Classy Sprinter Chasing Four Straight At Hobart

Trainer Nicholas Howard is hoping lightly raced chaser Classy Lady can raise the bar again at Hobart tonight and continue her strong recent form.

Mitch Cohen

2 July 2020

Trainer Nicholas Howard is hoping lightly raced chaser Classy Lady can raise the bar again at Hobart tonight.

The talented bitch has made an excellent start to life on the track, winning three of her first four starts, but faces another stiff challenge on Thursday.

Classy Lady will be out to add another picket to the fence as she steps up in class in the Leeroy Rogue At Stud Grade 5 (461m), jumping from box two.

“It will be an interesting race because there are a few dogs in there that go pretty quick and it’s a step up in class for her,” Howard said.

“As long as she gets around safely it will be interesting to see how she fares against that class of dog.

“We will see tonight how well she handles the inside draw. If she had another dozen starts or so I would know a bit more but it’s a bit of pot luck until then just learning about her.

“So far she has done her best and the best part is, she has got a couple of wins as well.”

Howard felt it was clear the impressive Ava Wine (box seven) was the main danger with the Patrick Ryan-trained sprinter winning his past two starts by a combined 16 lengths.

Classy Lady has also won both her starts since the resumption of racing after the COVID-19 pandemic enforced hiatus.

Both of those wins have come at Hobart including a last start effort over the 461m when she clocked a competitive 26.41.

“She is doing a good job at the moment,” Howard said.

“With everything that happened with COVID it is nice to get back in the swing of things down here.

“You just don’t know what they are going to do after twelve weeks off so first run back you are just keeping your fingers crossed hoping they are going to get around good.

“We have had the luck to pinch a couple of wins which is always nice.”

Howard also has three dogs entered in the Greyhound Adoption Tasmania (461m) with two of those reserves.

She’s A Lucky is the one out of the trio set to get a start after drawing box six, and while she is yet to breakthrough in three starts to date, Howard believes a win could be around the corner for the bitch.

“She is a littermate to Classy Lady and they look like they are going to be a handy litter provided they can go on with it,” he said.

“They aren’t big dogs as you can see by their weights so you need the right draws or some luck in running early.”

Kennelmates Sparky Tiger (box nine) and Roy’s Rocket (box 10) will sweat on runs to make the field.