Keybow Fancied In Cup Heats

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Keybow is a leading hope in this year's Brisbane Cup.

Six days after finishing third behind Dyna Villa in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, classy Victorian greyhound Keybow is chasing the Brisbane Cup. With 16 wins and 11 minor placings from 36 starts,  the Darren McDonald trained dog has picked up more than $403,000 in prize money. To put that into perspective, that's $60,000 more than his six rivals have earned in 74 wins between them. He's already won at the track and distance in a blistering 29.67, so only bad luck from box three will prevent the son of Take The Kitty from moving into next week's final of this Group 1 at Albion Park.  

With seven wins over the course and distance, Reg Kay's Happy Haswell heads the TattsBet market in Heat 2. The recent Ipswich Cup winner has a best time of 29.64 for the 520m journey at Albion Park.

Heat 3 should see the dogs drawn on either side of the track fight it out. Local hero Bill Fantasy jumps from box one, while last year's winner Kiss Me Ketut has box eight.  

Recent Sandown Shootout winner Iva Vision dominates Heat 4. Peter Young's classy runner has won eight out of 11 over the 520m track at Albion Park, the best in 29.62. He's coming off a second to Keybow in a Melbourne Cup heat, so that chaser should frank the form in race 3.

McDonald's other hope Awesome Project heads the market in Heat 5, with promising youngsters Super Velo and Pikelet providing the X-factor.

Following the scratching of My Bro Fabio, Victorian speedster Clash Of Kings  is looking to make amends after flopping in the Melbourne Cup in Heat 6. Trained by Stephen Whyte at Bunyip, Clash Of Kings has won eight of 17 and been placed on four other occasions. 

The six heat winners, plus the two fastest seconds, will go through to next week's final.


Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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