This Saturday night kick starts a massive three weeks of elite greyhound racing action at The Meadows with the first night of the $1.2m Sky Racing Carnival hosting three Group 1 events.
These ‘invitation only’ events are hand picked by a panel of experts, and as you would expect, the Group 1 Temlee (525m), G1 Rookie Rebel (600m) and G1 Zoom Top (725m) see’s the best greyhounds in the nation converge on the popular Broadmeadows circuit in search of victory at the highest level.
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In the Rookie Rebel, it is impossible not to put dual Group 1 winner, Dyna Double One ($1.25 with TAB.com.au Fixed Odds) on top in selections and the simple fact is, if he gets through the first turn without suffering any major interference, he should win.
Victorious in the G1 Melbourne Cup in November last year when he ran down the champion chaser Fernando Bale, the son of Barcia Bale then headed to Albion Park where he added the G1 Brisbane Cup to his resume.
Fast forward to late January this year and Dyna Double One had been mixing ‘business with pleasure’, (he’d been entertaining some lady friends in the breeding barn!) and the Dailly kennel thought that this exercise had taken the edge of his competitiveness in races – they made the decision to step him up to the middle distance trips in an attempt to switch him back on and it had immediate effect.
Dyna Double One first broke the long-standing 595m track record at Sandown Park before eclipsing the 600m mark at The Meadows, running 33.91, nearly a length faster than former G1 chaser Xylia Allen’s previous benchmark.
The one query you could have about Dyna Double One is that if he misses the start off box 1 and strikes trouble at the first turn (which is only around 50 metres from the 600m starting boxes) he may just get too far back to be able to race around the field and win.
His box manners have been much better at his last three starts and I think the inside box will ‘bring him out’ and if he doesn’t lead, at least he’ll be in clear running and from there, he should be way too good for this field.
I do think that Lithgow Panther, who had drawn box 8, is big odds at $13 and I’ll be having a small saver on him and playing him with Dyna Double One in the exotics.
A winner of the G3 Sir John Dillon Memorial at Sandown Park, Lithgow Panther has won his last two starts in easier company at Horsham and whilst his record from the outside box is not brilliant (5 starts for 1 wins and 3 placings), I think he may get a nice run across the face of the field and be a definite chance for the placings.
Check out the TAB.com.au markets for the Group 1 events from The Meadows here.
In the G1 Rookie Rebel, I’m tipping Dyna Double One from Lithgow Panther, Xtreme Knocka and Moreira.
The G1 Zoom Top has been robbed of some of its intrigue with the scratchings of Lady Toy, Ada Mary and Bourbski Fever, and No Donuts ($1.95) has now been installed as a short priced favourite with TAB Fixed Odds bookmakers.
A winner of the G1 Sale Cup and the G2 Summer Distance Plate, there doesn’t appear to be a greyhound in the field who can lead No Donuts in this race but as his trainer Anthony Azzopardi pointed out, he goes so quick in the early and middle stages of his ‘700’ races, there’s not a lot of petrol left in the tank as they swing for home.
South Australian chaser Luna Jinx, always performs admirably when she heads across the border and nearly 12 months ago she caused an upset when winning the G1 Superstayers at The Meadows – she then finished third behind Bourbski Fever in the G1 Bold Trease and she has won convincingly at her last two starts at Angle Park.
There’s no doubt that she’ll run the distance out strongly and I think Luna Jinx can cause an upset at odds of around $5.50.
My tips in the G1 Zoom Top are Luna Jinx from No Donuts, Seeking Justice and Ryno’s Raider.
It’s one of the great nights on the Australian greyhound racing calendar and I’ll be live trackside at The Meadows to bring you all the latest information on Sky Racing1 from 7pm.
Good Luck and Good Punting