The final of the $15,200 Racing Queensland Young Guns is the highlight of the program at Albion Park this Thursday night. Eight quality young performers will take their place having qualified in the heats last week, with each holding a genuine claim to take out the race.
Peter Ruetschi has qualified two greyhounds for the final and has come up with the inside two boxes with the renowned quick beginners Knocker and Cervelo drawing boxes one and two respectively.
Simpatico, for Glenn Smith (Box 6), was searching for her eleventh win on end last Thursday night but was just found wanting at the finish, with Cash In Motion (Robert Cooke, Box 4) powering home to be the fastest qualifier in 29.94.
Norm The Storm (Mathew Reid) and Renouf’s Magic (Elaine Klaassen) battled the entire way up the Albion Park straight, with the former coming up with the win in 30.15. Reid’s charge would only have to produce something near his track best of 29.77 to be in the finish on Thursday night from Box 8. Renouf’s Magic usually comes with a powerful finish and if he is anywhere near the leaders from box 3 he will be right there when the race is decided.
The field is rounded out by Smart Spirit for Ray Burman (Box 5) and Tobias Rumble for Darren Russell (Box 7), second and third behind Knocker in the final heat last week.
The top grade race of the evening, Race 8, sees the return of two group 1 performers to the Albion Park circuit. Keybow for Tony Brett, will compete for the first time since his gallant 2nd to Fantastic Spiral in the Group 1 Dapto Megastar two weeks ago. Opposing him will be Reg Hazelgrove’s Group 1 Winter Cup winner Fabulous Storm, who will reappear at headquarters of the back of two Ipswich runs. They will take on the consistent Annie Benz and recent top grade winner Lady Abigail amongst others.
The other interesting race on the card is the opening event, the novice, with seven of the eight greyhounds in the field having recorded last start victories.
The 10 race card at Albion Park kicks off at 6:45pm, and the feature, the Young Guns Final will be run at 8:45pm.