Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt is experiencing a glorious run at present with his greyhounds, securing another feature event last Saturday night, taking out the Globe Memorial Maiden and collecting $15,000 for his efforts.
Gatt has joined forces once again with Oaks Road owner Edwin Kingswell, to unleash a highly talented litter, already showing plenty of promise after just a few race starts.
Red Road was most impressive throughout the Maiden series and saluted in fine style on Saturday, clocking a speedy 30.58 from box two. Even more astonishing is the greyhound was not 100% and still managed to blow his rivals away.
‘I had a virus that went through my kennel so all my dogs weren’t completely right’ said Gatt.
‘I knew Red Road was my best chance in the final so I was just hoping he would get through it ok and he still ran a great time considering’.
Impeccably bred by Collision out of Mystic Pace, an unraced sister to Oaks Road by Spiral Nikita out of Leprechaun Pace, these regal bloodlines have produced once again and will be highly sought after in the years to come.
Red Road was immediately labelled the next superstar of racing, after clocking a near-record 30.22 run on debut at Richmond over the 535m. Since then his only suffered defeat once in three starts and the anticipation now builds towards his Wentworth Park debut in the near future.
‘They’re all pretty much on the same level, but Red Road is just a complete professional and does everything right, but I’m really happy with all of them.’
‘Plans for them next are just to work through the grades and give them some experience at other tracks.’
‘A race like the Group One National Derby at Unitbet Gardens early next year will be a target. I really think that track will suit him (Red Road)’.
Gatt’s own bred chaser Ritza Raider, ran a gallant third in the final behind his kennel mate and comes from a brilliant Bombastic Shiraz x Midnight Flare litter, consisting of Nowra Puppy Classic winner Ritza Hattie.
Also turning heads was litter brother Boyce Road, who stepped out in race 5 and dominated from box four, clocking a flying best of the night time of 30.48.
On a side note, Gatt’s Group winning flyer Ritza Ryder, returns to Maitland this Thursday afternoon over the 450m after a 6 month hiatus and is expected to perform well at the ripe old age of 4 years old.
‘Honestly his going better than ever. I know his over 4 years old now but if he gets a bit of room on Thursday, I’m expecting him to go well’.
Ritza Ryder comes from Midnight Flare’s first litter to Where’s Pedro and has won 19 races in his career, including the 2012 Group Three Bulli Gold Cup, Group Three ‘Ambrosoli’ and was a finalist in this year’s Group One Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park.
With a kennel in white-hot form, expect to see Gatt’s name next to plenty of winners and Group winners in the coming months, as he becomes a force to be reckoned with in New South Wales.