Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club's cup heats have attracted the best dogs going around.By Matthew Galea
There will be a host of first-class dogs running in the Shepparton Cup heats on Monday night, much to the delight Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club manager Carl McGrath.
‘‘We’re absolutely rapt with who we’ve got,’’ McGrath said.
‘‘We have gotten the best of what is available.’’
This is the first Shepparton Cup McGrath has overseen since taking over as manager and he said the decision to move the cup from July to September had reaped great reward already.
‘‘It’s one of those time-honoured sort of races,’’ McGrath said.
‘‘We’ve got dogs coming from New Zealand, Tasmania and NSW and hopefully moving the cup to a better time has helped that.
‘‘This is what we work for all year, it’s a bit like a footy club making the grand final and this is our grand final.’’
McGrath said Mick Carter was probably the best chance of any of the local trainers, given the number of dogs he had entered.
‘‘He has three or four dogs in, so he’s the chance of all the locals,’’ McGrath said.
‘‘There are a few good local dogs in there though, like Kevin Eyles’ Kraken Lass and Kraken Magic.
‘‘Glenn Campbell’s Cee Ronaldo is another good, in-form dog, too.’’
It is the likes of Spud Regis, Paw Lickin, Ronan Izmir and Hoover Jack that are the highlight of the draw with a host of wins between them.
Spud Regis alone has won more than $440
The cup carnival started yesterday with some young puppy breeder heats, but the main heats will start on Monday night.
There will be six cup heats, while there will also be a series of short distance Dash for Cash heats on Monday as well.
All finals will be on Friday night.
There will also be a meeting tonight, starting at 5.39
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