Track record holder and brilliant front runner Caviar Quality is expected to make a successful return to racing and retain her unbeaten Richmond 330m scoreboard on Wednesday.
The Sam Sultana-trained flying machine has box four in the 330m Richmond Race Club Free-For-All and goes into the race with five wins from five appearances over this course.
When she won from box one last July, Caviar Quality rocketed over the 330m in record breaking figures of 18.36 while her other winning times over the trip have been 18.43, 18.61, 18.65 and 18.82.
Caviar Quality came from box four in late January and took an early lead to stop the clock at a slick 18.61, much faster than the best time any of her rivals tonight have registered at Richmond.
Ritza Gloria was a certainty beaten when second to kennelmate Black Twister at Dapto last Thursday but her form at Richmond is the prime concern for trainer Mark Gatt regarding his bitch's prospects in the 535m Bernipave Stakes, a fourth and fifth grade.
At Dapto Ritza Gloria was skittled by a wide runner as she exited the catching pen and was pushed back from third spot to a distant fifth position.
She rattled home to go under by less than two lengths to Gatt's Black Twister, and she goes into tonight's race with a consistent record of five wns, five seconds and two thirds from 13 starts.
"Ritza Gloria has box six but that doesn't worry me because she can handle an outside draw,'' Gatt said.
"And she is quicker than my other runner Tippa, who has drawn outside Ritza Gloria in box seven.
"My worry is that Ritza Gloria has been disappointing in her only two runs at Richmond, she doesn't seem to like the place as she does Dapto and Wentworth Park.
"There is no reason for that so I thought I would nominate her for Richmond again and see if she could come good because she is racing so well at present.
"She won't want to do anything wrong because Peter Lagogiane's dog Knighthood, who has box four, will be hard to beat, especially if he goes to the front early and gets on the lure.''
Lagogiane will also rug up the favourite Mac Zephyr in tonight's 330m Ladbrokes Maiden Final, with the dog beginning brilliantly and leading throughout to record fastest heat time last Wednesday at 18.75.
But Glenn Suter, trainer of second fastest heat winner Lockout Paws (pictured), who overcame a slow start to win in 18.88, believes his bitch can upset the favourite.
Suter, who was production manager of the Sydney Swans AFL team for 16 years and now works in the excavation industry, trains three greyhounds as a hobby from his home in suburban Oatley.
"I thought Lockout Paws went tremendous in her heat as she missed the kick and darted between the two leaders near the first turn.
"She got wide between the first bend and the home turn so I'm hoping in the final that Lockout Paws can trail Mac Zephyr around the first turn and then get around him and run him down.
"Lockout Paws took a while to come good but the penny has dropped now and she is going really well, I'm hoping of course she will eventually get 520 metres.''
Manila Beef will be good value in the 400m Kevin Waters Towing Free-For-All as trainer Geoff Sheather considers the dog well boxed in six.
"He likes it out wide and is a good beginner and terrific chaser,'' Sheather said.
"Manila Beef has only had two races at Richmond, finishing second at his first start, after getting smashed early, before winning his next race in 22.86 from box seven on January 29.
"I bought Manila Beef on behalf of a friend, getting him from a Victorian owner for $7000 and the dog has been a great buy because he has won $20,000 for us.''
Best Bet Caviar Quality (race 8)
Best Value Lockout Paws (race 1)
Quaddie race 5 - 6, 4, 1
Race 6 - 2, 5
Race 7 - 6, 7, 8
Race 8 - 4, 5, 6
$20 for 37.03%