Two sensational finals have been assembled for Saturday (January 18) following the running Group 1 Sportingbet Paws of Thunder (520m) and Group 2 Sportingbet Summer Plate (720m) heats, at Wentworth Park, on Saturday night.
The stayers opened proceeding on Saturday (January 11) with Born Ali for Robert Britton running down early leader Benarkin. Britton's kennel dominating the staying event with American import Lucy Wires taking out the second heat in a sensational 41.82, just one hundredth outside of Miata's 720m track record. An all the way performance, Lucy Wires defeated a strong finishing Smart Valentino, Destini Fireball and Dyna Willow.
With the first four through to the $40,000 to the winner final, a tantalizing battle has been brought together, with the box draw looking favourable for Smart Valentino. Box draw for the Group 2 Sportingbet Summer Plate is:
With the stayers putting on an impressive opening display, the sprinters weren't to be out done, and it was NSW sweetheart, Double Twist, which started proceedings, winning heat one in 29.56 over Evil Punk and Not Telling Ya.
Likeable NSW trainer, Syd Swain claimed the second qualifier with Manyana Groper returning over $40 for connections, while heat three went the way of a Victorian National Time in an all the way performance.
Race six was built with plenty of anticipation, with the appearance of Black Magic Opal. It was Veyron Bale for the Dailly kennel which upset the party posting best of the night figures of 29.50.
Tasmanian Buckle Up Wes continued his strong run of Wentworth Park form, winning race 7, ahead of Gradence and Spud Regis.
Robert Britton continued his good night out with Iona Seven winning heat six, touted as the toughest event of the night, ahead of 520m track record holder Punch One Out and Xylia Allen.
Box one specialist Allen Malik claimed the penultimate event, while up and comer Boyce Road claimed the final event, continuing his run of form for trainer Mark Gatt.
Saturday's $100,000 to the winner final will also be supported by the running of Paws of Thunder consolation, The Collerson, in honour of long standing greyhound journalist Jeff Collerson.
The final for the Sportingbet Paws of Thunder final is: