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Statistical preview of the Group 1 ATC Australian Cup


The Group 1 ATC Australian Cup is one of the most sought-after prizes on the greyhound racing calendar. This year looks one of the most open finals in years. Who will take out this Saturday night’s $250,000-to-the-winner event? Check out the vital stats below!

 

1. Sisco Rage $8

February 2012 High Earner x Sisco Power

Starts: 79: 21-13-15

Track and distance: 11: 3-3-1

PB: 29.88

Prizemoney: $128,565

Group wins: None.

Looks the X-factor off the coveted red draw. Is very hit or miss at boxrise, but is capable of carving out some impressive times when he gets the start right. Is a definite chance if he begins cleanly.

 

2. Hostile $5

April 2012 Collision x Restless Style

Starts: 33: 12-10-1

Track and distance: 5: 2-1-0

PB: 29.95

Prizemoney: $82,650

Group wins: None

Racing in super form and deserves his spot in the final after a gutsy heat win from a wide draw. Is a strong finisher but can also show pace from the boxes, as evidenced by his 5.04 split at Sandown late last year.  Drawn well and looks a winning hope. 

 

3. Quartz Bale $3.70

October 2012 Yahoo Omar x Zambola Bale

Starts: 19: 12-1-2

Track and distance: 2: 1-0-0

PB: 29.60

Prizemoney: $69,710

Group wins: None.

Fastest heat winner after showing a fantastic display of speed and strength. Rain did come after his heat win, but running 29.60 is no mean feat. Won the first nine races of his career, and is looking to become the first U.S. sired Australian Cup winner since Isa Brown’s victory in 2002. Takes a few strides to get going but has a devastating burst of speed. Danger.

 

4. Luca Neveelk $4.50

May 2012 Talk’s Cheap x It’s A Neveelk

Starts: 35: 26-3-3

Track and distance: 4: 2-0-1

PB: 29.98

Prizemoney: $205,565

Group wins: Group 2 Geelong Cup, Group 2 Ballarat Cup

One of the best sprinters in the country. Has taken all before him on the country circuit. Looks the leader, and will be hoping to get enough of a break to hold on. Last week’s run home time of 12.35 is on the slow side but is certainly capable of opening up a race-winning lead. The one to beat. 

 

5. Emrys $23

January 2013 Magic Sprite x Prancing Uno

Starts: 22: 8-6-0

Track and distance: 11: 3-5-0

PB: 30.05

Prizemoney: $40,145

Group wins: None.

Gutsy 30.05 heat win as the rain kept falling, holding off topline chaser Awesome Project to qualify for his second Group 1 of the year. Box draw has done him no favours with pace drawn all around him. Needs some luck on the first turn and place looks best. 

 

6. Recruitment $41

February 2012 Cosmic Rumble x Josette Bale

Starts: 25: 9-5-2

Track and distance: 4: 2-1-0

PB: 29.84

Prizemoney: $37,990

Group wins: None

Used box one beautifully in his heat win last week, but his task has been made all the more difficult after drawing awkwardly for the final. Nice second split last week but will find it tough against these.

 

7. Samus Allen $12

May 2012 Bekim Bale x Blachura Bale

Starts: 37: 15-8-4

Track and distance: 10: 7-1-0

PB: 29.84

Prizemoney: $53,685

Group wins: None.

Last week’s giant killer after holding out the fast-finishing My Bro Fabio in 29.84 – a great time considering her heat came after the downpour.  Has the most impressive record at the track among all finalists, and her splits suggests she will be among the first few as they reach the first corner. Must cross some fantastic greyhounds but looks value. 

 

8. Lamia Bale $2.90

July 2012 High Earner x Maple Bale

Starts: 42: 13-10-6

Track and distance: 9: 3-3-0

PB: 29.77

Prizemoney: $179,295

Group wins: Group 2 Laurels, Group 3 Dillion Memorial

Classy chaser who took out one of the harder heats last week in a super 29.77. Already proven at Group level but is yet to win a race off box eight from three attempts. Has not missed a place since November last year so is certainly racing as consistent as ever. Has claims. 

 

Res:

9. Kerrigan Bale

10. Fernando Bale

Pictured: Luca Neveelk with trainer Gerald Kleeven. Pic Clint Anderson.

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