Rose Lilly a popular choice in VBIS Maiden final

FRIDAY afternoon's greyhound meeting coincides with the season launch for the Bendigo Bank Pioneers Football Club and on track features the final of the rich VBIS Maiden Series.

After 10 competitive heats and four semi-finals, the eight finalists of the VBIS Maiden all have genuine chances as they compete for the $7500 winners purse.

The unbeaten Rose Lilly looks the likely punters elect.

After a slick 23.87 heat win from box six, Rose Lilly led throughout again in her semi final to score a 24.04 victory from box one and she has drawn box two in the final.

Rose Lilly is yet to be headed in her two starts and has the speed to lead again.

Banged Up Bill, who debuted in impressive fashion before being beaten as a long odds-on favourite last start, will have to overcome box five, but he looks above average and will take plenty of beating.

Vintage Warrior in box eight and Eternal Magic in box one have impressed in the past fortnight and they too have strong claims in an open final.

Fifth event on the card looks to be a good clash between in form chasers Eraptor and Surfonic.

Eraptor has won three of his past four starts over the middle distances at Horsham and The Meadows.

Surfonic clocked a flying 29.32 in saluting at Traralgon in early February and she has raced at Bendigo before.

Best bet appears to be Leesa Benz in race eight.

She has won three of her past four starts including a sizzling 22.24 Geelong win in early February and will be the Bendigo quaddie anchor for many punters.

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