CASINO trainer Shane Robinson prayed for a red rug prior to Saturday’s 421m Moree Services Club Outback Sprint Final for emerging greyhound White Pony and that’s exactly what he was handed when the all-important box draw was decided on Wednesday afternoon.
And White Pony, a striking white and black dog by Velocette, did the rest by racing away to comfortably win the rich Moree final in a slick 24.06 seconds.
“We wanted an inside box so when the draw was done and we got the one, it did us just fine,” Robinson chuckled.
White Pony (3-1) had scraped into the field after finishing third behind heat winner Mulwee Jest the previous week but turned the tables in startling style on Saturday to score by three-parts of a length.
Mulwee Jest (6-4fav) was a gallant second after taking the lead approaching the home turn while Dark Missile (4-1), a kennelmate to the winner, battled away fairly to finish more than two lengths away third.
“White Pony is a handy dog and I think he’s going places. He’s only young and has a lot of improvement in him,” Robinson said.
“It was a pretty good win and we had this race targeted for him.”
White Pony, owned by Kane Flitcroft, was having just its third start since late June after suffering injury when unplaced at Casino.
“The first run he had here (August 24) was his first for three months,” Robinson said.
“He cut his leg open at Casino and had 50-odd stitches – he’s just coming back.
“We raced him out here last week (in the heats) and thought we could win, but he got lost,” he said.
Runner-up Mulwee Jest, trained at Eagleton by Ranald Dawes, drew awkwardly in box 5 and was squeezed slightly soon after the jump.
“I don’t know whether the box was the problem – I think it might have been the trainer,” Dawes laughed.
“He got to the front around the back and led to the turn, and was well clear – he just wasn’t strong enough, I suppose.”
Robinson hopes his good run continues today at Moree, where he has 11 runners.
White Pony joins kennelmates Mack’s Cherry, Lyrical Genius, Miss Noodles and Should We Know in today’s 421m Bellata Threesome – more than half the field – while Big Cherry jumps from box two in the 302m Legg’s South Moree Butchery Outback Fly Final after scoring a neck win from Jasper Mulwee and Skip On By in Heat 3 on Saturday.
He also starts Trixie Lixie (302m Deluxe Cafe© Moree Maiden), Lucky We Know and Flying Thunder (421m Outback Consolation), Kelly We Know (302m Moree Veterinary Hospital 5th Grade) and Dark Missile (421 Outback Consolation).
“White Pony will back up in the top-grade race,” Robinson said.
“That really won’t suit him but he’ll still be doing his best – putting his best foot forward like he always does.”