The box draw for the Group 3 Chairman’s Cup on Saturday (September 13) has thrown the market open, with pre series favourites Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is both drawing awkwardly.
Greyhounds highest stake earner, Xylia Allen, didn’t disappoint her fans, jumping well from box six in the opening heat. Leading all the way to knock out sections of 5.31, 15.98, 29.19 the recently crowned Australian Greyhound of the Year stopped the clock at 41.76, just two tenths outside her track record.
In the second heat, Sweet It Is was the dominant favourite, but it was Zipping Maggie for Peter Dapiran which upset the show, leading all the way and postings a 42.00 overall time to qualify for next Saturday’s $25,000 to the winner Final.
Race favourite, Sweet It Is, rattled home for second position, while Liara Allen held on for third.
Next Saturday’s $25,000 to the winner final shapes as an interesting event with Xylia Allen and Sweet It Is draw side by side, and early pace drawn under the two multiple group winners.
Box draw for the 2014 Group 3 Chairman’s Cup is: