Tom Tips Cupid's Arrow To Reach The Top

TRAINER Tom Rees reckons being in the right place at absolutely the right time can work out great for trainers ... and here's why.

TOM Rees reckons being in the right place at the right time can work out great for trainers.

Tom, who trains at Grose Wold near Richmond, says that's exactly how he came to get the exciting young bitch Cupid's Arrow (Black Magic Opal-It's A Wish) which will run as a hot favourite off box two in a heat of a Bitches Series (520m) at Wentworth Park on Thursday night.

She goes into the race off three wins from four starts including a 29.49 on June 28 and "an even better performance" when winning there again on July 4 in 29.85.


"I bought some pups a while back and Greg Sprod and Tyrone Whittington needed somewhere for their pups from the litter to go before they could get them into Marty Hallinan's for rearing," said Tom.

"I mentioned if the boys had some young ones they needed a trainer for, I'd be interested.”

Cupid's Arrow had been educated and came on season.

Tom got the call and jumped at the chance.

He was just starting as a full time trainer in January after spending 15 years as a hobby trainer before that.

"Since then, the boys have sent me pups by Bernardo and Bella Infrared and one of those Bella Infrared pups is the fastest I've got in the kennel, but he has not raced yet," said Tom.

Tom Rees with his National Derby winner History's Coming

Of Cupid's Arrow he says her last-start win proved to him she has great potential.

"She jumped straight to the front when she ran 29.49 two runs back," he said.

"But she got knocked around last start and still got home to win. It proved to me she has the will to win."

Tom believes the bitch will make a stayer in the long term but a rise in distance is not yet on the cards.

"I want her to learn her trade first," he said.

"Bring her through the grades to get her confidence right."

Tom said the bitch has shown him her staying potential already.

"I slip my dogs over 280 metres at Wentworth Park between races and she went 10.60 home there on Monday night," said Tom.

"Very few dogs run home in that, even the Group dogs."

Tom has 16 dogs in the race kennels and 10 in pre-training since his move to full time back in January.

"Greyhounds take a lot of time," said the former construction worker.

"But, it is very rewarding and this is not work to me."

Tom's hobby training high came through former top stayer Blazing Cartier, but he has recently had great success with Group 1 National Derby winner History's Coming and Nowra Puppy Classic heroine Hurricane Reign.

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