Races a top guide to Cup Pre­ludes

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - LEE PEARCE

GREYHOUND rac­ing re­turns to the Townsville show­grounds tonight with an 11- race pro­gram.

Our fea­ture event is five heats of the fourth/ fifth grade over 380m, as well as three 498m races.

These will be in­ter­est­ing to watch as the Cup Car­ni­val starts in a cou­ple of weeks with train­ers get­ting their dogs ready for the Cup Pre­ludes over the 498m on Au­gust 22.

Race 5 is the Frost and Spark Elec­tri­cal fifth grade over 498m, an open race with quite a few chances.

The favourite for this should be Riff ( 7) for Harold Hovi who missed the start last week, but still man­aged to run home well for third and can also be­gin well on his night.

Asa El Chappo ( 4) for Michael Hick­mott is run­ning back into form af­ter win­ning a heat of the Cairns Cup over 544m, then run­ning sec­ond in the fi­nal be­hind Bris­bane greyhound Flap­ping Gums.

He has a good fin­ish and has each- way claims. Not A Word ( 8) for John Forster is ultra con­sis­tent and ran a good sec­ond last week be­hind Pass The Ammo.

Fire To Rain ( 5) for Christopher Rior­dan is a first starter over the dis­tance so watch the mar­ket.

Race 6 is the Bur­dekin Vet Ser­vices fifth grade over 498m. This is an open race with most of the starters on par with each other. Arts ( 8) for Hovi is hav­ing his first look at the dis­tance so watch the mar­ket.

Roll So Deep ( 5) for Christopher Rior­dan is also hav­ing his first look at the dis­tance.

No Not Me ( 1) for Rhonda Essery has had two runs over this dis­tance and she has drawn the rails so is worth an­other chance.

Brother Rob ( 2) for Glen Olsen is slow out of the start­ing boxes but has a good fin­ish and is a place chance.

Race 7 is the Gold­en­view Greyhound Com­plex third/ fourth grade over 498m.

This race will be one to watch with most of these dogs back to their favourite dis­tance. Favourite for this race would have to be Chips Ahoy ( 3) for Rhonda Essery which has a good record over this dis­tance.

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