Chasers in a test for shot at cup

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

TONIGHT at the Townsville Show­grounds there is a full 10race card, with the one to watch the Wee Win Ken­nels 4/ 5th Grade over 498m.

This race will be care­fully watched as train­ers con­tinue to get their chasers ready for the Townsville Cup in three weeks.

Knights Tem­plar for trainer Rhonda Good­win last week up­set the pun­ters, win­ning over this dis­tance against a sim­i­lar op­po­si­tion as an $ 8 chance, and af­ter be­ing drawn the rails box this week could go back- to- back. But the Ip­swich visi­tor won’t have it his own way with qual­ity chasers Poised to Pounce, Blue Hou­dini and Lis­ten all given chances.

The re­sult of this race could go a long way in de­ter­min­ing what chasers will front in cup heats.

Vis­it­ing trainer Norm Brad­ford makes another ap­pear­ance again with four run­ners. His best hope is Em­bel­lish from box two in Race 5.

The in- form Em­bel­lish last week won in the smart time of 22.17s on a slow track and if she jumps well again will be hard to beat. Fin­ish­ing in the plac­ings six of her past nine out­ings, the lightly raced dog out of Mogambo looks a good chance on the card.

But the two wide- boxed chasers in Moo Moo ( box 7) and Eu­nice Lil­lian ( eight) ap­pear to be the great­est threats to Brad­ford’s chaser and if ei­ther lands on the lure early will be very hard to chase down.

Heats of the Na­tional Sprint and Dis­tance races have been held across the coun­try in re­cent weeks, with the fi­nal to be held at Went­worth Park in late Au­gust.

The Townsville Cup quickly ap­proaches. All events and news can all be found via the Townsville Grey­hound Club’s Face­book or in­ter­net pages.

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