Greyhound trainer Gary Johnson is predicting a good future for litter-brothers Buckle Up Myke and Buckle Up Kade, which both greeted the judge at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.
By Velocette from the former top stayer Buckle Up Tina, both chasers were impressive in winning their respective events and are scheduled to race again at Tattersalls Park tonight.
Buckle Up Myke has now won seven races for owner Robyn Johnson and on Monday night accounted for the very smart chasers Zavance Man and Olwyn in the Jet Pets Animal Transport Invitation.
“We received a decent offer for him recently, but have decided not to sell and his immediate future will be in 600 metre events,” Johnson explained.
“Buckle Up Tina excelled over longer journeys and I believe that he will be better suited the longer the race.”
Buckle Up Kade, race by Robyn Johnson in partnership with Vaughan Wish-Wilson, is the winner of only two races, but has ruined his chances on many occasions by being tardy from the boxes.
In Monday night's Launceston Veterinary Hospital Grade 5 event, he conceded his rivals many lengths, but powered home to record a great victory.
“I have tried almost everything, but have been unable to fathom why he is invariably badly away,” Johnson explained.
The Johnson kennel was also represented by a third winner at the LGRC meeting when the Murray Mace owned bitch Queen of Speed ( Bit Chili – Shazlyn) broke through for her initial victory in the Country Club Tasmania Juvenile.
The next day at the Devonport Raceway, Johnson won two races and qualified four runners for the $5,500 Betfair Puppy Championship Final to be run at Tuesday's NWGRC meeting.
Highly promising youngster Justin's Dream (Paddy's Flame – Cash Box) recorded his fifth victory in eight starts by taking out Division 3 of the rich event for Melbourne owner Justin Ebery.
Mr. Plodda (Collision – Buckle Up Erin) then made it two wins in succession by winning Division 4 for owners Robyn Johnson, Roxene Kingston and Sally Pearce.
Noni Girl (Paddy's Flame – Cash Box) and Mega Mac (Bit Chili – Mega Me) also made it through to the final by running second in their heats.
A feature of Tuesday's meeting was the training performance of former harness racing trainer-driver Brendan Pursell, who won three races on the ten event card.
The Brighton based mentor was successful with Vapour Whirl – Kirabilli Jessie litter-mates Side Com and Chick Com and then completed his treble of wins with the well-related bitch Cheetah Zorroe (Bombastic Shiraz – Fallen Zorro).
“I am extremely happy to have won three races on the programme, but to be honest I thought that Gatty Com was my best winning chance all day,” he explained.