Boxing Clever (Weekender) with Gerard Daffy 29-04-2021

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.

 

BIG NIGHT AT THE BOOL

THESE days it is rare to see a country venue run eight heats of their cup, but that is the case on Thursday night at Warrnambool and the fields are fantastic!

G1 winners SHIMA SHINE and TIGGERLONG TONK head the array of talent, but it doesn’t end there with multiple cup and listed winners nominated.

Shima Shine will go around in the second heat, Race 6 on the program, and while he is clear favourite with TAB at $1.50, he does have an awkward draw in Box 2.

Warrnambool is a track where it is hard to make ground, particularly in recent times when the track has been ‘on fire’, so Shima Shine is going to need some luck early with a couple of brilliant beginners in MR FIX IT and BULLETEER drawn outside him. Bulleteer, a recent Ballarat Cup finalist along with Shima Shine, looks the value runner at $16 from a suitable draw (7).

Tiggerlong Tonk finally got his first G1 win in the Perth Cup a couple of weeks ago and while he has always raced well at Warrnambool, he is getting on in years and there must be a concern for him over the shorter 450 metre course. Drawn Box 6 in Race 8, Tiggerlong Tonk is the $1.90 favourite with TAB and with the race lacking pace, punters have still been keen to back him.

Up-and-coming youngster KAHEEM BALE has won eight of his 13 starts and looms as a danger, as does FABRIOLA ZAD in Box 3. Fabriola Zad recently changed kennels and was responsible for a huge run when an unlucky third in the Mount Gambier Cup behind ZIPPING ZARBO. He is a must for exotics.

YOZO BALE has been labelled a ‘Country Cup’s King’ after winning the Bendigo and Ballarat Cup’s last year and went close to adding another to his list when runner-up to WEBLEC JET in the Geelong Cup two starts ago. He will go around in the seventh heat, Race 10 on the program and although drawn in Box 3, he has the pace to lead this field justifying his price of $2.20.

FERDINAND BOY creates plenty of interest in Heat 6 of the Cup. Having recently won both the Shepparton and Ballarat Cup’s, Ferdinand Boy is in line for a $50,000 bonus if he can win three country cup’s in Victoria in a calendar year. While he has drawn awkwardly in Box 4, Fernando Boy does have the pace to potentially hold out FAITHY BALE (Box 6) and he can definitely win his way through to another cup final.

 

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THINGS LOOKING ROCKY FOR BRETT

TONY Brett has long been recognised as one of the best greyhound trainers in Australia, so it wasn’t a big surprise when the three dogs he took up for the Rockhampton Cup heats last Friday afternoon all qualified for the final.

One of those, ORCHESTRATE, set the benchmark for times running 29.62, the fastest time at Rocky for a couple of years. What made that all-the-more impressive was that the three ‘Brett’ dogs were having their first look at the track, so you would think they can only improve.

Kennel-mate ENTHUSIASTIC was responsible for a huge win from Box 4 in 30.06, but he never really got a clear look at them until storming to the lead in the home straight. He has drawn terribly in the final in the yellow box while Orchestrate has drawn beside in Box 4, but at least he (Orchestrate) is some hope of contesting the lead.

MITCHELL STREET chased hard when second to Orchestrate and although drawn out in Box 8, he can begin much better than he did in his heat, so is another potential leader.

The one I like is the other Tony Brett runner, WHAT A DEBACLE. He ran home hard when a length second to FERNANDO BEACH in 29.91 and looks to be perfectly drawn in Box 2. What A Debacle has fantastic form from inside boxes, can begin, but can also sit behind and run home.

He has been well found in the TAB market at $3.90 (equal fav with Fernando Beach), but he does appear the one to beat.

 

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ACTION APLENTY AT WENTY

ALL roads will lead to Wentworth Park on Saturday night where we have four heats of the Ladies Bracelet, two heats of the Gold Cup over the 720 metres and if that isn’t enough, three heats of the Bob Payne Sprint.

The Ladies Bracelet heats kick off proceedings for the night and the classy SUPER ESTRELLA has drawn perfectly in the red box in the opening heat. VAMOS PENNY looks a danger drawn beside in Box 2 as she can begin and has been around Wenty Park in 29.65. OPAL ROCKS has improved out of sight since moving to NSW from Victoria but is going to need a lot of luck from the blue box.

We haven’t seen VICKI’S QUEEN since she finished sixth in the Golden Easter Egg behind TOMMY SHELBY, but there were plenty who thought she could win that final from Box 2, so she looks the one to beat in the second heat from the inside draw.

She is the favourite from CHEVY ROYALE, but there is one here that can win IF the breaks go her way, FREDA ROCKS. The Victorian has a massive motor, has some tricks and wants the inside, but you are getting a big price if the favourites do anything wrong.

With only two heats of the Gold Cup over the long distance, the first heat and probably the final look to be at the mercy of STANLEY ROAD. The good news for followers of the star stayer is that he has finally drawn somewhere close to the rails in Box 3 and it is hard to see him being beaten - but he will be a ‘good things’ price.

The other heat is a lot more open even though there are only six runners. The recent form of PRIM AND PROPER has seen her at the head of TAB betting here, but she may have an issue early as ASTON ULYSSES has the necessary pace to hold her out in the run to the first turn. Although yet to win in six attempts over the trip here, EMPRESS TEARS stays under notice as she has shown gradual improvement.

And finally, the Bob Payne Sprint heats.

Cult greyhound JUNGLE DEUCE has drawn inside out (Box 8) in Race 8, Heat 2, but he has shown in his last few wins that he does have some early acceleration and he can navigate across a field. For that reason, he has been installed as favourite with TAB and it is worth noting that his fastest Wenty win, 29.31, was posted here three starts ago from Box 8.

There is a stack of pace in this race with ASTON TITAN, FIRE LEGEND and ZULU WARLORD all capable of leading, but Zulu Warlord cutting across might just set the race up for Jungle Deuce.

Hot off the back of a win in the Maitland Cup last week, EBBY JET POWER looks the one to beat in Race 9, Heat 3 of the Bob Payne. A recent winner at Wentworth Park in a flying 29.40, Ebby Jet Power should get a nice run to the first turn on the back of CASUAL GLANCE, drawn to his left in Box 4. Casual Glance finished down the track in that Maitland Cup after an impressive heat win, but Ebby Jet Power has the form at this track

 

BEST BET OF THE WEEKEND

Friday Rockhampton Cup: R8 No.2 What A Debacle

VALUE BET OF THE WEEKEND

Thursday Warrnambool: R6-No.7 Bulleteer

 

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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