Having won his seven New Zealand races by an astounding combined 91 lengths, the star stayer Ring The Bell goes into this evening's $15,825 Wanganui Stayers final as the hottest favourite for a greyhound Group race final ever seen.
The Ray Adcock-prepared stayer is being offered at $1.18 (fixed) to win this evening's Group 2 755m event (Race 10).
He has strangled the TAB Final Field market that much - which sees for the first time ever on a New Zealand greyhound race the TAB offering a separate market with Ring The Bell out of it.
He thrashed his opposition when on track debut in his heat last Friday, winning it by an astounding 21.5 lengths, clocking a swift 44.18s.
Compare his time with the other heat winner Nitehawk Rose who completed her assignment for Wanganui club president Bill Hodgson in 44.93s.
The scary thing for his race rivals tonight is the scope for improvement he has for his second race on a new track.
He markedly improved his times at both Manukau (779m) and Addington (732m) when destroying his Group 1 opposition at those venues.
"Ring The Bell is as relaxed as and is all ready to go again. He is an extremely laid back greyhound," advised Adcock.
The presence of the potent stayer has taken the focus away from this evening's main event, the $27,465 Wanganui Cup final at Group 1 level.
Three 520m heats held last Friday saw a pair of litter brothers from the powerful Lisa Cole kennels dominating.
Spring Allegro skipped through his heat in 30.10s, while Allegro Gun circulated in 30.14s.
The third heat winner Cawbourne Mezza required 30.43s to complete her task for Matt Roberts.
Cole dominates the final having qualified another two finalists.
"Our biggest fear is both of them jostling each other going into the first turn," said Brendon Cole.
"If Allegro Gun can get himself clear at that point, then yes he will be hard for the others to run down.
"I wouldn't count Spare Some time and Bigtime Paddy out of the placings. All four of our runners have pulled up real good and are set for Friday."
Ride Ain't Over was massive in his heat, when coming from last on the first turn to get to within half a length of Spring Allegro.
He owns a powerful finish which he can use to telling effect at the business end here for his conditioner Craig Roberts.
"He'll be right in it providing he gets around the first turn okay. He's right on target for a big race," confirmed Bob Blackburn, Roberts kennel foreman.
Also demanding total respect is the Dave and Jean Fahey-trained He's All Power.
He was bold when delivering his fresh up 6.25 length heat third behind Allegro Gun.
"I expect improvement from him on Friday," commented Dave Fahey, who is seeking back-to-back Wanganui Cup victories after training Kava Blu to win the race last year.
"He has drawn (trap two) to track the early pace makers into the first turn. If he does he will be a stakes chance."
Victory in the Group 1 race will bring up an astonishing 100 Group race training successes for the Fahey's.