Incapacitated All Set For Origin Audition

RICHMOND Derby hero Incapacitated will look to further his State of Origin claims when he steps out at Wentworth Park on Wednesday night.

Adam Dobbin

8 June 2021

RICHMOND Derby hero Incapacitated will look to strengthen his State of Origin claims when he steps out at Wentworth Park on Wednesday night.

The eight-time city winner has drawn box two in race nine where it’s expected he’ll start a piping hot favourite in the free for all event of the night.

This Friday, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) will decide on the final NSW representatives to tackle the three State of Origin events against Queensland at Albion Park on June 17.

Four NSW greyhounds will be picked to contest both the Origin Sprint (520m) and Origin Distance (710m) while one greyhound will be selected for the Origin Match Race (520m).

With spots at a premium, performances and results over the next 72 hours is expected to play a role in deciding the final makeup of the team.

And it’s a state of affairs trainer Justin King is acutely aware of, hopeful that Incapacitated puts his best foot forward at headquarters on Wednesday night.

“I drove up and trialled him at Albion Park last Thursday and he went 30.04 which I was really happy with considering the rain they’d had,” King said.

“He’d be suited down to the ground in the match race but I’d be happy to just make the team at the end of the day, whether that’s in the match race or the Origin Sprint.”

Incapacitated is no stranger to match race glory, securing the inaugural Group 3 Christmas Gift Shootout (520m) at Wentworth Park last December in dazzling fashion.

And while King is firmly focused on representing NSW at Albion Park on Thursday week, the Londonderry trainer admits that his most satisfying recent result came via the victory of Poppa Bluey at Richmond last Friday night.

Poppa Bluey, a daughter of Mepunga Blazer and Kerrigan Bale, scored on debut for a group of prominent first time greyhound owners.

“The boys that own her are the team at corporate bookmaker BlueBet,” King said.

“It’s their first dog so it was great to win with her first up and see the owners enjoy some success straight up. Hopefully there’s a bit more along the way as well.”

Included in the ownership is BlueBet supremo Michael Sullivan and his son Cormac.