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Wednesday Night Preview

In Race 1 at The Meadows on Wednesday evening, Snapper Smith looks ideally placed to break maidens. She began well here on debut on 30 December, and chased hard for second in 30.51 in a small field. Her last start miss here was a forgive run, as she encountered terminal trouble heading into the first bend. Providing she makes it through the first bend cleanly this week, she’ll be hard to beat.


Mr Speaker will be looking to secure another Meadows victory in Race 2 (Photo: Jason McKeown)

Mr Speaker will be looking to secure another Meadows victory in Race 2 (Photo: Jason McKeown)

Mr. Speaker is a leading contender in Race 2. He’s a strong type who scored easily over 725m here recently in 43.07. He has been beginning well in his recent races, and he could be tough to run down if he finds the front early on Wednesday over the 600m trip.


Suntory Rose looks poised to make it back-to-back wins in Race 3. She was sent out the $1.30 favourite here last week, and duly delivered, recording a spectacular 14 length victory in 30 seconds flat. There’s no reason she can’t repeat the dose on Wednesday.


In Race 4, Well Grounded looks a big winning hope. He put in an eye-catching performance here on Saturday, when he faced some tough opposition, and worked home strongly for third at big odds after getting a long way back in the early stages. He has the benefit of Box 1 on Wednesday, and if he settles near the pace, he could be too strong for them late.


Polly’s Yohanna may represent some value in Race 5. She is a strong greyhound, and a proven performer over 600m in the past. While the 525m trip is short of her best, she will be storming home late, and only needs an ounce of luck to feature in the finish.


Weblec Blade has been racing with limited luck in his recent races. Although he can be hit or miss at boxrise, he’s capable of coming out running on his day, and it was only last month that he clocked 30.16 in winning here off Box 8. If he gets an unimpeded trip in transit, he’s a huge chance of winning.


In Race 7, Keep It Black looks a clear standout. He found trouble and fell going into the first bend at Sandown last start, but his two wins there prior were excellent, recording times of 29.76 and 29.74. He’s expected to lead from start to finish off Box 2 on Wednesday.


Who Cry Now should appreciate the small field in Race 8. He is generally much better drawn wide, and hasn’t looked like he’s enjoyed his recent inside box draws. He only needs a few things to go his way in the running, and he should get every opportunity to show what he’s capable of from Box 7.


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About Liz Whelan - Currently the editor of New Zealand's weekly racing magazine, RaceForm. Formerly a panellist on the inaugural season of Thrill of the Chase, and formerly a greyhound form expert for GRNSW. Lover of all things racing, having worked as a Trackside presenter for over five years in New Zealand. Loves the thrill of greyhound ownership, having been involved in around 40 greyhounds over the years.
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