KIALLA trainer Michael Carter is hoping his run of awkward box draws in feature finals doesn’t hinder the chances of his brilliant speedster Tiempo Dinero, set to start from box four in Saturday’s 40th running of the Group 2 Horsham Cup (485m).
The son of El Grand Senor and Time And Money recorded the fastest time among five quality heats on Friday afternoon, spearing to the front before holding off dual Group 1 winner Out Of Range in a sizzling 27.06.
The brindle chaser weighs in at a touch under 40 kilograms, but he still managed to record the third fastest first section among the 40 greyhounds that took part in last week’s heats.
Carter said Tiempo Dinero – who started his career in brilliant fashion in New South Wales – needs to begin cleanly again to be a winning chance in this week’s $47,000-to-the-winner final.
“He’s such a big dog that when he gets out like he did in his heat and avoids trouble he can reel off some incredible times. The downfall is that when he does find trouble he takes longer to wind up because of his frame, so we are going to rely on some luck in the final,” said Carter, who was disappointed with his charge’s draw of four in the final.
“I certainly haven’t had any luck with box draws in big finals and it looks as if that has continued this weekend. I really wanted to draw box eight with him.
“Amazingly he hasn’t drawn the eight once in any of his 36 starts. He is still going to be hard to beat if he begins well, but obviously we need things to go our way at box rise.”
Carter rates Tiempo Dinero highly among the greyhounds he has trained.
“I’ve had a few over the years that could match him but he is obviously one of the fastest I’ve trained,” offered Carter, in what could be a big weekend for the El Grand Senor x Time And Money litter, with Chase The Cash to contest Friday’s Group 2 Richmond Oaks Final, while Big Black will line-up in the Group 2 Richmond Derby.
Aston Dee Bee will start an odds-on favourite in Saturday’s Horsham Cup, with the son of Barcia Bale and Aston Elle looking to win the third country cup of his career following a brilliant 27.09 heat win.
The black chaser overcame an early battle with Nangar Warrior before powering away to win the 34th race of his 58-race career.
Amazingly, the black flash has not missed a place in his last 25 starts, missing a podium finish way back in July last year behind Fast Times in a semi-final of the Group 1 Maturity.
The Melbourne Cup champ is one of two runners for Seona Thompson, with Out Of Range also qualifying for the Group 2 feature.
Others in contention include Group 2 Bulli Gold Cup runner-up Jimmy Newob (box one) and speedy youngster Solitary Girl (box five).