Ballarat trainer Hayden Gilders will be hoping that Slipaway Bennie can chalk up another win in the Ballarat Courier Mixed Grade 3/4 at Ballarat on Monday night.
Slipaway Bennie has had to be nursed throughout his career by Gilders due to constant trouble with metacarpal and hock injuries.
“He’s got plenty of ability, but we have had plenty of trouble getting him to the track.”
“Hopefully he is right now and is rearing to go.” Gilders said.
The son of History Lesson has won four of his fifteen race starts, and is owned and bred by local identity Barry Augustine.
At his last outing he ran credible two length third behind Ella Rule at Geelong, even though he obtained a substantial check in running in that race.
Gilders said that Slipaway Bennie’s best form has been from inside box draws, and his Box 2 draw tonight will suit his style of racing.
“He likes to go straight to the rails, and his best races have been when he has been able to lead.”
“From his box draw he will certainly be a chance to lead. If he can do that he will give them something to chase.”
Gilders returned to greyhound training only two years ago after a lengthy time off, and said that he is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of training greyhounds again.
He believes the hardest for his chaser to beat could well come from local greyhounds Not Mum’s Choice and Junior Scooter.
Trained by Wayne Wrout, Not Mum’s Choice is returning to the track after a short let up.
Although not generally fast out of the boxes, he has plenty of natural ability and has a strong finishing burst.
Not Mum’s Choice has had eight starts at the track and distance for three wins and two seconds. With luck from his inside Box 1 draw he should be right in the finish.
Junior Scooter for Janette Murphy has speed out of the boxes, but has drawn awkwardly in Box 6.
Junior Scooter has won four of his last seven race starts. If he is able to lead or race close to the lead he will be a genuine chance in the race.