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We've had a look at the Group 3 Auction Series final and highlighted some runners to watch.
Tray Bit (3) was an impressive heat winner in the time of 30.57. He drew box 5 in his semi-final and jumped well but unfortunately copped multiple checks before the first turn which cruelled his chances. He has drawn box 3 in the final which is a box he’s undefeated in three starts from. With limited speed on his inside he can lead and could prove hard to catch.
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Brandi Alexander (5) was cut out early in her heat but managed to work home nicely to finish second. The Tom Tsouvelis trained black bitch then recorded an eight length win in her semi-final in the fast time of 30.42. She is a greyhound with considerable ability having broken 30 seconds at Albion Park. She should start favourite in the final but box 5 is far from ideal and she’ll need her best jump to avoid early trouble.
Miss Amelia (8) is the most experienced greyhound in the series, with 29 starts for 8 wins. The Reg Hazelgrove trained bitch has drawn box 8 for Saturday’s final and has shown in the past that she can handle wide draws extremely well. She can fly out of the boxes as highlighted by her 5.34 first sectional in her heat win. She will need to do so here as it’s very difficult to win from outside draws at Ipswich.
Black Rusky (4) is another greyhound trained by Tom Tsouvelis. He didn’t have a great deal of luck in his heat when checked leaving the boxes and again prior to the first turn. He showed a nice turn of foot in his semi-final win. However he didn’t run the trip out which is a concern. In the final he’ll need to lead from box 4 and hope they jam up behind him to have a chance of winning.