Scene Set For Hobart Thousand Blockbuster

The Hobart Thousand Final promises to be an absolute blockbuster with a stellar field qualifying for the rich $75,000-to-the-winner decider next Thursday.

Brennan Ryan

10 December 2021

The Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand Final looks an outstanding race on paper and is set to be another stellar edition with the locals holding their own against some classy interstate invaders when the heats were held on Thursday night.

Devonport Chase winner Superior Wallis powered into his first Group 1 final when running down the David Geall-trained Ferdinand Boy in the shadows of the post to register a sizzling time of 25.82 seconds.

Plaudits were given to Richmond trainer Nicole Howard in preparing the son of Barcia Bale and Superior Zoe which has gone from strength to strength to become Tasmania’s top sprinter in recent months.

“This would undoubtedly be Superior Wallis’ best run; it was extremely gusty to run down the leader,” the trainer said.

“When David (Condon) arranged to send me the dog he said he had a motor and just needed to find some confidence which he has.

“It’s an absolute dream to train such a quality dog like Superior Wallis, such a professional that gives his all each time he races.”

The Jodie Wynd owned and bred chaser is looking to become only the fourth greyhound in 20 years to complete the rare Group 3 Devonport Chase – Group 1 Hobart Thousand double. The last was Black Caleb in 2001.

Nicole says preparations towards next week’s Group 1 Hobart Thousand Final will be unchanged for Superior Wallis.

“It’s a normal routine we do with Superior Wallis each week so we’ll keep it the same, you can only dream of making these big group one finals and to be there next week is a great honour and even bigger thrill for the owners,” she said.

Tasmanian Greyhound Hall of Fame trainer Ted Medhurst will head towards next week’s Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand Final with two chances courtesy of Sacred Stance and Eagles Nest Egg taking out their respective heats.

Undefeated in four runs over the 461-metre trip, Sacred Stance produced a strong front-running effort in taking out the first heat holding of Mepunga Gertie and Nando Dreamer to score by two lengths clocking 25.87 seconds – giving owner Cameron Betts his first group one runner in Tasmania’s oldest feature race.

Eagles Nest Egg returned to winning form in the second heat with a narrow triumph over Broken Arrows.

Trainer Debbie Cannan will prepare the outsider in this year’s Hobart Thousand with Keen causing a huge upset for punters paying $30.20 on the tote defeating Kinson Bale and Fernando Mick.

Of the mainland contenders which qualified for the final, Adelaide Cup winner Do It and Melbourne Cup finalist Aussie Secret delivered very good runs, taking out their heats for local trainer Mick Stringer who is responsible for their campaigns while in Tasmania.

Runner-ups Ferdinand Boy (25.85s) and Mepunga Gertie (26.02s) have both qualified for the final after clocking the fastest seconds.

Field for the 2021 Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand Final (not in box draw order)

Sacred Stance
Eagles Nest Egg
Do It
Aussie Secret
Keen
Superior Wallis
Ferdinand Boy
Mepunga Gertie

Reserves
1st Res – Kinson Bale
2nd Res – Broken Arrows

The 2021 Group 1 Ladbrokes Hobart Thousand Final box draw will take place on Saturday night (December 11) at a gala function staged at Ladbrokes Park held in conjunction with the Tasmanian Greyhound Racing Hall Of Fame Awards dinner.