The 2011 AAA Radiator Specialists Christmas Gift (520m) will bring an enjoyable boost of funds to one set of connections on Saturday Night (December 17) with a strong field formed for the $25,000 to the winner event.
The December 10 heats brought rewarding results for punters with Street Boss returning the highest heat dividend of $9.60 for NSW TAB customers, while in other heats it was the place getters which added value to exotics.
Wally Lutiger prepared Fancy Dean claimed victory in heat one of the series, posting the fastest qualifying time of 29.69.
The son of Where's Pedro x Sweet Fancy beat home Gable Drum, which continued trainer Charlie Lamb's good week after the greyhound won the Woy Woy Poultry St. Ledger at The Gardens.
Oaks Road's return to Wentworth Park required some considerable work by the class greyhound to finish on top in heat two, stopping the clock at 30.05 ahead of Devine Law.
In heat three, Noble Pedro left it to the final stages to head Undisputed Dos and win his way through the Saturday's final.
While in the last heat the Makin prepared Street Boss conquered the top class field which included Adam Meway, Prince Diablo and Queenslander Bogie King.
South Nowra based Makin couldn't have the grin wiped from his face after drawing the lucrative one box for the Group 3 final.
"I am really excited drawing the red, he wouldn't have been able to cross off the eight, he needed the inside so it is fantastic," Makin said following the box draw.
Finishing 2 1/4 lengths behind Street Boss in 29.99, Bogie King's trainer Ryan Ayre knows his class runner is close to his best form, which saw the greyhound post a flying 29.52 during the 2011 Golden Easter Egg series.
"I think that time (29.52) was inflated a bit by a fast track, but he (Bogie King) isn't far off the mark," Ayre said following the event.
"It will be hard for him coming from box five, but he is capable if he gets the right start," Ayre said.
The box draw for the 2011 AAA Radiator Specialists Christmas Gift is:
The $25,000 final will be supported by the annual Children's Christmas Party, with Santa arriving at 6.30pm with a Candy Cane for each child.
The first 150 children through the Wentworth Park Road entrance will receive a gift bag, plus entertainment thanks to Star Dust will run from 6.30 - 8 pm.
Entertainment will include Gingerbread Men decorating, Arts & Crafts, Games, Face Painting and more, while trackside there will be Jack Russell Championships and Rob MacDougall performing.
Gates open at 5.30pm.