Emerald Guard Primed For Westcha$e Showing 

VASTLY improved chaser Emerald Guard is primed for a big showing in the rich Westcha$e Final (488m) at Mandurah this Saturday night.

VASTLY improved chaser Emerald Guard is primed for a big showing in the Westcha$e Final (488m) at Mandurah this Saturday after he continued his dramatic improvement when he clocked a personal best time to win his heat last weekend.

The Morgan Turner–trained chaser is the fastest qualifier for the trophy decider following another impressive performance, which revealed a different dimension to his racing. 

Normally what is politely known as a ‘moderate beginner', Emerald Guard produced the best jump of his career to put himself on the tail of the leading Racing Barbie in the early stages and then his superior strength took over.

FIELDS AND FORM MANDURAH SATURDAY NIGHT

Emerald Guard powered to the front on the turn and then charged away to score by three lengths in 27.03.

The run dispelled any doubts that Emerald Guard belonged in the same company with the greyhounds in the final, which includes a cracking field of classy young chasers such as Miss Envy and Bezzechhi.

The highly rated Miss Envy won her heat in 27.24 in what was her first look at the Mandurah track while Bezzecchi comes into the race on a hot streak of six straight wins.

The final is interesting in that Wise Barra is the only dog in the contest that is known for early speed.

The rest of the field are similar to Emerald Guard; dogs that do their best work at the back end of the race.

Turner is confident that his greyhound is up to this level even if he isn't favoured by a wide draw.

"He's got good track sense and can work his way through a field although in this (final) he may not have too," Turner said of Emerald Guard. 

"I think the race suits but the box makes it difficult. He does like the inside more than being out wide so box six in the final is not ideal but if he can jump he'll be right in the mix."

Emerald Guard has now been victorious in six of his past seven starts, a big turnaround from the early part of his career, which produced only three wins from his first 14 races. 

"Not much has really changed with him," Turner said.

"He's matured a little and gotten some experience but really he's just gone through the grades and got his confidence up."

Emerald Guard has been the most successful racedog out of a Tommy Shelby x Crown Monelli litter that Turner trains with his wife Karis at their Nambeelup property. 

It's a little surprising that Emerald Guard has been the standout of the litter given that early on it looked like his brother, Toad, was the pick of the bunch.

Toad has shown flashes of his potential, such as when he won the Autumn Maiden Classic back in April, but overall he's only recorded three wins from 17 attempts.

Toad ran third in his Westcha$e heat and missed the final.

"I'd say if we went and trialled him tomorrow he'd still be the fastest out of the litter," Turner said of Toad.

"He's always had ability, his problem is he doesn't like pressure early.

"Hopefully he can string a few good runs together and build some confidence.

"If he can do that he should be a good dog."

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