Queensland staying star, Dashing Corsair, will start favourite in Saturday's Group 2 Betfair Gold Cup Final (720m), after annihilating his heat competitors last Saturday night.
 
The red fawn dog led all the way in his blistering 42.28 win, finishing four lengths ahead of South Australian greyhound Kalden Mayhem.
 
Likely to be Dashing Corsair's last Wentworth Park appearance, Saturday's $25,000 final will see the Dwyer Lennon trained greyhound begin from box one.
 
"I didn't want the red. I was hoping for the 2 or so," Lennon said following the final box draw.
 
"But when there was only the one and seven, I didn't want the seven.
 
"I didn't want to sit outside of Bobby Bouchaeu, because he's wiped us out a couple of times in the big races," Lennon said.
 
Dashing Corsair experienced an eventful lead up to his last Wentworth Park start back in January, with the greyhound having to be airlifted by helicopter from his home, as floods struck South-West Queensland, in order to take his place in the Association Cup.
 
Lennon is hopeful this weekend's final will prove more fruitful than the January start, where his charger also started from box 1, finishing second behind Seek And Destroy.
 
"He bombed the start a bit there (Association Cup Final) but he was beaten by a better dog on the night.
 
"We hope we can turn the tables next week," Lennon said.
 
The Best 16 heat format has ensured the final is a star studded affair with Kalden Mayhem, Pulp and Altario qualifying behind Dashing Corsair, while Bobby Bouchaeu, Slick Lee, Dash Of Shiraz and Blue Lorian went through from heat one.
 
"Any of them can win it," Lennon said.
 
"It will be who ever is out infront early I think," he said.
 
Victorian Bobby Bouchaeu thrilled track goers, swooping on the line to beat Slick Lee by half a head in 42.71 in his heat.
 
Betfair's Hugh Taggart said "We’re set for a thrilling renewal of the Betfair Gold Cup and the draw has thrown up the added spice we hoped for.  
 
“Dashing Corsair won’t have it all his own way from the red and will have to be at his best to ensure he nails the start and gets the jump on his rivals.
 
“Victorian Bobby Boucheau will improve from his first race start on the track, so he is the likely second pick in the market while Blue Lorian looms as the outsider of the field but will need to recapture his 2010 NSW Stayer of the year form to knock off the top two.”
 
The box draw for Saturday's final is: