Boxing Clever (Weekender) with Gerard Daffy 12-05-2021

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.



STAR WA sprinter SUNSET SPITFIRE is back in Victoria for the heats of the Harrison Dawson tonight (Thursday), and although he can expect some tough opposition, Sunset Spitfire ($1.95) has come up with a nice draw (Box 2) in Race 8.

A winner of 14 of his 15 starts, Sunset Spitfire lowered the colours of TOMMY SHELBY at Cannington two weeks ago in a flying 29.58 and quite simply he was just too fast for Tommy. The only defeat that Sunset Spitfire has suffered was at The Meadows earlier in the year when he was unplaced in a heat of the Silver Chief after suffering an injury.

A trial at Sandown last week left little doubt that he will be hard to beat on Thursday night as he scooted around the Sandown circuit in 29.25. Should he jump to the front, he will be mighty hard to run down. It is a top field however, with Perth Cup winner TIGGERLONG TONK ($5) drawn out in Box 6, which should not pose too many problems as he has ordinary beginners either side of him.

One of those is EQUALIZER ($4.60) drawn in Box 5. Equalizer is absolutely airborne at the moment but his lack of early pace in this class is the worry.

SHIMA SHINE will go around in the second heat of the Harrison Dawson, and he will have some work to do from an awkward draw in the blue box. Following a near track-record win in a heat of the Warrnambool Cup, Shima Shine had no luck at all in the final when he missed the start but motored home when third to WEBLEC JET.

TAB have opened Shima Shine at $2.10 to win his heat. The big question is can he avoid any early scrimmaging from the outside two runners, GYPSY YANKEE and MR FIX IT who both have an abundance of early pace. I think Shima Shine can either find the front early or sit on the back of one of the outside pair who might break the field up early.


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ON the same program we have four heats of the Sapphire Crown to kick the night off, and they are fabulous heats as well.

Several runners who made the final of the Ladies Bracelet at Wentworth Park last Saturday night are venturing south for the Sapphire Crown, including winner PAY CALL. Peter Lagogiane had two runners in the Bracelet final - favourite VICKI’S QUEEN and eventual winner Pay Call, who led all the way to beat her kennelmate.

It was a surprise to see Pay Call ping the lids, the time was terrific (29.44), but we could take nothing away from Vicki’s Queen who never shirked the task and only went down by a little over a length.

Pay Call has a tricky draw in Race 3, coming up with the blue box. There is a fair amount of pace inside her, particularly local hope JUNK FOOD JUNKIE (Box 2), also a finalist in the Bracelet in Sydney, but couldn’t cross from an outside draw. The value here might be prolific winner MEPUNGA ISLA ($11) who had no luck at her last start and can sit on the pace.

The fourth heat of the Sapphire Crown has created plenty of interest as well.

Vicki’s Queen was gallant in defeat when beaten by Pay Call at Wentworth Park, but has drawn a hot heat at Sandown. Box 2 should suit Vicki’s Queen who is well in the market at $4 with TAB, but there are several winning hopes led up by last week’s Warrnambool Cup victor QWARA BALE, IMMUNITY who returned from five months on the sidelines with a 25.51 win at Warragul, and exciting youngster HIGHLY EXPLOSIVE.

This heat is hard to access as the red runner, ASTON LAVINIA, and the pink, ZIPPING ZARBO, are the probable leaders, so it is all a matter of who can camp on the pace. I am happy to stick with Highly Explosive.


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THERE is action aplenty at Albion Park and we have a couple of feature finals due to be run at ‘The Creek’ tonight (Thursday).

Trainer Tony Brett is rarely short of a good greyhound and he has unearthed another one by the name of ORCHESTRATE.

A recent winner of the Rockhampton Cup in a sizzling 29.44, Orchestrate has only had 15 starts for nine wins.

Returning to home base last week in a heat of the Young Guns, Orchestrate gave nothing else a chance clearing the field from Box 8, running 29.76. That time was around half a length slower than proven performer KOORINGA LUCY’s effort when winning the fast class race in 29.72, and she is up there with some of the best in Queensland at the moment.

Orchestrate has Box 6 in the final and will need to be on his best behaviour at the start as NANDO DREAMER, another fast heat winner in 29.76, has drawn beside him in Box 6. Nando Dreamer did fly the lids in her heat, the first split was 5.53 compared to the 5.49 run by Orchestrate, but she doesn’t always begin like that.

PUMP IT has returned from an injury enforced four months on the sidelines in stellar form for trainer Mark Saal. She has now had three runs back from that spell, the last two over 600m, and after finishing an unlucky second to SEQUANA a fortnight ago, she proved too good for MAGIC MISS in a heat of the Carnival Chase over 600m, running 35.04.

TONY’S RESCUE defeated NINETY MILE KING in the other heat in a similar time, 35.02, but the draw for the final suits Pump It. She has come up with the red alley and was installed as the $2 favourite with TAB ahead of Ninety Mile King at $2.50.

He has drawn awkwardly in Box 2 as he is steady early and wants to get off the track, so the race should be run to suit Pump It.



Albion Park Thursday: R6 No.1 Pump It


Sandown Park Thursday: R3 No.5 Mepunga Isla


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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