SENOR Folk broke his maiden in Armidale on Saturday with a great run out of box seven in the second Maiden Series heat.
The Colin Burns-trained-and-owned dog is not quite two years old but has plenty of good racing in his bloodline.
The son of former Australian Greyhound of the Year El Grand Senor has some big expectations on him.
“I think he will have a big future,” Burns said.
Burns also owned By Plane, which was the fastest dog in the country over 440m in 2007.
Senor Folk beat By Plane’s time of 19.47sec over the 347m already in a trial before being injured recently in Richmond.
The brindle dog ran a blistering 18.80 seconds over the 330m, although tore his pin muscle in his leg right off the bone.
“This is is first race back today since the injury,” Burns said.
“It was a great run, especially having never seen the track before.”
The dog has spent the last few months in Sydney being trained by Jeff Crawford.
“I knew I had something special when we bred them,” Burns said.
Senor Folk hit the lead out of the box and never looked like being caught on the dry track, coming home in 21.42 seconds.
He beat the Dennis Nixon- trained Kikem Wish by one and a quarter lengths, with the same margin to third place Navada’s Child, trained by Tamworth-based Mark Craig.
The father-daughter team of Colin and Dana Burns also managed a second place in the Free For All race nine.
Kiowa Tricks ran second to the Barry Evans-trained Yo Cool Maxie who has now won seven in a row.
Senor Folk will get his second look at the track when he comes back for the final in a fortnight.
Dianne Lyndan won the other heat for trainer Terence Jordan in a slightly slower time of 21.67 seconds.
Saturday’s meeting was the first of the Cup Carnival for the Armidale Greyhound Club.
Next Saturday will see more heats run before the town’s biggest day of racing on February 15.