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Herald Sun Form Guide : March 2nd 2013
+ + count for nothing Victory is Destini Nick Quinn THE scratching of champion greyhound Miata from tonight's Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers has left the door wide open for tal- ented greyhound Destini Fireball (above), who is set start a hot favourite. Trained by Norm Rinaldi at Lethbridge, Destini Fireball is unbeaten in five starts over the staying trip of 725m at The Meadows and is aiming for the third Group 1 of his career. Destini Fireball's story is a intriguing one. He is the result of an ambitious American experiment by Rinaldi, who returned from a holiday in the US with two brood-matrons. They were mated with Australian sires. Rinaldi is quietly confident about tonight. He would have been happy to take on Miata if she were fit to race. ''He (Destini Fireball) always jumps well at The Meadows and is the sort of greyhound that can lead races all the way because of his strength,'' he said. ''He has improved out of sight recently and is perfectly drawn in box 1 tonight.'' Destini Fireball is not with- out challengers. Recent Group 1 winner Proven Impala (box 7), triple track- record holder Xylia Allen (box 4) and the consistent Irma Bale (box 6) will provide great competition in what should be an outstanding race. The $145,000 Superstayers is race 6 tonight, at 9.20pm. Frawley snares nice price on Spud Andrew Copley CELEBRITY greyhound Spud Regis re- established himself as one of the best greyhounds in the land with a stunning Australian Cup heat win last weekend. AFL great Danny ''Spud'' Frawley is eagerly looking forward to tonight's final, especially after having a small wager on his namesake to win the cup at $9 before his heat win. While delighted with Spud Regis's six-length win, it was a mixed night for Frawley. Renegade Chief, owned by good friend and former St Kilda teammate Tony ''Plugger'' Lockett, was beaten in a later heat. ''Plugger's dog Renegade Chief is an absolute superstar, but he's not quite as quick early as Spud Regis and that can cost him sometimes,'' Frawley said. ''I think Spud Regis might actually make a good stud dog one day and, who knows, he might even end up standing with Tony up in NSW, but that is out of my hands and right now the focus is on the Australian Cup.'' Spud Regis is trained by Andrea Dailly and owned by Frawley's mate, Brian ''Skinny'' Treloar. Oomoo on outer Andrew Copley Drawn wide: Oomoo and trainer Neville King. PEARCEDALE trainer Neville King is hoping for a minor miracle in tonight's Australian Cup, as his sub- limely talented but enigmatic greyhound Oomoo chases a $250,000 first prize. Oomoo, who ran seventh in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder in Sydney in January, pos- sesses all the brilliance of a group-winning greyhound, however his chances of cap- turing his first feature race victory in tonight's Aust- ralian Cup were severely den- ted when he drew box 8. ''He is desperate for the rail, and had he been drawn inbox1or2hewouldhave had a pretty good chance, but when he is drawn out wide against top-quality op- position he rarely shows his best,'' King conceded. Oomoo, a winner of seven races from 33 starts, stems from seven generations of breeding by King and his wife Kaye, tracing back to their inaugural brood matron Hazpizazz, with whom they bred their first litter from in 1990. While King isn't confident about Oomoo's chances, rival trainer Jason Thompson is feeling positive about the prospects of fellow Pearcedale greyhound El Brooklyn. ''She has won 20 races from 33 starts including the Warrnambool Classic and the Healesville Cup, so she knows how to win the big ones,'' Thompson said. ''She is certainly capable of leading all the way tonight.'' comes good Andrew Copley AN unlikely incident almost cost Linden Magpie a shot at the Aust- ralian Cup series, however, he now has a one-in-eight chance of snar- ing the $250,000 first prize. ''Two weeks ago he spotted a wild rabbit on my property, caus- inghimtojumpuponafenceto get a better look,'' 73-year-old trainer John Norden said. ''As a result he scratched his foot on some barbed wire, meaning I had to scratch him from his next run at Cranbourne.'' This led to an automatic 10-day suspension from racing, which only ended two days before last Saturday's Australian Cup heats. The break allowed Linden Mag- pie's foot to recover and, despite a limited preparation he won in the impressive time of 29.89sec. Linden Magpie finished eighth in last year's Melbourne Cup final but, if successful tonight, he will give Norden his first Group 1 win in 50 years training greyhounds. HERALDSUN.COM.AU SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2013 SPORT 53
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