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Cup contenders ‘jumping out of their skin’

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s SA Country Cup representatives, Colden Girl and Paraphernalia – who have drawn boxes two and six respectively – should give a great sight in tomorrow night’s $7375 final over 515 metres at Angle Park.

The pair qualified for the final when fighting out the local heat (512 m) on October 1, the Bea Bryant trained Colden Girl defeating Jeff Guy’s Paraphernalia by a head in 30.04 seconds.

Colden Girl and Paraphernalia fight out the finish of the Mount Gambier SA Country Cup heat at Tara Raceway earlier this month. Picture: Todd’s Photographics.

Following the win, part-owner Roger Bryant had said Colden Girl would go into the final without a look at Angle Park.

However, in a change of plans and in a move he certainly doesn’t regret, Bryant made the trip from Heathmere to Adelaide last Friday in order to trial the daughter of Farmor Las Vegas x Soul Calibur at Angle Park the following morning.

“Originally we weren’t going to worry about a look at Angle Park but upon reflection I’m certainly glad we did because now she gets the chance to give it her best shot as one of Mount Gambier’s representatives,” he said.

“She travelled well and I was really pleased with her 515 metre trial, in particular her very fast first split. Also, we’re very happy to have drawn box two with her.”

The Horsham-based Guy, unperturbed by box six, believed Mount Gambier was very well represented and probably had the best two dogs in the race.

“I don’t mind Paraphernalia out a bit wide because he generally jumps well and besides Colden Girl I don’t reckon there’s much early speed in the race,” he said.

A winner of 20 races, including the recent Tara Raceway Iron Dog, Paraphernalia’s unplaced run at Horsham over 485 metres four days after his Country Cup heat second was of no concern to Guy.

“He didn’t have much luck in that race and besides he’s a much better dog at Angle Park anyway,” he said.

Both Bryant and Guy earlier today declared their charges to be “jumping out of their skin”.

Tomorrow night’s SA Country Cup final, set down for 6.58 p.m. and run in conjunction with the Group 1 Adelaide Cup final, carries $5000 to the winner.

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