100% super fitness pulled off this great plunge. 1975
I had a handy greyhound that won his juvenile and grade 5 race, but was drawing
bad boxes and getting into trouble the next 15 starts.
I took him to Sandown on Tuesday trial night over more distance, he won in 44.36 which at the
time was about 6 lengths off City invitation standard and good enough to win a
grade 5 in the city but I down-graded for a bush plunge.
The dog had developed a liking for an outside draw and how could I get
that wide box and have a good go at him?
I checked the racing calendar and a 640 handicap race at Wangaratta was coming up
with the local champ off 1 metre, Box 1 and 6-7-8 boxes off ten metres.
Could the local champ give my dog 9 metres start and win, impossible plus I had my outside draw.
I then dropped his trials back to 6 x 300 metres to get more early speed in him,
pumped up his blood count and had him 100% super fit.
My plunge was 4 weeks’ away and he was ready to win!
He drew draw box 7, great news.
With 15 bookies on course, 5 other mates went to the track and money in their pocket.
We did not talk to each other for the first 5 races nor did we form any sort of a group.
Pop wiped his forehead in the centre of the ring and that was the signal for each
punter to keep hitting 3 bookies each,
plus the time was set to hit Olympic Park bookies at the exact second as much as we could at top odds.
We opened at 15/1 and finished at 7/4, with the average price was 8/1.
His second call to Olympic Park from Wangaratta was 15/1 into 7/4.
He jumps a length in front, 3 lengths in front around the first corner, 5 lengths in
front up the back, 7 lengths in front turning for home and wins by 9-1/2 lengths.
The bookies had to borrow off the tote to pay me.
My reputation was getting shot to pieces. Hahahahaha