Dogs set for Mixed Maiden final

AT least the greyhounds will not mind the rain this weekend.

While most other sports fixtures are looking less likely with every drop, the fastest sport on legs should be fine regardless.

The race six Mixed Maiden 1000m final will take centre stage at Thabeban, with all entrants in top form after finishing with top-two spots in the heats.

Entrants include Paul Burgess’s dogs, Smart Force and Zone Ten, while succesful trainer Ray Gatti’s Kahuna Queen has qualified in box 10.

Three QGL Young Guns heats will split the feature race, with top dogs less than 30 months old vying for the eventual $2500 top prize.

While many dogs will make the trip from out of town but local flyer Oh My Papa knows what it takes to perform well.

It finished third last when the young guns were in town six months ago and trainer David Gear was optimistic of its chances to back up.

“It likes to run from out wide and it’s drawn box six,” he said.

“Having said that, Convincing Talk is in pretty good form and will be hard to beat.”

After struggling in its Best Eight debut, Oh My Papa will feel more at home in the young gun class.

“But you could come across a really fast youngster that will prove just as difficult — it’s hard to say,” Gear said.

Gear said it was always hard to compete in the big-money races because owners send dogs from a wider area to scoop the winnings.

“There aren’t many local dogs in the heats, and lots of Brisbane dogs, so it’s always a bit tougher to get a result,” he said.

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