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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.

READY TO RUMBLE FOR GOLDEN TICKET

ALBION Park will host four heats of the Golden Ticket tonight (Thursday). Each of the heats is limited to four runners only, first and second progress to four ‘match’ races next week, the winner will be the fastest of those match races, and the big prize is automatic entry into the Gold Bullion final in February.

So, there is a lot on the line.

LOUIS RUMBLE has won half of his 14 starts at Albion Park and is coming off a 29.64 win at the same track at his last start. He has drawn the red in the first heat and is a raging $1.30 favourite. He looks the logical leader, and he will need to establish a handy lead as two of his opponents, SEE THEM TRY and ASTON ULYSSES are both better known over longer distances.

The second heat contains another odds-on pop with EXTRA MALT at $1.70 from Box 2. LITTLE BYRNES and JUST A SORT have Boxes 1 and 3 respectively, they do look the leaders, and Extra Malt should camp off the pace. FERNANDO BEACH (Box 7) can also show pace on occasions but looks just a little short of this class, so it is Extra Malt for me.

SPOTTED ELK, the sister to Extra Malt, is the $2.50 favourite with TAB to win the third heat but the early mover is for the Sandgroper UNSEE THIS in Box 2. After opening at $2.90, Unsee This quickly firmed into $2.70, his QLD form has been really good, he won a heat of the Derby in 29.77 then finished third in the final to Just A Sort. Spotted Elk probably leads, but stays off on the first turn, so there will be room for Unsee This.

Veteran MAGICAL CYNDIE is well in the market at $3 from Box 7, and ran 29.89 when leading all the way to beat IMPACT last week. She can run low 5.40’s early, so could cause some early issues for Spotted Elk.

Speaking of Impact, he is a solid favourite in the final heat where he will exit from the check box.

Impact had little luck when second last week and the script here looks to fall into his lap. WHAT A DEBACLE looks the leader from Box 1, Impact should stalk the leader and win.

KOORINGA LUCY has been a little off her game of recent times and while the small field will definitely suit her, I think she is again looking for the 600 metres.

In summing up, I am with three of the fav’s, and not sure about the third heat. I do think Impact is a good thing.

Check out the latest TAB Greyhound markets here.

TITAN BLAZER TO WIN WARRAGUL CUP

THERE were upsets aplenty in the heats of the Warragul Cup last Friday night, but that aside this Friday’s final has drawn together an accomplished field of sprinters.

The Ash Terry trained HENNESSEY was the fastest heat winner in 25.53, and he has been well served in the final coming up with Box 2.

A winner of 17 of his 33 starts, Hennessey’s main attribute is his early pace, and he did run the best early split of 6.40. He has been installed as the $2.80 favourite with TAB, but I think there is value in the race with TITAN BLAZER, drawn out in Box 8.

Titan Blazer had the same box when victorious in the heat, running 25.59. This race was marred with AUSSIE SECRET suffering a career ending injury when he was just about to grab the lead and the disruption saw Titan Blazer go around, take the lead, and win running away.

He ran the time, can handle the box, and with tardy beginners in ULTIMATE AVENGER and INDY FIDO drawn to his direct left, he looks a big hope.

The opening $9 with TAB was attractive, and even the current $7.50 looks good to me, I thought he would be a lot shorter. Each way might be the safe way to go!

Catch up on your favourite Sky Racing programs here.

CLASSY GROUP AT WENTY

WE have plenty of G1 action at Wentworth Park over the next two weeks.

This Friday there will be six heats of the National Derby, four heats of the National Futurity, and then we line up again Saturday night for eight heats of the Paws of Thunder with two heats of the Summer Distant Plate over the 720m course.

The heats of the Derby look tough on paper. Favourite to win the final is the Victorian COMPLIANCE who has been moved to the Jason Magri kennel for the series. He trialled in a steady 30.43 at Wenty last week, that was after being nabbed on the line by ZIPPY TESLA in the final of the Silver Chief.

In a couple of his wins, the times have not been that fast, but he did win his heat of the Silver Chief at The Meadows in 29.89 after running 5.02 for the first split.

Personally, I don’t think he is any value at all from Box 8 in his heat as he has another reliable beginner in HIGH END drawn in Box 7. This might be a race for an upset.

While there are only four heats of the Futurity, they are full of quality.

The Jodie Lord-trained SHE’S A PEARL is the $5 favourite to win the final and is also the favourite at $2.40 to win the final heat on Friday night. Although drawn in Box 6, She’s A Pearl has the speed to cross. She won here two starts ago in 29.64, and that was after running 5.33 early.

It is a strongish heat and the blowout is CHIC out in Box 8. She also has speed as we saw at Sandown four starts ago when she ran through the first split in 5.04 before stopping the clock in 29.42. Definitely worth a little ticket at around the $8 mark.

As we would expect the eight heats of the Paws of Thunder have drawn together elite fields.

The favourite to win next week’s final is the Victorian ASTON RUPEE at $4.

The star sprinter will be going around in the last race on the program on Saturday night, and he has opened at $1.35 to win his way through to the final. Trainer Glenn Rounds drove Aston Rupee to Sydney last Wednesday, he trialled 30 mins after arriving at the track, and ran 29.40 on a track that was on the damp side.

He has been fortunate on Saturday as he has average beginners around him, and as we have seen him do so often, if he can get a clear run for the first 10 metres he is capable of running fast times early and It looks that way here.

BEST BET OF THE WEEKEND

Albion Park Thursday: R6-No.2 IMPACT.

VALUE BET OF THE WEEKEND

Warragul Friday:R8-No.8 TITAN BLAZER.

Check out the latest TAB Futures markets here.

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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