A case can be made for a number of greyhounds in the opener at The Meadows on Thursday night,
including the ultra-consistent Cousin’s Ace. He’s generally a reliable beginner, and he began well
here last week but couldn’t cross early off Box 7. Drawing closer to the rails tonight should enhance
his chances, and he should be on the pace for a long way off Box 2.
It’s hard to go past Paddy Wants Pats in Race 2. He faced a strong field at Geelong last start, and it’s
best to go off his prior 30.14 and 30.16 victories at The Meadows. He’s not the fastest away, but he
gets into his work quickly and he should get every opportunity off Box 1 this week.
Box speed is gold, and on her day, Indy Matilda has that in spades. She came out running here last
month from Box 1 and never gave anything else a chance, clocking BON 29.83. In her two
subsequent misses, she’s had limited luck in transit. If she picks the jump this week, it’s hard to see
anything catching her in Race 3.
Jarick Bale is one to run through the multis. He was simply sublime when leading throughout at
Sandown last start, winning by 14 lengths in BON 33.87, and a repeat performance should see him
winning Race 4.
In Race 5, Aston Cade is a leading hope. He was dominant winning here last start in 29.73, and if he
begins fast again this week, he’s a big chance of leading throughout again.
Tiggerlong Tonk is one of the best greyhounds in the land, and while he meets some strong
opposition on Thursday, he must go on top in Race 6. He won the Group 1 Harrison Dawson at
Sandown only last month, and providing he jumps on terms, he’ll be very hard to beat.
In Race 7, Aston Gwen is capable of leading throughout again. She’s generally a fast beginner, and
with the tricky 600m starting position, she should jump straight to the lead and avoid any potential
early trouble. From there, it’s hard to see any of these running her down.
Christo Bale was sensational winning here last week in BON 34.15, and proved that he’s also brilliant
over the 600m trip. A similar performance on Thursday should see him go close again in Race 8.
In Race 9, All Inn Billy is worth consideration. His recent formline doesn’t look great on paper, but he
was checked when he was driving into it at Shepparton last start. He won here in 29.80 a couple of
months ago, and providing he doesn’t settle too far off the pace early, he’ll be super strong to the
finish and is more than capable of taking this out.
Race 10 is a tricky race to sort out, and Tynslee Bale may represent some value. She was super
tenacious when winning at Sandown last start, when she settled handy to the pace and drove hard
to the line late to score in 29.70. She’s expected to settle near lead again on Thursday and there’s no
reason why she won’t be prominent in the finish again.
In Race 11, Substantial is a must-include. He couldn’t get across from Box 7 at Shepparton last start,
but his prior win there was excellent, when clocking BON 25.10. He’s expected to begin well and if
he gets an unimpeded run early, he could be too tough for the opposition.
In Race 12, Handsome Rhino should be winning. His last start miss was a total forgive run; overlook
that, as he’s an exceptionally fast animal who has previously won here in 29.75. He just needs an
ounce of luck to be winning the last.