Away from the spotlight of group racing and headline press, a 33kg Black dog in South East Queensland is quietly going about the business of building the race form of a budding stud dog and future champion.
If you haven't heard the name Dual Enforcer yet, don't despair. He hasn't run in the Queensland Derby or the Peter Mosman Classic and hasn't received any front page exposure in mainstream greyhound media.
What he has done so far, is build for himself and his owners and trainer, the impressive record of nine starts for eight wins and one second; with six of his eight wins being best of day perfomances, one in track record time.
The January 2006 whelping, by boom sire Black Enforcer and out of the modestly performed Brett Lee bitch Dual Attack; began his quiet rise to the top as recently as 6 weeks ago on Sunday 4th May 2008 at the Gold Coast.
The occassion was the Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden Series heats, one of the Gold Coast's four feature races on their calendar that carries a handy $10,000 winners purse plus trophy and rug for connections of the final winner.
Dual Enforcer ran a credible 26.27 winning his heat by 2.25 lengths, the slowest of the eleven heats; but the clue to his brilliance was in the 7.98 first split which was the second quickest of the day.
Fast foward 10 days, and Dual Enforcer has drawn one box further in than his heat win from box seven, and will start from box six against the second quickest of the heat winners, Advance Terms; who has drawn nicely in the two. During the ten day interval it emerges that Dual Enforcer had trialled within a few lengths of Shiokaze's Albion Park 395m track record in preparation for his Eric Thomson Maiden Series heat win, which went some way to explaining how he tired in the run to the line.
Dual Enforcer lins up in box six as second favourite behind the impressive heat winner, Advance Terms. Jumping from box two, Advance Terms runs an improved race over his heat win to run 25.74 for the journey, the only trouble is that Dual Enforcer rockets away from the start running a best of day first split 7.86 to lead Advance Terms easily. This time the Dave Irwin trained chaser doesn't fade in the run and demonstrates his trainer's years of experience, running hard to the line to record a best of day 25.58, only two tenths off Elite Oriental's track record 25.38.
Dual Enforcer draws the six again for the final and makes a one act affair of it running 25.78 and again leading all the way to pick up the $10,000 winners purse for his owners, the Carl Syndicate which includes Noel Vohland and his wife Karen, Noel's son Anthony, Dave Morgan, Dennis Noy and Luke McDonald.
From that win, David Irwin demonstrates his undeniable ability as one of Australia's leading trainers by not rushing the dog to the city or tackling open grade dogs; he returns to the Gold Coast for a low grade novice 457 metre race. What eventuates is an easy win, leading all the way in another best of day 25.58 and a personal best.
Three days later with a race fit and super confident chaser in his care, Dave steps his budding champion out in heat 1 of the Capalaba Young Guns Series over 366 metres. Again, the wily experience of the trainer has placed the dog to his advantage by keeping him in an age restricted race and comfortable in the knowledge that straight racing is dominated by early speed, something Dual Enforcer has by the bucket.
Starting from box eight and a prohibitive $1.30 favourite, Dual Enforcer bolts in by three lengths running 19.45 to eclipse Pink Character's former record of 19.48.
One week later and another pink draw sees the new track record holder starting $1.40 in the Capalaba Young Guns Series Final. With Dave Irwin away in Sydney and son Jason Irwin in charge, Dual Enforcer somehow manages slip on the matting in front of the starting boxes but still overcomes those difficulties to take out the final in 19.67, winning by two lengths over Fever Jack.
Three days later Dual Enforcer, suffers his first defeat at the hands of the Black Enforcer bitch, Whirly Storm; whom he had previously beaten in the Eric Thomsom Memorial Maiden Series final. Unable to lead from box seven after beginning awkwardly, the dog finds himself in new territory after being led easily by Whirly Storm but races on admirably finishing second.
One week later and he restores his supporters faith and betters his personal best leading all the way in 25.54 from his first inside draw in box two. The time is just .16 outside Elite Oriental's current track record.
That brings us to yesterdays run. Again a 5th grade race over the 457 metres at the Gold Coast and again an outside draw from box seven. Again Dual Enforcer shows his early brilliance and burns them off from the jump. Again he betters his own personal best to run a best of day 25.47.
Now only .09 stands between him and the Gold Coast 457 metre track record.
Time however is running out. The Gold Coast track is set to close after the last race is run on Wednesday 30th July 2008. That meeting will also feature the final of the Group 2 Gold Coast Cup which carries prizemoney of $25,000 to the winner.
No doubt Dave Irwin has the Gold Coast Cup as the long term goal for Dual Enforcer and a few more low grade wins around the Gold Coast circuit will likely form his preparation for his first foray in to group racing company.
There is no doubt he will acquit himself well during the series and his city racing debut after that will definitely be something to look forward to.
In the mean time though, Dual Enforcer is chasing somehting far more tangible.
He has just over four weeks to catch that last .09 seconds and appropriately become a dual track record holder.