Group One Ladbrokes Vic Peters Series Begins Tonight
Group one racing action returns to Wentworth Park tonight, with ten outstanding heats of the Ladbrokes Vic Peters series over 520m. Carrying a winner's purse of $75,000, an array of talented greyhounds from across the country will make their way to the Glebe circuit, hoping to reign supreme in the oldest feature event on the GBOTA calendar. First conducted in 1951, past winners of this event include Spring Gun (2011), Nitro Burst (2008) , Collision (2003), Go Wild Teddy (2000) and Bobniak (1997).
This years event is for greyhounds whelped on or after 1 April, 2014, with some of the standout performers to watch including:
Magic Ambush (Race 1 Box 4): Trainer Jason Thompson ($3.40 at Labrokes.com.au). Making his debut at Wentworth Park, this son of Magic Sprite has some handy personal bests around the two-turn circuits, including a 29.54 effort at Sandown Park. The draw will play its part as he's not a sensational beginner, but possesses a strong finish.
Berridale Boy (Race 2, Box 1): Trainer Kenneth Burnett ($3.00 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Clocked a sizzling time of 29.64 in his maiden victory at Dapto in August and has picked up another impressive win and minor placing since then. Has good early pace and this draw is ideal.
Clock's Ticking (Race 2, Box 5): Trainer Jason Magri ($2.50 at Labrokes.com.au). Recorded a speedy personal best of 29.87 last month after pinging the lids from box six and will need to do the same again from this draw. Unplaced here last week, however has a great record of three wins and three minor placings from nine starts at the track.
Nangar Bear (Race 3, Box 5): Trainer Dennis Barnes ($5.00 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Comes into this series with outstanding form at Dubbo including a flying 29.59 performance over 516m last month. The son of Primo Uno has won four from eight and if he gets some luck from the squeeze box. will figure significantly in this event.
Wicked Warrior (Race 4, Box 4): Trainer Jason Magri ($3.40 at Ladbrokes.com.au). The Magic Maiden winner has an outstanding record at Wentworth Park with four wins from five attempts, including a speedy personal best of 29.96. His past couple of starts haven't reflected this greyhounds true ability and he'll relished the return to racing headquarters.
Reefton Treasure (Race 5, Box 2): Trainer Margaret Bannerman ($2.40 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Has two previous wins at Wentworth Park, including an impressive 29.96 performance back in May. The son of Turanza Bale ran a respectable fourth in last months Canberra Cup final and has a great record of two wins from three starts from box two.
Reviewer (Race 6, Box 3): Trainer Garry Williams ($3.10 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Loves Wentworth Park with two wins and two minor placings from five starts and always finds a way to dash to the lead. Is drawn ideally to lead from the front once again, along with a solid personal best of 29.97.
Ando's Mac (Race 7, Box 3): Trainer Jason Mackay ($2.05 at Ladbrokes.com.au). One of the favourites to take out this series, the son of El Grand Senor made a successful return to Wentworth Park in the age-restricted Ladbrokes series earlier this month, taking out the final in a sizzling time of 29.66. With four wins from six attempts at this track, he's ideally drawn once again, with just a bit of luck needed early on.
Shez Sublime (Race 7, Box 5): Trainer Frank Hurst ($4.80 at Ladbrokes.com.au). A talented youngster with seven wins next to her name from fifteen starts, this daughter of Jagger Swagger has posted some impressive times at Richmond of late (30.67) and has a good record of two wins from five starts at Wentworth Park. The squeeze box is an obstacle she will need to overcome, however with personal best first sectional split of 5.44, can put her right in this.
Benteke (Race 8, Box 4): Trainer Brett Bravo ($3.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since August, where he took out the Ladbrokes Sprint Final, posting a flying personal best of 29.67. The son of Collision has an outstanding record at the track of four wins from seven attempts and only needs some luck early one, as he possesses an enormous motor.
Reckoning (Race 8, Box 5): Trainer Jason Thompson ($6.50 at Ladbrokes.com.au). A great value runner in this heat, the son of Swift Fancy has some handy personal bests at Sandown (29.64) and The Meadows (29.94) and possesses good early pace to overcome awkward draw.
Ritza Lenny (Race 8, Box 7): Trainer Mark Gatt ($3.30 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Loves this track with six wins from eleven starts, including a sensational personal best of 29.60, recorded early last month. Ran a brilliant race in the Dapto Megastar to finish third and may get the luck he needs from the wide draw to charge home once again.
Mister Twister ( Race 9, Box 8): Trainer Jason Mackay ($3.30 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Unbeaten after three career starts, this impeccably bred son of Collision and Double Twist is making his debut at Wentworth Park, after a sizzling 29.58 performance at The Gardens last week. The outside alley should give him plenty of room to move early on and watch for his strong finish.
Elantris (Race 10, Box 4): John Callaughan ($3.10 at Ladbrokes.com.au). Another Wentworth Park debutant, this greyhound posted a flying time of 26.04 at Bulli last month and there will be plenty of keen watchers to see how he performs over the 520m tonight.
The first heat commences at 7.28pm EDST.