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Youngsters set to dominate Group 2 Launceston Cup

11 / 02 / 2013 Article by: Peter Staples

TWO young greyhounds that don’t turn two years of age until April hold the key to tonight’s A Total Car Rentals Launceston Cup. over 515 metres at The TOTE Racing Centre at Mowbray.

Xylia Allen owned by Janice Wheeler and Xenos Bale owned by leviathan owner Paul Wheeler and both from the powerful Graeme Bate kennel in Victoria, are youngsters with big futures.

They are two of five finalists provided by the Bate kennel and a far cry from him not having a runner in the Hobart Thousand final last December.

Xylia Allen broke Damek’s 515-metre track record last Monday night clocking a time of 25.35 that carved .05 off of Damek’s best and she had to beat Tasmania’s best Rewind to win the race and progress to the final.

Xylia Allen won her heat from box four and she has drawn box five tonight.

Xenos Bale won his heat in a time of 29.96 which was way off his kennel mate’s track record time but he was impressive in dispensing with his rivals after copping some early trouble.

Bate’s feat of having five runners in the race is unprecedented for any group race in Australia.   The other youngster Schroder Bale -turned two this month – is best drawn in box one but Imry Bale, a winner of 22 races and $120,000 in stakes, is a brilliant beginner and is most likely the one they al have to chased down.

Rob Pines, owned in Queensland by former Tasmanian Craig Cassidy and trained at Mangalore by Ted Medhurst, is Tasmania’s only chance.

Rob Pines is a winner of 20 of his 53 starts that included a feature race at Ipswich from box five but his best efforts have been from inside draws. He won at WentworthPark in a slick 29.82 from box 2.

While the main focus will be on the Group 2 Cup, the best bet on tonight’s card appears to be  Bain’s Lane for Perth trainer Richard Post. He has finally drawn an inside box and if he begins he should win comfortably.