Scene Set For Match Race Made In Heaven

IT’S being dubbed as the match race made in heaven - and it’s hard to argue, Queensland sensation Jay Is Jay up against NSW-trained Mackenna.

IT'S being dubbed as the match race made in heaven – and it's hard to argue.

Here we have it.

Arguably Queensland's greatest male greyhound in Jay Is Jay up against budding superstar, NSW-trained sensation Mackenna.

FIELDS AND FORM ALBION PARK THURSDAY NIGHT

State vs State. Male vs Female. Million Dollar Chase victor vs Easter Egg winner. 

The subplots are endless.

Jay Is Jay is looking to defend his Origin Match Race crown

But it's the unanswered questions heading into Thursday night's seismic clash at Albion Park which is generating much of the conversation. 

Jay Is Jay heads into his Origin Match Race defence having last raced in mid-March.

But the brilliant son of Sennachie has been flying in recent trials, with the 18-time Albion Park winner and track record holder (29.35) tuned to the minute for his much anticipated return to racing.

Mackenna tackles the Match Race with two fifth placed finishes since sweeping all before her during April to annex the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park.

Her remarkable 29.20 heat romp announced her arrival to the greyhound racing world, the performance establishing her as the fastest female to ever race at the famed Glebe circuit.

Yet in her two starts since, the gifted daughter of Whiskey Riot has failed to recapture those dizzy heights, albeit from precarious box draws, first at Sandown Park in a heat of the Sapphire Crown, and then in a heat of the Flying Amy Classic at Albion Park.

With next year's Origin Greyhound Series all but guaranteed to be at the new home of Queensland greyhound racing, The Q, Thursday night's Origin Match race will be the last staged at the iconic Albion Park venue.

Mackenna has drawn the rails for her State Of Origin Match Race test

And the respective states couldn't have assembled two better aspirants for the $50,000-to-the-winner clash.

When markets opened, bookmaker Tab.com.au installed Mackenna favourite at $1.75 ahead of Jay Is Jay at $1.95 largely due to her inside draw advantage.

Punters disagreed however, with that market now flipped.

Who wins? 

Opinion is truly divided, but what is for certain is that it will be an epic clash and generate significant publicity for the sport.

It promises to be a race for the ages where one state will again secure bragging rights.

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