victorian contingent, given his impressive 29.67 heat win and his form at headquarters over the last two months, where he has recorded times of 29.58 and 29.59.

Not to be forgotten is defending champion, Flash Reality.  Master trainer Tony Brett’s chaser returned to form last week with a solid 29.87 win which was somewhat of a surprise, given the dog’s mixed form since returning from a hock injury in the Temlee. Brett also has current Brisbane Cup champion Keybow in the final, starting from box 3.  He carved out extremely fast sectionals last week before being overpowered by Pop The Cork in the closing stages.

The field is rounded out by heat winner Fabulous Storm (Reg Hazelgrove, QLD) who ran 29.90, Victory Prince (Gary Friend, NSW) 2nd to Fabulous Storm and Yada Yada Yada (Mark Saal, QLD) who chased home opening heat winner Flash Reality.

The $100,000 to the winner Group 1 final will jump at 8:45pm Thursday.