Paul Carmichael Hopes For An Early Ballarat Double

Trainer Paul Carmichael only has a small kennel of greyhounds, but he has a chance to pick up an early double on the twelve race program at Ballarat on Wednesday night.

Carmichael has Slight Presence, Typhoon Baracus and Calm Presence engaged in the first two races on the program.

His three runners are all from the same litter. If his chasers can produce wins in their respective races it will be a great training feat Carmichael who hails from Elliminyt, south of Colac.

Carmichael bred the litter, which is by Typhoon Tide out of the dam Miss Baracus.

Slight Presence and Typhoon Baracus will go head to head in the first race on the program, the Ballarat Courier Maiden Qualifying Final over 450 metres.

Slight Presence has drawn the inside box, whilst Typhoon Baracus has drawn alongside her in Box 2.

Slight Presence has had two Qualifying trial wins, together with two unplaced race starts, at Ballarat and Warrnambool.

“She hasn’t had the best of luck in her only two race starts, and has been dogged by bad box draws.” Carmichael said.

“She has early speed, so her box draw should assist her chances of breaking through for a win.”

Typhoon Baracus is having his first race start.

Carmichael said that his racing style is totally different to that of his kennelmate, as he tends to be slow out, but is a strong dog who run’s home hard.

He’s inexperienced and still learning, but his Qualifying Trial win was great as he came from last and ran over the top of the opposition.”

“The way he races at the moment he will appreciate longer distance races, but he is not without a chance if luck goes his way.”

Meanwhile, Carmichael’s other runner Calm Presence will contest the National Australia Bank Maiden, which is also to be run over 450 metres.

Calm Presence has drawn well in Box 3, and like Slight Presence has good early speed out of the boxes.

Calm Presence ran an excellent second behind Mrs Hyde at The Meadows last week, and gets her chance to break through for her maiden victory tonight.

“Her run last start was full of merit when she led, but was run down over the 525 metre distance.”

“She will be better suited by this race distance. If she can lead she will certainly give the opposition something to chase.”

Carmichael said that there were seven pups in this litter, with all but one making it to the race track.

The star of the litter so far is Make Some Noise who recently won at Warrnambool, but that could all change when his chasers vie for victory in their races.