OUT OF THE BOX | Greyhound quality soon to skyrocket

Horsham trainer Ron Rowe, had a stellar week with his small team of two greyhounds with Scarlet Blu Boy winning at Horsham last Tuesday and Shamrock Valley finishing a close second at Warrnambool on Thursday.

Scarlet Blu Boy was having his first run back from injury over what is normally an unsuitable 410m in preparation for the step up to 450-500m. From box 1 the son of Collision jumped well and held a midfield position on the rail through the turn. When the field fanned upon straightening, the dream passage presented and Scarlet Blu boy was too strong in the run to the line. It was his sixth win to go with 21 placings and his fourth win from his past seven starts.

Lightly raced kennel mate, Shamrock Valley, headed to the coast for a run in a 390m maiden event and overcame mid race trouble to storm home for second for the second time in a fortnight.  A win is not too far away for the son of Fabregas who has not yet turned two. Tomorrow he gets his chance on his home track in race one from box 6.

Also registering a win last week was the Pat Smith (Wonwondah) trained Direct Flight in a semi-final of the VicBred Series. The win followed a close second on debut the previous week and now puts the striking black dog into tomorrow final. Unfortunately, he has drawn box 5, often referred to as the local’s draw, with plenty of pace on his inside. A clean getaway and Direct Flight may be able to run into a place.

Bill Hartigan’s Al’s Luck took advantage of a six dog field and a clear run out wide to exhibit his blistering finishes to claim his fourth win to cap a stellar night for locally trained greyhounds.

Preparations for the CHS Group Horsham Cup are underway and trainers are starting to prepare their charges for the 485m run. Over the next few weeks the quality of greyhounds travelling to Horsham will skyrocket and tomorrow race eight represents a clear indication of what’s to come. Big Flood from leading trainer Seona Thompson is making his first appearance at Horsham and brings an impeccable record of 21 wins from 33 starts. 

The first of 12 races kicks off at 3.47pm and entry is always free so come down for some exhilarating action.

BE PREPARED: The CHS Group Horsham Cup is fast approaching and the next few weeks will see some great racing at Horsham.

BE PREPARED: The CHS Group Horsham Cup is fast approaching and the next few weeks will see some great racing at Horsham.