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Queenslanders in box-seat ahead of UBET Nationals

Local hopes were the big winners following the box draw for the UBET 2017 National Greyhound Sprint and Distance Championship at Stamford Plaza on Friday.

A greyhound event like no other, the ‘Nationals’ will take place at the Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club (Albion Park) on Friday, August 25.

The best-of-the-best greyhounds from across the country will burn up the track as they chase national glory and a $75,000 winner’s cheque.

Queensland trainer Tony Brett’s leading chance in the Sprint Final (520m) will be the inexperienced Jury, who won in an ultra-impressive 29.75sec in the Queensland qualifier on Thursday night.

Jury ($4) will jump from box three (3), but will be joined by strong finisher and fellow Queenslander, Gunnadoo Rev ($10) from box two (2).

Brett had hoped to secure the prized One Box ahead of the draw, which would end up going to South Australian qualifier, On Fire ($5).

“(Jury) is a great chasing dog and he’ll give you 100%,” Brett said.

All eyes looked to see where the two Victorian qualifiers, Bewildering ($5) and Aston Dee Bee ($3.50fav) would draw. They would take the two outside boxes (7 and 8), which opened up the market considerably.

“The Victorians are the main threats. They are two good dogs. Not only that, they are two good dogs with plenty of experience under their belts,” Brett said.

Radio TAB race caller and greyhound analyst John Brasch said the sprint final was “very open” following the draw.

“I think it might be between the inside (1,2 and 3) brigade which brings the Queenslanders right into the race,” he said.

“The Victorian, Bewildering, is not really suited by the outside alley but the other Victorian Aston Dee Bee will probably be the favourite for the race … but I’ll be cheering on the Queenslanders.”

The box draw for the National Distance Final has made for an intriguing event, with key runners and previous Albion Park winners Fanta Bale ($2.75) drawing Box 1, and Burn One Down ($2.75) landing in Box 7.

Gatton trainer Tony Apap’s wish of drawing the outside box with Queensland Distance winner Outside Pass ($4.50) came true and she will jump from Box 8.

“Fanta Bale showed blistering speed to win the Gold Cup at Albion Park when she was here in the winter carnival,” Brasch said.

“She led from Box 7 on that occasion and if she finds the lead (this time) I think the race is basically over.

“Queensland’s Big Easy Red will show speed from Box 6 and Outside Pass … should be three-wide going into the first corner and just staying out trouble, I think she comes right into it as well. I think the other greyhound that comes into it is Ebby Ripper (Box 3) who gets back and does run on.”

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