Interstate challengers chasing Lismore Cup riches

QUEENSLAND trained greyhounds will be out in force tonight at Lismore at that track's "Thank Dog It's Friday'' Cup meeting.

There's $40,000 up for grabs for the winner of the group 2 Lismore Cup. Four Queenslanders will do battle against four locals in the richest race run on the Northern Rivers.

The Queenslanders in the field are Bill's Fantasy, for Bill Elson of the Sunshine Coast, in box two, Walk With Faith (for Tom Tzouvelis of Ormeau box four), Outa Tempo (for Peter Ruetschi of Coominya box five) and Yogi Blue (for Peter O'Reilly of Yamanto) in box seven.

Outa Tempo finished second to long priced winner Love Kills in a heat last week. As has been proven all this year, Peter Ruetschi's dogs are hard to beat in any major contest.

"Outa Tempo has drawn the five box but I still think he's a chance,'' Ruetschi said.

"He should improve for the experience on the track last week.''

Queenslanders have a great record in the Lismore Cup. There have been 11 Cups run since the track's conversion from grass to loam in 2002. And Queenslanders have won nine of those 11 runnings.

Just for good measure, a Queenslander named Yo Yo's Gem, trained by Neil Thompson, won the Cup in 2002, the last one to be run there on grass.

The Lismore Cup is on at 8.38pm (Queensland time) tonight.


Brett's hope ruled out

TONY Brett is a disappointed man, having to scratch Flash Reality from tomorrow night's $150,000 to the winner Top Gun at the Meadows in Melbourne.

The dog injured his off side hock during a gallop on Tuesday this week.

"It's nothing too serious but enough to rule him out on Saturday,'' Brett said.

"He pulled up lame after the gallop but there's no bone damage. Even though we had the four box, I gave him a good winning chance.''

Flash Reality was the only Queenslander in the Top Gun.

Brett doubts that Flash Reality will be ready to start in next month's group 2 City of Ipswich Gold Cup which is on November 8 and 15.


Race times

SO you don't miss any of the action, here are the start times of the Ipswich greyhound race meetings over the next few days:

Today: 2.57pm

Tomorrow: 5.51pm

Sunday: 4.54pm

Monday: 6.43pm.


Charity bet

THE Tattsbet charity dog was scratched last week.

For this week, I'm looking to tomorrow night's meeting at the Showgrounds.

The selection is race seven, number eight Sonnet's Special from the Matt Reid kennel.

The bet is $50 each way.


Consider this

The first five days after the weekend are always the hardest.


Punters back Ipswich meetings

WITH Albion Park closed for five weeks for major track renovation, Ipswich has been a busy venue, racing seven times a week.

Last Thursday's meeting at Ipswich was similar in standard to the previous Thursday at Albion Park. There were no features, no jackpots, just the normal good, solid Thursday meeting for metropolitan prizemoney. Did punters shy off betting because of the venue change? No they didn't.

The two most popular forms of betting on greyhounds on Tattsbet continue to be win and trifecta.

At Ipswich last Thursday, the total win pool hold on the 10 races with Tatts (formerly Unitab) was down 3.24 percent compared to the previous Thursday at Albion Park. But total betting on trifectas was up 4.54 percent.

A drop of a few percent in turnover over five weeks wouldn't have been the end of the world. But judging from last week's figures, there won't be any significant decrease, if at all.

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