The 2012 Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) Country Challenge rolls into the big smoke this Saturday with the next leg of the series to be staged at Potts Park, in South-West Sydney.
The Luke Azzopardi trained Chenzhou Boy heads into the final as the fastest qualifier courtesy of brilliant heat win last weekend. Chenzhou Boy’s chances of replicating his heat victory last week, however, hit a snag when he drew box five – also known as the dreaded ‘squeeze box’.
Chenzhou Boy will also have to get past some very promising greyhounds including another heat winner and hometown hero, Storm At Dawn, which is trained by Joseph Sciberras at Horsley Park.
Another greyhound to watch out for is the winner of the third heat, Marvicki. Trained by Shane Wheeler on the NSW Central Coast, Marvicki’s chances of winning were boosted after he drew the coveted red rug for the final.
Staged at the Yagoona track in Sydney, the Potts Park Country Challenge Final traditionally attracts a good crowd and is once again supported this year by a fantastic 10-race card.
The 2012 GRNSW Country Challenge will be held at 20 Non-TAB tracks throughout regional NSW. Greyhounds accumulate points according to their place in each individual final with connections of the highest-scoring greyhound at the end of the series proper to collect $12,500.
The Potts Park Country Challenge Final will jump at 3.36pm.
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