Cup to flow over in final
THE Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club (BGRC) Anniversary Cup final is set to be a battle royale after hot favourites Carlinford Frost and Formula One Fury each scored impressive heat wins on Saturday.
Carlinford Frost ($1.40), which is trained at Glasshouse Mountains by Elizabeth Griffin, maintained his perfect record from three starts at Thabeban Park, giving nothing else a chance from the red box as he powered to a 5.25-length victory from Ledaro Cleo in a swift 31.65sec over the 550m course.
But Formula One Fury, a $1.45 favourite also from the inside box and from the Bundamba kennels of Michael James, also upheld her good Bundaberg record, crossing the line in her heat three-quarters of a length in advance of Madam Lakoda, with Carlinford Sam, a kennel-mate to Carlinford Frost in third position.
Her time was a mere .07sec slower than the first heat.
Black flyer Formula One Fury has won just five of her 41 starts, but her local record reads much better, now standing at three wins, two seconds and two thirds from eight attempts.
But the highlight of the afternoon was the continuation of the duels between new king of Bundaberg racing Can Acker Run and his predecessor Back Page in the Best 8 event.
Can Acker Run, which is trained at Tiaro by Kevin Bryant, recorded his fifth top grade victory from his past six starts, with Back Page, which is in the twilight of a magnificent career, runner-up each time.
Can Acker Run has still got a long way to match Back Page’s 27 wins and 17 placings from 56 starts at the Park, but he keeps going from strength to strength and he now boasts 15 wins and four placings from 25 runs in the city.
Meanwhile, BGRC president Jeff Healy picked up his second double in three weeks, getting the money with Majestic Jewels (fifth grade) and favourite Disco Roberta (third and fourth grade).
Visitors took out the other two events, with Genesta Jewel, which is trained in Rochedale by Craig Sherwood, improving to clinch the maiden honours, and Kibble Kid saluting the judge for Nanango’s Jason Haim in the Novice.