Killarney greyhound trainer Kevin Mugavin jnr will be hoping history can repeat itself when promising sprinter Uno Hazard starts out of coveted box one in tonight’s $10,000 Vic Breeders final (450m).
Mugavin previously won the same race with former star sprinter Golden Currency which went on to be a group one winner and outstanding stud dog.
“That was about 15 years ago,” Mugavin said. “He was a champion dog.
“This is a good race to kick start any dog’s career and you hope that whichever one wins goes on to make a name for themselves.”
Uno Hazard recorded the fastest time in the 15 heats of the maiden series in late December, stopping the clock at 25.59 seconds.
He then started an odds-on $1.60 favourite in the semi-finals and overcame early interference to post a handy 25.86 win.
Uno Hazard looks certain to appreciate drawing an inside alley in the final after exiting from box eight in both his heat and semi.
“He’s got the right box and is in good shape, so hopefully he delivers,” the trainer said. “He wasn’t that impressive in the heat but that’s what happens with young dogs – you never really know how they’re going to go.”
Mugavin, who was last year’s Warrnambool trainer of the year, also has littermate Reward Express (box four) as the second prong of his maiden final assault.
Keysborough sprinter Remo Arctic set the time standard in the four semi-finals last Wednesday night, winning in 25.60 after starting from box two.
The Solve The Puzzle-Remo Agogo dog has drawn box eight in the final and should get a clear run.
The most eye-catching run of the semi-finals was turned in by Breakwater bitch Driller’s Own. The Michael Bourke-trained black speedster started from box seven in the semi-finals, was slow out and cut to the rail before surging through the field in the early stages.
Driller’s Own ran down Nuts Fawn Suit, which showed plenty of early pace and is expected to be among the leaders tonight in the initial stages. Driller’s Own has drawn favourably in box two for the final and should find the line strongly if she can get a clear passage to the first corner. Mugavin nominated her as the danger dog.
Other local contenders include Camperdown trainer Steve Elsum with Southwood Miss (box three) and Mepunga owner Barry Smith has Mepunga Diva (box seven) engaged.
Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club general manager Matt Ansell said the maiden final was race six at 8.28pm on the 12-race card.
He said the final night of the 28th annual Seaside Greyhound Carnival featured four finals.
“We’ve had a bumper carnival this summer. Crowds have been on a par with last summer which were up 40 per cent,” he said.
“We’ve also smashed our oncourse TAB turnover records and bookings indicate there will be a super crowd on Wednesday,” he said.
Lara trainer Darren Brown is expected to have a strong hand with Classic Diva rated favourite in the Flying Star final (390m) and the impressive Victory Time a leading chance in the $3000 special event (450m).
The Warrnambool Stayers Cup final (650m) looks more open with Reservoir kennelmates Menado and Bordain likely to fight out the finish with the Lara-trained Bo Frazier.
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