Preview: G1 Perth Cup And Galaxy Take Centre Stage
GROUP 1 racing action heads over to the west this Saturday night with Cannington playing host to heats of the coveted Perth Cup and Galaxy series.
10 March 2022
AUSTRALIAN Cup heroine Lala Kiwi headlines Saturday night’s Group 1 Perth Cup heats.
One of just three greyhounds to cross the Nullarbor to contest the $150,000 to the winner series, Lala Kiwi rounded out her preparations by winning the Perth Cup Prelude in determined fashion last Saturday night, overcoming a tardy start to defeat Vice Grip in a slick 29.72.
The Andrea Dailly trained greyhound has contested eight group finals over the past six months to consolidate her standing as one of the country’s premier sprinters.
Joining her on her Western Australian sojourn is Australian Cup runner up Paddy Wants Pats and finalist Titan Blazer. All three Victorians boast exceptional speed and it will need to be on show after each drew awkwardly in their respective heats.
While Tommy Shelby’s recent retirement robbed the locals of their brightest star, there is plenty of talent remaining in Western Australia to believe the rich first prize can remain in the west.
Beginning his career in Victoria, the well-travelled Vice Grip has made Cannington his home over the last six months, winning nine of his 16 starts at Cannington and shares the first line of all-in betting with Lala Kiwi.
Unsee This has only raced three times in 2022 but has twice been placed at group level and boasts a 29.53 best time around Cannington, the best time of any of the Cup contenders.
Corey White’s littermates share the third line of betting along with Hi Sky, Momentum and Sunset Whistler in what is shaping as a keenly contested series.
While the six Perth Cup heats headline Western Australia’s best night of racing of the year, four heats of the group 1 Galaxy for the stayers will kick off the card.
Recent group 1 Super Stayers winner Mepunga Ruby and local Mambo Monelli – a winner of seven of his last eight starts including a dominant victory at his 715m debut last time out – share all-in favouritism, while Victorians Gypsy Wyong, Hank the Hustler and Untapped (now in the care of Steve Withers) are also prominent in early markets.
The winner and fastest two runners up in each Perth Cup heat and winner and runner up of each Galaxy heat will progress to their respective finals on Saturday 19 March.
Race 1 – Galaxy heat 1
Queenslander Micks Recall (7) has contested four group finals in his last six starts and looks to have class edge in the opening heat.
Race 2 – Galaxy heat 2
Mambo Monelli (2) will be short – really short – given his outstanding recent form including his brilliant debut effort over 715m two weeks ago. We The People (1) will be powering home and is a good each way price in the all-in market.
Race 3 – Galaxy heat 3
Mepunga Ruby (2) is arguably the country’s premier stayer right now and has the speed, the strength and the draw to progress to her sixth group 1 final. Not really a betting race, keep an eye on the clock.
Race 4 – Galaxy heat 4
Gypsy Wyong (1) will be better for her run at Cannington last week and will make it four favourites from four through to the final. Knicks Bale (6) can run a race at a big price.
Race 5 – Perth Cup heat 1
Lala Kiwi (6) is racing as well as any greyhound in the country and can overcome the sticky draw. John Dutton (3) is a youngster on the up and can run a race at each-way odds.
Race 6 – Perth Cup heat 2
Paddy Wants Pats (6) will need to do everything right from the draw but has the speed to lead here, though may be a little short given the quality around it. Got The Sugar (3) and Bubbles Away (7) can put the pressure on early.
Race 7 – Perth Cup heat 3
Vice Grip (3) was unlucky last week and benefit drawing closer to the fence. Should be too good.
Race 8 – Perth Cup heat 4
One of the more open heats. Titan Blazer (7) has been racing in stronger company in Victoria and won’t mind the wider draw. Hi Sky (1) will be doing its best work late, while youngster West On Finn (4) may well lead through the first turn.
Race 9 – Perth Cup heat 5
Sunset Whistler (1) has won both starts from the red and has the pace to hold his rivals through the first turn.
Race 10 – Perth Cup heat 6
Smooth Move (2) will get tired late but is the best each-way play of the night. Got The Swagger (3) is the obvious threat, Rippin’ Tomahawk (4) can follow them across.