The final of the $10,450 5th Grade Publican’s Cup is the highlight of a quality card of racing this Thursday’s night.
The six heat winners from last week plus the fastest two second placegetters make up the finalists in what will be one of the most open 5th grades to be run at headquarters this year.
Townsville Cup winner Zabdon Ferrari leads a two-pronged attack for leading trainer Tony Brett in the feature, and will line up as the likely favourite from box three after a solid 30.25 heat win last week. The son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Knocka has a tremendous mid-race sectional, and if he finds clear running early, he will prove hard to beat. Brett’s other runner, Aston Jadore, has drawn out in seven which is unlikely to suit given the pace drawn inside.
Fastest qualifier Alota Amy, trained by Ken Mackenroth, has drawn the middle of the line in box four. She was impressive clocking 30.15 in defeating Aston Jadore last week, but will need to show all of her early speed and may require a touch of luck to clear the field early.
Ross Ogden’s Barra Fun is the improving greyhound of the field, having suffered defeat just twice in his last nine starts. He looks the likely leader after drawing the coveted box one.
Heat winners Steel Rose (box two), Logan City (box six) and Nooree Dessa (box eight) along with Travis Elson’s Egyptian Miss (box five) round out the field.
Each of the greyhounds in the feature final has been matched with a venue, with each looking to take home the major prize, and bragging rights for 2016.
Elsewhere on the card, Selena Zammit’s Gelantipy Gold (race four, box three) will be looking to continue his recent hot streak and record his fourth victory on end. The Queensland Derby finalist faces stiff competition from Ipswich Derby finalist Bubble Guppy (box one) and Lucky Sally (box six) who has recorded a 30.00 win at Albion Park.
In Race one, Tony Brett’s Rugged Justice will look to add to his impressive maiden win from almost a fortnight ago. The son of Oaks Road scored in 30.39 and looks an improving type capable of going better and in the best eight, race seven, Sheza Keen Size will look to bounce back from a disappointing fifth placing last thursday night, jumping from box seven.
The first of ten events on Thursday commences at 6:45pm. The feature, the $7,175-to-the-winner Publican’s Cup jumps at 9:16pm.