Ten heats of the Group One Ladbrokes Vic Peters series were conducted last week over 520m, with thirty-two greyhounds now vying for a spot in next weeks $75,000 to the winner final.
An enticing evening of racing lies ahead for punters and enthusiasts, with the first semi-final race five on the program, scheduled for 8.48pm.
Wicked Warrior out of box three for Jason Magri has now firmed into one of the series favourites, after a blistering 29.80 performance heat win from box four. This son of Where's Pedro and Bit Sassy showed a great turn of foot early on streaked away from his rivals to salute by five and a quarter lengths. The Magic Maiden winner absolutely loves Wentworth Park, with an outstanding record of five wins from six attempts. He'll only need to repeat what he did last week to be a winning chance once again and has the ability to improve on his new personal best time.
Kennel mate Clock's Ticking will be on the left of Wicked Warrior at box rise and he's really flourished at Wentworth Park of late, clocking a smart personal best of 29.97 last month. This son of Glen Gallon and Detonate recorded a brilliant win in his heat last week, clocking a time of 30.05 from box five and has four victories and three minor placings from ten starts at the track. His early speed will be a huge factor in this race, and he will need to be on his best behaviour at box rise, with a slick beginner to his left.
A value runner for punters is Shez Sublime for Frank Hurst, ideally drawn in box one and handled the squeeze box very well last week, finishing second behind Ando's Mac in the fastest heat of the night. This daughter of Jagger Swagger and Zipping Venus recorded a time of 30.20 last week, but does have a personal best of 30.04, which she can definitely better with a clean getaway in this semi-final. Shez Sublime has a great first split of 5.44, which will assist her with a speedy beginner on her outside and has a solid record at the track of two wins and two minor placings from six starts.
At ladbrokes.com.au, Wicked Warrior is currently the $2.30 fixed price favourite, with kennel mate Clock's Ticking the second pick at $4.00 and Darren Sultana's Better Call Sloy is at $5.00. My third Shez Sublime provides good value for punters who want to steer away from the favourites at $7.50.
Semi -final two will be run and won at 9.12pm and is race six on the card.
Fastest heat winner Ando's Mac steps out in this semi -final from box eight and justified his pre-series favoritism last week, leading all the way from box three, in a sizzling time of 29.72. This son of El Grand Senor and Brook's Doll is relishing under the care of new mentor Jason Mackay, having only suffered defeat in one of his past seven outings. Punters can be reassured he's got a solid record from the wide alley, with one win and one minor placing from four starts and should get plenty of room to move with no pressure on his outside. The fawn flyer absolutely loves Wentworth Park and has been successful in five of his seven starts at the Glebe circuit.
Nangar Bear produced a very impressive performance in his heat last week, getting the cash over Got A Motor in a time of 30.17. The Dennis Barnes-trained chaser found the line very strongly and notched up his fifth career win from just nine starts. This beautifully bred son of Primo Uno and Fancy Liza will need to rely on some luck early after drawing box six in this semi-final, however can only improve on his debut performance at the track last week.
Well-valued runner Spring Bloom will jump from box four and despite finishing fourth in her semi- final last week; she does have a blistering personal best of 29.77 at the track, recorded last month. This daughter of Spring Gun and Lost With Love has a great record at Wentworth Park of two wins from four starts with a minor placing and owner-trainer Gregory Board will just be hoping for some luck early on, which can put her right in this semi-final race.
At Ladbrokes.com.au, Ando's Mac is the short fixed-priced favourite at $2.10, with equal second favourites Good Odds Bricky and Spring Bloom at $6.00 and inside runner Got A Motor is next best at $7.00. Impressive youngster Nangar Bear provides good value for punters at $8.00.
Semi-final three will jump at 9.28pm and is race 7 on the program.
Easily the best bet of the night last week was Reviewer and he didn’t disappoint from box three, with another all the way display at Wentworth Park in a smart time of 30.05. This impeccably bred son of Fabregas and Scissor Queen has an outstanding record at the track of three wins and two minors from six starts and can go better on the clock, with a personal best of 29.97. Trainer Gary Williams will no doubt be ecstatic with box two and he'll only need to repeat his performance from last week to lead from the front once again.
Runway Bono was a surprise packet at big odds in his win last week, where he clocked a new speedy personal best time of 29.81. After stepping well from the five alley, the Dean Swain-trained chaser recorded his second win at the track from nine attempts and had plenty of strength on his side, being regarded as a 600m specialist. If he can avoid early trouble, this son of Cosmic Rumble and Runway Ready will be powering to the line and can book a spot in next week’s final.
Red Calibre for John Callaughan is beautifully boxed on the inside and for the first time in her 13-start career will wear the red rug on Saturday night. This daughter of Spring Gun and Ruby Jet finished second in her heat last week behind Reviewer by two lengths, however did a lot of hard work to get across from box eight and will relish the switch to an inside draw. Red Calibre has never been unplaced at the track with one win and two minors from three starts and can get a nice run around the first turn if she follows Reviewer.
At Ladbrokes.com.au, Reviewer is the $2.45 fixed price favourite with Red Calibre second favourite at $6.50 and Runway Bono is much-shorter odds this week at $4.60.
The last semi-final of the night is race eight, scheduled for 9.52pm.
Undefeated Jason Mackay chaser Mister Twister steps out in the last semi-final and impressed on his debut at Wentworth Park last week from box eight, saluting by nine lengths in a solid time of 29.97. This regally bred son of Collision and Double Twist will be looking to go five from five this week, however will need to show good early dash to get a clean getaway from box four and can certainly lower his personal best time from last week.
NSW Sprint Championship winner Benteke made a successful return to Wentworth Park last week, now under the care of Victorian mentor Brett Bravo. This son of Collision and Pearl Napoleon displayed his trademark strength with a slick run home of 11.73 in his 29.94 heat victory, by three and a half lengths over Very Choosy. Benteke has an outstanding record at the track of five wins and two minors from eight starts and we know he can produce some outstanding times, with a personal best of 29.67.
Despite exiting from the squeeze box on Saturday night, Very Choosy can run a cheeky race and was a solid runner-up to Benteke last week. The Frank Hurst-trained chaser recorded a personal best time of 30.18, however with a clear run should produce a much better time than that. This son of Jagger Swagger and Zipping Venus has a lot of strength on his side, which will benefit him in the latter stages of this semi-final.
At Ladbrokes.com.au, Benteke is the short-priced fixed-odds favourite at $1.95, with good value for the undefeated Mister Twister at $3.10. Third favourite is Cincinnati Juice at $5.50 and Very Choosy is at big odds of $16.00 for the win.
The winner and runner-up from each semi-final will move through to next Saturday nights group one, $75,000 to the winner final and for fixed priced odds on all runners, visit www.ladbrokes.com.au.