Star Sprinter Can Wow 'Em In The Phoenix

THE inaugural The Phoenix is just over a month away but that hasn’t stopped Ruth and Danielle Matic from setting their sights on the event with Wow.

Adam Dobbin

11 November 2021

THE inaugural running of The TAB Phoenix is still just over a month away but that hasn’t stopped training team Ruth and Danielle Matic from setting their sights on the $1.145m event with star greyhound Wow.

The group 1 winning powerhouse is one of 10 NSW greyhounds vying for the coveted slot held by Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) in the race slated for The Meadows on Saturday, December 18.

“We’d absolutely love the opportunity to represent the GRNSW slot in the first running of The Phoenix,” said owner-trainer Danielle Matic.

“Everything we are doing from now will be focused on hopefully securing a Phoenix start. We have decided to bypass the Melbourne Cup because if you try and go in everything you generally end up with nothing.

“But whether we are there on the big night is out of our hands really which makes it both nervous and exciting.”

Launching November 22, The Daily Telegraph will oversee a competition to decide which greyhound represents the NSW place in the $750,000-to-the-winner The Phoenix (525m).

And while a berth in the race could prove life-changing for one lucky set of connections, the competition winner will be along for the ride also, competing for up to $50,000 in prizes.

“I think the way GRNSW have gone about awarding their slot is fantastic,” Matic said.

“As exciting as it would be to race in The Phoenix, knowing that Wow could be racing to earn someone new to the sport up to $50,000 just adds to it all.

“It’s going to be an interesting next few weeks but all we can control is having him in the best shape possible if the opportunity presents itself.”

Boasting a career record of 26 wins and 12 placings from 44 career starts, Wow is universally regarded as one of the most exciting greyhounds in training.

Capable of running track records for fun, the son of champion Fernando Bale possesses a glowing resume which includes a Gosford Cup, two Goulburn Cups, while his crowning glory was victory in the Group 1 Temlee at The Meadows in February.

Given the opportunity, Matic is confident Wow can be ultra-competitive in The Phoenix and give a star-studded field a run for their money.

“He’s already a group 1 winner at the track so that’s a big tick,” Matic said.

“And hopefully his exciting racing style endears him to the voting public as well. On the track he’s a machine but at home he’s a big softy.”

Greyhounds already in the hunt for the GRNSW slot along with Wow are fellow group winners Bandit Ned, Zipping Kyrgios, Light and Lily and Cash View.

The remaining five hopefuls will be decided by a select panel next week in the lead up to the competition getting underway on November 22.