Victorian chasers Spud Regis and Streetbike Tommy will get their first look at Cannington when they contest the Prime Trophies Perth Cup Prelude (530m) this Saturday.
The Andrea Dailly-trained pair are the vanguard of an expected army of east coast ‘raiders’ that will invade Western Australia next weekend for the Group 1 SKY Racing Perth Cup heats.
Dailly has given these two greyhounds (there are more to come from the Dailly camp) a massive advantage in their Perth Cup campaign as history suggests you need to know your way around Cannington if you are going to win WA’s biggest race.
Since 2005 only one local greyhound - Miss Slick in 2009 - has claimed the Perth Cup.
In that time the eastern states greyhounds that have been successful have all arrived in WA early or have been here before, rather than just lobbing on heat night.
Last year’s winner Oaks Road, trialed on the Cannington circuit the week prior the heats while 2011 & 2010 back-to-back champion High Earner had already familiarised himself with the track when he won the 2009 WA Derby.
Size Can Matter came west to go around in a Grade 5 race seven days before tackling the heats prior to his triumph in 2008.
Betty Angel’s (2007) and Superman (2006) both competed in the Interstate Sprint Challenge, which was the lead-up race to the Perth Cup series at the time. Neither won their lead-ups but I am sure Paul Bartolo and Emin Aydemir were not complaining a couple of weeks later.
Like High Earner, the Dailly-trained Sun Hero had already claimed a WA Derby before he took out the 2005 Perth Cup.
Spud Regis (pictured) is clearly the standout of Dailly’s duo and even though the exciting black speedster has not saluted the judges in the six starts since his remarkable Adelaide Cup victory in October he undoubtedly has the talent to do some damage in the Perth Cup series.
In the Prelude (Race 3) he will come up against a very good field of competitors including reigning local sprint queen Hot Irish and resurrected chaser Easy Peasy.
Hot Irish has owned the 530m journey with 14 wins from her past 17 starts and from box one, where she is undefeated in half a dozen attempts, she is likely to use her blistering early pace to set the agenda.
Linda Britton and her team have done a great job to get Easy Peasy back to the track and are now reaping the rewards.
It looked like it retirement for the ex-Victorian after he injured a back muscle early last year but Britton took him on and after an extensive rehabilitation program was able to get him back to the track.
Easy Peasy has now raced 11 times since his comeback and is starting to hit peak form with wins in his past three starts, including the Group 3 Birthday Cup.
There is a sense that Easy Peasy is being held together McGuyver style – with sticky tape and string – and it could all unravel in a moment but he is racing well enough to be a contender in this one.
Speaking of Britton dogs, Until Then has won 11 of 22 starts at Cannington but has not exactly set the world on fire over the 715m journey as yet.
He gets a wonderful opportunity to improve his record over the stayer’s trip in the Fairplay Print Swan Stake (Race 7).
Better known as a quick jumping 647m dog, Until Then should be a winner in this one given the greyhound most likely to cause him grief, Sassy Bullet, has only had one start over the distance and up until a month or so ago was struggling to breakthrough for his maiden.
Best Bet: Sniper’s Shot (Race 10)
Best Value: Squashed Banana (Race 8)
Quaddie: Race 5 – 1, 2, 3, 5
Race 6 – 2, 5, 8
Race 7 – 5
Race 8 – 1, 2, 3, 5
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