As a trainer or owner, It can be hard enough to find a fast greyhound. Then there is the luck of keeping them sound and injury free.
If fate does not go your way, there is usually very few second bites at the cherry.
That has not been the case for Blacksmiths trainer Ron Bell and the Keenaz syndicate. This Saturday night they will rug up Avondale Maurick in the final of the Group Three Summer Cup.
The syndicate purchased the dog based on the ability of one they already owned called Severus who, as misfortune would have it, never reached his potential.
“We had Avondale Maurick’s brother and he had a lot of ability and potential,” Ron Bell said.
“Unfortunately he got injured in the catching pen after winning at Wentworth Park and needed emergency surgery which he never made it through.”
“We had bought this dog based on the potential Severus was showing us.”
“He ran a moderate performance trial at Maitland and we were lucky enough to get him for $5,000, he has now won around $50,000 so he has been a pretty good investment.”
This Saturday night, Avondale Maurick could add another $25,000 to that tally of he can cause a boilover in the big final.
Bell says it would be great for the syndicate who are some of the best owners that a trainer could ask for.
“He is owned by a syndicate that go by the name of the Keenaz Syndicate. They are not like owners to me, they are more like best mates.”
“They do all the handling of the dog and everything, I do not even have to go to the track. If he could run a place or win, I would be over the moon because they deserve it.”
Avondale Maurick is a son of Knocka Norris and Sirocco Pearl (Malfoy – Pacific Style). Last week he caused an upset in his heat by winning at bolters odds in a moderate 42.57. This Saturday night he comes up against four-time Group One winner Sweet It Is, who went desperately close to the Wentworth Park Track record in her heat.
Bell is resigned to the fact that his charge is graded up to his eyeballs here and faces an Everest if he is to win.
“We didn’t get any favours with the boxes. Really, he is in a very hard race, he is a 42.4 dog and you can’t win these running that sort of time. He does have some pace and he could even lead, but he would have to hold out the best dog in Australia.”
“He did manage to hold out one of the most promising dogs in Australia, Space Star, a few weeks ago and win but this is a lot harder.”
The 2014 Group Three Summer Cup is Race Eight at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and is scheduled to jump at 9:48pm.
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