Track Record In Sight For Heavily Backed Debutant

ANDREW Monaghan has declared a record run isn’t beyond the realms of possibility when Trapped makes his debut at Grafton on Wednesday night.

Adam Dobbin

11 August 2021

TRAINER Andrew Monaghan has declared a track record run isn’t beyond the realms of possibility when Trapped makes his eagerly awaited debut at Grafton on Wednesday night.

The subject of a recent major six-figure offer, Trapped steps out from box eight in race three where he is currently the $1.35 favourite with

“He’s got a bit to learn still but he’s a very good young pup,” Monaghan said.

“At just his second trial at Grafton over the 350 metres he broke the track record running 19.80 odd and he holds the slip record in front of the 450 metre boxes as well.

“He’s not brilliant out of the boxes but his speed from the top corner is just unbelievable.

“To give you an idea, the sections he can run are quicker than top grade dogs like More Sauce, which won the Sprinters Cup.

“He’s really exciting. It wouldn’t surprise me if he broke the track record but it is his first time at the races so he needs to handle that experience.”

A son of Fernando Bale and Precious Sal, Trapped opened $2.50 with a bookmaker on Tuesday night, a quote that was snapped up in a matter of moments.

“The owners are a group of friends in Townsville and they were keen to have a good bet,” Monaghan said.

“But unfortunately someone backed him at $2.50 with one bookmaker and that led the way for all the other bookies to put him up very short today which is frustrating.”


Connections of Trapped recently knocked back a six-figure offer for the hugely exciting youngster as a package deal with a yet to race sibling.

“There’s a bitch in the litter that’s only 2-3 lengths behind Trapped,” Monaghan said.

“But she had to have her spleen removed in an emergency procedure a few weeks back so she’ll be off the scene for a while.

“Hopefully she returns as good as she was prior.”