PATRICK Ryan’s association with astute breeder Geoff Collins has unearthed a potential star, following Hunkapapa’s show-stopping performance in Thursday night’s Sky Racing Maiden Thousand Final at Hobart (461m).
The undefeated Hunkapapa, a son of Bella Infrared and Paris Montana, opened as the $1.30 favourite from box eight in the $8,000 to-the-winner final, after winning his heat and semi-final in 26.04 and 25.95 respectively.
Despite early interference, Hunkapapa made up immense ground before an amazing turn of foot, powering away from Dooper in a blistering 25.99, scoring by four lengths with Jamella Jet third.
A proud Collins spoke earlier this week.
“It all started way back in the seventies when I bred Road Bid the dam of Mile Post,” Geoff said.
Mile Post (Johnny Wood – Road Bid) won the 1977 Melbourne Cup for Tony Collins scoring an all the way victory over Mandaquita and Satan’s Legend at Sandown Park’s 513-metre journey.
“This line has produced plenty of successful winners, my dad (Tony) bred with Mile Post’s litter sister Woodrema, three generations later producing a handy dog stud dog named Greenaway. Our family friend Barry Toner had bought into the line with Greenaway, I’ve purchased a few pups out of certain litters over the years so this win was a special result,” Collins reflected.
Geoff’s involvement in the pedigree continued further through the deeds of the great Hotshot.
The Acacia Blaze chaser, who is Hunkapapa’s great grand-sire, won 24 races from 39 starts.
Hunkapapa’s undefeated run in the series foreshadows the young chaser’s future, who has accumulated $11,350 from the three appearances.
Ill-fated US sire Bella Infrared continues to leave a big impressionable on the Australian breeding scene, siring the likes of Barking Bad, Dr. Mino, Aussie Infrared, White Sox Ethics and Mepunga Bella.
Collins reported over the weekend that Hunkapapa would return home to Victoria this week, preparing for a possible tilt at the rich Group 2 Launching Pad Series at Sandown Park next month.
“Pat (Ryan) has done a fantastic job with the dog and knows how to nurture and look after them.
“Tasmanian form for young greyhounds does stand up over here on the mainland and there has been some great chasers in past years, Brad Hill Billy just one of many,” he said.
“The plan is to bring the dog home and prepare him for the series, which will involve a few trials around the circle tracks and you can definitely get a guide soon after how the dog will handle it.
“I believe potential has been discovered in this bloke, but it will be a matter of time to see how far he can reach. I will take him along through the grades and see how far he will go,” Geoff said.
“I’ve had two offers to buy the dog already, but I’ll say this, he’s definitely not for sale!”