Fast-paced, high quality action is the theme at Albion Park on Thursday night with the final of the Lightning (331m) and three heats of the Racing Queensland Young Guns (520m).
The eight heats of the Lightning on Sunday produced some impressive performances, with six of the heat winners breaking the 19-second barrier.
Fastest qualifier Taser Shock for Steven Scott has come up with the three box after a dominant 18.81 victory. He will need to show all of his early speed to find the lead and the rail, with course and distance specialist Alota Future drawn on his immediate inside. The Dan Bloomfield-trained son of Cosmic Rumble has won six of his eight starts over the sprint trip, and a reproduction of his 18.84 win from the heats will see him hard to beat once again.
The Col Byers-trained Harry Bailey will try to extend his unbeaten streak to five in the event, and he like Taser Shock and Alota Future, was impressive in an 18.93 heat win.
Leading Brisbane trainer Bill Elson qualified two of his team for the final, with top-grader Fabulous Bill and the speedy Wazza King drawing boxes six and eight respectively.
The field is rounded out by Lethal Kid (box one), Fancy Schmancy (box four) and Barra Trip (box five). All eight greyhounds hold some claim to the $6,500 winner’s cheque, with a victory for any of the finalists unlikely to surprise.
The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club is holding the “Speed Of Lightning” promotion in conjunction with the event, one lucky member winning membership renewal for 2017/18 if they can correctly guess the winning time of the feature final.
While the speed machines do battle in race eight, up-and-coming sprinting talent comes will be at the forefront in the three heats of the Young Guns Series.
Townsville Cup and last week’s Publican’s Cup winner Zabdon Ferrari (Tony Brett) headlines the events, lining up for five wins on end in the first heat, starting from box eight. He takes on recent Ipswich Derby winner Tripum (box one) for Darren Russell and kennelmate Aston Jadore (box four).
Boom pup Thirty Talks will look to bounce back to winning ways in the second heat, jumping from box five. He takes on a hot field that includes impressive recent Ipswich winners Bubble Guppy (box seven) and Jack’s Black (box eight).
It could be a big night for master trainer Brett, who also has Ipswich Futurity winner Split Image engaged in the third heat. The sister to Thirty Talks finds herself drawn awkwardly in box six, but looks a good chance of defeating a field which includes the in-form pair Premier Jet (box two) and Gelantipy Gold (box seven) along with kennelmate Zabdon Lambo (box five).
The first two greyhounds home in each heat, plus the fastest two third placegetters will advance to next week’s final, worth $15,200 in total prizemoney.
Elsewhere on the program, Queensland National Distance Representative Big Easy Red returns to his home track and will be hoping for a victory in race six, a 3rd and 4th grade over the 600m.
The action kicks off with the first event at 6:44pm, with the feature, the Lightning final jumping at 9:10pm.