Penguin trainer Butch Deverell is tickled pink with Jethro leading into his toughest assignment to date in tomorrow evening's $111,500 National Distance Championship to be conducted at Tattersall's Park.
“I have done all I can, he is spot on for the race and I will leave it up to him,” he declared on Thursday.
Despite Jethro having earned the reputation of a slow beginner in recent times, Deverell expects him to begin nicely and be in the firing line for a long way.
“You have to be up there and I believe that will be the case – I expect him to run a nice race,” he predicted.
The master trainer has contested the National Distance Championship Final on “five or six” occasions and ran third in the prestigious event with top bitch Miss Coroneagh when it was contested in Launceston.
Jethro has been specked at long odds in pre-post betting on the event, with the West Australian super bitch Miata naturally a short priced favourite.
Leading bookmaker Barry Heawood, who will be the only bagman fielding tomorrow evening, expects Miata to jump from the boxes at odds of $1.30.
“Barring accidents she should win and I expect to be offering odds of around $1.30,” he said on Wednesday.
Meanwhile Mangalore trainer Mick Stringer would have preferred a wider draw for New Recruit, which will contest the $111,500 National Sprint Championship from the red box.
“He likes it out wider but I am extremely happy with him and just hoping for a little bit of luck,” he explained.
“Uno Retub looked very impressive trialling here and has plenty of early speed, so we may even obtain a nice suck along,” he added.
Stringer has also been looking after National Distance Championship contender Karanji and is pleased to report that the chaser has settled in nicely in his unfamiliar surroundings.
“He didn't trial that well but has improved a little each day and I am very happy with him as well,” he explained.
The HGRC are expecting a bumper crowd for tomorrow evening's meeting, with Miata a great drawcard.
The bitch familiarised herself with the Tattersall's Park circuit by smashing the 599 metre track record to smithereens and according to all reports is cherry ripe for her engagement.
In local media circles she is being described as “the Black Caviar of greyhound racing”- what better way to attract a large crowd to the lavish venue.