Bathurst trainer John Buttsworth has only three greyhounds in work but is tipped to provide the trifecta in race eight at Friday’s Wentworth Park fixture.
Buttsworth's trio, Que Fever (box two), Millionaire Max (three) and Oscar Winner (four) are the form greyhounds in the 520m fourth and fifth grade.
Each of the veteran trainer's starters have chalked up remarkably consistent records, with Que Fever winning 10 of 28 races, Millionaire Max 12 from 28 and Oscar Winner scoring in 14 of 36 appearances.
"Oscar Winner is probably my best chance because he is a good chaser and is racing well, although he has not seen the track,'' Buttsworth said.
"Que Fever is the best drawn but she is not as reliable as the other two while Millionaire Max was going to be a top notcher but unfortunately he dropped a hind leg muscle and is not the dog he was going to become prior to that serious setback.
"Millionaire Max (pictured) does step to the right when he leaves the boxes so I only hope he doesn't bump into Oscar Winner, on his outside, and ruin his chances.''
BEAST Unleashed, who established a new race record in his all-the-way win in the Group 2 Woy Woy Poultry Gold Cup final at Gosford on Tuesday night, is not certain to be a starter in the heats of the group 1 Ladbrokes Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park on January 12.
Trainer Jodie Lagogiane will make a decision on her brilliant speedster's immediate future over the next 48 hours.
"At this stage I am inclined to save Beast Unleashed for the Group 1 Australian Cup series, over 525m at The Meadows, Melbourne, beginning in mid-February,'' Lagogiane said.
"I am hoping Beast Unleashed receives an invitation to contest the Group 1 Temlee there on February 16 but I am leaving my options open at present.''
CERTAIN starters in the Paws Of Thunder are David Geall's crack duo Miss Splendamiro and My Redeemer.
The NSW-owned Miss Splendamiro has won five of eight starts since joining Geall's Melbourne kennels and will wind up her Thunder preparation at The Meadows on Saturday night.
"My Redeemer won over 600m at The Meadows on December 29 so he won't have another race before the Paws Of Thunder heats on January 12,'' Geall said.
"After My Redeemer has a 600m race he performs really well at shorter distances, such as the 520m of the Thunder, if he has a fortnight's break before resuming.''
My Redeemer has won his past six races in succession and has proven his ability at Wentworth Park with wins in blistering times of 29.64 and 29.67.'
JIMMY Casey earned a start in the heats of the Group 1 Ladbrokes National Derby at Wentworth Park on January 25 with his tenacious win in a Derby Prelude final at headquarters of Wednesday night.
Jimmy Casey, who won in 30.35 from box four at Wentworth Park on December 19, stopped the clock at a personal best time of 30.08 when he overcame box five to come away and win by six lengths on Wednesday.
"I was desperate for him to qualify for the Derby heats so winning this Prelude is a big relief,'' Carr said after Wednesday's race.
"Jimmy Casey's litter brother Charlie Casey is equally talented and am hoping he can break his maiden at Wentworth Park next Wednesday and make a late for inclusion in the lineup for the Derby heats.''