Hands Off! Swain Rejects Big Money For G1 Hopeful
ALL Hands Off, the bitch money can't buy, lines up at Lismore tonight as a pipe opener for the heats of the Peter Mosman Opal on Saturday night.
30 June 2020
ALL Hands Off, the bitch money can’t buy, lines up at Lismore tonight in a top grade 520m as a pipe opener for a start in the heats of the Peter Mosman Opal at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.
Bred, owned and trained by Fred Swain, All Hands Off (Barcia Bale-Fay’s Magic) comes out of box six at Lismore tonight and is the raging hot favourite to continue her superb recent form.
She has won nine of her 12 starts and has won at Albion Park in 29.81 back in March but a scorching 29.49 around Lismore in May.
It was those performances that prompted an initial offer of $80,000, followed by $100,000 and recently another Sydney offer of $120,000 for her.
“Not for sale,” said Fred Swain’s reply to all offers for the bitch.
Swain knocked back a $45,000 offer for litter sister Gloves Back On as well.
“When you bred them, reared them and now train them, it’s not an easy thing to just sell them,” said Fred.
“That’s not what I’m in this game to do.”
Fred, formerly a leading trainer in Townsville for decades, has been in greyhound racing for more than 50 years.
He, and local trainer and good mate Robert Cooke, will head to Wentworth Park on Saturday night for the Opal series with All Hands Off.
The bitch will go into the race without the benefit of a trial on the track.
“I just could not get the time to make it to Sydney,” said Fred.
All Hands Off pulled up sore in a hip support and tricep muscle after finishing second at Lismore on June 8.
“She will love the wide draw tonight,” said Fred.
Fairy Hill breeder-trainer Mal Ross has a huge hand in the city-prizemoney race meeting at Lismore tonight also.
He has exciting youngster Jimary Matrix (Don’t Knocka Him-Jimary Magic) coming off three straight wins in a Super Series final over 420m, Jimary Turbo (Zulu Zeus-Jimary Vixen) taking on a tough field in a 635m feature event, and Phantom Clyde (Fernando Bale-Clover Cottage) the fastest heat winner in a feature Maiden final over 420m.
“Clyde ran 23.97 winning the heat last week and while he would love the inside, he only needs to be close to them to win again,” said Mal.
Of Jimary Matrix he says the bitch has been a dramatic improver with racing.
“The litter by Don’t Knocka Him had 14 pups,” he said.
“I sold six of them. They are the hardest chasing pups I’ve ever had.
“If this bitch leads the final she can win for sure and run 24.00. She’s got the five in the final but she had that last week in the heat and at her previous run as well.”