JASON Magri had been uncertain whether to nominate Tristan Cannon for Saturday night’s Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg heats – where he has been made a reserve – but his greyhound’s sensational Wentworth Park win yesterday week clinched the deal.
Tristan Cannon’s mission is next month’s Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup and why wouldn’t it be, with the dog undefeated in four starts over the 450m Cup course.
Tristan Cannon has compiled an astonishing record at Maitland, having broken the 25 barrier in each of his four wins – 24.71, 24.78, 24.93 and 24.80 – all in the best time of the meeting.
But none of his Maitland wins was any more impressive than Tristan Cannon’s performance at WP in yesterday week’s 520m fifth grade.
After bungling the start from box two and colliding briefly with Brett Brann, who had box one, Tristan Cannon found a reasonable passage going through the catching pen to be a distant third on the back straight.
Real Simple and Teresa’s Hawke had dashed away with a big break on the Magri-trained dog but Tristan Cannon, second turning for home, surged powerfully down the outside to win by a neck.
He covered the 520m in 30.04, .33 better than his previous best WP figures and not far outside the John Finn-trained Veloce Nero’s 29.87 time standard for the night.
Early in his career Magri said: “Tristan Cannon is a rocket around two turns but while I doubt he will ever be a world beater on three bend tracks like Wentworth Park, he will win races there.”
Tristan Cannon seems to be adapting better than expected, and there’s no doubt the dog will go even better with more racing at Wenty and when he draws wide.
Tristan Cannon is raced by Matt Wiseman and Mark Sultana, who originally had the dog with Queensland trainer Greg Brennan.
“I bought him as a pup for $3000 and had a nice win on Tristan Cannon when he won the Young Guns Final up the straight at Capalaba, with the dog firming from $21 to $5,” Sultana said.
“But Greg then suggested the dog would be better off in Sydney where there are more opportunities for big track greyhounds like Tristan Cannon.
“Not long ago I was building a house and because I needed some cash I almost sold Tristan Cannon for $15,000.
“Jason Magri reckoned that was too cheap but my mate Matt Wiseman came up with $10,000 and that he got a half share in the greyhound.”
Tristan Cannon has now won 16 from 31 appearances with last week’s win convincing Magri the dog deserved a tilt at the Easter Egg.
“I had intended to enter him for the Richmond Derby heats on March 2 but he had a minor foot problem so decided against it,” Magri said.
“He is definitely getting better at Wentworth Park and at his most recent hand-slip there he clocked a flying 24.18sec in a post-to-post hit-out.”