Black Top, Woolley Wilson, Tegimi, Brother Fox, Worth Doing and Collision have a couple of things in common … first of all they are widely considered champion greyhounds of their era, and secondly, each claimed the time-honoured Group 1 Vic Peters Classic during their illustrious careers.
First conducted in 1951, and then known as the ‘Annual Classic’, the age restricted event is one of the oldest races on the NSW calendar and was re-named the Vic Peters, 11 years later in honour and memory of the first Secretary of the Greyhound Breeders and Trainer’s Association (G.B.O.T.A).
The Vic Peters Classic Final is set to jump at 9:50pm (AEDT). Tune in to Sky Racing to catch all the action!
Conducted over three testing weeks, 48 greyhounds contested heats in week one, the number whittled down to 32 for the semis, and just eight young pups are now left to contest the $75,000 to-the-winner decider on Saturday night at Wentworth Park.
Anything Less (Box 3) has been installed the $2.70 favourite with TAB.com.au. In simple terms, he is a dead-set machine with a mix of speed and strength and was ultra-impressive winning both his heat and semi-final in blinding figures.
Trained by the astute John and Minnie Finn, the son of Bekim Bale and Casey’s Angel has a tricky draw to contend with, however, littermate All Strung Out, a moderate beginner which is drawn on his immediate outside, could make the race for his sibling by giving him fresh air to move in the early stages, which would see him settle in a striking spot around the first corner.
Lucy Lobster ($6) has been the surprise packet of the series. The lightly-raced daughter of Brett Lee and One Tree Hill, both Group 1 winners in their own right, has gradually improved time-wise throughout the series and is now a real chance of pinching the big one. Although she can be touchy at box rise, the high speed she possesses through the first and second sections puts her in the firing line for a long way.
Christine Oldfield claimed this race in 2011 with Spring Gun, and she has a genuine chance of claiming this year’s renewal with the highly-talented Frattini ($4.60), which has drawn the cherished red rug.
Although yet to taste success in two starts at the track, both of Frattini’s runner-up efforts have been full of merit and from the gun alley she’s set to stalk the speed and will be strong late. On an each-way basis, she’d have to strike major interference to miss running a hole.
Check out the full TAB.com.au market for the Vic Peters Classic Final here.
Xtreme Knocka, the fastest qualifier through the semi-final round, is quoted at $9 with TAB.com.au - and to be honest, I can see why the bookie boys are prepared to risk him. He’s drawn the outside alley and with an abundance of speed drawn on his inner, he’s likely to be kept wide and ‘hung out to dry’ around the first corner and would need a miracle to get over without finding trouble.
The best roughie is the Group 2 TAB Great Chase winner All Strung Out at $10. He’s had plenty of experience around the Glebe circuit, and has collected a prize money cheque in each of his seven starts there, however, he is yet to crack it for a win.
Of the others, a case could be made for Cosmic Angel ($8). The speedy Jewel Action ($8) and Lucy Lobster are a chance of colliding shortly after the jump and he could get the ‘fly’ in the drive to the first bend and would take some pegging back from that point on.
The Group 1 Vic Peters promises to be one of the great contests of the year at headquarters, and even if we miss the mark with our selections, I will guarantee that some of these pups will be the shining lights of the sport in the next 12 months and it will pay dividends to follow their careers closely.
I’ve settled on Anything Less (3) to beat Frattini (1) from Lucy Lobster (5) and All Strung Out (4).
My best bet on the card is Topper Road (Race 9 No. 1)
Good luck and good punting.