Best Eight race at Thabeban Park on Saturday.
Best Eight race at Thabeban Park on Saturday. Max Fleet Greya

Elson crowned newest top trainer

GREYHOUNDS: Yandina Creek’s Travis Elson has jumped to number one in the most recent trainer rankings at Thabeban Park.

On the back of wins with Major Billy Blue and Nutella last weekend, the in-form trainer now shares the mantle with River Heads’ Marie Richards.

Elson has six dogs in the eight races scheduled for this Saturday in Bundaberg and it would be wise to back him, given his supreme record this year.

So far in 2010, he has had 23 starts for seven wins, one second and four thirds.

That pans out at a winning percentage of around 30 per cent.

“That’s very good for a trainer these days,” local trainer Steve Martin said.

“He’s the leading greyhound trainer in Bundaberg at the moment and, after last week’s effort, who could argue.”

Elson helps run a turf farm on the Sunshine Coast with his family, so he is no stranger to the surface when he pulls into Bundaberg each weekend.

“He knows what he’s doing,” Martin said.

Elson’s King Size Lorian will start in the main race from box eight this weekend.

Fresh from a week off last week, the fast-finisher is a good tip to take out the third- and fourth-grade meet according to local experts.

Meanwhile, Kevin Bryant’s Can Acker Run looks the goods in the fifth-grade 460m.

It won in devastating fashion a fortnight ago and has not slowed up since.

The eight races this Saturday are all at capacity — something that has happened with regularity since the new cable system was introduced.

“It was getting a bit shaky there for a while, having only four or five dogs to a race,” Martin said.

“But we’ve had 100 per cent full fields since the upgrade and a strong card.”



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