Premier Racing at The Meadows this evening is highlighted by an outstanding 525-metre Free For All that includes Baby Jaycee.
The Group 1 Sapphire Crown (515m) champion had won five straight races before finishing third to Navarino and Got Attitude – won at Bendigo yesterday – in the Pink Diamond Rookie Sprinter Final (460m) at Warragul on June 16.
Even though Baby Jaycee (Box 6 tonight) won her Group 1 at Sandown Park, she has performed well at The Meadows with four victories and two minor placings from eight attempts over 525 metres.
If the Bob Douglas-trained chaser triumphs for the 25th time in her career at start 43, she will have accounted for a number of classy rivals.
BABY JAYCEE (6) WON HER ELUSIVE GROUP 1 IN THE SAPPHIRE CROWN FINAL ON MAY 18:
Paddy Wants Pats (Box 2) is regaining the form that saw him finish runner-up to Lala Kiwi in last year’s Group 1 Australian Cup Final (525m) and also contest the most-recent Group 1 Melbourne Cup Final (515m).
The Kelly Bravo-prepared greyhound was victorious in his heat of the Pink Diamond Champion Sprinter at Ballarat over 450 metres before running third in the final won by Transponder – a brilliant winner at Sandown Park on Thursday night – over 460 metres.
PADDY WANTS PATS (7) WAS BACK TO HIS BEST AT BALLARAT ON JUNE 8:
Shima Shadow (Box 4) has amassed a promising record of seven wins and three minor placings from his 14 races, which included a Group 2 Ballarat Cup Final appearance at his sixth start.
Captain Larry (Box 7) – an Australian Cup finalist this year – has returned to form with three successive victories, and the last two have been at The Meadows.
Big Energy (Box 8) has recorded eight wins and two seconds from his 16 starts and the memories of him breaking the 29-second barrier at Sandown Park on April 6 is still fresh.
Expert form analyst The Watchdog believes Paddy Wants Pats will prevail in Race 8 at 8:58pm.
“Paddy Wants Pats showed signs of his very best during the Pink Diamond series and he can find the early lead and prove hard to catch.
“Baby Jaycee is one of the state’s best sprinters and she just needs some luck going into the first turn.”
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