Wow Vs Avalanche, Who Would Have Thought It?
A week ago, the idea of a blockbuster clash between Wow and Avalanche in the Group 2 Richmond Derby Final would have sounded, well ... absurd.
3 March 2021
A week ago, the idea of a blockbuster clash between Wow and Avalanche in the Group 2 Richmond Derby Final would have sounded, well … absurd.
But a lot can change in a week and after Avalanche soundly defeated Wow in an electrifying 30.07 in last Friday’s heats, the scene has been set for an engrossing finale to the group 2 showpiece this Friday night.
The surprising match-up is a tale of two very different preparations going into the $40,000-to-the-winner event.
In fact, they couldn’t be more dissimilar.
While Wow has spent the past six months taking all before him running track records and winning group 1s for Karina Britton, Avalanche has been parked on the sidelines with injury.
In fact, last Friday night’s spectacular 30.07 Derby heat romp – his first run for trainer Jason Mackay clocking the second fastest time ever at Richmond – was his first start since November.
The sheer idea of a greyhound running 30.07, let alone first-up for five months and returning from injury, only adds further weight to the spectacular training performance by Mackay to turn the son of Kinloch Brae out in such fashion.
Avalanche Sets Remarkable Derby Pace
Bookmaker Topsport has installed Wow the $2.20 favourite to turn the tables on Avalanche, quoted a more generous $2.90.
FIELDS AND FORM RICHMOND FRIDAY
A margin of 3 ¼ lengths separated the pair last Friday night. It’s worth remembering Wow ran 30.30 in defeat such was the dominance of the winner.
Wow’s superstar status and the benefit of a box two draw for the final has seen him catapult to favouritism with Avalanche needing to overcome box seven, vastly different to the box one he rocketed to victory from last week.
Interestingly, trainer Jason Mackay isn’t all that concerned with box seven, adamant his comeback chaser can only improve off last Friday’s hit-out where he ran sections of 5.24 and 15.17, the time up the back almost unbelievable.
And when Mackay speaks it’s worth listening, already boasting two Richmond Derby trophies on the mantelpiece courtesy of Path To Vegas and Bogie Brave.
And he’s no stranger to putting a fast one around Richmond either with record holder Punch One Out and Zipping Garth readily springing to mind.
Off last week’s performances Avalanche and Wow are clearly the ones to beat.
But don’t for a moment think it is a foregone conclusion.
Throw into the mix proven group performers Incapacitated, Ritza Coen and exciting up and comer It’s A Rush and you have yourself one exceptional race.
What will be of most interest is the time it takes to win the time-honoured event and where they sit in the illustrious list below.
One can assume it will be at the pointy end.
Top 25 Fastest Richmond 535m times
|29.90||Punch One Out||Jason Mackay|
|30.08||Zulu Zeus||Frank Hurst|
|30.09||Zipping Garth||Jason Mackay|
|30.11||Jaro Bale||Andrea Dailly|
|30.13||Lithgow Panther||John Chapman|
|30.14||Fancy Liza||Dennis Barnes|
|30.17||Sand Burner||Jason Mackay|
|30.20||Prince Diablo||John Finn|
|30.21||Stanley Road||Mark Gatt|
|30.21||Zipping Mitzy||Jason Magri|
|30.21||Fancy Mandy||Tracey Hurst|
|30.22||Quasi Bale||Mark Delbridge|
|30.22||Red Road||Mark Gatt|
|30.24||Little Sparkle||Ken Chappelow|
|30.25||Zulu Zeus||Frank Hurst|
|30.25||Star Sapphire||Dave Richardson|
|30.26||Western Land||Frank Hardman|
|30.26||Addison Road||Mark Gatt|
|30.26||Swift Fancy||Neville Brown|
|30.26||Zipping Sultan||Jason Magri|
|30.26||Miss Splendamiro||Hank Vanderburg|