MOREE Greyhound Racing Club secretary Helen Ayre will have a runner in next weekend’s Moree Services Club Outback Sprint Final after winning heat three on Saturday with kennel newcomer Al Rose Hi.
Ayre, who took delivery of Al Rose Hi from Casino owner Trevor Thompson in July, said the win was a surprise after the black dog proved difficult to load.
“It was a terrible start. We couldn’t even get him into the boxes, but it was a good finish,” Ayre grinned.
The trainer said Al Rose Hi’s race-day antics were in complete contrast to the black dog’s behaviour at home.
“He’s a very, very casual dog in the kennel – doesn’t do much at all,” she said.
Al Rose Hi, specked in the ring from 7-1 into 5-1, parked just off the speed as the field swept down the back straight before charging clear between runners to win by three-parts of a length from Bobby Moore’s Little Blue Tree (5-1) and Trevor Wilson’s Misslana Trick (4-1).
“I could see him making a move at the hare-driver’s tower – the ones in front might’ve moved out a little bit and let him through,” Ayre said.
Al Rose Hi bounced from box three on Saturday and Ayre said one shift out in next Saturday’s final would be ideal.
“Box four would suit him – it’s a good draw from the 421m start with a good run to the first turn,” she said.
Casino trainer Shane Robinson will have three runners in Saturday’s final – heat one winner Mack’s Cherry as well as third-placed runners Dark Missile and White Pony.
“The goal was to come out here and try to get a couple of runners in the final – we targeted these races,” Robinson said.
Mack’s Cherry, backed from 6-4 into even-money favouritism, scored by a half-length from Rubble’s Rose (5-1) with Dark Missile (3-1), a kennelmate to the winner, nearly four lengths away third.
“Mack’s Cherry has been racing against top-grade dogs in Casino, and I thought he was well-drawn here,” Robinson said.
“He’s no superstar, but he’s a handy dog.
“We thought the only danger was my other dog, Dark Missile.
“He put in a big run coming from the three-box – he was dragged back early but really came into the race well,” he said.