MELBOURNE Cup winner Dyna Double One leads an impressive list of interstate greyhounds chasing the $75,000 first prize in the Group One UBET Hobart Thousand.
The Hobart Greyhound Racing Club (HGRC) will host heats on Thursday UBET Park Hobart which has attracted 15 final acceptors from interstate. The event was officially launched at UBET Park Hobart today.
The winners of the six heats and the two fastest second placegetters will progress to the final on 17 December.
The Andrea Daly-trained Dyna Double One is one of the best-performed greyhounds at Group 1 level in Australia and as well as being the reigning Melbourne Cup winner he will go into the heats fresh from winning the Group One Brisbane Cup at Albion Park last Thursday night.
The Jason Fletcher-trained Fantastic Spiral that finished third to Dyna Double One in the Brisbane Cup, will also line up in the series, as will last year’s Hobart Thousand winner Above All.
The best Tasmanian chance is Breaker’s Tip which represented the state in the National Sprint Championship final and he comes off a win in the Barry Heawood Hobart Thousand Prelude at UBET Park last Thursday night.
The Gary Fahey-trained dog has been one of the most consistent performers in Tasmania with his record of 26 wins and 11 minor placings from 46 starts testament to his ability.
Tasracing chief executive Eliot Forbes said the UBET Hobart Thousand series was a popular race for local and interstate-based greyhounds.
“Securing Tasmanian Melbourne Cup-winning Dyna Double One is obviously an excellent result for the club and the race,” he said.
“In addition to the Melbourne Cup winner, the Hobart Thousand has also attracted a quality field of greyhounds which will make for an excellent series.
“We are building a solid profile for greyhound racing in Tasmania.
“It is demonstrated by the fact that we are able to attract these types of top-class greyhounds.”
The UBET Hobart Thousand was first run in 1935, making it the longest running classic event on the Australian greyhound racing calendar.