By Isaac Murphy
The Group 3 Flying Amy Classic will be run and won on Thursday night at Albion Park, where seven talented greyhounds from Queensland and New South Wales will attempt to upstage Victorian race favourite Hasten Slowly.
Despite finishing third behind Steve Scott runner Money for Jam last week, the Victorian trained Hasten Slowly is a firm favourite for the classic after drawing box one.
The winner of the 17th edition of the race named after Hall of Fame Queensland greyhound Flying Amy will pocket $25,200 and the opportunity of more lucrative races to come.
Bundamba trainer Peter Wilson's bitch Velocity Charm won her heat last week to qualify for the final and despite another awkward box draw (5) looms as a leading chance.
Wilson said while he wasn't wrapped with the draw, he thought Velocity Charm had become comfortable in the middle boxes, drawing there it's last four starts.
"The one thing we can take from it is that she's done it from there before," he said.
"Group 3 is the highest company she's been in so far, if she runs well we'll sit down and map out where we go next, you can't count your chickens before they hatch though."
Fellow heat winner Empire State (3) and other qualifiers Alpha Ulysses (2), Deep Impact (4), Passion Bonus (6) and Hara's Honey (7), will all be fighting it out for a chance at Group 3 glory.
Another in form Wilson runner, It's Dyllan, has been rewarded for its consistency over the 520m with selection in the UBET Queensland Origin squad, which will take on New South Wales at Albion Park on July 12.
Wilson said he was confident his dog could measure up given it's recent form over the track and distance.
"He's obviously going alright to be selected, I think he's run sub thirty seconds the last five times out, it'll be a good test against interstate runners," he said.
It's Dyllan will jump from Box 4 in Race 7, the Best 8 over 520m.