Racegoers are in for an action-packed evening at Dawson Park on Friday with Group 1 winner Big Daddy Bee set to face an incredibly strong field in the Dubbo Mayor’s Cup Prelude.
Trained by Raymond Smith at Cowra, the black dog will be joined by kennel mate Irinka Lizzy as well as the locally trained Cliff Keeping and Cudal-trained Nangar Gift.
But his biggest threat will be the Paul Braddon-trained Metallic Flash, who won Sunday’s Xmas Meat See Blues Meat Stakes in a flying 29.75 seconds.
Dubbo Greyhound Club president Shayne Stiff said the 516-metre prelude would be one of the highlights of the evening.
“I’d say Metallic Flash isn’t boxed great off box two but he will be tough to beat,” Stiff said.
“It will be a matter of whether Nangar Gift and Irinka Lizzy can lead Metallic Flash. If they can, they’ll throw a spanner in the works.”
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The same eight dogs will go around again with a new box draw in next week’s final.
Race four is the top-graded 318m event, bringing together another strong field with last start winner Collywood in box two taking on Madeline Keeping and Bolt Keeping.
Collywood was the best of the night on Sunday, running 18.53, and the move from box six to two should only improve his chances.
Race six (400m) looks to be a three-dog race between Courtney Cargo, She Loves Sugar and Ritza Show.
“He’s having his first start at Dubbo, but he’s a Wentworth Park winner taking on a less experienced field,” Stiff said.
He tipped Pamela Braddon’s Sage A Blaze in race seven (400m), predicting the unbeaten black bitch would be a short-priced favourite to extend her record to four wins from four starts.
Evening races start 7.24pm.