STRIKER Light will start favourite in a wide-open field for tonight’s 2018 Bendigo Cup at Lords Raceway.
The Brett Bravo-trained sprinter is having its second crack at the cup after making the final last year but being outclassed by Landmark to finish fourth.
The Warrnambool Cup winner was one of the more impressive heat winners upon returning from injury last Friday, along with New South Wales-based Orson Allen (23.686 seconds) and second-elect Big Flood (23.642sec).
Orson Allen had to scoot through from midfield to take victory, and impressed trainer Correy Grenfell in doing so.
“He ran a huge race. It was great to see that he could come from mid-field to beat a quality field,” he said.
Big Flood and Striker Light drew the two outside gates at Sunday’s box draw, with Orson Allen drawn in box four.
Grenfell is confident his star can overcome the awkward alley.
“He’s the baby of the field and he’ll need to begin well. But if he’s within striking range in the home straight he’ll be coming home hard,” he said.
Peter Galo drew the rail with Vanderworp on its outside in box two, while Beenardo and Black Forge completing the field in boxes five and six, respectively.
“All eight finalists have genuine chances in a high quality and even final,” Bendigo Greyhound racing Association’s Troy Harley said.
The cup is the eighth race on the 12-race card tonight, with several other features to be contested.
They include the Vic Bred Maiden Final and the Ready2Race Mid-Year Bonus over the 425-metre trip, the Vic Bred Grade Five Series over the 500m and the Hip Pocket Winter Cup over 660m.
Harley said the night will feature plenty of activities away from the track.
The first on the 12-race card is at 7.08pm, with the lure rolling on the Bendigo Cup at 9.10pm.