Scott Staying Calm Ahead Of Vince Curry

STEVE Scott is trying to "calm down" a legion of kennel followers as Farmor Beach heads into Saturday's Group 3 Vince Curry Maiden Final at Ipswich.

David Brasch

13 February 2020

STEVE Scott is trying to “calm down” a legion of kennel followers as Farmor Beach heads into Saturday night’s Group 3 Vince Curry Maiden Final (520m) at Ipswich.

The son of Fernando Bale and Kinloch Beach swept into hot favouritism for the rich final when winning his semi-final by seven lengths in 30.48 at the weekend.

And when he then came up with box one for the final, the Scott kennel went into overdrive.

“There are busloads of followers coming from the Gold Coast, Toowoomba, and dad has organised for all the kennel staff at Churchable to come to the final as well,” said Steve.

“But, I’m trying to keep a lid on the whole thing. We still have one more race to win and anything, and I stress ANYTHING, can happen in a race.”

The Vince Curry final box draw is: 1 Farmor Beach, 2 She’s Snowy, 3 Farmor Watchers, 4 Frieda Las Vegas, 5 Magical Warren, 6 Flying Jet, 7 Northern Ripple, 8 Hara’s Panda.

Scott and his family have two Vince Curry finalists, the favourite Farmor Beach and Farmor Watchers.

Former premier trainer Tony Zammit, twice a winner of the Vince Curry, also has two finalists, She’s Snowy and Frieda Las Vegas.

Zammit won in 1996 with Reliability and 2004 with Runaway Sally.

While Steve Scott is staying as calm as possible in the lead-up to the final, he can still claim there is even further improvement in Farmor Beach.

“He’s only had two 520m runs in his life, the heat and semi-final of this race,” he said. “There has to be a good deal of further improvement.

“He’s the best greyhound I’ve ever had. I thought the quick run in the heat might have flattened him a bit Saturday, but it didn’t, which was great.”

Scott plans to make no changes at all to the training this week of his two finalists.

“I learnt this from Robbie Britton,” he said. “Do exactly the same week in and week out. It works.”

But Scott also believes no one has seen the best during the series of Farmor Watchers.

“I believe he can run 30.40 in the final,” said Steve.

“But, he has not been coming out of the boxes in his two starts to date. If he puts it together, that’s what he can run.”