HOT youngster Navajo Bear continued the fine start to his career when defeating a quality field at his debut Sandown Park performance last Thursday night.
The son of High Earner and Shall She Rock began fast from box five, spearing to the lead to record splits of 5.05 and 18.96 before holding on to score in 29.93. It was the black chaser’s third win from just six starts, which included an impressive debut victory at Cranbourne over 311 metres.
Pearcedale trainer David Crawford – who recently rejected a substantial offer to sell the greyhound - said Thursday’s run was full of merit considering the prognosis days later.
“I was happy with his run at Sandown especially after we found out that he pulled up with a bit of a sore triangle muscle. He also knocked up a bit, probably because he’s only had two 500-metre starts in his life so he will improve,” said David, who holds high hopes for the 20-month old talent.
“He’s only a baby but I really think he could be a really good dog. I’ve been involved in greyhound racing for 40 years so I don’t get too excited but he has some talent that’s for sure.
“I knew I had something above average as I educate my dogs around Sandown and he always nearly ran near the best time in box-to-box trials at the track when he was young. He has good habits and isn’t over the top which is always a bonus. Some of his littermates can run close to him but they are a little over the top so that may hinder them a bit,” added Crawford, who has compared his latest chaser with a former metro star.
“Crawf’s Bread was a chaser I trained who won 12 races in town and this bloke is around the same level ability wise but we are hoping Navajo Bear has a nice race in him as he does have terrific pace.”
Crawford also put the polish on Navajo Bear’s dam Shall She Rock, who forged a terrific career over the half-mile trip, making the final of the Group 1 invitation-only Zoom Top at The Meadows in 2015, finishing fifth to mighty chaser Space Star.
Stage Set For Bendigo Vic Breeders Final
CLASSY youngsters Soda Kid, Elevated and Johnny Wishbone will clash in a race that looks to be a glimpse towards the future in Friday’s Bendigo Maiden Vic Breeders final over 500 metres.
Soda Kid (Fernando Bale – Elegant Elle) will start from box five in the $7,500-to-the-winner final after a dominant 28.10 semi-final win last week over Elevated, who bombed the start and rattled home to qualify after her outstanding heat victory.
The PBs of both greyhounds suggest a big future in Victoria looks assured despite both greyhounds having to overcome awkward draws in Friday’s final.
Johnny Wishbone (Fernando Bale x Come On Luann) made it two wins from two starts when taking out the second of the semi-finals, recording a nice first split of 6.49 before stopping the clock at 28.44. The black chaser will start from box six in the quality final.
Brueghelino Tops Traralgon Castle
BRUEGHELINO made it three wins on the trot when accounting for a quality field in the Castle of Mey final (525m) at Traralgon last Friday night.
The daughter of Banjo Boy and Easy Baby – a litter that also includes the brilliant Big Flood and Petadale – began very well from box three, and after a bump with Hi Ho Geronimo (box one), sped to the front down the back straight, eventually holding off a determined Neo Cleo to score in a best of night 30.37.
The win was the black and white chaser’s third in a row and seventh from 12 starts, which also includes a fast 29.89 gallop at The Meadows and a 29.59 at Sandown Park.
The quality chaser is owned and trained by Des Douch, who also trains thoroughbreds out of his Maffra property.