Four swiftly completed 520m heats last week says that's Friday's $45,420 Spion Rose Cup final at Group 1 level looms as an enthralling paw wrestle.

Nature's Gent sizzled through his heat assignment when he cut out the 520m trip in a slick 29.68s, winning by a comfortable eight lengths.

The Angela Turnwald-prepared greyhound has drawn poorly in the five trap.

He will be reliant on early racing luck, however he owns proven track sense as seen when Nature's Gent stylishly won last month's Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup.


Canterbury trainer Craig Roberts has qualified three finalists, including a sharp pair of heat winning litter brothers.

Allen Ablett impressed when delivering his 29.82s heat win.

He is an inexperienced greyhound who owns plenty of natural talent.

A clear early racing passage can see this bloke being in contention for a long way.

Dirk Bale completed his heat assignment in 29.99s when leading his rivals all the way.

He must use those same pace making tactics as he isn't as strong as others here over the later stages.

Kennelmate Letron James must quickly push forward from trap one.

The big beneficially from the box draw was Thrilling Raider, who has been allocated trap two to jump away from.

This noted Karen Walsh-trained chaser is a dead set railer, which says he'll stick on the rail from where he can launch his known strong finish.

Likewise American Warrior will enjoy jumping from trap seven for his conditioners Dave and Jean Fahey.

This proven big race performer has shown a preference for racing in the open spaces.
Lisa Cole has two contenders including the 30s heat winner Me Jane.

She has no option but to jump straight onto the early pace from trap eight.

Bigtime Paddy was bold in his heat when chasing his kennelmate home.

He owns a number of quick winning 520m times around here, however he must do everything right during the early rush for positions from trap six.

This evening's other feature is the Group 2, $15,825 Dash For Cash final over the 305m sprint.

Walsh produced One Cold Foot to clock the quickest 17.45s time from last Friday's six heats.

Birdie Tee won her heat in 17.50s and she has drawn to feature here from trap one for Ray Adcock.

Highland Laddie is in super current form for his northern trainer Hayley Mullane. He took out his heat in 17.55s.

The Turnwald kennels is also represented in this final.

Mila Mila who completed her heat in 17.59s. Drawing the two trap has enhanced her stakes claims here.