Sapporo Graded To Return A Winner

By Jeff Collerson
Zipping Sapporo took out the Group 1 National Futurity at Wentworth Park early this year so seems graded to return from a spell on a winning note in a fifth grade event at Bulli on Wednesday night.

The Jason Magri-trained bitch will exit box one in the Gary Fowler Stakes over 400m, and while she has not started over this trip at Bulli, Zipping Sapporo is unbeaten in two starts wearing the red rug.

And she is undefeated in two races at Bulli, scoring over 472m in December in a smart 26.57 and a blistering 26.26.

A winner of eight from just 14 appearances, Zipping Sapporo was tackling far tougher top grade races at Wentworth Park when fifth in her two most recent outings in March.

Bandit Butch, a litter brother to crack sprinter Bandit Ned, scored his first win in 16 starts when he scored by eight lengths at Goulburn on September 7 but is set to complete a double in Wednesday's 400m Southern Engine Reconditioning Stakes.

Bandit Ned has won 10 from 13 races, including this year's group 3 Wentworth Park Magic Maiden, but Bandit Butch could manage only nine placings from his first 15 appearances. 

He was purchased six weeks ago for $5000 by Welby (Mittagong) trainer Stephen Fairbairn, and won first up for his new owner at Goulburn.

"Before he won at Goulburn I trialled Bandit Butch over 365m at Nowra and he clocked 20.50,'' Fairbairn said.

"After he ran such good time in that trial I expected him to win at Goulburn and he led all the way over 350m in the fast time of 19.62.

"His run home time was very good too so he should be suited by the 400m trip at Bulli.

"And he knows his way around the track.''

Trainer Phil Goodsell nominated Mack Boy for a 515m event on Wednesday night but still gives his in form greyhound a strong chance in the 472m Ladbroke It Stakes, a fourth and fifth grade.

Phase, chasing his 10th win in 18 starts, will be favourite from box three but may need to get away with a good early lead if he is to stave off Mack Boy, a noted strong finisher.

"There wasn't a 515m race available for Mack Boy but he could be hard to hold out at the end of 472m, depending on how he handles the home turn,'' Goodsell said.

"Mack Boy gets to the line well and likes the long straight at Bulli, the problem is he tends to run off and lose ground on the home bend.''

Mack Boy has won in a fast 29.74 over 520m at Wentworth Park and Goodsell said: "I am looking forward to getting back there with him and hopefully drawing an inside box.''

Insane Fury has been beaten in five races since winning over 400m at Bulli in a brilliant 22.37 in July but should end the drought in Wednesday night's Pensy Big Marn Stakes, fifth grade over that journey.

The George Micallef-trained dog will wear the pink rug and has won two of his five starts from the outside draw.

On times he should be too good for his rivals on Wednesday, as while Insane Fury can be tardy out of the starting boxes, he could get a nice run down the outside of the track courtesy of keen railer To The Riots, who has drawn seven.

Crowdza Dazzled has won five of his seven starts on Victorian circle tracks and looks the dog to beat at his NSW debut in Wednesday's 400m Punters Love Bulli Stakes.

He has also won each of his three circle course starts wearing the red rug so should relish exiting box one at his first start for new trainer Stuart Hazlett.

At his most recent outing, over 440m at Sale on July 25, Crowdza Dazzled was second away but went fast along the rails and set up a five length lead in the middle stages.

He faded slightly in the straight to score by nearly two lengths so should find the Bulli 400m journey ideal.

Best Bet Zipping Sapporo (race 2)

Best Value Bandit Butch (race 6)

Quaddie race 5 - 2, 8, 6

Race 6 - 3, 5

Race 7 - 6, 3, 1

Race 8 - 1, 7, 4

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