BEAR’S Gold proved he is a greyhound with a bright future when he defeated a quality field to claim Friday night’s Listed Northern Districts Cup (450m) at Shepparton.
Stepping fairly from box seven, the fawn dog settled in third spot in the run towards the turn behind leader Eddie’s Yap (box three) and Landmark (box one) which was able to push through along the fence.
Despite being posted wide, the son of Cape Hawke and Rustic Reeta showed tremendous determination to push up and assume the lead around the home turn, holding off a late challenge from Proven Kodiak (box four) and Eumeralla Donny (box two) to score by 0.31 lengths in 25.61.
Co-trainer Lisa Hellmuth, who trains in partnership with her husband Keith, said they were very impressed with the performance.
“He jumped really well but he bumped with the six (Aston Kody) just after the start which took away a bit of his momentum,” Hellmuth said.
“When he got up into third I wasn’t 100 per cent sure what he was going to do because most of his races he has been in front.
“We were really impressed with how hard he pushed to get to the front and it showed us how hard of a chaser he actually is.
“It was a big test for him to see if he could come from behind, so we were rapt.”
Hellmuth, who trains the greyhound for Jamie Quinlivian, admitted she didn’t get too excited when Bear’s Gold hit the lead, with some more than handy greyhounds chasing him home.
“He is getting stronger but he isn’t overly strong over the 450m at this stage – his first and second sections are his best.
“When he hit the lead I wasn’t sure if it would be enough to get there with Proven Kodiak and the two (Eumeralla Donny) closing in on him.
“But to his credit he did enough and I thought he did really well considering he wasn’t able to pinch a big break on the field.”
Bear’s Gold, which turns two years of age next week, has now won seven of his 11 career starts with $36,086 in career earnings, with Hellmuth hoping he still has improvement in him.
“He has got a nice record now – he has only missed the place once in his whole career.
“I think a lot of it comes down to his first section – if you have a dog which jumps well and shows early pace then a lot of the time that’s where they win their races.
“Hopefully he will get a little bit stronger – I’m not sure at this stage whether he will get the 500 – but he is only young and time will tell.”