|IS THERE ANY STOPPING PHENOMENAL?|
Phenomenal will be a hot favourite come Boxing Day. Pic Clint Anderson.
BOXING DAY FINAL A ONE ACT AFFAIR?
Is there a greyhound capable of stopping Phenomenal in the Group 1 Gold 1242 Sale Cup?
The Jason Thompson-trained son of Collision was the quickest heat winner by four and a half lengths last night, and come Boxing Day’s final he will be entitled to odds-on favouritism.
Leading the plot behind Phenomenal’s downfall is experienced trainer Robert Britton, who has three greyhounds in the 650m final – Czar, Lucy Wires and Born Ali – the latter qualifying for the final as one of the two fastest runners-up in the heats despite being beaten almost 10 lengths by Phenomenal.
However, perhaps the biggest threat to Phenomenal’s expected dominance is fellow headline act Dyna Nalin.
The West Australian star, who made his name as a strong sprinter winning this year’s Group 1 Perth Cup and the Group 1 Topgun, has been stepped up in distance specifically for this race. He ran second to Czar in his heat.
“He likes his trips to Melbourne,” said trainer Paul Stuart. “I’ve had the Sale Cup in mind for him for a while now even though I don’t think he can run much further than 600m at this stage of his career.”
The Sale Cup final – worth $75,000 to the winner – has also thrown up a couple of fairytale scenarios with Kayo Marciarno and Noaki Spitfire, the only finalists not from big name kennels, drawn in box 1 and 2 respectively.
At three and a half years of age, the Greg Neocleous-trained Kayo Marciarno has made his first group final in a career that spans eight wins from 66 starts.
Meanwhile, Garry Selkrig’s Noaki Spitfire is also into his first group final after 14 wins from 36 starts.
SALE CUP BOX DRAW
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