Genuine quality is spread across the 12-race card at Dapto on Thursday yet the most engaging contest is another Greyhound Racing NSW Middle Distance contest in which Listed Ultra Sense winner Redshift Seven takes on in-form Sound Of Silence and talented Aston Excalibur.
Following his Ultra Sense success at Wentworth Park on April 10, the Wilton-based Redshift Seven came back in trip for the Maitland Gold Cup series and, after a quick start, was badly hampered at the first turn and finished only fifth to Aston Zodiac in 25.33 seconds.
Wresting the lead again will be in trainer John Little's mind's eye and the son of Fernando Bale is certainly racing in the best form of his career. A winner at Dapto over 520m in Free For All company, Redshift Seven has not managed to salute in 10 starts over 600m at the Showgrounds track yet he will garner good support for this assignment having secured the rails alley.
Sound Of Silence, however, will be a tough nut to crack. He'd posted a slick 30.43 seconds win over 535m at Richmond on April 11 before backing up at Dapto four days later to score in a sharp 34.49s.
While best suited near the inside, his early dash is sufficient to offset the seven alley and, at his past three Dapto outings over 600m, his form has been exemplary.
And then there is Aston Excalibur. He was only collared on the line by My Margarita at Dapto on April 1 and from box two is expected to dice with Redshift Seven for early supremacy.
The $5000-to-the-winner Middle Distance program set by GRNSW has been an incentive for strong sprinters to be tried over more ground.