Brett Honey’s Perth Cup & Galaxy Preview

WA chasing’s night of nights is here! Saturday we see the finals of the Group 1 Perth Cup (520m) and the Group 1 Galaxy (715m), as well as some competitive Consolation features. We’ll take a look at those races in depth here.

Race 1 – 2nd Perth Cup Consolation

Scratchings aplenty here as can often happen on Cup night, but I think we can get the night off to a flyer with Block Chain. With Fire Cloud no longer in the race, there is less early speed about which will suit the mustering Block Chain to a tee. Two starts ago, he was too good for Amplified at Mandurah and was good again in his Perth Cup heat. If he can begin well here from box 3, he can be the first one behind likely leader Rippin Tomahawk (box 7), who also will appreciate the lack of early speed. If that scenario plays out, I think Block Chain will be able to get over the top of Tomahawk. Kip Keeping comes into this race and produced a 5.43 first split early last week, however he isn’t all that consistent early. Healthy respect for Eagle Monelli in box 1, I just thought he was only fair in his cup heat and prefer him with room to operate.

Bet: #3 Block Chain

Race 2 – Galaxy Consolation

Good luck. Very even bunch here with the exception of Tsar Bell, who’s best would comfortably take care of his opposition in this but looks well below that at the moment. Pancake Monelli gets her chance to lead from box 1 if she’s able to hold out Adzuki Monelli. That being said, if she doesn’t lead, it’s likely curtains for her. Chair Man in box 7 will have his admirers but the South Australian’s form didn’t hold up last week and the outside draw does him no favours.

This leaves me with the ever consistent Clifton Cruz, who is always there abouts in these types of races, and the two roughies Blessed Doll and West On Jilliby. West On Jilliby has been a wonderful pickup for Glen Price who despite only winning one race, has earned a stack of cheques running into the placings over the distance. Blessed Doll is $101, but she was far from disgraced first time over 715 last week and she is open to improvement for sure. As you can probably tell, I have no confidence here but will have a few dollars on Blessed Doll at the cricket score odds in an impossible race to predict.

Bet: very, very small #4 Blessed Doll each way

Race 4 – Perth Cup Consolation (Group 3)

Two critical scratchings here of Crumble Monelli and Amplified unfortunately detracts from the strength of this race, but provides a big opportunity for Kelsey Bale (box 2) and Quick Smart (box 4) to take out the Group 3 Consolation. Where the reserves draw for this race will have a big influence on how I play the race, with Fire Cloud bringing an early speed component. If Fire Cloud draws box 1, it will make Kelsey Bale have to work that little bit harder for the lead and Runaway To Mars (box 5) will also be on the scene nice and early. That being said, she is a star Kelsey Bale and should be handling her business with a clean get away. As we learnt last week, this is greyhound racing and I am very keen to having something on Quick Smart, should Kelsey Bale run into trouble. His effort in his Cup heat was nothing short of remarkable. He weaved his way through traffic after being caught wide at the first turn, still going 29.87. He gets a much better run here from box 4 and at the very least, will run into the placings.

Bet: Back #2 Kelsey Bale and save #4 Quick Smart each way

Race 6 – Group 1 Galaxy

The Galaxy has fast turned into my favourite Group 1 on the calendar and we have a ripper of a field engaged. Most of the betting will be centred around Stagger Out Lee (box 1), Couch Surfer (box 4) and Ariarne Bale (box 5) and rightly so. They all won their heats in emphatic fashion but at the same time, in very different ways. Stagger Out Lee is the biggest winner out of the box draw for mine. She doesn’t need to be anywhere near the speed early and with Chloe Ant in box 2 potentially leading, and Ballistic Ant (box 6) also cutting across, it could be dicey early for both Couch Surfer and Ariarne Bale. I think Stagger will only improve for seeing the track as well and always turns up in these big finals.

Couch Surfer will be the flag bearer for futures punters everywhere and WA greyhound fans in general. He’s been faultless in his preparation for Saturday night and if he can get on the arm quickly, he will look the winner at some point. I know the kennel is keen with Ariarne Bale and why wouldn’t you be after being the run of the night last week. I just have concerns about box 5 and with Stagger Out Lee in this race, you can’t make too many mistakes. Cracking edition of the Galaxy.

Bet: #1 Stagger Out Lee

Race 7 – The Group 1 Perth Cup

The one they all want to win and it was a marvellous effort from the locals to earn all 8 spots in the final. Best of luck to all involved!

Elite Machine has drawn the cherry and was brilliant last week, posting the fastest time and it looked effortless. There will be a great battle on early with Electrified (box 3) and Momentum (box 4) charging forward and Elite Machine underneath. Rumblin’ Moment will also make his presence known from out wide. It seems straightforward, but with the benefit of being inside all that speed, I think Elite Machine gets the best run at it of the leading contenders and if he finds the arm it is all over. That could also be said for Electrified and Momentum as well, but it will be harder for both of them to cross.

Mick Flash isn’t up to those three on the clock but gets a lovely run on the inside. From box 2, Mick Flash can capitalise on any jamming up front and I can see some trouble for the dogs who can’t get across at the turn. He was strong last week and can run a place in this.

Elite Machine on top for me in what is a great race. I’ll be sure to have something on Mick Flash for a place as well.

Bet: #1 Elite Machine (win) & #2 Mick Flash (place)