Cash up for grabs at greyhounds
RUNNERS will be primed for the race of their careers as they hit the track for one of the biggest prize purses of the year at Border Park Raceway today.
It will be a star-studded affair with triple group winner Elite Blue Size ready to surge over a 420 metre course for the Greyhound Racing New South Wales Country Challenge Border Park Galaxy, attempting to win the $25,000 series.
Reg Kay’s National Derby hero Elite Blue Size is reigning Betfair champion from 2009 and will be seeking a fourth group race victory in 2010. Sights will be also on Ken Cheetham’s star sprinter Take The Kitty, who capped a memorable 2009 with the state’s top award.
The Group Two Galaxy has been combined with the Tweed Heads leg of the Country Challenge this year, providing eight mouth-watering heats today ahead of Monday’s final.
Elite Blue Size won’t have it all his own way though, drawing box eight against a field containing the talented Miss Peru as well as local star Ivory Spy.
Kay said the Galaxy is one of those races where contenders either jump to the front and win, or miss the start to be beaten.
“Elite Blue Size leads nine times out of 10, so I didn’t think there was much point in trialling him at Tweed Heads before the Galaxy heats,” he said.
The field features interstate and overseas runners with top Victorian trainer Darren McDonald heading north with Irish import King Style, drawn alongside Take The Kitty in the final heat.