Ferrero Miss sent an ominous warning to her rivals as she looks to defend her Wagga Gold Cup crown.
The Paul Braddon-trained bitch dominated the first of the three cup heats on Friday night.
Beginning brilliantly from box five, Ferrero Miss led all the way before extending away from her rivals.
Ferrero Miss went on to defeat Charlie’s Chance by more than 12 lengths.
Braddon could not have been more impressed.
“She’s very strong and when I seen her in front I thought ‘I don’t think they are going to beat her’ and I was right,” Braddon said.
“You couldn’t be more impressed could you?”
Pre-race favourite, Group One winner Aqua Cheetah loomed as a major threat after a chequered beginning before striking trouble coming around the final bend and inuring himself.
Coming off seconds in the Bathurst and Dubbo Gold Cups, Ferrero Miss seems to have a real liking for the Wagga circuit.
Braddon is hoping her luck continues in the finals, but he was surprised by just how well she started from box five.
“She come out and she normally doesn’t jump so I’m glad to see her jump,” he said.
“I hope she does it next week.”
One of her biggest rivals will be littermate Spring Jazz, who ran the fastest time of the three heats.
Spring Jazz clocked 30.45 seconds after closing down to lead from seven.
The Cowra trainer was surprised by her effort.
“It was the first time she has ever been here, she’s never had a run here before, so I was very surprised she done that,” Braddon said.
“It is normally a tricky track and you need a run here but she went good.”
Meanwhile, Holbrook trainer Dirk Bosman achieved a life long dream and qualified a runner for the final on Friday.
Dyna Elias put in a late charge to run down Sunset Warrior to win the second of the heats by a head.
The pair clashed at Goulburn last time out, but Dyna Elias was able to his home track advantage.
After winning from box four, Bosman is hoping for a good draw in the Riverina’s richest greyhound race.
“It is amazing,” Bosman said. “I’ve always wanted to have a dog in the Wagga Gold Cup and I’ve finally got one in there.
“I am pretty thrilled.”
Bosman only returned to the racing game a little over a year ago after buying a property at Holbrook.
There will be a strong Riverina flavour in the final.
Wallendbeen trainers Lorraine and Jack Roy qualified after three greyhounds for the final.
Charlie’s Chance finished second behind Ferrero Miss with Barbie’s Chance and Gunshot Ridge the two fastest thirds on the night.