WHEN part-owner Paul Meredith phoned Alan and Christine Proctor about training Bekin Street, Meredith optimistically told the Londonderry husband and wife team that he might have another Bessy Boo for them.
Bekin Street continued the promising start to his career when producing the standout performance in last Saturday night’s NSW heats of the National Sprint Championship, however the exciting youngster has a very long way to go to emulate Bessy Boo’s feats.
Bessy Boo, which like Bekin Street is a son of Bekim Bale, famously broke the record for wins at Wentworth Park, with 34 of his 44 career victories coming at the Glebe circuit, while he also contested two National Sprint Grand Finals.
He qualified as the ‘wild card’ in 2014 at Cannington, where he ran fourth, while in 2015 he won the NSW Sprint Final before finishing a gallant second to Victorian superstar Fernando Bale in the Wentworth Park finale.
The Proctors are now optimistic about contesting their third National Sprint Championship in four years with the lightly-raced Bekin Street, which was making just his thirteenth appearance when he contested the third of three State heats held last Saturday.
Facing the biggest test of his short career, the 36 kilogram prodigy started at $7.50 from box three, with Jason Mackay’s Mister Twister, winner of the Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic in June, the $2.40 favourite from box six.
After beginning fairly, Bekin Street drove into second behind leader Effective Comet rounding the first turn and after railing to the lead in the back straight he dashed clear to defeat the fast-finishing Mister Twister by three lengths in 29.98, his seventh win from 13 starts.
“I didn’t really give him a great chance,” said a pleasantly surprised Christine Proctor.
“He’s not two until September but the NSW dogs are a bit hit and miss at the moment so we decided we might as well give him a shot at it.
“When he ran 30.47 at Richmond it wasn’t a fast track and I said to Alan that not many dogs do that these days so we might as well put him in the Nationals and see how he goes. It’s only one run and if he goes no good, he goes no good.
“He is a dog that needs a couple of looks at a track and he’s improved with every run at Wenty, winning in 30.11 and 30.09 and then breaking 30 on Saturday.
“I did think Mister Twister was a possibility of getting beaten from box six, especially with Dawn Mini in the seven, and the six box beat him but it was a huge run for second.”
Bekin Street has drawn box one for the first time in Saturday’s NSW Sprint Final, with the Proctors hoping he can overcome lack of age and experience to earn a trip to Brisbane for the National Championship on August 25.
“Box three is the closest he’s been so far. He’s kept drawing bad boxes,” Christine said.
“Early days he was a real mad railer. In his early starts at Richmond he was desperate for the fence, so I’m tipping he’ll handle the red but it’s the first time he’s had it so we’re just hoping he’ll use it.
“He’s not a great beginner but when he hits the ground he takes off. He’s a mighty chaser and he’s very strong. He won’t be found wanting going to the line.
“I think he’s a fair chance because of the box draw, but he’s a young dog going up against the best dogs in NSW so he’s going to need some luck.
“It would be great to make the Nationals again but after Bessy Boo anything else is a bonus.
“Bessy Boo was an unbelievable dog and gave us so much joy.”
Bekin Street was the only sub-30 heat winner, with Julie Fletcher’s El Magnifico and Prevail, trained by Craig Chappelow, both clocking 30.08.