There will be plenty of local interest around next weekend’s top quality Summer Cup Final at Wentworth Park.
Former Dubbo stayers Packey Keeping and Scott Keeping both won through to the Group 3 feature in Saturday night’s heats while Forbes trainer Raymond Smith will have a shot at glory with Big Daddy Bee also qualifying for the final eight.
Fanta Bale, greyhound racing’s newest millionaire, headlines the field having produced another eye-catching victory in Saturday night’s heats.
“She just wants to win,” Fanta Bale’s handler Peter Riley said after the race.
“The track tonight did not suit Fanta Bale and I reckon it was the heaviest she has ever raced on, but her will to win got her home.”
Fanta Bale won the first of two heats with Packey Keeping, previously trained by Charmaine Roberts and still owned by Shayne Stiff, third.
In the second heat, won by Bogie Bekim, Scott Keeping, who has also moved from Roberts’ to Brett Bravo’s kennel, was third while Big Daddy Bee was fourth.
Smith’s hope drew box one for the final with Scott Keeping to go from box two.'
Packey Keeping will jump from box four in the Summer Cup event and the champion Fanta Bale has drawn box eight.
Before the final, Roberts and Smith will both be focused on Bathurst’s Kennerson Park with Give Us Peace and Little Digger respectively both set to contest Monday evening’s Soldiers Saddle semi-finals.