Brett Honey’s Canning Show Cup Night Preview

Race 1 – Maiden 520m

With a wonderful card of racing to follow, I won’t be spending any of my hard earned on this maiden. Best of luck to all connections.

Race 2 – Free For All 520m

A small but select field of five do battle in this week’s Free For All (FFA), where Runaway To Mars (box 2) is an odds-on favourite with TABtouch. He was gutsy last week handling Canya Mia early and then holding off the talented Inside Scoop. His big concern is the speedy Carlecatup inside him this week and she will be a lot stronger through the bend then Canya Mia was last week.

I thought there was an opportunity for a strong dog to arrive on the scene late and the $13/$4 about Super Charge (box 4) is very appealing. Super Charge was a nice performance last week, only missing by a head to King Tommy which is as good a form reference as you can get. The small field suits him, where he can track up behind Carlecatup and Runaway To Mars and he’ll be right there turning for home. Looks a wonderful place heavy bet.

Bet: #4 Super Charge (each way, heavier the place)

Race 3 – Young Stars Classic Heat 1

First heat of the young stars and there’s more questions than answers on a few in the market here. Cubit Monelli (box 3) and Inside Scoop (box 7) are the fastest dogs in the race but their last start efforts have me concerned.

Cubit Monelli will be first up for a few weeks after losing some concentration last start when not leading. He also has all sorts of problems at box rise with the fence crashing Kanan Stark (box 4) drawn to his outside.

Inside Scoop really should have won from where he was last week. It’s safe to say he threw it away but in saying that, there’s no Runaway To Mars here and looks the class runner.

Nanger Bubbles is also first up and drawn beautifully in box 8. She’s a wide runner with superb muster and I trust she will be ready to go first up. She can break 30 and in front is where you want to be in this race. She’s where my money is going.

Bet: #8 Nangar Bubbles

Race 4 – Young Stars Classic Heat 2

This is tricky. Lil Bit Twisted is having his first go over 520 metres after notching his ninth win from as many starts last Friday. Does he run the trip? I honestly don’t know. With his style, he will need to lead to be a winning chance and he must jump clear of Flying Freda (box 7), who is back on the scene after trialling 29.80 last week.

Disco Daisy is well drawn here in box 4. She’s a listed winner against the older dogs and is well suited with a vacant box on her outside. She is capable of breaking the line and was only beaten one and half lengths by Inside Scoop two starts ago. I’m leaning towards her but would like her price to start with a 4 before jumping on board.

Bet: #4 Disco Daisy (hoping for a drift)

Race 5 – Young Stars Classic Heat 3

No real confidence in this race. Monkey Emoji (box 7) runs the times required and has a fence crasher drawn inside him. His main concern is his box manners from the wide draw but if he gets it right early, he’ll be the one to beat. I thought Speedy Willow (box 1) could spear out to lead but I cannot in any way entertain the $3.50. Happy to stay out here. Numbers 1,2,7 for the quaddie.

Race 6 – Young Stars Classic Heat 4

West On Boonie (box 8) is the class runner and should be handling his business from the outside. His trophy cabinet is quite full already and from outside draws (6-8), he’s recorded 5 wins from 7 starts. Boonie backers will be hoping Sunset Nightjar can give him a cart over because there is some pace in the race from the likes of Spanner, Sunset Mirage and Starlight Panama.

He’ll be a leg of a few multi’s on the night at even money. He only beats himself.

Bet: #8 West On Boonie

Race 7 – Young Stars Classic Heat 5

Looking forward to the early speed battle between Rare Speed (box 1) and First Look (box 6). Rare Speed has no real pace boxed around him and First Look has a similar map from the outside, where he’ll have every opportunity to produce his 5.47 first split. Outside of those, there’s a few in this race that would need to lead to win and look unlikely to get it.

One of those not in that category is Starlight Ariel (box 3). She’s coming back from a start over 600 metres and prior to that, had produced some handy run homes over 520. If she can cross Ziggy Boom (box 2) early, she could get a lovely rails run here and looks a great place bet at $3.20. If Rare Speed and First Look undo each other up front, she may even get over the top.

Bet: #3 Starlight Ariel (each way, place heavy)

Race 8 – Young Stars Classic Heat 6

Bunji Man finally draws inside again and only has to hold out West On Boomer (box 6) to find the front here. He’s a 29.75 dog when finding the arm and has been priced accordingly at a touch longer than even money. He’s certainly the one to beat.

Jami Keeping (box 8) has a surprisingly good record from outside draws and whilst never running time over this distance, has been racing well over 600. If Bunji Man was to make a mistake, she looks the immediate danger.

Not overly keen to bet with Bunji Man so short.

No Bet

Race 9 – Canning Show Cup 600m

The main event and we have a very competitive market here. King Tommy (box 2 – pictured) is the favourite and will take a stack of beating. I do have questions about him on a bend start however and his backers will be hoping he flops out early and makes his run through the middle.

I’m quite keen on Solidified’s (box 1) chances from the inside draw. The last three feature races over this distance have been won by dogs who are leaders/early splitters who can run the trip. I speak of dogs such as Quick Smart, Amplified and Rostered Off. Solidified ticks those boxes and was very good from an unsuitable draw last week. Once he found the rail he was very impressive and still went 34.89. I think he can go quicker from box 1.

Please, please keep Cawbourne Roses (box 6) safe in all exotics. She is airborne and has had zero luck in her two return runs. Box 6 doesn’t help her winning chances but could be a nice place bet at $3.20.

Bet: #1 Solidified

Race 10 – Free For All 715m

Clifton Cruz looks the class runner in the absence of Couch Surfer, but I don’t think he is anywhere near his top. He has also had some chances from outside draws against similar company in recent months and got himself beaten.

The money has come early for Disco Trixie (box 2) and looks the main danger. She was a shade disappointing last week, therefore it will be interesting to see what she does here. I have trust issues with most of this field. Not for me this race.

No bet

Race 11 – Grade 5 600m

Sunset Louie (box 2) only has to avoid Tessa Nature on his inside to be a massive threat in this provincial middle-distance race. He returned to 600m racing three starts ago and won in 34.75 from box 1. That’s definitely winning this race when Fortified Mack (box 6) is probably the only other in the field that could match that time, and she has her own issues being boxed inside Penny Magic (box 8).

Miss Ronnie Mac had a good stint over this trip, and ran some nice times in doing so, but has found the step up in grade challenging. Penny Magic is the only other chance if she were able to cross. Sunset Louie is the only one I could contemplate backing.

Bet: #2 Sunset Louie

Race 12 – Grade 5 520m

I really like Sand Patch (box 7). She knocked off Inside Scoop two starts ago and whilst Scoop returned the favour the second time around, Sand Patch still went 29.84 in defeat. I don’t see an issue from box 7. Whilst Seriously Lush in 6 has early speed, she will be no match for Sand Patch through the bend and it should be game, set, match from there.

Once small concern is that she was scratched on the 21st of October but Darryl Smith has a brilliant strike rate and has always been very particular with nominating his greyhounds. Hopefully Sandy will be the icing on the cake, rather than a blast out come Race 12 Saturday.

Bet: #7 Sand Patch