Magical Trav is likely to be the pacemaker in Sunday’s Final, jumping to the lead in the opening stages and it will be about if the quality field of straight trackers can run him down late.
Outside of the annual Capalaba Cup, Priest thinks the Queensland Straight Track Championship Final is its biggest race of the year of the Club.
And, outside of Bogie Fury and Hara’s Clyde, the veteran trainer believes the best straight trackers in Queensland will assemble for the race on Sunday.
Speaking of the best straight trackers, that title usually goes to Jamie Hosking’s Columbian King – a dominant force at Capalaba and also a heat winner last week.
Magical Trav has a sparkling record at the club but remarkably, Columbian King’s is even better again.
He is 23 victories from just 30 starts at Capalaba.
“He is 3-1 against us, we have beaten him once and he beat us a head in the Derby, we have got a really good racing match going together,” Priest said.
“He is stronger than ours, he is a brilliant and he is the best at the track – I will admit that – but with my bloke, I love racing Columbian King because it brings out the best in my one.
“I do not think there is much between them, it is just about who performs on the day and who gets the best box draw.
“My bloke always gives himself a chance.”
Fellow Queensland trainer Selena Zammit, who will have Sequana and Oliver Keeping in Sunday’s Final, says the prospect of toppling Columbian King on his favourite track is a difficult assignment.
“He is very hard to beat and is the straight track king,” Zammit said.
“She went well running second to him last Sunday, I do not think there is too many dogs that can beat Columbian King up the straight when he is 100%.
“Jamie is a very good trainer and he is doing well with Columbian King.”
Priest will also have Magical Len and Full on Fabio in Sunday’s Final and declared they will need some interference in the run to be a winning chance.
Priest also noted the depth in greyhound racing in Queensland is as strong it has ever been in his memory.