Two of the state's most successful brothers are set to meet in a highly anticipated clash at Wentworth park on Saturday.
Forbes trained Feral Franky, out of Raymond Smith's kennel, will meet littermate Good Odds Harada as two of the six dogs in the Group 3 Christmas Gift Final (520 metres).
Regional star and cult hero Feral Franky was beaten at Wentworth Park last Saturday, but trainer Raymond Smith told thedogs.com.au that the result was 'disappointing' and his chance will have to show more this weekend.
"Feral Franky was a little disappointing,'' Smith told thedogs.com.au.
"When he settled in third place behind Dual Keroma and Poacher it took him too long to get past Poacher.
"Franky didn't seem to know what to do and by the time he got clear Dual Keroma was off and gone.
"Just the same Dual Keroma is flying at the moment but the way they are boxed on Saturday, it looks as if Good Odds Harada will be in front of us early so Feral Franky is going to have to catch him."
With a crowd-pleasing, come-from-behind racing style Feral Franky's no stranger to a difficult box draw and he'll run from the fifth gate on Saturday, between Mudgee trainer Peter Carr's Jimmy Casey and Ruth Matic's Embye.
Casey has previously won the Dubbo Golf Cup and fought through the Million Dollar Chase qualifiers in Wentworth park to book a spot in the grand final this year.
All of them, however, will have a tough out in the form of Good Odds Harada, with the fast-starting having drawn a much desired start on the inside, where the dog prefers to work.
Harada already bested Casey recently in one of the speedster's back to back wins in Dapto at the start of the month and took out the 2019 Million Dollar Chase after winning through the qualifying stage in Bathurst.
While Hurst's Harada is the clear favourite according to the odds in the Christmas Gift Final, it's Smith trained Solar Sky, the battling brothers younger sister, who shapes up as the one to beat in the opening race on the night.
Solar Sky, who smoked the competition in Bathurst twice at the start of the month, ran in a close second in her latest race across the 520 at Wentworth Park, but is still a solid favourite and expected to take out a win in the opening race on Saturday.
"She loves Bathurst but has never gone as well at Wentworth Park until last Saturday night," Raymond Smith told thedogs.com.au
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