Robert Britton classes himself as a non-punter. Greyhound training is more than enough, but there is one time of year that he does enjoy a flutter on the dogs and that time is Speed Star and luckily enough tomorrow night is Speed Star night.
Armed with a team of three for The Meadows edition of the Speed Star, Britton isnât as confident in his team as other years but that isnât to say he isnât excited.
The match up that has the greyhound sphere talking is between Brittonâs kennel mates Blazing Cartier and Hereâs Tears over the 725 metre journey.
TAB have opened Hereâs Tears as the $3.50 second elect behind $1.90 favourite Sunset Bourbski in the 725 metre Group 3 Speed Star. The head to head market is leaning heavily in the direction of Hereâs Tears at $1.22 over Blazing Cartier at $4.40.
âBlazing Cartier wonât be giving him that much of a head start out of the boxes. She will be working hard with him and is the stronger of the two,â Britton said.
Hereâs Tears, Sandownâs 715m track record holder, hasnât been out of the money in his past five starts which includes an eye catching run over the 600m at The Meadows last start which made him the fastest qualifier for the 600m Speed Star.
âIt was a toss of the coin between the 600m Speed Star and 725m Speed Star â I really didnât know which way to go but he has been a good stayer which is why we went over 725m,â Britton said.
âI didnât want to come up against Houdini Boy (600m) or Sunset Bourbski (725m), both are very dominant over their distances.â
Arizona Eyes was the second fastest qualifier for the Speed Star when clocking an impressive 29.66 seconds in a field after uncharacteristically jumping cleaning from the boxes.
âIt was a pleasant surprise seeing him come out like he did because he always flops out of the boxes,â Britton said.
âHe is a dog with a motor, you watch races like the Cranbourne Puppy Classic where he came from last to run second against good dogs.â
Arizona Eyes ($1.80) finds himself up against Weblec Ace ($2), who is trained by Robâs brother Jeff.
Arizona Eyes is on the third line of betting in the Group 3 525m Speed Star behind Catch The Thief ($2.30) and Christo Bale ($2.80).
âI would have rather been put against a speed greyhound rather then a strong one like Weblec Ace,â Britton said.
âIt certainly makes it a lot hard to work out a winner when they have similar racing styles.â
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