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Liz’s Wednesday Preview

The 12-race program at The Meadows on Wednesday gets underway with a 525m maiden heat, where most of the runners are on debut. Weblec Thunder has drawn Box 7, and this beautifully bred son of Mepunga Blazer and Weblec Belle looks a winning chance. While he’s only having his first race day start, he does have the benefit of a vacant box to his inside, and he’s a younger half-brother to the likes of Group 1 Sale Cup winner, Weblec Eagle. He could be too sharp for these in the opener.


In Race 2, Tynslee Bale looks the best of the raced greyhounds. She began well on debut at Horsham before copping a check, then recovering well for second in 23.91. She followed that up with an eye-catching run for third there in 23.60, when she showed good mid-race acceleration and hit the line strongly. If she jumps on terms on Wednesday, she could be too strong at the business end.


Wild Aces Agogo is worth consideration in Race 3. He stuck on gamely for second here last start at huge odds in 30.61, and a similar performance could see him featuring in the finish again this Wednesday.


Roxy Patron looks a big chance of breaking maidens in Race 4. He has already placed in four of his five starts to date, including a solid 22.11 second at Ballarat last start. He’s capable of a fast beginning on his day, and if he lands near the pace, he could be hard to beat.


In Race 5, Enicka Bale is an each-way prospect. She is better than her recent formline suggests, and has been lining up against some tough company lately. She came in off the ballot at Sandown last week and began fast off Box 6, eventually finishing fourth behind the talented Barooga Dodge in 29.86. A similar beginning will see her right in it again this week.


She Excites looks a standout in Race 6. She began well at Geelong last start but wasn’t able to get across off Box 5, and finished second in 22.56. She’s typically a quick beginner and should be able to find and hold the lead off Box 2 on Wednesday, and from there, it will be a case of catch-me-if-you-can.


In Race 7, Keenando is a leading contender. He has a good record at The Meadows, and holds a 29.88 PB at the track, which he set only last month when winning off Box 6. Although he’s not generally the quickest of beginners, he does have excellent mid-race burn, and he’s expected to hit the line hard on Wednesday.


Belle Ali should be included in combinations in Race 8. She encountered significant early trouble at Sandown last start, but regathered momentum to run on strongly for fifth in 34.54. With an ounce of early luck, she’s capable of winning on Wednesday.


In Race 9, Zivon Bale gets a good opportunity to grab his first race day victory. He worked home well for third at Geelong last start in 26.33, and he was beaten by the barest of margins at his previous outing at Ballarat. He’s been knocking on the door in his recent outings, and gets a winnable race on Wednesday.


Double Dipping looks the one to beat in Race 10. He found trouble on several occasions early at Sandown last start, but still fought on tenaciously for fifth in 30.15. He was dominant when winning here prior in 34.64 off Box 1, when he landed near the pace and showed good mid-race acceleration. There’s no reason he can’t repeat the dose on Wednesday.


Handsome Rhino is a big chance of making it back-to-back wins in Race 11. He led throughout off Box 1 here last start, winning by five and a half lengths in 30 seconds flat. If he puts in a similar run on Wednesday off the same draw, it’s hard to see anything catching him.


In Race 12, Destruction is a must-include. He was outstanding winning at Warragul last start, when he wasn’t fast away, but soon muscled up and drove away to score in 25.87 by over three lengths. He’ll be powering to the line and could finish over the top of them.


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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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