Brett Honey’s WA Derby Final and WA Oaks Heats Preview

Race 1 WA Oaks Heat 520m

A cracking heat of the Oaks gets us underway on Saturday night where Sunset Hornet (box 8) is a commanding odds-on favourite. Any doubts about her running the 520 were swiftly quashed last week, posting an impressive 29.71 and defeating the likes of Disco Daisy and Sunset Serengeti. She deserves favouritism and is clearly the one in the race who can run the best times. Box 8 does throw some questions however, given she can be hit and miss early.

Girls Like You (box 1) is drawn beautifully on the inside for Paul Kaltsis and has a strong record from boxes 1 and 2. She has run home as quick as 11.29, therefore if she can navigate the first turn safely, she is one who can run into a place or capitalise on any trouble should Sunset Hornet find bother.

Bet: #1 Girls Like You (each way, heavier the place)

Race 2 WA Oaks Heat 520m

The second heat of the Oaks seemingly looks a race in two between Sunset Serengeti (box 8) and Miss Envy (box 3) but whilst they are the two fastest dogs in the race, both are drawn poorly. Sunset Serengeti is far more effective from an inside draw and wants the rail quickly. It is a big ask to get over from there. Miss Envy was a very impressive maiden winner, posting a blistering 29.53. She can be tardy out of the boxes, and I expect West On Miley in two to show early speed and move up the track.

In looking for a greyhound who may be able to capitalise on this questionable map, look no further than Such A Vibe in box 1. The rails draw will suit her, and she is improving with each start. Whilst she’s gone nowhere near the times of some of her opposition, she looks the one that gets a great run in transit. At the double figures, is certainly worth consideration.

Bet: #1 Such A Vibe (each way, heavier the place)

Race 3 WA Oaks Heat 520m

Connections of Wise Barra would have been doing the Hokey Pokey when seeing the heat she drew for the Oaks, and box 6 only helps her cause. Wise Barra has a commanding record at Cannington and has gone toe-to-toe with some of the better dogs in the state. She runs a wide line and with no real pace to speak of on her outside, she gets every conceivable chance.

Shy Emoji in box 8 is the other in the race who can run fast time but box 8 does her no favours. I found it tough to find anything in this to knock off the 6.

Bet: #6 Wise Barra

Race 4 WA Derby Final (Group 2) 520m

What a race. Eight deserving greyhounds all get their chance to take out what is the strongest Derby in years. Fingers crossed we see clean racing and the best dog wins.

Sunset Frazier (box 8) opened $3 earlier in the week and has been well supported throughout betting, to the point he is now into $2.40. The box holds no problems for him and looks a near-certainty to lead. The 29.56 he posted last week would see him go a long way from there.

The other dog who ran 29.56 last week was Fire Lighter (box 4), however there are far greater concerns about his draw. Uncle Tommy in 5 will show his customary early speed and doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty in finding a spot. It’s also important to note that although Fire Lighter went 5.40 to the mark last week, he was never fool proof out of the boxes at Wentworth Park. He’s been a big drifter and the map would have much to do with that.

There are three dogs outside of those two who I think can run a big race and they are Bergelmir (box 2), Uncle Tommy (box 5) and My Anarchy Boy (box 6). Bergelmir (pictured with trainer Jamie Marsh) was the recipient of a fortuitous run last week but he’s every chance of getting a similar run this week. He has been beginning much better and if he were to miss Kanan Stark early, he can run into the race from there.

Uncle Tommy (box 5) has the task ahead of him from the squeeze, but his character takes him a long way in races. You only have to look at his Perth Cup triumph when running down Frazier for proof of that. Boxed outside Fire Lighter, will he get close enough?

My Anarchy Boy is the longest of those three but was a good thing beat last week. His Mandurah Derby triumph was superb and is capable of bringing that form to Cannington. Needs luck but is a threat.

I could keep writing; this is such a good race. I have Sunset Frazier on top but is getting very short now. Looks a great race to play exotics.

Bet: #8 Sunset Frazier, play exotics around numbers 2,5,6,8.

Other Bets On The Card

Race 5 #2 Hippy Trail (place heavy)

Race 7 #4 Chobe Star

Race 8 #2 Penny Magic

Race 10 #2 Cadia Gold