THE connections of Classy Maldini, the sole interstate-trained greyhound in today’s $35,000 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup are confident the dog has what it takes to emerge triumphant in the Group 3 event over 452 metres at the Devonport Showground.
Classy Maldini was impressive in leading all the way to win his heat last week in a time of 25.77s (second-fastest) and while it was a couple of lengths slower than that recorded by today’s race favourite Rewind, the dog is expected to improve at least that much at what will be his second look at the circuit.
The Graeme Bate-trained dog came to the Devonport Cup heats won the back of a course record win at Warragul over 400 metres and the dog’s travelling handler Rob Cammileri is adamant the son of Droopy’s Maldini-Firing Zone will improve on his first-up effort.
Classy Maldini has drawn box one and provided he flies the lids he is likely to lead and take catching.
Rewind, prepared at Bracknell by Morrie Strickland, goes into the final as the fastest heat winner (25.54s) and from box eight he will avoid any trouble to the top turn and provided it is s cleanly-run race the son of Collide should be too good.
Although he also has to contend with Tasmania’s star chaser Damek that defied interference and other trouble to win his heat in a time of 25.84.
Damek’s only problem is box six but if the Peter Phillips-trained dog begins fast and happens to find the lead then he becomes the one to beat.
The only way any of the other finalists can win is if the aforementioned all find trouble in the race.
Listen to what Classy Maldini’s handler Rob Cammileri had to say about the dog’s chances in the final after winning his heat last week – click here