Moore pulls trigger on Young Gun final
By Lee Gaskin
WITH more than 20 years' training dish lickers, Bundaberg's John Moore knows once the rabbit tears up the track anything can happen.
And it usually does.
The quickest up-and-comers from Mackay in the north to Brisbane in the south will battle it out for $4000 prize money in the Young Guns Final at Thabeban Park tomorrow.
Last Saturday's heats saw several impressive performances, as Moore's lone representative Brett's Gem produced a handy second behind Tiaro Tiger to book her spot.
While acknowledging competition will be fierce, Moore said his runner had the potential to cause an upset.
"Like any final I expect it will be a pretty hard race," Moore said.
"Tiaro Tiger's my favourite - he's drawn well in box two and has a good trainer in Kevin Bryant.
"But if (Brett's Gem) runs a time she's capable of then she'll be right up there."
As with most of the people involved in the sport, Moore's kennel is a family affair, with son Nathan taking care of a majority of the day-to-day activities.
"Nathan's the handler - I more or less provide the financial backing," John said.
Moore's runner will face stiff opposition from the in-form Cyclonic Lee.
Lee, under the tutelage of reigning Bundaberg trainer of the year David Jones, is unbeaten in the Rum City in two starts.
The two-year-old blitzed his rivals in last week's heat to win by a mammoth 10 lengths, and will be tough to beat tomorrow after drawing the cherished inside box.
But Jones was coy about his star runner's hopes.
"If he jumps well then he has an excellent chance," Jones said.
"But like every greyhound race, if you don't jump well then you're gone.
"He's drawn the ideal box - the rest is up to him."
Meanwhile, fellow Bundaberg trainer Ashlee Leaver will hope her chance Kal El can go one better than last week's heat, when he finished second behind impressive heat winner Tiaro Tiger.
The other main challenger will be Miss Pennylanne, who made the most of box one in her heat to record a personal best time of 27 seconds flat over the 460m journey.
The Young Guns final gets under way at 3.10pm, with the rabbit set to fly for the first of eight races at 1.30pm.