Healy goes close to treble
BUNDABERG'S Jeff Healy went within three-quarters of a length of his first treble in about five years at the Bundaberg meeting at Thabeban Park on Saturday, but he was still happy to pick up his “second or third double in the last six months”.
The popular trainer got the money with Lucky Bowser and Disco Roberta, which were both hot favourites, in the maiden and fourth grade races respectively, but he had to settle for second in the third of the fifth grade events with Majestic Jewels behind Tizz Any Good.
Both winners are owned by the “Three Little Pigs Syndicate” which Healy said comprises 17 policemen who are “from Maryborough and Hervey Bay and others scattered over Queensland”.
Lucky Bowser is by former Australian Greyhound of the Year and star sire Pure Octane and Healy has his fingers crossed that he will now go on to better things after having a lot of problems with him.
“I gave him one start last year and he broke down, I started him again and he broke down again, so this is his third campaign. He has lost a fair bit of speed to what he used to have and 460m is not his caper.
“I think he will do a lot better over 550m – hopefully he’ll win a few over that distance,” Healy said.
Disco Roberta recorded her sixth victory – with two minor placings – from nine starts.
“It was just her second start after being out for a little while after she hurt her metacarpal bone,” Healy said.
Despite her impressive record, Healy stopped short of declaring her top class, but he has high hopes for her.
“A few more starts will give us a better idea. I think she is up in Free-For-All class now and if she can match good dogs like Can Acker Run, we might be able to take her to Brisbane and knock over a race,” he said.
Healy said the pair was bred by Steve Driver from Four-way Kennels on Coonarr Road, and that the syndicate has purchased “two more well-bred young pups”’ from him which he believes have the credentials to be future stars.
Healy was not surprised Majestic Jewels was beaten by Tizz Any Good, which he labelled a “classy dog”.
Tizz Any Good provided her trainer Paul Burgess, also of Bundaberg, with the second leg of a winning double after he had saluted the judge with another short-priced favourite Court Five in the first of the fifth grade races.
Meanwhile, veteran champion Back Page could not repeat his victory of a week in the Best 8, with favourite Can Acker Run, from the Tairo kennels of Kevin Bryant, posting his third win over him from his past four outings.
The remaining event, was won by another Bundaberg mentor David Raines with Diamond Tulsa.