I’m normally reluctant to tip dogs having their first start on a track in a big race, and I’m even more averse to pointing at them at double figure odds in a Group 1 event against top liners, but the young Queensland bitch Velocity Bettina is some real special sort of greyhound, and is worth making the exception.
Velocity Bettina broke 30 seconds for the 520m at Albion Park at just her fifth start, and at her eighth he went within 1/10th of second of Queen Lauryn’s 12-year-old record mark over the 520m at Ipswich. Then she broke 35 seconds at AP in her first run over 600m, and went even faster next time around to nudge Champagne Sally’s record over the distance, and did it the hard way coming from behind.
Those aren’t things that young greyhounds usually do, but Velocity Bettina isn’t just your run of the mill dog; she’s a superstar, which is why the young girl’s owners have transferred her down to Group 1 Anthony Azzopardi in Victoria to have a crack at the majors, and I reckon she’s about to hit the deep south with a bang.
I’me reliably informed that Azzopardi has taken Betty out for a couple of quiet looks at The Meadows track, and that she’s taken to it like a duck to water, which is music to the ears of punters like me who snapped up the juicy $16 odds when the markets went up this morning.
This is a super-smart field – Group 1’s usually are – so there are plenty of dangers, predominantly the runners in boxes 1 to 4, but I will stick my neck out and declare Velocity Bettina the Rookie Rebel of 2020.
1st: 6 Velocity Bettina