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The National's Wild Card
7 August 2014
The conditions for the National Championships' Wild Card are based on the highest ranked greyhound Sprinter and Stayer on the AGRA Rankings for the end of July that compete in a State final without winning. The AGRA rankings can be found on their website.
Sweet It Is and Buckle Up Wes, the two highest ranked greyhounds remaining in contention, both have a hand on a ticket to Perth after winning their respective heats of their state Nationals in the last week. Sweet It Is was again impressive to come from behind to win at Sandown Park last Thursday night in her heat of the Victorian National Distance Championship. First up since May 22nd, she appreciated the hit out and will strip a fitter prospect in this week’s state final and only has to compete to take her place in Perth’s National final. As the top ranked stayer at number four overall she holds the wild card and a spot in the final.
However if she wins the State final, the wild card will come down the line. Next on the list is multi group winning Victorian stayer Dyna Willow. She made the Victorian final after finishing second to fastest qualifier Zipping Rory at Sandown last Thursday night.
Buckle Up Wes was at his best in Launceston on Monday night. Starting $1.30 he raced away for one of his fastest wins on his home track, a best of the night 29.59 and winning by ten and half lengths. Buckle Up Wes just needs to start in the race to book his spot in Perth. He will again start a very short priced favourite to win the Tasmanian State final next Monday night, and if he wins, the Wild Card moves down the line.
Next best ranked sprinter is Queenslander Flash Reality. He was an impressive winner of his heat at Albion Park last Thursday and will start favourite from box one this Thursday night in the Queensland State final.
(Ex-Greyhound Sports host and Perth resident Dennis Cometti)
Ranked number nine is West Australian star Zelemar Fever. She starts from box two in her heat Saturday night and would be well fancied to make the State final on August 16.
Should Zelemar Fever, Buckle Up Wes and Flash Reality all win their respective races, the wild card shifts down to New South Wales State finalist Bessy Boo. He has drawn box four Saturday night after finishing fourth to Chica Destacada. Behind Bessy Boo in the Wild Card rankings is Queen Esther (ranked No.51) and current reserve for the NSW final, Evil Punk.