FORMER Tasmanian chaser Mahalo Miss will be aiming to qualify for her second group final in less than a week when she contests a heat of the Group 3 SA Oaks (515m) at Angle Park on Friday night.
Owned and formerly trained at Wynyard by Scott Bryan, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Miss Hetti represented her home state in the final of the Group 1 National Sprint Championship at Angle Park last Saturday night, but found trouble early when finishing at the tail of the field in the race won by Ring The Bell.
However, with the allure of the $25,000 Oaks series just around the corner, Bryan decided to target the feature with his promising stayer. The white bitch will face a tough task in the third of three heats on the night, coming up against emerging Victorians Cavalcade and Fanta Bale.
“We decided to have a crack at the Oaks just because she is already over there and she has already had three or four looks at the track,” Bryan told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“It’s a $25,000 event so why not have a go at it? I don’t think the drop in distance will worry her at all, but I do personally think she has drawn the toughest heat.
“The red (Cavalcade) and Fanta Bale (box three) are both great bitches so she has definitely got the job in front of her, but we will just take it as it comes.”
Bryan said Mahalo Miss will remain in the Festival State following the Oaks series where it is hoped she can develop into a handy half-miler.
A veteran of just 13 starts, the 30.5-kilogram chaser has won on four occasions with three minor placings including three from three since stepping up over the middle and long distance trips in the Apple Isle.
“I knew she would run the trip so we didn’t waste much time stepping her up and she was lucky enough to be the best in the state at the time and win her place in the National Distance.
“I thought she was drawn well but there was just too much speed on for her and she copped a couple of checks early which put her out of it.
“She wasn’t disgraced – she was coming up against the best dogs in the country so it was definitely a big challenge from her.
“But it was good experience for her and I think she will learn a lot from it. Unfortunately, we don’t get too many staying races here in Tasmania, so after the Oaks we have made the decision to leave her in South Australia with Lauren Harris and Ryan Tugwell.
“Hopefully they can chalk up a few wins with her and get her to the stage where she is good enough to go to Melbourne and be competitive against the best there.”
Bryan, who has been training greyhounds on and off for the past two decades, has enjoyed much of his success breeding pups with father and son team Tom and Ben Englund.
The trio purchased Mahalo Miss’ mother, Miss Hetti, based on her bloodlines, with the daughter of Head Bound and It’s A She a litter sister to former top Tassie stayer Bell Haven.
Mahalo Miss is from her dam’s second litter which also includes promising sprinters Wynburn Alpha and Wynburn Toozie, the latter of which has won 10 of her 17 starts and will contest the opening heat of the SA Oaks under the tutelage of leading Victorian conditioner Kel Greenough.
“We bought her mother purposely to breed with her, knowing that the line can throw strong stayers but also sprinters as well,” he said.
“The litter we have got at the moment is going well.
“Wynburn Tookie is turning into a very nice sprinter and is starting to make a name for herself in Victoria…while she also has another litter on the ground (x Destini Fireball).”
With considerable success during his time in the sport, Bryan says a lot of it stems from his involvement with Tom and Ben Englund who have taught him many things along the way.
“I have been in and out of greyhounds for 20 years – the first greyhound I trained was a bitch called Davey’s Girl and she won 17 races and having that success straight away was what got me hooked and kept me in the game.
“In my time in the dogs I have been involved with the likes of Tom and Ben Englund and they have just been magnificent – Tom is very knowledgeable in every aspect of the game and his son Ben is one of the up and coming trainers in the business.
“We have had a lot of success since we started breeding litters together – we won a Launching Pad in Melbourne a few years ago with Wynburn Wizard…we breed for success and we do everything the right way which allows you to enjoy the success when it comes along.”
Group 3 SA Oaks – all-in market
Fanta Bale – $3.50
Wynburn Toozie – $4.50 with Bet365
Cavalcade – $5.50
Fabregal – $6.50
Times Square – $7.50
Andrea Doria – $10
Shelley Keeping – $13
Rippin’ Rose – $15
Molly Be Nimble – $15
Osti Influence – $21
Pepper Fire – $21
Frac Greek – $34
Mumma Josie – $34
Bel Air Mist – $41
Brazen Fool – $51
Bella Trix – $51
Columbian Flame – $51
Erelda Bale – $51
Brazen Bomber – $51
Venetian Mask – $67
Calendar Girl – $101
Mainline Osti – $151
Sheez Stunning – $151
Sheeza Nitro – $251
Mahalo Miss – $501