Hello Rhonda is favourite for next week’s $40,000-to-the-winner Launceston Cup final after recording the fastest heat win at Mowbray on Monday night.
The Robin Grubb-trained sprinter also has the advantage of drawing box 1 and is quoted at $3.30 in the opening tab.com.au market.
Queenslander visitor Brandi Alexander is second favourite at $4.50.
Brandi Alexander was runner-up to Hello Rhonda in her heat, beaten a neck, but qualified for the final as the fastest second.
Her Tom Tzouvelis-trained kennel-mate Del Rey, last year’s final winner, failed to get through this year after finishing fourth in his heat.
Blake Pursell-trained Be Like Bill, an impressive heat winner in 29.85 from box 6, is on the third line of betting ahead of second-fastest heat winner Headspace.
BOX DRAW: 1 Hello Rhonda, 2 Two Bills, 3 Corykodi, 4 Despacito, 5 Buckle Up Rose, 6 Brandi Alexander, 7 Headspace, 8 Be Like Bell. Res: 9 Wynburn Cha Cha, 10 Winning Broke.
TAB MARKET: 3.30 Hello Rhonda, 4.50 Brandi Alexander; 5.00 Be Like Bill; 5.50 Headspace; 8.00 Despacito, Buckle Up Rose; 12.00 Corykodi, Wynburn Cha Cha; 18.00 Two Bills, Winning Broke.