FOUR locally-trained trained greyhounds will vie for the inaugural Horizon at Sale on Sunday night. The winner of the new feature event (race eight, 6.59pm) will receive $25,000.
Set to begin the race as favourite after drawing box two is Ferdinand Boy, who earlier this year won the group two Ballarat and Shepparton cups.
In his Sale debut last Sunday, Ferdinand Boy, trained at Lara, near Geelong, by David Geall, was the fastest of the heat winners. The dog has 21 wins from 37 starts, including eight victories from his previous 11 races.
In second place to Ferdinand Boy was in-form Aussie Secret, who is trained by Jason Thompson at Pearcedale and owned by Tinamba-based Robert Bean.
Set to challenge will be four dogs trained in Wellington Shire.
Darriman trainer Bill McMahon has two finalists.
Winner of the group three Great Chase, Dr Tucker won ahead of final-bound Massimo, trained by Dawn Johnston at Boisdale. Dr Tucker has won his past three races, but will have to work hard to
win on Sunday, after drawing box eight.
McMahon’s Dr Madison finished second to Go Papi Go, trained by Robert Camilleri at Lara, in another heat. Papi Go Fast has 20 wins from 36 starts, having missed a placing only twice.
Trained at Seaspray by Barry Harper, Omega Dodge pipped favourite Dream Wizard to win the opening heat. All of Omega Dodge’s eight wins (from 31 starts) have come at Sale.
Drawing box one for the final, Dream Wizard, trained by Sean Lithgow at Devon Meadows, can’t be discounted on Sunday, having reached the finals of the group two Ballarat, Warrnambool and Warragul cups.
The first of 12 races on Sunday is scheduled for 4.54pm.
The program also includes the the GRV Vic Bred restricted win final (race five, 6.07pm).
On Tuesday night at Warragul, Four Aces, trained by Leslie Hughes at Giffard, won a 400m grade seven. Early Limit won a 400m maiden for Rod Ashworth at Cowwarr.
Following back-to-back second placings, Dr Topaz, trained by Kim McMahon at Darriman, won a 520m race at Cranbourne on Wednesday night.