Locals, interstaters make their mark in Geelong Gold Cup

Greyhounds and trainers travelled from near and far to contest seven cracking heats of the Group 2 Pet Panels Geelong Gold Cup (460m) last night, resulting an interesting combination of finalists.

The Geelong region is a greyhound racing hub, and this was demonstrated by the fact that four of the eight finalists are trained just a few kilometres from the track at nearby Lara, namely Corleone King (David Geall), who was an upset $55 winner, Judicial Man (Brooke Ennis), Blue Gum Hill and Not Available (both Robert Britton).

Two interstate stars – Queenslander Thirty Talks and NSW greyhound Barking Bad – also won their way into this Friday night’s $67,000 final, along with two greyhounds from the Gippsland region, Aston Miley and Bewildering.

Bewildering, the fastest heat winner in 25.43sec, is also the first reserve in the $214,500 Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun (525m) at The Meadows the night after the Geelong Gold Cup, which could leave connections with a dilemma should a scratching occur in the Saturday night invitational.

WATCH: A tight four-way finish in heat two went the way of rank outsider Corleone King ($55.00).

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