Paws Of Thunder

Dailly Chasing Another Paws Of Thunder

By Jeff Collerson
Andrea Dailly won the group 1 Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder with Dyna Villa in 2015 and with Shima Bar two years later but has not had a more talented representative than Zippy Tesla, who has box four in the star-studded fourth heat Tonight.

Zippy Tesla, who came from midfield at the half-way mark to win the group 1 Silver Chief at The Meadows on January 1, has won four of his past five starts but is making his first Wentworth Park appearance.

Dailly's husband Tom said: "Zippy Tesla has not seen Wenty Park but because he is always slow out of the boxes I'm not too worried about drawing four.

"We are hoping he can lob onto the rails early and find a run because if he does, he will be coming home like a train.''

In the Paws Of Thunder Team Dailly also has Qwara Bale in box eight in heat two, Daph's Ascend (box two, heat three), Lala Kiwi (box two, heat five), Indy Matilda (box one, heat six) and Fabriola Ximenez in box four in heat eight.

Tom Dailly summed them up this way: "Qwara Bale is well boxed but has been disappointing lately, especially when sixth in a heat of the Warragul Cup on January 7.

"Daph's Ascend is handy without being a world beater, but Lala Kiwi has a good chance.

"She is going well at present and if she steps away cleanly she can show a lot of early speed.

"Indy Matilda is in a tough race but she has a super draw because she begins reasonably well and always seems to grow a leg from box one.

"Fabriola Ximenez is up against Aston Rupee and while our dog will be last at the first turn, he is as strong as a bull so if he gets a clear run he will getting home strongly.''

While the Dailly-trained greyhounds are going into the Thunder heats without a run on the track, pre-post final favourite Aston Rupee clocked a flying 29.40, with a powerful run home of 11.63, in a solo trial at WP on January 5.

Aston Rupee's first split was a fair 5.48 but his slippery second and third sectionals of 13.73 and 17.77 pleased trainer Glenn Rounds.

On big race form NSW's leading candidates are Coast Model (box eight, heat one), Bandit Ned (box one, heat two), Wow (box two, heat four), Zipping Kyrgios (box three, heat five), Jungle Deuce (box three, heat six) and Zipping Kansas (box eight, heat seven).

Tonight's Wentworth Park card also features the launch of the group 2 NSW GBOTA Summer Distance Plate over 720m where trainer Mark Gatt believes Stanley Road can take out heat one and atone for the dog's shock defeat as a $1.45 favourite at Wentworth Park last Saturday.

"I was happy with his third behind Cool Bourbski and Untapped last week because Stanley Road really copped it on the first turn,'' Gatt said.

"Another dog pushed him into the rail and he lost five or six lengths so to get up and run third, clocking 42.23 in the process, was a good effort.''

Gatt also gives Zipping Stewie a chance against Golden Sands winner Jungle Deuce in heat six of the Paws Of Thunder.

"When he was run down by Cherokee Outlaw at Wentworth Park last Saturday Zipping Stewie was having his first 520m run in eight months,'' Gatt said.

"Before last week he clocked splits of 5.42 and 17.85 in a Wenty trial but in his race he missed the kick from box two and had to work to get to the front.

"I love seeing him in box eight on Saturday because I expect him to scoot down the outside in the run to the first turn.''

Trainer Jason Magri is keen on the chances of litter brothers Zipping Conway and Zipping Kansas in heats two and seven of the Thunder.

"I normally hate box eight at WP but I must admit I like Zipping Kansas out there in this race and I'm especially keen on Zipping Conway's prospects of upsetting Bandit Ned.'' 

Best Bet Zipping Kyrgios (race 7)

Best Value Zipping Conway (race 4)

Quaddie race 5 - 1, 3

Race 6 - 2, 4

Race 7 - 3, 7, 2

Race 8 - 8, 3, 1 

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