Dogwatch: Simpatico and Spacecraft head Gold Cup heat field

FIVE heats of the City of Ipswich Gold Cup will be run at the Showgrounds tomorrow night.

The first heat looms as a potential clash between Simpatico and Spacecraft.

Ubet's Gerard Daffy says the fixed-odds prices, available this morning, will have the pair as equal favourites.

The Glenn Smith trained Simpatico won ten races in a row between June and September this year.

Those wins were at Grafton, Capalaba and Albion Park.

She raced at Ipswich twice at the start of her career for a third and a fourth.

The Denise Robinson trained Spacecraft hails from the Northern Rivers and is the winner of $85,000 in prizemoney.

He has never raced at Ipswich and isn't the most reliable beginner around the place.

But when on song, Spacecraft can fly, if you will pardon the pun.

Peter Ruetschi's Cervelo looks the one to beat from box one in heat two.

Matthew Reid's Norm the Storm is the best dog in the third heat but hasn't got an ideal draw.

The keen railer will jump from box eight.

But he has overcome that setback previously and a bonus is his Ipswich experience of five starts for two wins.

Reid has rested the dog for the past few weeks following a toe injury when winning the Gold Coast Cup final at Albion Park last month.

Cash In Motion, trained at Casino by Robert Cooke, is the one to beat in heat four despite drawing box five.

She's a pretty faultless beginner.

Cash In Motion won the Molly Campbell Silver Dollars last week at Albion Park.

Cash In motion is on the large size for a female greyhound, tipping the scales at around 29kg.

If she bumps with a male greyhound, she doesn't always come off second best.

"It's about two and a half hour's drive from home to Ipswich or Albion Park," Cooke said.

"She's a very good traveller so there are no concerns in that regard."

Peter Ruetschi's Hougenie rates very highly from box two in heat five.

Each of the five Cup heat winners plus the three fastest second placegetters will progress to the $31,500 to the winner final tomorrow week.

Tomorrow night's card starts at 6.16pm.

The Cup heats are races four to eight, from 7.14-8.34pm.


Curse lifted

LOWOOD based Peter Ruetschi won the feature race at the Ipswich Showgrounds last Saturday night.

Darcy's Curse scored a runaway win in the Corporate Dollars Challenge fifth grade series.

Despite the smart winning time of 30.60, Ruetschi decided against nominating Darcy's Curse for the City of Ipswich Gold Cup heats, preferring to concentrate on lower grade races for the time being.

In the Corporate Dollars race, Darcy's Curse was representing G.J.Walsh and Co. as sponsor.

The accounting, auditor and business advisory company has won the naming rights to the Ipswich winning post for twelve months.


Friday shootout

THE Sandown club in Melbourne usually races on Thursday nights.

But from tonight, they will have three consecutive Friday meetings.

Tonight it's the four-dog, $50,000 to the winner Sandown Shootout.

The Kelly Bravo trained Kayda Shae is the $2 favourite.

Boom greyhound Fernando Bale isn't contesting the Shootout.

He will appear in a heat of the world's richest greyhound race, the Melbourne Cup, next Friday night.

The Melbourne Cup carries a winner's prize of a whopping $420,000.

CONSIDER THIS: Believe in anything and you're half way there.

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