No Million Dollar Chase For Wow She's Fast

KEL Greenough has ruled out a tilt at the Million Dollar Chase for Wow She’s Fast, but is open to a head-to-head meeting with the series favourite.

Mick Floyd

15 April 2022

TRAINER Kel Greenough has ruled out a tilt at the Million Dollar Chase for Launching Pad winner Wow She’s Fast, but is open to a head-to-head meeting with the series favourite.

Wow She’s Fast became the fastest bitch ever at Sandown Park when claiming her second slot race victory following her The Phoenix success last December.

Her 28.93 victory included an unofficial middle section record of 13.36 and took her prize money beyond $938,000 after just 12 career starts.

“She did everything right, she’d been doing that for a while though, so I guess it’s no massive surprise,” said Greenough.

“She just needs that little bit of space in that initial bit, and if she gets it then everything is good. By the look of her the only bad habit she has is that she is possibly a bit vulnerable at box rise, but if she begins like that and shows that speed it eliminates that.”

Greenough made the decision to target the Launching Pad after Wow She’s Fast was beaten in a heat of the Warragul Cup in early January. She had five wins at that point, meaning she could win just one more to remain eligible for the 1-6 win series.

It made for a testing 10 week build up to the Launching Pad, and Greenough concedes it was a challenge holding her back for the series, especially as she regularly broke records on the trial track.

“With so many other races on, you sort of think that the only way you win when making that decision is by winning the race,” he added.

“I guess it was justified in the finish but it could have gone the other way – you’ve waited and waited and then get beaten and you think we could have run in this, or run in that.

“It’s never easy making a decision so far out because things can happen week by week. You still need luck to go your way, but fortunately everything turned out.  Luck always plays a part in racing, it’s been a long-term plan, it was probably just lucky it worked out in the end. I don’t know whether I’d go through it again though!”

Following the win, Wow She’s Fast firmed into $15 for the upcoming Million Dollar Chase at Wentworth Park, however after discussions with part owner Tyronne Whittington, Greenough confirmed Wow She’s Fast won’t contest the series.

“It would have been good to have a go at the Million Dollar Chase, but we’d have to trial on Tuesday and race on Saturday,” Greenough said.

“I spoke to Tyronne and he just said do what you think is best for the dog. If it had of been a week later we probably would have had a crack, but it’s just a bit too tight.

“It’s never easy to knock back a chance at a million dollar race, but we’ve been extremely careful, and really, it’s not about the money, it’s more about looking after the dog.”

Instead, Wow She’s Fast will be set for the group 1 Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park in May.

Beyond that commitment, Greenough is open to a contest that would have greyhound racing fans around the country salivating – a match race against Golden Easter Egg winner, She’s A Pearl.

“I’d love to give them a match race, it’d be fantastic.”