FORMER Queensland sprinter Leeroy Rogue produced a brilliant display at his Hobart debut last Thursday night – recording a 26.22 victory after coming out a conspicuous last.
Prepared by caretaker trainer Debbie Cannan, the son of Big Daddy Cool and Fantasy Royale sailed through along the rails to score by six lengths for a hugely impressive debut on the Apple Isle.
Cannan says Leeroy Rogue can only improve since being sent over to Tasmania last month.
“He was sent to me as a ready-made dog to give a go on our two one-turn tracks,” she said.
“Chris (Nutt) rang me asking if I would be interested and he put me in touch with Jeff and Jane Crawford in Queensland.”
It was pure fate that Crawford and Cannan would be associated again, as Jeff and Jane bred former Group 2 Launceston Cup winner Varcoe, owned by Nutt and trained in tassie by Debbie.
“The dog is a credit to both Jeff and Jane, I’ve just done my best to keep him in order,” told Debbie.
Leeroy Rogue holds the Capalaba track record at 19.22, the son of Big Daddy Cool a winner at 14 of his 32 starts.
“I spoke to Jeff before he sent Leeroy Rogue over and he described him as a dog with high speed,” Debbie added.
“The downside was he can get restless in the boxes – looking at his record – he has ability but needs to find the tracks that best suit him.
“I went about in preparing him for this race and to give a guideline I slipped him from the 22-sec marker, just in front of the 461m boxes and he trialled 20.98, I thought it was very strong.”
Both Cannan and connections are hoping Leeroy Rogue can shape up in time, with plans of nominating the black chaser for the heats of the G1 Hobart Thousand, just a week away.
“That’s the plan, we will race him this week in a grade four over 461m, it should really finish him off race-fitness wise for next week,” Cannan added.
“The work the dog has been doing at home and having a trial has kept him ticking over. Being a Big Daddy Cool dog, you’d think he was hypo, but the dog has a really lovely nature and loves to run.”