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Emerald Lee must be at her top to win again

13 / 05 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples
Emerald Lee holds out Jethro in Illingworth Classic heat last year before going on to win the final icon Click to enlarge

QUALITY sprinter Emerald Lee will need to call on all of her ability in Launceston tonight if she is to replicate her brilliant first-up win in Hobart last Thursday night.

The Debbie Cannan-trained bitch returns to the TOTE Racing Centre tonight in the invitation in which she has drawn box eight and that is going to test last season’s Illingworth Classic winner.

Last Thursday night she won wearing the pink vest but that was on the U-bend circuit that offers a long run to the top turn. She clocked a best of night 26.04 over the 461 metres at what was her first start since late January.

Emerald Lee is likely to get strong opposition from the Terry Ackerley prepared Hifive Marsha which won on this track last Monday night in a best-of-the-night 29.84 and is one of the most improved greyhounds in the State.

Tadmore Dunoon saves his best for the Launceston track so he warrants respect, although he has not been racing at his best of late.

Punters can hopefully build a bank early in the night with Dream Miss in race two. She is a brilliant beginner and has won her past two starts at Devonport for master trainer Ted Medhurst and is ideally suited over the short 278m trip.

Your Nothin’ (Rodney Campbell) and Norwest Crash (Anthony Bullock) look the main dangers to Dream Miss.

After a great tussle at Devonport over 580m last Tuesday Paper Trail (Doug Cassidy) and Shanlyn Flossy (Graeme Moate) again meet over 600m.

There was only a head margin between them last time they met and a similar result looms.

The value bet at tonight’s meeting is in race four.  The Neville Allison-trained Dilston Fencer is racing in great heart with very consistent form and is coming off a good second behind the smart Pipstar in Hobart Thursday.

The best bet on the program looks to be Funky Moss in race nine.

Trained at Bagdad by Alison Walker, Funky Moss won brilliantly at Devonport last start and will be very hard to beat from a favourable inside box draw with Shanlyn Norman (Graeme Moate) the main danger.

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