Trainer confident of form reversal
BACK Page’s trainer Gary Thorpe expects his prize dishlicker to return to the winner’s circle this weekend after it was held up to finish at the back of the field last Saturday.
The 2009 greyhound of the year will start from box eight in race six of the Sunday timetable and Thorpe is full of confidence.
“It will be very hard to beat from out wide with lots of space,” he said.
He predicted Major Billy Blue to be his charge’s main competition, but only if Back Page was off the boil.
“If it’s at full form no dog will come close, even if Major Billy Blue is a very good dog,” Thorpe said.
Earlier this year Bundaberg Greyhound Club president Brian Terry said Back Page had at least four good months in it.
But Thorpe said recent health checks the dog had gave it the all clear for at least another year, if not more.
“It’s vibrant, its joints are fine and he still has more in him,” he said.
“It’ll be four in March and it’ll go till it’s five I’d say.”
He said it’s 31 career wins have pocketed more than $14,000 in prize money, not bad considering it was bought for less than $2000.
“I think it could win more than 50 races before it retires, and if he wins here on the weekend it’s straight back to Albion to race there,” Thorpe said.
The champion dog will have one last crack at the Bundaberg and Rockhampton Cups this year, before it becomes a breeding dog when it turns five next year.
Other hot tips for Sunday’s racing include Black Reggie in race one, I’m Only Foolin’ in race seven and Cobar Charlie in race three.
The nine-race program starts at 1.30pm on Sunday.