Poised to Pounce the one to beat

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

TONIGHT’S Townsville Grey­hound Clubs meet­ing at the Show­grounds will fea­ture a num­ber of Townsville Cup hope­fuls look­ing for form in a 498m race.

Poised to Pounce, Knights Tem­plar and Blue Hou­dini are among the field that will race for some form over the cup dis­tance to bet­ter their shot at the Group Three ti­tle in Au­gust.

Poised to Pounce for Glen Olsen should start the favourite.

Dan­ger will come from new­comer to the show­grounds track Knights Tem­plar for con­di­tioner Rhonda Good­win.

The ques­tion mark will be on whether Knights Tem­plar and Lis­ten can back up af­ter a solid Cairns Cup cam­paign over re­cent weeks. Other rac­ing this week at the show­grounds sees He­lensvale trainer and reg­u­lar visi­tor Norm Brad­ford with a small team of four run­ners in the pro­gram.

His best hope would ap­pear to be Are Ate, a fi­nal­ist from last year’s Townsville Cup de­spite the fact it’s out of form of late and only rac­ing over the 380m dis­tance.

Are Ate is a con­sis­tent per­former which usu­ally places at worst in any start. He won’t find it easy though with class sprint­ers Su­per­mac and Eu­nice Lil­lian the main chances, although both drawn wide on Are Ate’s out­side.

Over the week­end the run­ning of the Cairns Cup fi­nal was won by Min­glea Cosmo for Townsville trainer Robert Olsen.

Af­ter be­ing the slow­est qual­i­fier from the heats, Min­glea Cosmo raced away en­ter­ing the home straight with Michael Hick­mott’s Asa Ex­treme in sec­ond and Zam­bezi Rock for Michael Fusco in third. Other win­ners at the Cairns Cup Car­ni­val in­cluded Elu­sive Diva for Hick­mont win­ning the Irene Drury Maiden Fi­nal and Cap­tain Lon­es­tar for Robert Lound win­ning the Fish­ery Falls 4/ 5th Grade sprint fi­nal over 410 me­tres.

Gates open at 6.30pm ahead of the first race at 7.14pm, with en­try via Kings Rd.

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