CROPDUSTER LEADS CHASE IN FINAL
By James Broadhurst
As the only ‘big gun’ left standing Cropduster has brilliant prospects in ‘The Westchase’ final (520m) at Cannington this Saturday.
The race has opened up for the WA Oaks winning chaser after many of the other leading contenders tumbled out during the heat stage.
Cropduster produced a sparkling all-the-way victory in her heat, when she led all-the-way from box five to score comfortably in the fastest qualifying time of 29.91.
The result also contributed to the demise of raging fancy All The Rave, the only greyhound to beat Cropduster in her past six starts.
From the pole All The Rave had been installed as a short-priced favourite but he ran fourth and missed out on a berth in the final.
The upsets continued in the other two heats with Garbrandt and Dusty Mac collecting wins while the likes of Leisel Monelli, Chips And Trains, Poppy Monelli and Petria Monelli were bundled out.
Cropduster will exit from box three in the trophy decider and while her trainer Paul Stuart acknowledges that his greyhound will never get a better opportunity to secure a second piece of silverware, he isn’t getting ahead of himself.
“She’s going along tremendously and all those good dogs getting knocked out definitely helps,” Stuart said.
“Even so she’ll need to begin well like she did the other night (in the heat).
“There’s not a lot of early speed in the race but there’s a few dogs that are strong and do their best work late so we’ll need to be clear.”
The Westchase is worth $19,950 to the winner, not including WA bred bonuses.