Tony Brett has eyes for just one box – box one – at Friday’s 2017 UBET National Greyhound Sprint Championship Final draw, after Jury proved too slick from the same box in Thursday’s Queensland qualifier.
Brett’s runners made up half of the field with his fast Group 1-winner Thirty Talks being the best-backed runner to represent Queensland in the big final next Friday night.
Jury pinged the boxes to lead the field from kennelmate Opal Nera (3), with Gunnadoo Rev (4) overcoming early trouble to hold third throughout the run.
Gunnadoo Rev made a late challenge near the post but was unable to bridge the gap, with Jury winning in a quick 29.75sec.
Both will progress to next week’s final, with Opal Nera and Slick filling third and fourth to confirm their place as the emergencies.
Brett said Jury would always be hard to beat from the inside box.
“Boxes are a big part of it because there's not a lot between them,” he said.
“To have half the field I was stoked to start with, so to get the winner and represent (Queensland) is enormous.”
Competing in just his 18th start, Brett believes Jury still has some improvement ahead of the big final.
“That’s his third run back after a three-month lay-off so there should be progression,” he said.
“He’s just running nice and consistent so if he can keep doing that and draw a nice box, he’ll be in it up to his ears.”
Jury and Gunadoo Rev round out the field, with qualifiers held across the country in the last fortnight.
FIELD - Nationals Group 1 Sprint FInal
Queensland - Jury and Gunadoo Rev
Tasmania - Gold Lenny
Victoria - Aston Dee Bee
South Australia - On Fire
New South Wales - Bekin Street
Western Australia - Max Profit
Wild Card - Bewildering
Emergencies - Slick and Opal Nera (Queensland)