The battle for the Queensland places at the 2016 UBET National Championships continues at Albion Park on Thursday night, with many of the nominees having their final hit outs before next Thursday’s state heats.
The top grade race over the 520m (race eight) has the most Nationals implications with six of the eight runners nominated for the heats of the Sprint series.
The race oozes class, with Group 1 National Futurity winner Cash In Motion drawn the inside, Group 1 Gold Cup and Winter Cup placegetter Cyndie’s Magic in box four, Group 2 Queensland Derby placegetter Thirty Talks in the six and Listed Flying Amy Classic winner Fabulous Bill on the outside in eight.
Macnivek (box three), Sheza Keen Size (box two) and Swap Ya (box five) round out the field.
The 4th and 5th grade 600m event over 600m, race five, will also provide plenty of clues as to challengers to the aforementioned Cyndie’s Magic in the Distance Championship series (710m).
Monday night’s winner, Mr. Cody (box one), Treblig Lucia (box three), Big Easy Red (box five), Got A Brother (box six) and Smashniak Marcy (box seven) will all look to prepare for next week’s staying assignment with a middle distance victory.
The heats of the Queensland Sprint and Distance championships will be run next week, August 4, with the State Finals on August 11. Winners of both finals will progress to the Group 1 Grand Finals at Adelaide’s Angle Park on August 27.
Last start Grafton Sprinters Cup winner Major Jackpot returns to Queensland when he lines up from box one in race three, a fifth grade over 520m. Robert Cooke’s speedy chaser had a fruitful Melbourne campaign earlier in the year where he was placed second in the Group 2 Launching Pad at Sandown and qualified for the Group 3 Speed Star.
Sandra Hunt’s Main Story (race six, box six) is another greyhound returning to Albion Park after a long absence, having last raced at Albion Park in November last year, but will be looking to record his fifth consecutive victory after four impressive sub-20 second wins up the straight at Capalaba.
Race one on a quality card at headquarters kicks off at 6:39pm.