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Spud Regis, who survived a car accident before winning last year's Adelaide Cup, will make his WA debut in Saturday night's Perth Cup Prelude (530m) at Cannington as he targets next month's Sky Racing Perth Cup.

Spud Regis was among 14 greyhounds involved in an accident after the heats of the Group 1 Angle Park Sprint last October.

Trainer Andrea Dailly's brother-in-law George Dailly was driving home to Anakie after the meeting when his car and 18-dog trailer rolled between Dimboola and Nhill.

Dailly broke ribs and Adelaide Cup finalist Big Black Mac died after the accident.

Spud Regis and Heston Bale, who had qualified for the Adelaide Cup, escaped serious injury. The other greyhounds had scratches and bruising.

Spud Regis returned to Angle Park to win the cup (515m) by 1¼ lengths from Quo Vardis. Heston Bale finished fourth.

Spud Regis, drawn five, and last week's Group 1 Paws Of Thunder finalist Streetbike Tommy (8) are the first wave for the Dailly team.

Ipswich Cup winner Grigorieva Bale warms up for the Perth Cup in tomorrow night's final of the Warragul Cup (460m), with Paws Of Thunder finalist Vyrone Bale and Mosman Classic winner Garrick Bale to head a team of runners to arrive in town next week.

Heats for the Perth Cup (520m) and Galaxy (715m) start on Saturday week, with the two Group 1 finals a week later.

All greyhounds will be kennelled with Dailly's brother-in-law Joe for the Perth series. Spud Regis, who has won 10 times and been placed on five occasions from 19 starts, and Streetbike Tommy are due to arrive in Perth tomorrow.

"He has the ability to win the cup," George Dailly said.

"If he is on song, he is one of the fastest beginners in Australia."

Streetbike Tommy is a three-year-old who overcame a form slump to land five wins at his past eight starts.

"He likes to be left alone so the eight should suit him," Dailly said.

"He has got good early toe and we are hoping he'll get out and run.

"He is going the best he has ever gone. He had an off period there for about six or eight weeks, but he is fired up again now."

The West Australian

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