PREVIEW OF THE PUPPY CLASSIC HEATS ON SATURDAY
We’ve got the heats of the Puppy Classic (520m) at Cannington on Saturday, which is always an exciting series as we get a chance to see the next generation of up-and-coming chasers.
Several greyhounds are already starting to establish their reputations and can confirm their rise to stardom or perhaps an unknown will step up and take glory.
In Heat 1 the standout is undoubtedly Quara’s Emma, which is racing in great touch and won’t be troubled by a wide draw.
The James Jefferies-prepared chaser won her past four, including the Birthday Cup, and while most of her success has come over 405m she did win her last start over the 520m back in mid-December.
The only query surrounding her is that she was a late scratching from a race at Mandurah last weekend but if she’s healthy she’ll be the greyhound to beat.
If Quara’s Emma misfires there are plenty of other interesting runners in the race which will look to take advantage, including Who’s Got Byron.
Who’s Got Byron, which is trained out of Rob Westworth’s Southern River kennels, has only raced on three occasions but did win the Summer Maiden Classic in 30.10 back in late January.
Nymph Monelli has saluted in three of her past four.
She loves an inside draw and from box two she’ll get every chance to land on the lure.
Jump In Line has won three of his past five but is yet to compete on the city circuit.
Premium Share is having his first race following an impressive qualifying trial.
Feelin’ Alright is most accomplished competitor in Heat 2.
The speedy black bitch from Chris Halse’s kennels ripped out five straight victories between late December and early January, including a run of 29.96 over this distance, but hasn’t placed in her couple of attempts.
If Feelin’ Alright rebounds to her best she’ll be hard to beat regardless of her wide alley.
David Hobby-trained pair Spirit Monelli and Sunset Octavia are well drawn and will jump side-by-side in boxes ones and two respectively.
Both chasers have been consistent performers; Spirit Monelli has been especially prominent.
He’s only missed a top two finish in 11 of 13 attempts and will appreciate the rails alley.
In Heat 3 the handy Kiss Me Linda is a big chance. (pictured)
She’s had a decent start to her career with three wins from 10 races but promises to be even better and she gets a chance to prove it here.
Goblin Monelli (box two) clocked 30.04 when he won a couple of starts back but has shown a preference for outside draws in his limited appearances to date while Fran Farrell’s chaser Incredible Hero has the opposite problem.
Incredible Hero has experience on her side, he’s racked up five wins and eight placings from 18 starts but will jump in the pink when he would prefer to be on the inside.
The first heat is scheduled for 8.27pm on Saturday.