Rival dogs set to do battle
IT WILL be a classic David and Goliath battle when Carlinford Frost and Formula One Fury go head to head in the feature event shoot-out at Thabeban Park tomorrow.
The pair were ultra-impressive winners in the heats of the Bundaberg Greyhound Racing Club (BGRC) 32nd Anniversary Cup last Saturday and they are drawn side by side in blue and white boxes respectively for the final.
Carlinford Frost was a runaway 5.25-length victor in a swift 31.65sec, but Formula One Fury was just .07sec slower in her victory by 1.75 lengths.
A big and athletic dog which tips the scales at about 36kg, Carlinford Frost’s overall record is the superior of the two.
He is unbeaten in three starts on the track, and in total, he has 10 wins, nine seconds and six thirds to his credit from 61 starts for career earnings of $16,195 so far.
Sleek black bitch Formula One Fury, which usually races around 8kg lighter than her rival, also has a good record at the Park with three wins, two seconds and two thirds from eight attempts.
But, her overall statistics of five wins and 12 placings from 41 starts for stake winnings of $3805 simply do not stack up.
Carlinford Frost’s Glasshouse Mountains trainer Elizabeth Griffin also has a second runner engaged in Carlinford Sam, a recent Albion Park winner which was only third in Formula One Fury’s heat before finishing a handy fourth at Albion Park on Monday.
Gin Gin trainer Ron Brook will also be dually represented in the event, by heat runners-up Ledaro Cleo and Madam Lakoda which will jump from the book ends of boxes one and eight respectively.
Bundaberg trainer Narelle Mulcahy will also rug up two of her team, honest chasers Flipperty Jig and Southern Spirit, but a place would appear her best hope as they were only fourth and third respectively in the heats.
In the Best 8, Can Acker Run will be chasing a sixth win from his past seven starts and he is impossible to bet against, with veteran champion Back Page, which has been second to him in his past five wins, likely to have to settle for bridesmaid duties again.
The Novice is a race of many chances, but runners which appeal in other events include the improving Mulcahy-trained He’s Got Speed (maiden), Amazing Gayle (fifth grade battler), Paul Burgess kennel-mates Court Five (fourth grade) and Tizz Any Good and Majestic Jewels, from the kennels of BGRC president Jeff Healy, in the fifth grades.
Apart from a bumper eight-race program, there will also be betting on all the southern horse racing, including Victoria Derby day.