BRIAGOLONG-BASED greyhound Playlist will tackle the big stage on Sunday night for heats of his local cup – the group one Sale Cup.
Run over the 650 metre distance, Playlist has drawn box seven against one of the hottest up-and-coming stayers in work – Houdini Boy.
“Drawing a heat with Houdini Boy, especially off box one, will make things hard for Playlist but I do believe he can lead from box seven and really put himself into contention,” trainer Matt Clark said.
Playlist has one very important factor on his side when it comes to facing Houdini Boy and Arizona Eyes in the opening Sale Cup heat – knowledge of the track.
Used to long drives to Victoria’s metropolitan tracks of The Meadows (seven and a half-hour round trip) and Sandown (six-hour round trip), the trip to Sale is a short 30 minutes from the kennels.
“Playlist and his brother were educated on the Sale track which is always an added bonus when it comes to country cup time,” Clark said.
Playlist isn’t just trained locally; he is also owned by Sale locals. The syndicate is made up of Louie Cardillo and Gary Roberts.
Cardillo is also a dedicated sponsor of the Sale Greyhound Racing Club.
“I’m not sure Playlist is going to win the Sale Cup, but he is going to give it his best crack and I could think of worse boxes to do it from,” Clark said.
Four heats of the Sale Cup will be held on Sunday, with the winners and second place getters advancing through to the $75,000 to-the-winner final which will be run on Boxing Day.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Sale Cup is a ticketed event only. For more information go to salegreyhoundclub.com.au.