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Boxing Clever Weekender with Gerard Daffy

RadioTAB and Sky Sports Radio’s ‘greyhound guru’ GERARD DAFFY delivers his thoughts on the weekend, ahead of the Thursday night action and offers his experienced opinion plus a tip or two.

GROUP ACTION AT WENTY

THREE G3 races will be decided at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and the box draw in each of those races has made them all the more intriguing.

THE LADIES BRACELET

THE Ladies Bracelet, Race 6 on the card, will be the first of the Group races and very little separates VICKI’S QUEEN (Box 3) and SECOND EXIT (Box 7) at the head of the TAB market.

Vicki’s Queen is one of a two-pronged attack for trainer Peter Lagogiane in the final, his other being PAY CALL, and both have undeniable chances.
Box 3 is probably not an ideal draw for Vicki’s Queen as she did find some trouble in her heat from the red box before getting to the outside and running down KURIOS MOTION. The time was a steady 29.81 but she can go quicker than that which we did see when winning a semi of the Golden Easter Egg on 29.66.

While well beaten in the final behind Tommy Shelby, there were plenty who thought she could provide an upset win.

The pace in the Bracelet probably sits with Kurios Motion (Box 1), VAMOS PENNY (Box 2) and the Victorian JUNK ROAD JUNKIE from the pink. Junk Road Junkie always seems to begin well from outside draws and then cuts left, so there could be trouble in the run to the first turn.

Second Exit is approaching veteran status but has been airborne recently and might well get a nice cart across from the pink runner. Box 7 shouldn’t present too many problems for Second Exit as she has won five and been placed three times from the black box.

The other runner who might capitalise on some early trouble would be Pay Call who was responsible for a big effort when storming home to edge out Junk Food Junkie.

It will be a great race.

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THE GOLD CUP

THE way star stayer STANLEY ROAD races, he is always a chance of just finding too much trouble, and that is exactly what happened to him in his heat of the Gold Cup last week.

After beginning tardily from Box 3, Stanley Road continuously found strife before running home into fourth position behind LET’S SEE. That was enough to see Stanley Road sneak into the final, but he has drawn awkwardly again and will exit from Box 4.

Let’s See ran down leader ZIPPING NISEKO in 42.12 in the heat and Zipping Niseko is well in the TAB market at $4 to win the final. Stanley Road is an easing $1.90 favourite, with a really nice push coming for the red runner, PRIM AND PROPER.

After opening at $4.40, Prim And Proper quickly got into $3.80 following on from her all-the-way heat win in 41.98. On the splits, it looks like Prim And Proper will be the pilot again, but the result hinges on how much trouble Stanley Road does/doesn’t find.

I think he can get the job done.

THE BOB PAYNE

THE Bob Payne Sprint Final box draw has been kind to speedster ZULU WARLORD who drew the red marble in the final.

That same alley is the box that Zulu Warlord recorded his fastest win at Wentworth Park, 29.57, back in late March. On that occasion Zulu Warlord ran through the first split in a flying 5.31, and although he was a little slower early in his heat last week (5.41), he still ran an overall 29.58 which was the best of the night.

TAB punters have sided with Zulu Warlord as he has firmed from an opening $3.20 into $3. There has also been some early support for recent Maitland Cup runner-up CASUAL GLANCE ($8 into $5) who showed an abundance of pace (5.37) to pinch his heat in 29.78, and hung on to beat EBBY JET POWER who defeated him at Maitland.

ZIPPING KYRGIOS gave his supporters heart flutters before he flew home to win his heat in 29.72. He has drawn poorly again in Box 7, will need luck, but you can just never write him off.

Looking at the speed map, I think Zulu Warlord can hold them out in the run to the first turn, zip away, and pinch the major prize.

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QLD CARNIVAL BECKONS

THINGS are beginning to warm up in the Sunshine State with plenty of Group and Listed racing on the calendar for the next few months.

Most of the big-name kennels of sprinters and stayers Australia-wide have indicated that they will be heading north with their charges chasing the riches on offer, and we will see a couple in action at Albion Park on Thursday night.

Victorian KURO KISMET recently won the Launching Pad at Sandown and although subsequently beaten in a heat of the Geelong Cup, connections did sandwich in a trial at Albion Park between those races. The trial time was only steady, but he does have pace and is not adverse to a wide draw, so he looks the one to beat from Box 7 in Race 6, a heat of the Brisbane Young Guns.

On the same card there are two heats of the Carnival Chase over the 600m course and PUMP IT does look a good thing in the second heat, Race 4 on the program. PUMP IT has only raced twice this year due to injury but was an eye-catching run last week when she pulled a stack of ground off Sequana to go down by half a length in 34.87.

She has the pace to drive through from the white box and lead, but the beauty is she doesn’t have to find the front early, so it is just a matter of avoiding trouble in the run to the first turn.

BEST BET OF THE WEEKEND

Albion Park Thursday: R4 No.3 Pump It

VALUE BET OF THE WEEKEND

Wentworth Park Saturday: R6 No.5 Pay Call

Gerard Daffy is part of the TAB Media team based in Queensland. Gerard can be heard daily on RadioTAB which includes his popular Thursday morning program, On The Lure and Sky Sports Radio.

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