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Boxing Clever with Jason Lincoln

Greyhound racing around the nation is running hot and JASON LINCOLN brings you up to speed with all the action on and off the track.

GOLD - DO IT

IT seemed a like a long time coming for this son of FERNANDO BALE, but he finally got his maiden G1 win in last Fridays $150,000 TAB Adelaide Cup Final.

It was near enough to 12 months ago that I went on The Catching Pen and made Do It my 'Dog to Follow', adding that I thought he was going to be a big player in the upcoming age-restricted G1 races - the Silver Chief and the National Derby.

He didn't get out of the first round of the Silver Chief having run a narrow second in his heat, and it was deja-vue at Wenty only a few weeks later when he ran second in his heat of the Derby, and thus failed to qualify for the final.

So even though he had run well in both series', my prediction for stardom fell pretty flat.

Similarly, over the next eight months or so, while Do It raced very well in top company, twice making a Group race final, he hadn't entirely live up to the early expectations.

Coming into the Adelaide Cup series most of the hype centred around ASTON RUPEE who had broken the new track record in the 'match race series' at Angle Park two weeks ago.

Although he had drawn awkwardly in Box 8 punters rallied around him strongly and sent him to the post an odds-on favourite.
Do It was a very good heat winner from a rails alley and after he had drawn nicely again in Box 2; he was kept safe by punters at a single figure quote. Do It’s litter brother MR FIX IT looked the obvious leader on paper and was very well backed into second favourite consequently.

It went straight to script for the brothers.

Mr Fix It led as expected but when Do It got to second behind him the writing was on the wall.

Known as a very strong finisher with good form up to '600', he always had too much ammunition in his artillery for his speedier brother, eventually running out to 3.5 lengths his superior.

The win provided master trainer Jeff Britton with the quinella and provided breeder Chris Georgiou with a signature moment.
Although no longer in the ownership of either greyhound, it is a remarkable achievement to breed the quinella of any race, let alone an 'open class' G1 race, so Chris should feel justifiably proud of his accomplishment.

Do It will now aim up at the TAB Melbourne Cup with his next start slated for Thursday in a Prelude.

A quick word about the vanquished favourite Aston Rupee.

He was rightly lauded as the quickest dog in the country in this column a few weeks ago, after he had broken the Sandown track record, and was thus promoted to favourite for every G1 race for the rest of 2021.

However, a word of warning about his chances in those races was also issued in the same column: ‘’He is favourite for most of the Group 1 races for the remainder of the year with TAB, but the jury remains out on whether he has the necessary attributes to win any of them.’’

After the result on Friday night, and with the emergence of some new stars in recent weeks, I’d say his chances of winning any of them looks even less likely, although he remains atop those markets.

He remains one of the fastest dogs on the planet, but so far in top company, he hasn’t shown the necessary point-to-point speed to get him into winning spots - which brings us nicely to the Silver medallist.

Check out the latest TAB Greyhound markets here.

SILVER - ZIPPING KYRGIOS

HE is the opposite of Aston Rupee in some respects.

He has got none of the hype that surrounds Rupee, or his fellow NSW compatriots FLYING RICCIARDO or WOW for that matter and is generally thought to lack the necessary early speed to be effective in top company over 500m.

Heck, he was still 80-1 with TAB to win the TAB Melbourne Cup early last week.

Sure, he hasn’t got 'FERNANDO BALE' sort of early pace but he isn't what I would term a slow beginner by any stretch, and what he lacks at box-rise, he more than makes up for during the race with an amazing track-sense and a manic will-to-win.

Kyrgios has made an art form out of getting himself into winning positions early in a race, and not just from favourable box draws.

Again, on Friday night at The Gardens in the final of the G2 Black Top (515m), he drew awkwardly in Box 5 - made all-the-more ‘awkward’ by the presence of ZULU WARLORD a wide-running fast beginner in Box 4.

And no, he didn’t require the same level of track-sense this week as opposed to last week, where he weaved inside and outside of runners at top speed, but once again, he still managed to get into a striking position early in the race and take advantage of it.

What also shouldn’t be forgotten is just how adaptable he is.

If you think of a couple of tracks that on paper should suit Zipping Kyrgios best, I’m sure that The Gardens and Dubbo wouldn’t immediately spring to mind.

But he’s an undefeated G2 winner from two starts at The Gardens and he is the joint track-record holder at Dubbo. Just for good measure he made the G2 Maitland Cup Final over an unsuitable 450m.

To the uninitiated, greyhound racing is all about speed and that the fastest dog will win out.

Zipping Kyrgios has that sort of speed, you couldn’t win at the top level without it, but that’s not what makes him great.

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BRONZE – TYPHOON SAMMY

AND now I’m going to completely contradict any notion that I may have just put forward that it’s not just all about speed.
Sammy is all speed. Shear unadulterated speed.

On Saturday night, the son of ASTON DEE BEE went to Bendigo for a heat of the Cup, and he did not disappoint his ever-growing legion of fans.

The hype train left the station weeks ago, steered all the way by your trusty author who had been badgering The Catching Pen audience with audacious predictions of future glories.

So, when his trainer Jason Thompson said last week that Sammy was ‘BLACK MAGIC OPAL 2.0’, betting markets went into meltdown.
He firmed in TAB Futures markets from around $8.5 to $5 favourite for the Bendigo Cup, and he was crunched from $3 to $1.7 to beat the great TIGGERLONG TONK in his heat.

What transpired was pure poetry for his supporters, and for fans of fast greyhounds.

He exploded from Box 1 and put a big gap into a quality field, stopping the clock at a 23.28 and breaking the previous track record by 0.07 seconds.

To break any track record is an accomplishment, but just how much the conditions played a part can add to, or subtract from, the merit of the performance.

When you break a track record held by a dog the calibre of SHIMA SHINE there is no debate.

As a result, and given a suitable Box 7 draw for the Final, he has been installed as a $2 fav with TAB.

It is an outstanding line-up, one of the best we’ve seen anywhere this year.

The main danger is sure to be PAUA OF BUDDY who was a ‘gold medallist’ in this column a few weeks ago and has drawn ideally in Box 1.

They are two of the hottest young speedsters in Australian greyhound racing and you wouldn’t be surprised to see the track record go again this week.

Check out the latest TAB Futures markets here.

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Jason Lincoln is the co-host of The Catching Pen which can be seen on Sky Racing 2, Sky Racing Active and the Sky Racing website every Tuesday night, plus Chasing Winners Wednesday nights on Sky 2 from 7pm, focusing on the MILLION DOLLAR CHASE Carnival in its entirety and a nationwide search for weekend winners. Jason also appears as a presenter and form analyst on Sky Racing.

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