Trial No Guide To Crowdza Dazzled's Phoenix Hopes

CROWDZA Dazzled might have run a "moderate" 30.31 in a trial at Wentworth Park but Stuart Hazlett is warning punters to completely ignore that.

David Brasch

18 November 2021

CROWDZA Dazzled might have run a “moderate” 30.31 in a trial at Wentworth Park after the last race on Saturday night but owner-trainer Stuart Hazlett is warning punters to completely ignore that.

And that is with the son of Aston Dee Bee and Crowdza Captive going into a semi-final of The Phoenix (520m) qualifier at headquarters this Saturday night.

“I’m not worried by that run,” said Hazlett. “It was his first ever go around two bends and I’ve found with him he can improve sharply on his first trial on a track.”

FIELDS AND FORM WENTWORTH PARK SATURDAY NIGHT

Hazlett  purchased Crowdza Dazzled back in July, answering an advert on Greyhound-Data after the dog had started 10 times for five wins in Victoria.

“We negotiated a price for him that suited all parties,” is how Stuart described the sale.

“And, I’m very lucky to get him. I thing he is going to be something special mainly around one-turn tracks in the future.”

Hazlett has given Crowdza Dazzled six starts for four wins.

“He won brilliantly first up at Bulli, then tore a dew claw at his second start for me,” he said. “I then took him to Goulburn for the Cup heats and he got into trouble.

“Then he won heat and final of the Ladbrokes Country Challenge at Goulburn and in his heat win he beat Here Comes Joe by almost five lengths and he is the former Richmond straight track record holder.

“In that win, Crowdza Dazzled ran a tick off the second section record held by Ad Astra at 10.76. My dog ran 10.84. That’s the sort of pace he has.

“And he is a brilliant railer for a big dog.”

Crowdza Dazzled goes into Saturday night’s Phoenix semi-final off a brilliant win at Temora without having seen the track.

“They all told me he couldn’t win at Temora without seeing the track, but he did,” said Hazlett.

Of Saturday night’s Phoenix semi-final, Stuart believes Incapacitated off the rails and Romantic Storm from the four are hardest to beat.

“The entire field has some fine dogs, but those two are very good of course,” he said.

Stuart admits the big dog, tipping the scales at 36.5 kilos, will be ideally suited “down the track” when the big cups come around at Bulli and Maitland.

“He’s really special this dog,” he said.

“He does have a bit of a metacarpal problem but I work on it every day between starts. He gets only light galloping but a little bit of free running and plenty of walking to keep him right.”