Superstar Ethics Out To Upset ‘Promoter's Dream'

PETER Rodgers will be out to drive a wedge in racing’s “promoter’s dream” when Superstar Ethics contests a Brisbane Cup prelude.

PETER Rodgers will be hoping to drive a monstrous wedge in between greyhound racing's "promoter's dream" when Superstar Ethics contests a prelude of the Group 1 Brisbane Cup (520m) on Wednesday.

With the final line-up of the State Of Origin to be announced on June 7, Rodgers is well aware that officials are salivating at the prospect of local champ Jay Is Jay matching motors with Golden Easter Egg heroine Mackenna in the match race leg of the series.

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But while understanding the much hyped clash would deliver the sport a "promoter's dream", Rodgers has urged the NSW selection panel to look beyond that if they are serious about bringing home the shield following last year's loss.

"It'd be great to get another crack at Jay Is Jay after he kicked our butt with Simply Limelight in the match race last year," Rodgers said.

"In my opinion, in a match race, Superstar Ethics is unbeatable. I've been in dogs for over 50 years and haven't seen one capable of running the times he can one-out.

"Mackenna is a true superstar and they deserve all the accolades they get with her … she's a champion bitch.  

"But when you look at the Origin setup she's also a genuine chance in the Origin Sprint (520m) against a full field which is worth twice as much money ($100.000-to-the-winner).

"If the selectors are serious about getting the result then I hope they consider going that way. Under match race conditions I'm not afraid to take on anything with my dog.

"I'd love to get another crack after last year. At 17 months of age Superstar Ethics was trialling faster than Simply Limelight and he was at his peak at the time.

“His ability is freakish as we've seen in some of his performances.”

Superstar Ethics, a son of Bewildering, will look to strengthen his State Of Origin claims at his first official Albion Park start in a Brisbane Cup prelude on Wednesday.

In an intriguing contest, the winner at seven of his 17 starts has drawn box two, pitted up against local stars Magistrate (6) and All Natural (8).

Rodgers trialled Superstar Ethics at Albion Park last week where he recorded a flying 29.66 with the next best time during the session 29.97.

"Tony Zammit saw him trial and said his last section was just unbelievable," Rodgers added.

"He'll find a lot off that as well. It was a long drive and he trialled straight out of the car. 

"Nothing he runs in trials surprises me. Sure he's got his kinks but I really think Albion Park will suit him and I think the boxes will agree with him as well.

"If he does what he's capable of I'm hoping he can really put his name up there for the match race."

Meanwhile, training team Selena and Mick Zammit have declared Million Dollar Chase hero Jay Is Jay on track for a defence of his State Of Origin Match Race crown after being off the scene since March.

"He had a box to box last Friday and went 5.54-11.38 so he's right on track for a return," Mick said.

"He'll have a post to post before the first on Thursday night and we'll decide from that whether we give him a start or not before the Origin.

"We are really happy with him and he's come out of last week's hit-out in great order."

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