A number of the topline greyhounds who normally race on the Hatrick Friday card are missing from action during this evening's meeting as they head north for 'Super' Sunday on Auckland's Manukau Stadium.
The northern meeting is the start of the Auckland Cup carnival where the entire card is made up of heats for the $80,000 MTA Auckland Cup (six) and also for the $20,000 Plaster Board Railway Spring (seven).
Never before has an entire 13 race card comprised of entirely open class events.
As usual this evening's TAB Quaddie kicks off on race nine, 8.35pm.
Here's a look at some of the leading contenders.
Moody Man hinted that he is close to a return to winning form with his bold second in Palmerston North on Monday. That can occur here.
Glenaddis and Another Lady have both just been relegated out of the open class sprinting ranks and quick return to form by either of them wouldn't surprise.
Onto the second leg, which caters for the intermediate graded chasers, owing to the open class guns trekking to Auckland.
Thrilling Cairo has dropped back in class so he is likely to find this assignment a tad easier.
The same comment applies to Another Course, while his kennelmate Should Be Carlos should be considered.
Tepirita Rita contested a Group 2 520m heat in Christchurch at her last start, so consider her based on that.
The only open class race tonight is the next Quaddie leg, which sees the Friday evening canine cash machine on paws Complicit complete his preparation for his Sunday engagement. He has drawn to make it a winning warm-up.
Kennelmate Stiff hasn't drawn the best for his racing style, but he can still feature here.
Rosemore Osti was a very stylish winner here last Friday and she has drawn to serve up a repeat dose here.
The locally trained pair Howlin Wind and Enazuma continues to deliver competitive sprints.
Ima Spice, Little Wishes and Darlek Khan are benefiting from a bonus C4 sprint after winning their respective heats for this feature final in the last leg.
The winner of this sprint should emerge from this trio of sprinters.